Last month, we reflected on the year that was 2019. In this month’s article, we will explore just a few of the goals for the City of Bolivar in 2020.
One of the primary goals for 2020 is to continue to build upon projects that were initiated in 2019. This year, we will focus on moving forward with phase 1 of the Sand Beach Lake project. As you may recall, we introduced the vision for Sand Beach Lake in May of 2019. The area is already in use for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and hiking. The parks and recreation staff have been busy this winter cutting underbrush, clearing the main trail, and completing foundational dirt and gravel work. We look forward to beginning phase 1 of the project later this year.
Camp Bolivar, a one-week day camp for local 5th grade school children, was a tremendous success in 2019. We were so excited with the success of this event that we are doing it again in 2020. During the week-long event, children learned about the services provided by our city departments, visited local businesses and organizations, learned about finance and banking, and learned about the history of Bolivar. The group topped the week off with a service project to give back to the community. We have already sent out the registration forms for the 2020 camp and look forward to hosting this event again this year.
We will host the BolivarWorks job and career fair again in October. BolivarWorks is the city’s workforce initiative that was implemented in 2018. Each year, we have had approximately 50 businesses, agencies, educational institutions, and organizations to participate in the one-day event to help connect our citizens with employers and educational institutions.
Finally, one of our newest and most exciting projects is the City of Bolivar Community Garden. We have begun development of the community garden which will be located at Pleasant Run Creek Park. While still in the early stages of development, we anticipate that the garden will be a tremendous success in our community. For more information on how you can participate, please visit our Facebook page (City of Bolivar Community Garden).
These initiatives are just a few that we plan to achieve in 2020. We will also be working with our local businesses, agencies, and organizations, and Bolivar Main Street, to bring new and exciting events to our city and our downtown area. We are excited about the future of our city and look forward to sharing more information with you in upcoming editions of Moments With The Mayor!
Mayor Julian McTizic, Sr.
Christian Care Center Breaks Ground
On January 27, 2020, Christian Care Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility to be located on Highway 64 West just west of Bolivar.
We are excited to welcome Christian Care Center to our Bolivar family. The facility will be a state-of-the-art 67-bed skilled nursing center certified for traditional long term care and intensive short term rehabilitation.
Christian Care Center will employ approximately 70 people with an annual gross payroll of an estimated $2.25 million dollars.
Construction of the new facility will begin soon with a projected opening date of December 2020.
Meet Your Neighbor
February’s neighbor is Mrs. Linda Clifft. Meeting people like Mrs. Clifft is exactly why I love my job. She was nice, extremely personable, humorous, an avid Vols fan, and has an absolutely beautiful smile. Mrs. Clifft comes to Bolivar by way of Virginia. Born in Danville, Virginia, she eventually made her way to Arlington. During her early adult years, she worked at the Pentagon in the personnel office of the Secretary of the Army. One day, while waiting at a bus stop to go to work, she met Mr. Richard Clifft. This happenstance meeting led her to a life of wedded bliss with Mr. Richard Clifft and to Bolivar.
Together, they have one daughter and three grandchildren. Mrs. Clifft is the former Director of the Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce and now works in the Hardeman County Trustee’s office. Having come to Bolivar from a metropolitan area, Mrs. Clifft just loves the feel and the people of a small town where everybody is friendly.
What’s humbling about this story was her reaction when Mayor McTizic told her that we would like to feature her as our February neighbor. Mrs. Clifft said, “Why me? I haven’t done anything important.” Mayor McTizic replied, “Why not you? You are important to us.” This interaction between them made me appreciate the things that are great about small towns. In small towns, EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT. In the case of our small town, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts; the whole is greater BECAUSE of the sum of its parts, and it is neighbors like Mrs. Clifft that make Bolivar such a great place to live.
If you see Ms. Clifft out and about, be sure to say HELLO! If you see Mayor McTizic and I out and about, you may be our next featured neighbor!
Here's Your Sneak Peak at Simon's Fish Camp & Grill
At the intersection of North Main Street and West Jackson Street
Bolivar's Newest Restaurant
Owner: Jeff Goss
Renovation by: Brad Grantham Architectural Design Build
COMING SPRING 2020
Including outdoor, covered patio terrace with live entertainment stage
Stay tuned for your sneak peak inside Simon's Fish Camp & Grill in next month's edition of Moments With the Mayor!
The Code Compliance Division of the City of Bolivar maintains Bolivar's status as a clean, livable city by ensuring property complies with rules set forth by the Bolivar City Council. The code compliance officer routinely patrols neighborhoods for code violations and to investigate complaints with the mission of abating issues and educating residents.
If you observe violations, please report them to Ricky Watkins, Code Compliance Officer, via the "Report A Concern" feature on our website, by phone to (731)658-2020, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.