by Martha Smith
Scottsboro City Mayor Jim McCamy recently made note of the Freedom Celebration and parade hosted by Main Street. The event was held on July 4th on the downtown Scottsboro square.
“I think everybody enjoyed it, and they [Main Street] did a really good job with it.” For four days recently, McCamy and his staff were in finance/budget meetings with department heads on an individual basis. The purpose being to bring a budget together to bring to City Council, who are likely to begin their budget meetings in August.
“We’ll have what we put together to give to Council,” the Mayor stated, “and then they’ll have their budget meetings to discuss other things with the department heads. That is moving along very well.”
As far as resurfacing for Scottsboro, the first paving package has reached completion, even down to striping the newly paved streets. The second package is currently out for bid and should be in the end of this week.
The Mayor stated, “That second package is going to be for Bob Jones from Winn Road to Anderson Road. And then Anderson from Bob Jones to Broad Street. It is a lot. Council has really committed to funding resurfacing, so they’ve been really great to work with to fund this resurfacing. And it makes a difference. College, Kyle, Garland Ferry, Bynum, they’re all great. The Council has really stepped up and is doing everything they can to make these improvements.”
The Mayor also referenced the recent groundbreaking ceremony held at Shops of Scottsboro where the new Publix will be.
“It’s not only a great thing for Scottsboro but for Jackson County. This is going to impact the whole community,” the Mayor stated.
McCamy also pointed out the many individuals and officials who made the project possible: Senator Steve Livingston, Representatives Tommy Hanes and Ritchie Horton with the Jackson County Legislative Delegation; City Council President Richard Pudge Bailey, Ralph Dawe, Nita Tolliver, Gary Stewart, Mike Ashburn with the Scottsboro City Council; members of White Development teas and Shops of Scottsboro tenants; members of the Jackson County Commission; members of the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; members of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors; members of Scottsboro Industrial Development Board; Scottsboro Water, Sewer and Gas; Scottsboro Electric Power Board; City of Scottsboro department heads and employees.
He also pointed out City Engineer Josh Little, City Finance Director Rick Wheeler and City Attorney Stephen Kennamer as being vital to the project.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, McCamy made note of the Bynum Foundation’s donation of a new sign that will be stationed at the entrance to Shops of Scottsboro and White Development’s additional donation of 40 feet to allow for the sign, all at no cost to the city.