On Thursday, January 28, 2010 the City of Lincolnton’s Public Works and Utilities Department was honored as 2009 Main Street Champions at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Dinner in New Bern, NC. The department was selected for this special recognition by the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton (DDA) in appreciation of its commitment to keeping downtown Lincolnton clean, attractive, and desirable.
In its nomination of the department, the DDA cited Public Works and Utilities employees’ exemplary efforts in preparing the city for special events and festivals: ensuring power, water, and disposal are available where needed; handling road closings and logistical details; and collecting trash and debris. Though an event may bring thousands of visitors to downtown Lincolnton, the Public Works and Utilities employees ensure that, often within just a few hours of the event’s conclusion, no signs of the festival remain.
The nomination further praised the department’s proficiency in maintaining downtown amenities, such as lampposts, benches, and trash receptacles; as well as its efforts in decorating downtown for the Holidays – the electric division of the department installs the Community Christmas Tree and downtown Christmas decorations.
Each of the state’s active Main Street programs is given the opportunity annually to recognize a local Main Street Champion – a designation that acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of those persons who have played pivotal roles in the revitalization of their downtowns. The DDA selected the Public Works and Utilities Department for the honor because of the often the unacknowledged daily and special efforts that are made to make downtown Lincolnton such a great place to live, work, play and visit.