By Nick Nunn staff writer
Morgan County Manager Michael Lamar and Board of Commissioners (BOC) Chair Andy Ainslie spoke briefly at a luncheon held by the Madison Kiwanis Club at the Chop House last Thursday, Jan. 30.
Addressing the members of Kiwanis Club, Lamar stated that he felt that 2013 was a good year, in spite of economic difficulties that were faced by the county.
Lamar then praised the county’s ability to follow through on its initiatives for 2013, including the in-house paving initiative and the profitable use of county-owned facilities such as the county’s lease agreement with the Brand Vaughan Lumber company for a portion of the Public Safety Complex (PSC).
Lamar also stated that the county has been giving a “big push” to updating the 911 system as well as creating a new fire/EMS station in the PSC. Looking toward briefly to 2014, Lamar said that he expects property values to rise approximately 3 percent but that “it’s still going to be a rough year.”
According to Lamar, the county will continue to work toward ensuring that agriculture will remain a viable industry in Morgan County, and the BOC is “working diligently” on developing a farmers market, which would “be a real boon” to the community. Ainslie thanked Lamar for his efforts to keep the county running smoothly, particularly during the recent severe winter.