MAYOR FRED WIEDNER
Dear Lexington Community and Lucky Future Lexington Residents,
It’s hard to imagine raising our family anywhere besides Lexington. This growing city with its small-town feel is so easy to call home. The nearby orchards and wineries, coupled with the quaint shops of its historic downtown already set a picturesque scene for the adults. But it is the community’s safe environment and upbeat attitude that are key characteristics we dreamed our children would be surrounded with as they grow.
This home of ours has become even more precious to us this year. I am honored, grateful, and excited for the opportunity to lead this city as your Mayor. It is a privilege and a responsibility I will approach with the utmost care. I will lead our community with transparence in City Hall practices and with sound fiscal management. I look forward to seeing growth in our economic development and increased efficiency in our infrastructure. Lexington was once dubbed the “Athens of the West” due to the number of higher education institutions established here, and I want to build on that legacy and foster a vigorous and contagious pride in our schools.
As we look to the future, I want to be sure to also celebrate our past. Lexington is rich with history, and I’m passionate about both preserving it and sharing it with the world. The Civil War Battle of the Hemp Bales is just one historic event that took place on this soil. Soldiers from the Missouri State Guard used hemp bales as moving breastworks as they closed against the Federal military post in the Masonic College, giving the battle over 150 years later. Evidence of multiple cannon shots and bullet holes can also be seen inside and outside the Anderson House, which is now an official Historic Site with visitor center.
Beauty and strength stand resolute in the architecture of the many historic homes in the area, as well as in the columns of the former Wentworth Military Academy and College, which was founded in 1880. Just as the historic buildings seem to tell their stories, the 10 million dollar modern addition to the Lafayette Regional Health Center certainly speaks volumes as well. Committed to the care and improvement of life, the award winning acute care hospital offers specialty services at a convenient location with practitioners who treat their patients like family.
I am looking forward to everything the coming year has in store for us, especially building deeper relationships with the people who make this community what it is. With citizens who love Lexington as much as I do. With residents who are genuinely concerned about the well-being of their own neighbors, keeping with the spirit of the wagon trains that left Lexington heading west in the 1830’s.
As I look forward to welcoming others into our town as well, with open arms, the way the people of this wonderful city already do for each other. Lexington is a place of belonging, a place of support. And the only way I could feel anymore supported by this town is if there was a line of residents at my back door with warm coffee and hugs when I leave for work each morning. (I’m not necessarily making a suggestion here, but I certainly wouldn’t ever turn anyone away either. ;)