Bicknell Mayor Thomas Estabrook touted the city’s success with the Blight Elimination Program during his state of the city address this week.
Estabrook says the city has demolished 29 properties under the program. When coupled with the demolition under the city’s unsafe building ordinance, 45 blighted properties have been razed since the beginning of 2016.
Estabrook promised to continue efforts to improve the city’s infrastructure. During the last two and a half years, Estabrook says nearly $800,000 has been invested in city streets with $300,000 coming from the city and the remainder coming from the Community Crossings program. The Mayor also announced that portions of the North Main Street sidewalk project will be included in the city’s Community Crossings application to the state. The project, if approved, would include new pavement, handicapped curb ramps and drainage boxes between 6th Street and State Road 67 on North Main.