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In response to our editorial suggesting that we show compassion for the thousands of children who recently immigrated illegally into the U.S. and that their crisis is not the same issue as the need forMore >>
In response to our editorial suggesting that we show compassion for the thousands of children who recently immigrated illegally into the U.S. and that their crisis is not the same issue as the need for immigration reform in general, we received numerous comments.More >>
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -
The new year means new resolutions including a few made by local mayors.
Mayor Todd Strange of Montgomery admitted it's a tall order for 2014 for his city -- somehow find a way to dramatically reduce the number of homicides. Montgomery ended 2013 with 50 murders. It's not a record but was 50 too many.
"We're doing so many things but at the end of the day it's up to the community to come together to try to reduce it," the mayor said.
Financial stability is another goal for Montgomery.
It's the same goal in Prattville. Prattville was saddled with an overall debt of more than $60 million three years ago. It now stands at $48 million. Mayor Bill Gillespie hopes to reduce that number by another $3 million by this time next year and that's not all.
"We want to continue streamlining our operations and we have a few infrastructure projects we'll take on," Gillespie said.
2013 turned out to be a great year for Millbrook. Scores of new businesses opened on Highway 14. One of the mayor's goals for 2014? Keep it going.
"Family Dollar expanded and we have Jack's, so we feel good about the new year and have quite a few lookers already," Mayor Al Kelley said.
Mayor Jerry Willis of Wetumpka listed two goals for his city: completing the next phase of the city's sports complex, the MLK center and breaking ground in the spring on downtown redevelopment.