COLUMN: New Year’s wish listPublished 11:43am Wednesday, December 25, 2013
This time next week Christmas will be over and we’ll be closing out an old year and ushering in a new one.
There’s no better time than now to go on record with a bunch of New Year’s wishes. Here goes with my top 10:
• New businesses to fill market gaps and breathe life back into the empty storefronts in Hartselle’s central business district
• A breakthrough in the development of the Morgan Center Business Park at Thompson Road and I-65, with the location of at least one tenant
• The elimination of left turn signals on the four traffic lights downtown. What a relief it would be to be able to get through the central business district without having to stop for a red light or left turn signal.
• A change of attitude on the part of the city’s residents who buy elsewhere without giving a thought to the benefits of spending their money at home
• Open up the city’s ball fields to travel team tournaments during off-seasons as a means of generating additional revenue for local merchants and the city’s general fund.
• Develop a plan to accentuate the Bethel Road curb appear of the New Hartselle High School.
• Enhance and promote the city’s community identity by improving the eye-appeal of its gateways and corridors, upgrading way-finding signage and stronger enforcement of zoning and landscape ordinances
• Strengthen workforce training programs through vocational and technical training opportunities and career counseling in city schools.
• A mild winter, an early spring and a long summer and fall
• Last but not least, good health, happiness and prosperity for everyone.
Clif Knight is a staff writer for the Hartselle Enquirer.