HAZARD — Mayor Jimmy Lindon and Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander signed a proclamation recognizing April 5 as National Service Recognition Day. Mayor Lindon met with members of Save-the-Children’s Foster grandparents and AmeriCorps VISTA members to sign the proclamation at the Hazard City Hall on April 5.
The proclamation is trying to get April 5 recognized as National Service Day.
Mayor Lindon said that he enjoyed meeting the Save-the-Children and AmeriCoprs VISTA members. He said he was surprised about the proclamation.
“It was nice,” said Mayor Lindon of the meeting with the two groups.
Mayor Lindon said the meeting went good and he enjoyed talking to the members of Save-the-Children and AmeriCorps.
“We talked one on one with each other,” said Mayor Lindon. He mentioned how a few stuck around after the signing and chatted with him.
“I just liked talking to people, being with people and helping people,” said Mayor Lindon.
Mayor Lindon said he liked being a servant for the people and says he wants to be able to help the residents of Hazard.
“You come to me with something that is legitimate, I’m opened for it. I’ll do whatever I can to help,” he said.
Mayors Day gave Mayor Lindon the chance to talk about some of the projects that Hazard is currently working on and others that are in the works.
One of the biggest projects Hazard is currently working on is building a permanent stage near city hall. He hopes it will be built in time for the Black Gold Festival, but he said he couldn’t make a promise that it will be.
Another project that the City of Hazard is planning is restoring and improving the parking garage in downtown Hazard. Once the improvements have been made, Mayor Lindon hopes they can open a Farmers Market on the second floor of the parking garage.
With the economy dwindling because of the loss of coal jobs and coal revenue, Mayor Lindon is trying to find ways to bring jobs into the city.
Mayor Lindon said there were some interest of companies bringing in restaurants near East Perry Middle School.
He recently talked to a group of businessmen about bringing a Stake and Shake, a Fazoli’s and a car wash on Hwy. 8o near East Perry.
Despite the rough patch Hazard has been in, Mayor Lindon said there was still hope for the city.
“We’re Hazard, we’ll bounce back” said Mayor Lindon.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.