Rockwall County mayors recently shared a “state of the address” for their cities with The Dallas Morning News.
Here’s what Heath Mayor Lorne Liechty had to say…
Q: What are some highlights for Heath this year, and how will they affect the city in 2015?
A: We began working on Capital Improvement Plan projects in 2014. This will provide better infrastructure for our city in 2015.
CVS announced that it was opening a store in Heath in 2014. This will provide improved shopping convenience for our citizens in 2015.
New residential developments were approved in 2014, which will bring new housing and residents to our community in 2015.
Q: How will 2015 differ from 2014?
A: It’s hard to predict the future, but I think that we will see increases in residential building permits, and new commercial developments in 2015.
Q: What challenges and opportunities do you anticipate for Heath in 2015?
A: Managing growth will be our primary challenge and opportunity. Commencement of construction on FM740 South may test our patience, but it will provide improved traffic flow in the long run.
Q: What are some of the ways residents can contribute to their community in 2015?
A: There are so many ways residents can contribute, including: Welcoming new residents and making them feel at home in Heath. Being involved in their children’s schools. This has a significant impact in building a sense of community. Volunteering to serve on a city board. Participating in our Heart of Heath 5K run, our Fourth of July Parade and our other community events. Sharing ideas on ways to improve our community.
Q: What are some of the city developments and projects residents can look forward to this year?
A: Road construction to improve traffic flows. New commercial developments. Improved community events, such as the expanded Holiday in the Park, which we enjoyed Dec. 5.
Q: What are your hopes for Heath in the new year?
A: I want Heath to retain its charm and sense of community during a period of growth, and for all of our citizens to be proud that they live in Heath.
Q: What resolutions are you making for 2015?
A: To be responsive to citizen input. To look for new and creative ways to improve our community. To work to make our city the No. 1 community in the D/FW metroplex.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
A: I look forward to meeting new neighbors in 2015 and new opportunities to serve our community.
Read original article on the Dallas Morning News website.