Henderson Seal 02 300HENDERSON, Ky. (7/26/13) – Getting a $1.4 billion bridge that will connect I-69 between Kentucky and Indiana is the top priority for the city of Henderson, Mayor Steve Austin told a crowd gathered at the Henderson Fine Arts Center on Thursday.

Austin, speaking at the annual “State of the City” address, said the city is in “sound financial shape” after facing some difficult decisions, including a deficit that city commissioners had to deal with.

“The next two years, we’re in a position to move forward,” he said before presenting a series of slides regarding some of the current and upcoming projects the city is studying.

Among those endeavors are a $40 million sewer separation project, an initiative to build new streets and sidewalks, and plans to expand curbside recycling into county areas with what Austin labeled “high-density,” such as the country club.

Austin said he’d also like the city to build a new public works facility, citing structural and drainage problems with the existing facility.

One of the biggest undertakings the city faces aside from Interstate 69 is a new “Wayfinder Signage” program that will add more informational signs for visitors. The cost of the project is estimated at about $60,000 and is being funded largely through donations. So far, Austin said, the city has collected about $20,000 toward the goal.

Before Austin’s address at the Henderson Chamber-sponsored event, Chamber of Commerce President Brad Schneider said he hopes the city will “make decisions that attract investment,” noting that the city’s population growth has slowed. Schneider said he hopes city officials will work to “keep Henderson strong and vibrant for years to come.”

Austin’s address was the second Chamber event in as many weeks. Last week, Henderson County Judge/Executive Donald “Hugh” McCormick presented the “State of the County” address.
 
Dennis Beard
SurfKY News

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