Regarding the purchase of the Russell Sales Office to replace our current city hall and police station, I have a few comments and questions.
If the sales office is purchased, will the building be maintained or will we be searching for another complex in 20 years?
Apparently, the current buildings were not cleaned or maintained properly. The outside of city hall needs to be pressured washed now. As with our homes, maintenance is an almost daily occurrence. The sales office complex will be out of the way for a lot of residents. Many walk downtown now to pay their bills. This will create a hardship for them.
Secondly, why are the rental condos scheduled for demolishing? They generate an income of $5,200 monthly and $62,400 yearly. If the city does not want to manage them, let a property manager take charge of the units. That income does not need to be bulldozed.
Finally, our streets are in terrible condition. I would think someone touring our town would be more impressed by good streets and sidewalks than by an extravagant municipal complex. If we want to spend money, spend it on needed repairs around Alexander City.
I applaud Scott Hardy, Buffy Colvin and Bobby Tapley for voting against the first proposal and hope the council does not rush to push this project through until all questions and concerns are addressed.