State of Community event set April 20

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In a departure from the past, Lindale Mayor Jeff Daugherty will host the “State of the Community’’ celebration on Thursday, April 20 at Picker’s Pavilion in downtown Lindale.

Activities will get under way at 5:30 p.m.

Daugherty, who was looking for a way to expand on the annual “State of the City’’ message each February at the Lindale ISD Performing Arts Center, decided to utilize one of Lindale’s most popular gathering areas and add other speakers to include Tyler Junior College and representatives from state lawmakers’ offices as well as city, LISD, county and business leaders.

“Mayor Daugherty has said he wants this to become a community celebration,’’ said Seong MacLaren, director of downtown development for the city of Lindale. “It won’t be quite as information heavy as the meetings of the past and will offer a real sense of community.’’

She said there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks for everyone, provided by Republic Services.

Representatives from the city, the LISD, the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lindale Economic Development Corporation, will all speak for approximately five minutes on their specific area, MacLaren said.

In February 2012, then Lindale Mayor Jim Mallory delivered the first State of the City address at the LISD PAC, which included power point presentations from LISD, LEDC and LACC officials.

The PAC was used the next four years during February for the address, but when Daugherty was elected mayor this past year he voiced his desire to move the event to a different location and during a warmer month.

“It always seemed that fewer and fewer people were attending,’’ Daugherty said. “The weather, I’m sure, had a lot to do with it so I thought we should switch it to a place and time to better serve the community.’’

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