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I am so proud of the people of West. Your grit and determination to rebuild is something to be admired.
West celebrates another step on the way to recovery
Tommy Witherspoon | Waco Tribune
Friday was a day of pride and celebration in West, as residents and elected officials took time to acknowledge how far the city has come in its rebuilding efforts since the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion.
There was so much Czech pride flowing that State Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station, even insisted that Justice of the Peace David Pareya, emcee for Friday’s street/infrastructure project dedication ceremony, pronounce his often-mispronounced last name with a Czech flair.
The hourlong ceremony was held in the middle of North Davis Street in front of the SOKOL Lodge Lone Star Hall to mark the completion of a $5.8 million project to repair and rebuild streets and water and sewer lines on the city’s north side.
Pareya and Kacal were joined by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, West Mayor Tommy Muska, Jed Walker of Walker Partners, Mike Barnett of Barnett Contracting and McLennan County Emergency Management Director Frank Patterson, who all gave brief talks praising the rebuilding efforts and the teamwork involved in West’s colossal comeback.
“The folks of West are just an incredibly hardy people,” Flores said. “Think about this. What if every community in the United States were like West? We would have a much better world than we have today. One of the things I think about when I’m in Washington is what if we could have every community be like West?”