The City of Berea’s Accomplishments for 2017: 35 Highlights

The City of Berea completed several projects in 2017, improving the infrastructure of the city, creating a positive atmosphere for job and business creation, and keeping Berea on solid financial footing, all while addressing the future needs of the community. Here’s just a sample of what the City of Berea accomplished in 2017:

  1. Property was acquired for shared use trails that will link up as much as 15 miles of trails around Berea, expanding tourism options for visitors and creating new health and recreation resources for local residents.
  2. A plan to widen U.S. 25 North from Ellipse Street to the Bypass was approved after city officials successfully lobbied state legislators to fully fund the road project.
  3. Confronted with a 40% increase in electric rates over five years, Berea bid out its contract for an electric power provider and will now be paying lower electric rates beginning in 2019. The change potentially saves rate payers up to $2 million annually.
  4. The Berea City Council unanimously passed a budget for the first time since 2011. Meanwhile, in fiscal year 2016-2017, the city took in $2.8 million more revenue than expected, and spent $6 million less than it had budgeted.
  5. Duerson Stadium was removed and recycled, and the city is working with Berea Independent Schools to install a new facility in time for the 4th of July celebration and the beginning of the Berea Pirates football season.
  6. Parks and Recreation won funding for the Splash Pad at the Berea Swimming Pool, providing for safe summer activities for small children.
  7. Berea City Park fields were improved, including upgrade of baseball and soccer fields.
  8. The City ended the fiscal year with money in the bank, including $2.7 million set aside for emergencies and $2.2 million in a capital projects fund.
  9. Berea Business Development supported and encouraged the opening of several new business ventures in the city, including restaurants, retailers and craft businesses. More establishments, such as Apollo Pizza, are working toward openings after the new year.
  10. The South Cumberland/Hughes Avenue drainage project was completed under budget.
  11. Manufacturing sites in the Berea Industrial Park were shown to 6 prospective clients in 2017, up from just 2 prospective clients in 2016.
  12. The City passed a resolution and provided logistical support for the 2017 Spoonbread Festival, which organizers reported was the best attended yet.
  13. Berea Planning and Zoning is processing new building permits at an increasing pace as the demand for new housing continues to grow.
  14. A 2008 park improvement