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Abilene Mayor's State of City address speaks of new hotel downtown, future plans for water

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 22 2013 09:39:40 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2013 07:49:20 AM CST
Norm Archibald

ABILENE, TX -

Could another hotel be coming to downtown Abilene? Is Abilene prepared for future water needs?

Both issues were highlights of Mayor Norm Archibald's sixth State of the City Address Monday at the Civic Center.

The forum also included a state of the district presentation led by Abilene School Superintendent Heath Burns and for the first time, State of the County given by Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls.

City issues took center stage. High on the Mayor's wishlist Archibald proposes demolishing the Greyhound bus station and replacing it with a hotel downtown connecting the civic center.

Archibald also outlined progress on the nearly 200 million dollar Cedar Ridge Reservoir project to be built north of Abilene.

"We're thinking it might be 2016  to 2017 as we begin to actually get the opportunity to have those permits in place," said Archibald.

The Mayor says the city has planned for a water supply through 2060. Some additional notes in this address were from County Judge Bolls. He talked about Taylor County's successful partnerships to provide fire and ambulance service, and the need to review employee pay.

"We currently employ 535 employees," said Bolls. "They make a very good benefit package but we're looking right now at what we pay them, how we compensate them and trying to make some realistic adjustments in that."