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By Mayor Trenton G. Crewe, Jr.


     Another year is almost over and we find ourselves near the closing of a large project of construction and revitalization in our
     Downtown.

     By the time you receive this information, we anticipate that the milling and paving work on Main Street should be near comple-
     tion, as it began in late-October. We have also bid the line painting and traffic control measures for this area. The Heritage Walk,
     between Main Street and Spring Street, is now essentially finished and has added an attractive walkway through our downtown
     district. The outdoor shelter at the Farmers Market is a beautiful addition. Interior renovations are underway to create restrooms
     at the facility. Most of the new light poles have been installed by Appalachian Power Company and the new traffic signals are
     operational. Many new businesses have been opening over the last few months and we anticipate this to continue in 2018. We
     will celebrate this revitalization work with a variety of activities and ceremonies prior to the annual Christmas Parade on Satur-
     day, December 2. I will be honored to serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal this year and hope that our community will come out
     and experience these events as our town kicks off the holiday season. Additional activities, including the annual Tree Lighting,
     will be held in Withers Park the evening before on December 1. Stay tuned for more details about these events as they become
     available at www.DowntownWytheville.org.

     In an effort to encourage fire detection and prevention, the Town of Wytheville Department of Public Safety has instituted a new
     program to provide free smoke alarms for citizens who cannot afford them. You may contact the Wytheville Fire Department at
     223-3302 for more information about this program.

     Wytheville Town Council has also adopted a resolution to join the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Cities and Towns
     Campaign. This initiative champions local government policies that improve access to healthy foods and physical activity in
     communities throughout Maryland and Virginia. We are fortunate that our community already has walking and exercise venues
     in place to help our citizens improve their health. We are also pursuing additional funding from the Virginia Department of
     Transportation for the construction of sidewalk improvements at different locations throughout the town to make this an even
     more walkable community. In the months to come, you will learn more about other ways that this program will contribute to the
     well-being of our citizens.

     A new burning system has recently been added to our brush collection program. Weighing approximately 27 tons, this large
     piece of equipment has been placed in an area of the closed landfill where brush is disposed. The burning operation is very effi-
     cient and virtually eliminates smoke plumes from rising over the disposal site. For many years, citizens have been concerned
     about the smoke emission from the burning process. Until now, there have been few methods for correcting the situation. We are
     pleased that we have been able to acquire such equipment for its efficiency and environmental attributes.

     On behalf of Wytheville Town Council, I would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. I welcome
     the opportunity to talk to you regarding your ideas and concerns. My office, at the Wytheville Municipal Building, is open prior
     to Council meetings on the second and fourth Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and other times by appointment.  I can also be
     reached by phone at 223-3356 or via email at tcrewe@wytheville.org.




                                                        NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM SHOP
                                               2017 Heritage Christmas Ornament


                                                                  Wythe County Blanket Chest
                                                           24-karat gold plated brass ornament in 3-D
                                                                        $20.00 (plus tax)
                                                                       The Museum Shop
                                                         975 Tazewell Street (inside the visitors center)
                                                              276-223-3372—Open M-Sat 10-4:30
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