Underground Beautification

1 decade 3 years 4 days ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:30:59 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

While Gilbert Love is mowing his lawn above ground, Kingdom Telephone wants to ring up a few changes below ground by burying the phone lines.Neighbors say it'll save them strife in stormy weather.

"You ain't got electric lines over the top of your house or to hook to your house to pull the boards off when the line breaks or something." said Love.

According to Love it's about more than just safety, it's about progress.

"In any business you can't just stand still you got to have, got to kind of keep up with the times," said Love.

Crews have already started the job on the west side of town, but the mayor wants the plan to move just a little further east to Main Street. Ditching above ground phone lines is all part of the mayor's plan to beautify downtown.

"We felt this was something that would be really beneficial to the city," said Mayor Daryll Walker.

His goal is to turn this suffering downtown into a thriving beautiful shopping area and bring in big business.

"To say that I'm enthusiastic about the Kingdom Telephone company project would be less than," said Walker. "I'm actually excited about it."

Still, Love said the mayor's plan will not be enough.

"I think our downtown area, it's gonna take a pretty good wind to blow her back into business," said Love.

Walker hopes business will soon spring up from the drawing board. He said the money for the beautification project has already been set aside so it should not cost taxpayers any more money.

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