Posey said he expects within the next couple of weeks of a “huge” industrial project announcement.
“When I stand here and say, ‘huge,’ I’m saying this could perhaps be the single largest and most impactful industrial announcement in our city’s history,” Posey said.
Posey did say the last parcel of land in the Tom Bevill Industrial Park had recently been sold but did not elaborate on who made the purchase.
Jasper’s mayor also brought up a retail project on Interstate 22 and a second industrial project.
“It’s not my intention to play guessing games, but we must wait until we have the green light from all parties involved before we make any type of formal announcement,” he said. “You would be amazed if you knew how many radars the city of Jasper is on.”
A retail development currently under way in the city is the construction of the Love’s Travel Center just off I-22 near the Carl Cannon automobile dealership. Posey said the development, which includes a gas station, convenience store, McDonald’s and a Subway, is scheduled to open May 3.
“If they don’t run into anything that slows them down, that’s the date we’ve been told they will open,” he said.
Posey added the retail development he mentioned earlier in the speech would be located in the same general area as the Love’s Travel Center.
“We have many new jobs about to be announced and created,” he said. “I get to help make those announcements, and that’s something that I really enjoy doing.”
When talking about the city’s finances, Posey admitted that business license receipts, the municipal court and alcohol revenue were all currently down from last year. He said the city’s sales tax is a bright spot.
“From 2008 to late last year, our sales taxes were on a downward drop, but we’ve seen them bounce back so far this year,” he said. “They’re not quite back where they were in 2008, but they are on their way, and new businesses and and new jobs will only help those numbers.”
Posey also announced paving projects he expected in the future. He said grant funds are expected to pay for paving of four roads in two phases. The first phase will include paving of 9th Avenue and Walston Bridge Road, while the second phase would pave Old U.S. 78 and 3rd Avenue.
One other upcoming city improvement Posey announced was a software and hardware upgrade for Jasper City Hall. He said the work would be completed this year and would allow citizens to handle all transactions with the city online.
“This is something that has needed to be done, and we are getting it done for our citizens,” he said.