30 Minutes with Mayor McCamy

Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy has recently attended several important items on his schedule, including a Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County board meeting. Patriots Walkway, funded partly by the Bynum Foundation and the City of Scottsboro, has been completed. This will allow for more opportunities for fundraising to add benches along the trail and will feature Medal of Honor recipients from the state of Alabama. This comes in part as a momentous effort to join up with the Singing River Trail. The park has also applied for a Rural Trail Program grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to keep extending further south.

The mayor stated, “They have done a tremendous job. If anyone has not had a chance to visit the park, I would encourage them to go and experience it.”

Mayor McCamy was also recently present at the groundbreaking for High Country Toyota’s new dealership.
“That is quite a development,” the mayor stated. “It’s going to be huge for Scottsboro. A very good thing.”

The construction for Publix is also moving along as scheduled. When passing by, the walls for the building are now going up. The city has received confirmation that there will be a Publix, TJ Maxx, Pet Depot, Tidal Wave Car Wash, with several outparcels that have not as of yet been contractually secured and are still under negotiations.

“The Publix is still on schedule to be open and ready for business for the projected date of September of 2022,” the mayor stated.

Retail Strategies was recently voted to represent Scottsboro and bring in more business opportunities to the city. The mayor attended the kick-off meeting with Retail Strategies.
“We are excited about the potential for future retail businesses in Scottsboro, so this is a good thing,” McCamy stated.

The mayor also attended the quarterly mayor’s meeting, wherein all mayors in Jackson County give updates on their areas. Representatives from every internet provider were present to discuss broadband and what to look for and expect for Jackson County in the near future.

Lastly, Mayor McCamy attended a My Lake Guntersville stakeholders meeting, where he was updated on the dilemma of invasive aquatic plants, mainly eel grass, that this area is currently contending with. TVA is working to effectively manage the eel grass. There are three harvesters purchased for this purpose, but they will not be ready until 2023, which is why there were several harvesters leased to be used in the meantime.

Scottsboro will be making CGI videos to promote the area. There will be four videos in all, with the first acting as an introduction to the area, the second will highlight economic development, the third, tourism in the area, and the fourth will show the quality of life most residents enjoy on a daily basis.

by Martha Smith

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