Reader wants more options looked at for Alexander City complex

Dear Editor, I have read all the comments and opinions from council and mayor, yet not once were we told exactly what is wrong with city hall and public works buildings that cannot be repaired. Public works buildings are only minutes away from downtown, 18 acres of a working sewer, water and electrical departments. Also, […]

Dear Editor,

I have read all the comments and opinions from council and mayor, yet not once were we told exactly what is wrong with city hall and public works buildings that cannot be repaired. Public works buildings are only minutes away from downtown, 18 acres of a working sewer, water and electrical departments.

Also, I find it embarrassing and disgusting that our police department was allowed to deteriorate to the point of being condemned. Why were these problems not taken care of properly as they occurred?

The Wells Fargo building with over 17,000 square feet along with a parking lot is available for a police department at a reasonable price. Why is it not being considered?

We need our police department to stay downtown.

24 downtown businesses signed a full-page ad expressing their surprise and disappointment that city hall was planning to move. They consider themselves as partners with city leaders to revitalize our historic downtown. These businesses put pride, time and money to prove historical buildings can be renovated and now are being left behind.

Mayor Nabors’ comment that “this city is a lot more than downtown” is one I disagree with. Brooks Lamberth’s Dec. 7 letter said it all, the loss of our municipal complex would be a serious blow for downtown business. This complex brings attention, foot traffic and businesses to the heart of our city. The highway bypass all look the same, fast food, gas stations, Walmart, but downtowns are uniquely different. They have city halls, churches, commercial areas rooted in history and walkable.

I agree the heart and soul are downtown. It brings energy that we will lose if city hall moves.

I also disagree with The Outlook comment that progress is necessary and reviving the flagship Russell Sales Office is necessary, downtown will continue its renaissance.

This Russell Sales Office will not make Alex City a showplace any more than it did when it was in full use. This community does not “fear change.” When we lost the strong job base when Russell Corp. left, we moved on. We did not go backward or stand still.

City leaders partnered up with citizens investing in our downtown. It’s still a work in progress but we have come a long way.

There is much pride in Alex City. (Highway) 280 businesses are important but so is our downtown. We are on the right track but if we ignore our downtown, it will be a terrible loss.

I agree with the mayor’s comment that unless we have a business that provided what Russell did, it will be hard for a city to grow. As more industry leaves this country, it gets harder for states and cities to compete for the few good-paying jobs industry offers. Sad but true.

Because of past dedicated city leaders and citizen businesses, we are restoring and revitalizing our historic downtown, where the heart and soul of this community is. Stay downtown, save money and give a much-needed raise to our first responders with the money saved.

I agree with the questions raised by Arlean Wyckoff on things I didn’t know, such as mildew, smell, mold, bat crap. This building has been empty a long time and will have many hidden problems.

I know this is a project the mayor is excited and energized about but there are still many unasked and unanswered questions.

What is the rush?

I ask Bobby Tapley, Buffy Colvin and Scott Hardy to stay strong and vote no while more information on either side can come forth, as to make a more informative vote that will affect us all.

Annette Lynch

Alexander City