Reader questions if move to Russell building is progressive for Alexander City

Dear Editor, It was easy to say for three councilmen to say yes but it was also easy for two councilmen and a councilwoman to say no concerning the potential move of public safety and city hall personnel to the former Russell Corp. Sales Office off of Highway 280. Everyone knows how awful looking the […]

Dear Editor,

It was easy to say for three councilmen to say yes but it was also easy for two councilmen and a councilwoman to say no concerning the potential move of public safety and city hall personnel to the former Russell Corp. Sales Office off of Highway 280.

Everyone knows how awful looking the safety building that houses the police department has looked for many years. Now that the Russell building is supposedly the only most reasonable option, the mayor and some councilmen and police department, along with a few city personnel, is ready to jump up and make our city look progressive, as they term it.

Take note and remember the police department was contemplating moving into the former Russell building, where at one time the president of Russell Corp. and other personnel were housed. After a paid study, it was noticed the chandeliers were the only real valuable assets, not the building itself. Also, the building did not meet codes and the building had a homeless man living inside too. Nevertheless, the crew that is saying that all departments need to be in the same building wasn’t speaking out about being progressive on the highway then.

If the building had been in great shape, the public safety department would have been in it and not at the former Russell Corp. Sales Office with all other personnel.

The building and 56 acres of land and a guest house do not make us progressive. Hiring qualified personnel from diverse and cultural backgrounds and giving more locals or out of towners opportunities to be hired in this city will indeed make us progressive.

Also, it was stated only 80 people showed up. Well, it was short notice and many people were not aware. However, the Alexander City Outlook took an unofficial survey and 64 percent said no (actually 62 percent of 653 respondents), that city hall and public safety personnel should not be housed in the old Russell Sales Office. Some people will not turn out if the right timing, place or ideal situation occurred because there is apathy among many.

I wonder why the administrative staff of each department did not take time out to ask and consider how the employees working for the City of Alexander City felt about the situation. After all, the immediate move will affect every one of them.

I love my city, love living here, and I intend to keep on supporting it.

Teresa Harrell Moten

Alexander City