During the 30-minute visit, Gross and town clerk Marcy Brown briefed Aderholt on plans for the Parrish Municipal Park, improvements to the town’s financial situation and current projects under way to continue Parrish’s progress. Gross expressed that one of his top desires is for the town’s roads to be repaved — which has not occurred in more than 50 years.
“I go to other towns and I see these smooth streets and I feel so inadequate that nothing has been done about our roads,” Gross said. “The people of our town deserve to have good roads that they can be proud of.”
Aderholt, who was joined by his chief of staff, Brian Rell, and district field director Paul Housel, praised the work the town has made in its effort for improvement, calling Parrish a “town that other small towns can learn from.”
“I had heard about the positive things going on here and after the obstacles and challenges they’ve faced in the past that have impeded them, it’s refreshing to see what is going on now in Parrish,” Aderholt said. “I’ve talked to more than one person who has told me of the great job the current administration has done and just driving through town, you can see the vibrant atmosphere and good things they’ve got going. I think the town is very proud of what their leadership is doing. They’re moving forward and I think their progress should serve as encouragement for other small towns.”
Gross said the visit by Aderholt, as well as recent visits by state and federal legislators, makes him feel that the town is moving in the right direction. Gross added he is proud that the town is gaining the notice of the legislators.
“I was both thrilled and excited that Rep. Aderholt paid us a visit today and that he was interested in listening to the plans on our future,” Gross said. “That the caliber of these officials come here considering what we’ve come from in the past and what we’re doing today is special. It’s the work of our town council, our leaders and our citizens who have made this possible and we’re going to continue to make the members of this community proud.”