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Moments With The Mayor JANUARY 2021

DO YOU BELIEVE?

We have been stuck in our homes with limited outside contact for over 9 months. Did you believe that we would ever see the day when that would happen in America? Thousands of people have lost their lives throughout this pandemic. Did you believe that we would ever see the day when that would happen in America? The nation’s capital building, the seat of our democracy, was violently overrun. Did you believe that we would ever see the day when that would happen in America?

My question now is quite simple, do you believe? There is nothing that we can do about what has happened in our country over the past 9 months. However, there is a great deal that we can do for the future of our city if we only believe and approach every day in a positive manner.

Bolivar is a beautiful city and home to some of the best citizens in the world. We have gorgeous natural scenery. We have new business growth in our downtown area and throughout the city. We have a surrounding county with great growth potential and exciting opportunities.

We have a city government that is unified for the betterment of our residents. We have city employees that are dedicated to providing exceptional service to our residents. We have beautiful parks, trails, athletic fields, gymnasium, outdoor opportunities, a community garden, and Sand Beach Lake phase 1 coming online later this year.

Anatole France said, “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” It is so very simple: Act, Dream, Plan, Believe. I acted when I ran for mayor back in 2016. I shared my vision for Bolivar and continue to share my vision, hopes, and dreams for Bolivar with anyone who will listen. We have a plan to continue our work in making Bolivar a great place to live, work, and play. Finally, I BELIEVE wholeheartedly in this little corner of the world that we call home; in its government; and in its citizens. I would not dream of being anywhere else. Do you believe?

If you see me out and about, be sure to let me know that you believe in us also. I might just have a little gift for you.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

STATE FARM INSURANCE

January 2021

606 Tennessee Street, Bolivar, TN

(731)658-5379

Bolivar Police Recognized at State Level

The Bolivar Police Department is pleased to announce that Officers Tyler Davis and Chris Wilkerson have been awarded the Speed Enforcement and DUI Enforcement awards (respectively) by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO). In addition, Officer Wilkerson was presented with the 2020 Officer of the Year award for the West Tennessee region. The department received second place in the annual law enforcement challenge.

The West Tennessee Highway Safety Awards are given each year to show appreciation for officers, troopers, and deputies that have excelled in highway traffic safety initiatives, such as speed enforcement, occupant protection, distracted driving, and impaired driving. The awards were presented informally on Friday, January 15, 2021, by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO).

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers in the law enforcement community. I am so very proud of our officers for their commitment to public safety and for representing the Bolivar Police Department in such a positive manner,” said Bolivar Police Chief Michael Jones.

Officer Davis has been a law enforcement officer for 1 year. Officer Wilkerson has 15 years of law enforcement experience and joined the Bolivar Police Department in 2019.

INTRODUCING THE MEET UP SPOT

Mayor McTizic and Chief Jones unveiled the new "Meet Up Spot" during the month of January. The Meet Up Spot is located in front of the Bolivar Police Department at 211 West Jackson Street. The location is covered by surveillance cameras and is an ideal area to meet to make internet purchase exchanges. The area is also ideal for parents who need to make custodial transfer of their children. The Bolivar Police Department is excited to be able to offer this safe meeting location for our residents.

Are You Alarmed?

Are Your Alarmed? is a program initiated by the Bolivar Fire Department in 2018. The program is an effort to ensure that every home inside the city limits of Bolivar is protected by smoke alarms. In a collaborative effort with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's office, the alarms are provided free to the public.

"Unfortunately, the program was sidelined in 2020 with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are now making a concerted effort to ensure that everyone in the city knows about the program and can request alarms if they are needed. It is the department's goal to have 100% of homes in the City of Bolivar protected by smoke alarms by the end of 2022." said Chief Price.

Residents can request alarms by calling the department during normal business hours or through an online survey on the department's Facebook page and on the home page of the city website.

It is equally important for us to know that a home is already protected so that we can remove them from our list. If your home is protected, please take just a moment of time and let us know by either calling or submitting the survey form.

City Offices Closed in Observance of the President's Day Holiday

The administrative offices of the City of Bolivar will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021, in observance of the President's Day holiday.

For the week of February 15, 2021, sanitation collection will be delayed by one day. Sanitation collection will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday of this week.

Black History Month

February 2021

Honor ◆ Remember ◆ Inspire

If you would like to learn more about Hardeman County black history, the Bolivar-Hardeman County Library has local black history resources in its history room. The history room has books by Michael Miller, Evelyn Robertson, Katie Brown Bennett, Dwight Fryer, Max Horton, & Tracy Hill. Family histories are also available for review. School yearbooks for a few years are available for the Allen White High School and Bolivar Industrial School.

If you wish to review any of the historical items in our library, please go by and talk with the library staff. Historical items are not available for check-out, but you are allowed to review them in the library.

VALENTINE'S DAY IS COMING UP!

Pick up that special gift for your valentine at one of our local retailers!

#shoplocal

Celebrate with your valentine at one of our local restaurants!

#dinelocal

Happy Valentine's Day

from all of us at the City of Bolivar

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY!

Entrepreneur Empowerment Workshop

Have you ever wanted to open your own business and just didn't know where to start? Please join us for this FREE informative workshop to learn how to start your business.

DID YOU KNOW?

CORONAVIRUS

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still having a tremendous affect on our community and our nation. All of the city-hosted events planned for 2021 have been postponed in an effort to do what is best for our city. You can help us get back on track!

  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19!
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling ill, and seek medical treatment when necessary.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately .
  • Wear a mask when out in public, especially in those areas where social distancing can not be maintained. Ensure your mask covers your mouth and nose.
  • Social distance (at least 6 feet) whenever possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. (Don't forget to disinfect your cell phones several times a day.)
  • If you are ill, please follow the CDC recommendations for quarantine.
  • For more information, please click on the link below to be re-directed to the CDC website.

HERE'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO!

STAY INFORMED!

The Bolivar City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 6:00 PM at the Bolivar Municipal Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Masks are required.

If you are unable to join us in person, the meeting will be streamed live on our Facebook page. Recorded meetings are available on the city website and on our YouTube channel within 48 hours of the meeting.

City council meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Bolivar Municipal Center.

Contact Us!

Bolivar Municipal Center: (731) 658-2020

Mayor McTizic Email: julianmctizic@gmail.com

Social Media Coordinator: sarah.rice.cityofbolivar@gmail.com

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Credits:

Created with images by TheDigitalArtist - "monument president landmark" • PhotoMIX-Company - "heart love sunset" • Nietjuh - "love valentine heart" • pixel2013 - "background texture heart" • enriquelopezgarre - "coronavirus mask infection" • Tyler Lastovich - "Greetings!" • geralt - "information hand touch" • William Iven - "Social Media Facebook" Area photos by Sarah Rice, Social Media Manager.