Sallisaw city officials agree that the biggest news story of 2019 was the decision to build the new veterans center here.
Mayor Ernie Martens and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marty Green said the decision is one that will impact the city for years to come. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in early summer and construction will begin shortly afterward, they said.
Martens also said the completion of the city’s Splash Pad and the renovation of the Chamber of Commerce office were key events for 2019. Renovation of the new civic center has begun, he said, and it is expected to be open in late January or early February.
The mayor said he is also ready for street repairs to begin throughout the city. “Getting the streets repaired will be a big deal” for residents and business owners, he said.
“There’s a feeling in the air, an excitement” about the possibilities the new center will bring to Sallisaw, Green said. “We are real excited about what the future will bring,” he said.
Green said he hopes the new jobs the center will create will bring even more people into the city and will provide more business opportunities for residents as well. “We think there will be a domino effect” of new businesses popping up, he said.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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