VICCO—Those living in the City of Vicco may notice that the going may not be as rough as it once was thanks to some newly paved roads in the city. This project comes as part of a long-term initiative city officials have started this year to help make the town more attractive and better for those who live there.
“We’re just trying to get started on the worst places and work our way up,” Vicco City Police Chief Tony Vaughn said.
The city repaved three streets on Wednesday, including Railroad Street, Upper and Lower Bible Avenue, and Alloc, and paved a small section on the side of the road on Main Street which previously only allowed for two parallel parked cars but now can accommodate four cars parked at an angle.
This is the first time in nearly a decade that the roads in Vicco have been repaved by the city. City Clerk Kitty Anderton attributes this to Mayor Johnny Cummings and the new city administration getting the ball rolling on delinquent tax payments and audits.
“They went back from where it last stopped, June of 2005, and we got all of those back paid and we got back $44,349,” Anderton said.
The process began last year, Anderton explained, when Cummings hired an audit team from Christian, Sturgeon & Associates to handle all of the city’s taxes and audits. Since the audits had not been done in eight years, the city was not able to receive its rural and municipal aid, which would have funded road projects.
“It’s been in the process since last year, which, we had the money for a while, we just had to wait,” Anderton said, adding that the city needed a state contractor to do the work. “We’ve been waiting on them and where they’ve being doing Route 7 and the new school and all that, we had to wait and then the rainy summer put them back even farther.”
Vaughn said though next year’s allocation from the fund will not be nearly as much as the $44,000 the city just received because it will only be for one year, it will still help in its initiative to become a better city.
“Now, every year, as long as we keep everything the way it is now, we’ll be getting that allocation every year so we can go ahead and keep addressing the roads. So, that’s what our intentions are,” Vaughn said.
It would likely not be an overstatement to say that this year has been the City of Vicco’s year. With the limelight having been shone on the town from local, state, and national media coverage after the passing of a fairness ordinance, and the upcoming reality show featuring the town, it’s no surprise officials in Vicco are doing everything they can to make the town better.
“Of course we’re trying to use the local notoriety and the national notoriety we’ve gotten to bring in more funds,” Vaughn said. “I think it’s going to help even more as things go along and progress, working on a bunch of things like the park.”
Vicco has been planning to build a community park in the city since last year. Vaughn said the park equipment has been donated to the city, and will be dedicated to the donor once the park is finished next month, in part because of the media attention the city has received recently. The park, along with other projects like a new sewer plant and a possible downtown public parking lot, are projects that Vaughn said he hopes will perpetuate a positive image of Vicco.
“It’s all coming together, slowly but surely, but now people can start to see changes, and that’s what we’re looking for,” he said. “As far as priorities, it’s whatever we can get done first. Since the park’s next, the funds are already there, so we’re going to go ahead and get it done, so that’s the way it’s working out for us.”