Lula Mayor Jim Grier gave his State of the City address Tuesday, reflecting on the city’s accomplishments in 2019 and looking ahead to 2020.
One highlight of the year was completing renovations at the city’s downtown depot, which is now a community event space. The building was gutted and almost completely redone, and improvements include audiovisual technology and a new look for the stage area. The depot will host a movie night the Friday before the city’s annual Railroad Days this spring, allowing the city to extend the celebration.
The city has also moved forward on some upgrades to its water and sewer systems. A planned sewer extension will go along the southeast side of Ga. 365 from Athens Street to just south of Belton Bridge Road, and going east to the city’s Fifth Street pump station. Lula has acquired a well on Ga. 365 and will be adapting it for public use, expanding the city’s water capacity.
Lula also got new walking trails at Wellness Park and established a development authority and planning commission.
Grier thanked city staff, council members and the community for their work and support.
“Although much has been accomplished in 2019, there is more to be done in 2020 and beyond to continue moving toward our vision for the community,” Grier said in his report.