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Mount Vernon Mayor John Lewis points to progress in his State of the City Address

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In his State of the City address recently, Mt. Vernon Mayor John Lewis highlighted the city's recent accomplishments, as well as what the city needs to do moving forward. The Mayor said over the last several years the city has begun a 97 million dollar project to upgrade the city's water and sewer systems.

"We're about 25 million dollars into that project already. We went from a high of 60 to 80 leaks per month, down to three to seven, saving saving the city tens of thousands of dollars in overtime."

Lewis said, like many other cities, Mount Vernon has sometimes found it difficult to navigate the changing rules caused by the uptick in Covid -19, but he says despite the divisiveness and hardships the pandemic has caused, he is confident Mount Vernon will eventually weather through it and get back to normal.

His address can be viewed by browsing to: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=282304853967712

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Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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