The Richmond Register


November 7, 2012

Hembree, Powell win seats on Berea City Council



Violet Farmer

During her 30 years on the Berea City Council, Farmer said she has witnessed some milestone accomplishments for the city.

Seeing the city’s first industrial park come to fruition was a major development involving three new industries that “literally provided hundreds of jobs for Berea which we desperately needed,” she said.

“One of the first projects I worked on was retirement for city employees,” Farmer said. “When I first started the council, there was no retirement.”

Another milestone was closing the city’s landfill “without having to increase taxes or borrow any money, which we were told we would have to do.”

The expansion of city parks is something that Farmers holds dear, she said.

The Berea College graduate said she works for the betterment of Berea and wants to see Berea be everything it can be. “I realize the importance of the college to the city.”

Economic development remains at the forefront of major struggles for cities and counties across the U.S., and that includes Berea, she said.

Chester Powell, 64

A 12-year veteran of the Berea City Council and owner of Powell’s Towing and Truck Service, Powell sought another council term because “they can’t seem to figure out how to work together to get the job done,” he said. “I believe with my experience with knowing city government and 43 years of being in business and having to meet a payroll and balance a budget, that I’m well qualified. I want to try and get people to work together and get Berea back on the right track.”

One of the biggest issues facing Berea at the moment is the drug-abuse epidemic, he said.

“Every family has been touched by drugs,” he said. “There’s just not enough we can do.”

Aside from the drug issues, others include growth on the Berea Bypass and storm-water drainage problems, according to Powell.

Exploring the possibility of building a convention/conference center in Berea also should be a priority for council members, he said.

“I think we have the money to do that and that should be well on its way now,” Powell said. “I don’t know what we did with that money. That’s something I’d really like to look into.”

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