Ingram focused on youth activities heading into 2022 | News


Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram reflected on the past year as he planned the direction of his goal for next year.

Ingram expressed his belief that this year has been better for the county than the year before.

“Overall it’s been a very solid year,” Ingram said. “It’s been a year of recovery in many areas and for the county as a whole we’ve seen much better progress and we’ve seen this wonderful economic growth and tremendous industrial growth.”

Part of the industrial growth has led to the sale of 72 acres of the Niles Ferry Industrial Park and a further 35 acres are currently under negotiation.

“We put 30 properties back on the tax roll in the county, which hasn’t been done in over 20 years, and a lot of great things have happened,” Ingram said. “There are so many things I can list. Our fund balance here in the county pumps out $12 million and just recently at the county commission we voted to set aside $4 million for capital projects and we’ve never done that in the county. history of this county.

The county also received more than $21 million in grants during the year.

“I think the recovery from the pandemic has gone extremely well,” he said. “The hot topic right now, which is at the state level and not at the local level, is the vaccination mandate with employers, but that obviously ties into federal court. People keep getting vaccinated and our COVID numbers have gone down because either people have been vaccinated or they already have.

Ingram had several projects planned for this year that he was able to complete.

“One of the elements was a water pipeline project that covered five and a half miles,” Ingram said. “It served 73 homes. We still have about nine miles to go with this ARP money, which will serve 159 homes. We are finishing the radio project, which will be a huge lifesaver for our first responders in the county, we were able to put four more ambulances on the road. These are just a few examples of everything we have done. »

Looking ahead to next year, Ingram would like to focus more on youth activities outside of school.

“Now that we have completed some projects that we wanted to do, youth development will be our priority,” he noted. “Another challenge that I think we will see in the long term will be affordable housing with all the jobs coming into the county. These people would like to have a place to live when they come here. I’m definitely not going to subdivide the farms, I’m a farmer myself, but it’s going to be a challenge for us to figure out the housing around our county to accommodate the new jobs and positions that we will have. ”

Ingram had a thoughtful moment while considering the new animal shelter building.

“The approval of the new animal shelter and the deal with MCFA was definitely a big deal this year,” Ingram said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how things turn out with the new shelter.”

Ingram thinks this year has been an “exciting” year for Monroe County.

“It’s been a very exciting and busy year in Monroe County,” he said. “We just want to build on our momentum next year. We come to work every day. I am not a flashy politician and have never claimed to be a flashy politician, we just come to work everyday and try to do our best for the citizens of the county.


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