McCain discusses progress in Sipsey
by Rachel Davis
Aug 18, 2013 | 1751 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Sipsey Mayor Belinda McCain addressed the East Walker Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.

“We have a lot of things going on in Sipsey that I’m very pleased to be a part of,” McCain said. “Sipsey is on the move.”

She discussed the progress Sispey has made during her time as mayor, including a new police department. She said the department is currenting operating with two officers and is looking for a third to cover all hours.

“The town council president and myself have been working in a cooperative spirit to make Sipsey a better place to live and grow up,” McCain said.

She also touted the success of the city’s first summer meals program, which she said provided 14,100 meals to area children who might not have otherwise had a meal. The program also fed area seniors and provided eight jobs to area residents, she said.

The city will also be starting a federally-funded after-school program at the city’s community center. The program will provide care for children from 3 to 6 p.m. each Monday through Friday during the school year.

McCain said the city is also looking to attract retail and business to the area and hoping to develop a workforce development agency within the city to drive growth and jobs.

She said the city is also focused on cleaning up areas around the city that have become overgrown or littered with trash. She said that a city-wide cleanup was needed to improve the look and morale of the town and its people. McCain also said she hopes to start a recycling program in the city by the first of the year.

In other business:

•The next meet-and-greet will be held at Dora City Hall on Aug. 20.

•The annual Chamber of Commerce Health Fair will be Sept. 20.

•The Chamber’s annual 5k and 1-mile fun run is set for Oct. 5.