City of Corbin saw growth, improvements throughout 2019

TEDxCorbin was a first of its kind event hosted at Second and Main in March of 2019. | Photo courtesy of Chris Radcliffe

CORBIN — “Corbin had a great year in 2019, we have had a lot to be proud of and excited about,” wrote Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus in a statement to the Times-Tribune.

The city of Corbin played host to several events and visitors in 2019. In fact, Razmus said the TedX Corbin event held this past spring helped bring positive attention towards the city and it helped prove that Corbin really does love company.

Razmus also mentioned the growth and development of Corbin and the city’s progress on dilapidated and out of code properties as some of its biggest accomplishments.

“We've had amazing growth in our downtown district with new restaurants, shops and entertainment venues and they are enjoying great success,” she stated, later adding, “The Rec Center has new life with a remodel, new fitness equipment and classes. Our new volleyball courts stayed busy all summer, our Rotary Park playground has new equipment for the children, and our dog park continues to be a great addition.”

The major road improvements on the Cumberland Gap Parkway were another bright spot for the city in 2019. Razmus said she expects the improvements and work to continue toward exit 29 in north Corbin during 2020. She also noted that Corbin officials will continue to look for ways to partner with Laurel County for the mutual benefit of both the county and city when it comes to the development of exit 29.

Improving Corbin’s sidewalks and the repaving of neglected streets were a priority of the city officials in 2019. The city received major funding to repair two stretches of sidewalk and street re-pavement, although Razmus admits there is much more work to be done on that front.

The city of Corbin was able to continue its recycling program in 2019, despite cities its size and larger having to abandon theirs.

“We remain committed to doing our best to take care of the community and recycling is a vital piece of the puzzle,” she wrote. “We have a litter control now that regularly travels the city streets gathering trash and we have new garbage cans along walking routes in the downtown district. We will continue to add more in 2020.”

Looking ahead to 2020, Razmus says the completion of the city’s slash pad will be a top priority for the city, as well as continuing to look into other recreation possibilities for Corbin’s residents.

Razmus says the city’s first responders are well staffed, equipped, and trained to respond to the needs of Corbin’s citizens.

With vaping added to the city’s existing smoking ordinance, Razmus says the Corbin will continue to strive to be the healthiest community it can be.

Roadwork will continue to be a focus for the city, as projects to improve exit 25, KY 727, and Scuffletown Road have been sent up to the Frankfort level and are on the agenda.

Razmus says the city will be looking to partner with Corbin Tourism and the Corbin Arena to help maximize the city’s visitors.

“Corbin has the distinct honor of hosting the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation conference this spring, where we plan on rolling out the red carpet,” she wrote. “2020 is going to be another great year!”

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