Look­ing back at an­nual im­prove­ments in Aragon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

A small town with big goals is the best way to de­scribe Aragon’s per­for­mance through­out 2017. The city doesn’t have the most cit­i­zens or the most money, but Aragon still finds a way to be one of the most ac­tive com­mu­ni­ties around.

Here’s a re­view of some of Aragon’s most shin­ing mo­ments dur­ing 2017:

Aragon spent a lot of time up­dat­ing the city’s in­fra­struc­ture in terms of ac­ces­si­bil­ity, aes­thetic, and safety.

May saw the city add a new park­ing lot at Tom Pittman field that was cre­ated in hopes of mak­ing the an­nual Aragon bar­be­cue eas­ier to get to.

The slat­ing was done just in time for cars to park on it, and other pieces of the lot such as lines and as­phalt were added over time.

A new basketball court was re­cently cre­ated by the city, and an­other smaller court is cur­rently in the works as well. Lo­cals now have a city-owned and main­tained area to shoot hoops.

The com­mu­nity cen­ter re­ceived plenty of love over the past year with $6,000 be­ing spent on sinks, faucets, coun­ter­tops, wall end and fin­ish­ers, cab­i­nets, and trims among other up­grades.

An ad­di­tional $1,629 was spent on black and white stoves, fridges, and mi­crowaves. The white ap­pli­ances are for use in the con­ces­sion stand, the black ap­pli­ances will be used in the com­mu­nity cen­ter.

The city also had new street signs put up around the city to en­sure paramedics, po­lice of­fi­cers, and other of­fi­cials could find their way around. A to­tal of 76 street signs were miss­ing, and that’s how many the city pur­chased.

For ap­prox­i­mately $ 14 a piece, Aragon made sure any new­com­ers would have a hard time get­ting lost within town lim­its.

In terms of roads, Aragon’s coun­cil drafted up a large list of roads that were can­di­dates for repaving and gen­eral re­pairs.

The list or­ga­nizes roads based on their prob­lem and need for at­ten­tion. East Sec­ond Street is listed as a num­ber one pri­or­ity be­cause of nu­mer­ous pot­holes and cracks, and Brum­be­low Street is a num­ber 2 pri­or­ity be­cause of sim­i­lar but less ex­treme prob­lems.

Re­gard­less of the num­ber, the city hopes to see each street re­ceive main­te­nance.

Out­door fes­ti­vals and events proved to be Aragon’s go to form of en­ter­tain­ment this year. In Oc­to­ber, the first-ever Aragon Pump­kin Fest in­vited lo­cals out for a day of arts and crafts, food, hayrides, pump­kin paint­ing, live mu­sic, and much more. Whether the Pump­kin Fest will be an an­nual event is yet to be de­cided, but the city is sure to have some­thing planned for next fall.

The an­nual Aragon Bar­be­cue was one of the county’s most an­tic­i­pated sum­mer events and for good rea­son. The week­end-long event saw a mas­sive crowd gath­ered at Tom Pittman field where a soft­ball tour­na­ment was played along­side mu­sic, mas­sive amounts of bar­be­cue, a pan­cake break­fast, ven­dors, and other non-bar­be­cue foods. The bar­be­cue is sure to take place again in the sum­mer of 2018.

Chil­dren’s Day is an­other Aragon event. Themed around youth, chil­dren’s day hon­ors up­com­ing gen­er­a­tions and gives them plenty to do. The event is held every spring and 2018 is sure to see a visit from the day.

The city did ex­pe­ri­ence in­com­plete or dropped projects, how­ever. The city had a chili cook-off that failed to bring in sus­tain­able en­trants and had to can­cel.

Also, the town’s sec­ond an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade was called off af­ter float count was low. While un­suc­cess­ful, the town did at­tempt to bring new events to the city.

2017 is also the year cur­rent mayor Garry Bald­win was se­lected to lead the city. Since en­ter­ing of­fice, Bald­win has been a driv­ing force be­hind many of the changes and de­vel­op­ments within Aragon, and the mayor made good on many of his prom­ises such as cre­at­ing new basketball goals and in­creased recre­ation.

While not ev­ery­thing has gone the city’s way, Aragon is mak­ing leaps and bounds com­pared to a few years ago.

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