Last Modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:49 PM
The City of Sulphur has had a “great year” as several major projects have been announced and executed, Mayor Chris Duncan said.
In 2012 the city entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Sulphur Parks and Recreation for The Grove — an extension to Heritage Square, purchased the former Old Tyme Variety Store for a future judicial center, broke ground on the West Cal Events Center, announced that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be adding a visitors center to the area, and began its Parish Road Project.
“We have started work on several things that will be a major asset to our city, like The Grove and the West Cal Events Center,” Duncan said. “A lot of the projects that are underway will bring more people to the area and will help Sulphur continue to grow.”
Duncan said the City also annexed several pieces of land for future development.
“We annexed some property behind the new events center and there will be big plans for development there coming in the future that will be another big asset to the community,” he added.
He said the city also annexed two pieces of property on Prater Road
“Right now we are enjoying an economic boom in our area, and I expect there to be more of an economic boom in the future with all the development that we have in the works now,” Duncan said.
Duncan said with Sulphur’s growth, several restaurant chains have inquired with the City to bring business to the area.
Increasing community involvement, adding recycling programs, and providing local activities are a few goals Duncan said he had for 2012, of which he said were successful endeavors.
“The community involvement is one thing that really stands out to me when I think back on the year,” he said. “When there’s a need this community really steps up and delivers. For example, following Hurricane Isaac, the local community with the help of others really came out and made sure our neighbors in Southeast Louisiana were taken care of and their needs were met. Community involvement has been tremendous.”
Duncan said the implementation of a recycling program in the city has been a success, too.
“Our recycling effort has really gone through the roof, and it picked up even more over the holiday season,” he said.
Three Sulphur schools currently have a recycling program started by the city, and Duncan said he hopes to have the program in every school in Sulphur in the new year.
Duncan said one of the biggest challenges he faced in 2012 was balancing the budget, which currently has a deficit.
“The budget is a big challenge every year, we are still tightening our belt and we have made progress in getting to a balanced budget,” he said. “In 2013 I would like to get the budget completely balanced.”
Goals for 2013
In the new year, Duncan said he hopes the year will be as big of a year for the city as 2012 was.
“I hope to continue to increase community involvement with activities like Movies in the Square, which was really successful,” he said. “And with the completion of The Grove we hope to add more activities in the city for people to come out and enjoy.”
Duncan said some of the challenges in the new year will include infrastructure.
“Our roads and our water and sewer system are some of our major concerns, especially with the growth we’re seeing,” he said. “Those will be things that we start looking at and taking care of in the new year so that we can handle the growth that we’re experiencing and that we anticipate we will continue experiencing.”