Monteagle Mayor Marilyn Nixon has launched a re-election campaign.
She said, "I can hardly believe it is election time again. My first term as your mayor has flown by. In 2010, I ran as the candidate who would work towards making Monteagle a better place to live, work and play. I know a lot of people rarely get a chance to see all the behind the scenes work that goes on here at City Hall, but I think it is important that you know we are diligently making sure your town government is using sound judgment in both daily and long term decisions that affect the quality of life here in Monteagle.
"Here are a few highlights:
Established Town Hall meetings and citizen committees.
Streamlined procedures and updated policies that are fair to everyone and cost efficient.
Empowered department heads and employees to be the best they can be as well as hold everyone accountable for their work.
Brought back Community Events with a community feel.
Created a town master road map and a priority list for maintenance and repair.
Established a Corridor Plan that will increase safety from exit to exit.
Enhanced Fire service capability with the addition of a tanker truck and ramped-up a neighborhood watch program and an active reserve officer program within our Police department for safer streets.
Downsized Main Street to create a safer downtown for our children and our residents.
Received our first grant for the new Parks and Recreation plan and created a new Parks and Recreation department for our children.
Created a permanent home for our seniors and new programs for them to enjoy.
"Another aspect of town government that we have focused on is to create sound fiscal policies and a positive business environment that creates jobs and tax revenues for the Town of Monteagle.
"After a seven-year waste/new building moratorium, the town of Monteagle successfully opened their new wastewater plant, on-budget and on-time. This achievement effectively ended a 10-year battle with the state authorities that cost the town more than a great deal of money, but its reputation as well.
"For the first time in our history, The town of Monteagle received an exemplary state audit report which means that we have complied with the mandated checks and balances needed for sound government practices.
"For the first time in our history, the town of Monteagle, Tenn., received an “A” rating from Standard & Poor’s Investors Services, locking in $100,000 in debt service savings over the next 15 years. This achievement also puts the town in a new category as it relates to investors and expands the number and type of investors willing to invest in the town’s bonds and ultimately results in lower interest rates and therefore significant savings for the taxpayers of the town.
"I would like to thank my fellow aldermen, my staff, my employees and especially all you, the citizens and business owners of Monteagle for the faith and cooperation that allowed us to accomplish these goals. 2010-12 was a term spent focused on foundation building, securing our assets and making a safer, more citizen friendly, small town environment. If you allow me to continue the progress we started, 2012-2016 will be a term focused on building on that foundation and creating a better tomorrow for Monteagle.
"Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you. I ask you for your vote and your support on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Let’s continue the progress together. Let’s continue telling the truth and solving problems to make Monteagle a better place to live, work and play."