Mayor Says First Stimuls Funds Could Be On Hand By April

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Newberry was one of 50 mayors who met with President Obama and several White House cabinet members late last week to discuss the American Recovery and Investment Plan. Based on that meeting, Newberry says he expects the city of Lexington to receive monies from the $787 billion stimulus bill as early as April

According to Newberry, a multitude of needs including the city's infrastructure, more police officers and a need for more research dollars at the medical center will be addressed through the stimulus package. Even in the shadow of an economic downturn, Newberry says Lexington's future looks bright.

The mayor says the economic stimulus money will speed up the implementation of a number of projects including improvements m Newtown Pike, the widening of Leestown Road and repair to several sections of New Circle Road.