Citizens talk Main Street

By JAMES PHILLIPS
Posted 8/22/18

SUMITON – A handful of citizens spoke to the Sumiton City

Council on Tuesday morning concerning the possible revitalization of Main

Street.The Main Street area of Sumiton, often referred to …

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Citizens talk Main Street

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SUMITON – A handful of citizens spoke to the Sumiton City Council on Tuesday morning concerning the possible revitalization of Main Street.

The Main Street area of Sumiton, often referred to as its downtown, was once a thriving area in the city. In recent years, that section of the city has generated more eyesores than businesses, according to those who spoke.

“We want to see a Historical Business District designation from the red light at State Street to the one at Empire Road,” Heather Nelson said. “We want to put together a committee of volunteers who would be responsible for bringing in businesses, helping the area grow and cleaning up the area.”

Nelson is the owner of Southern Vintage Market, which has operated in Sumiton for several years, moving now to its third location, which will be on Main Street.

Mayor Petey Ellis said the city currently has a grant proposal in the works that would allow for paving with new gutters and curbing, as well as sidewalks and lighting on Main Street from the Bryan Road intersection on the east to the Sumiton United Methodist Church on the west.

“I don’t know where that shakes out today, but that is along the lines of some of what you are wanting to do,” Ellis said. “We should know something about that grant funding in September.”

Ellis said he would welcome a Main Street committee.

“As far as a committee goes for downtown, I’m going to make you the chairman of that today,” Ellis told Nelson.

Nelson said she would head up the committee and will be looking for others who would like to volunteer.

Connie McClemore spoke to the council about the Main Street area as well, saying she would like to see something for the youth come about there.

“I have been in contact with the YWCA and the Boys & Girls Club,” she said. “We need a facility of that nature for our children. When our children are not in school, there is nothing for them to do.”

Ellis said he would love to see one of those groups locate in the city.

“As far as the city’s involvement in something like that, we would participate as much as possible with a legitimate organization who would come in here,” he said. “I would love to see a Boys & Girls Club that would show interest, and I would be willing to meet with anyone on that.”

Nelson and McClemore mentioned eyesores in the city’s downtown, saying some landowners have become complacent with upkeep.

“The house across the road from us has a washer and dryer in the yard,” Nelson said. “Those are things that we need an ordinance in place to keep them from happening. We need these things so businesses would want to come here.”

Ellis asked Nelson to provide the city with issues and possibly some similar ordinances from other areas.

“We can look at ordinances for cleaning spots and see if they fall in line and would work in our community,” Ellis said.

Later in the meeting, the city approved a bid to have an old apartment building torn down and removed. The building is at the intersection of State Street and Main Street. It is also adjacent to where Nelson’s business will be. The city’s cost in the bid was just over $6,000.