Mayor’s Corner

After a few busy months to end the 2023 year, I was recently able to sit down with Mayor Jim McCamy to get an update on the City of Scottsboro. McCamy began by thanking all employees of the City of Scottsboro for their hard, unending work during the ice storms in January. McCamy stated, “During the weather event, all of the city departments did a tremendous job with the weather. The police department, fire department, street department, sanitation department, Scottsboro Water Sewer and Gas, Scottsboro Electric Power Board all did a great job keeping things going. There was nothing we could do with the ice. We had a couple streets that we couldn’t access until Friday of that week. Department head, Stacy Ledwell couldn’t get garbage trucks out around the Goose Pond subdivision. Employees of the Street Department worked four days in order to get access to July Mountain. On Friday, the employees were finally able to gain access to the area after scraping and de-icing.”

McCamy said that the frontage road, running from Micah Way to Trinity Baptist Church, has been completed and striped. The road should open any day now. He is hopeful that the road will assist in traffic congestion in the area.

The demolition projects for 2024 have begun. McCamy reported that work is currently being done in the area of North Houston Street. He stated that Carver School has been completed and several other structures are in the process of being demolished. McCamy went on to state that over 20 dilapidated and condemned structures, many in residential areas, throughout the city will be demolished as a part of this project.

McCamy explained that the quarterly Jackson County Mayor’s meetings started back up last week. He is excited for the meetings to begin for 2024 and looks forward to updates throughout Jackson County.

“Dunkin Donuts opened Tuesday, January 16. With the ice storm, they were unable to hold their ribbon cutting, but were still able to open. I believe they’ve done well since opening. We are very happy to have them in our city. Mavis Tire, which is being built next to Publix, has began construction. Due to weather issues, they’ve been delayed. However, they are working on it. Five Below is set to open, according to their banner, on February 9.” McCamy said that he is very happy to have these new businesses and excited to see what is to come.

Extended hours downtown will be held on February 8. The list of businesses will be on the Downtown Scottsboro Facebook page.

Site clearing has began on the new housing development located off of Phillips Drive. The DR Horton Development, that came before the Planning Commission in January has began. The development includes 116 homes. McCamy stated, “We are really looking forward to getting housing for our citizens.”

McCamy also spoke regarding the designated market area issue with television and the FCC. According to McCamy, the joint effort between the City of Scottsboro, Jackson County Commission, Scottsboro Electric Power Board and the Legislative Delegation is still in process. McCamy stated that the group is currently waiting for a response from satellite providers. As soon as that response is received the package will then go to the FCC. McCamy said there are five points that have to be addressed and those will be addressed very well.

McCamy ended by congratulating and wishing Finance Director Rick Wheeler, who worked with the City of Scottsboro for over 25 years, the best of luck. Wheeler officially retired on February 1.


by Heather Dohring

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