Re-elected mayors look toward next four yearsBy Stephen Dawkins Published 5:18pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Hilyer said he is proud of progress made in his first four years–eight new businesses brought to town, debt being paid down and no new debt being added, raises for town employees and about half a million dollars in grant money–and hopes Thorsby can stay on the right track.
“We’re going to chase down every grant we can afford,” Hilyer said and added that some grants are out of the town’s reach because of the required matching funds.
As town officials try to entice even more businesses, an issue that will come up is Thorsby’s lack of space, Hilyer said.
“We’re at a point now where we’re blocked in,” he said.
Several unused properties in Thorsby’s downtown area were recently condemned, which could eventually lead to the space being available for new businesses.
Hilyer said he also wants the town to continue to enhance its image and appeal through embracing Thorsby’s Norwegian heritage. The annual Swedish Festival, which is scheduled this year for Oct. 13, is an important part of that effort.
Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed could not be reached for comment Wednesday.