Madison Mayor Troy Trulock discusses accomplishments with roads and finances in 2014
MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Major road construction, sound finances, a revitalized downtown and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what has taken place over the last 12 months in Madison. Madison Mayor Troy Trulock is proud of what the city has accomplished in 2014.
“One is roads and the other is finances for the city,” says Trulock. That’s a critical component for me.”
When it comes to roads, the mayor says they have started at least 15 road projects for the city, including making Highway 72 from County Line Road to Providence a six lane highway and widening County Line Road to five lanes.
“That will give us tremendous road access along County Line Road,” explains Trulock. “As well as a 10 mile walking path if you start from the southern end on Highway 20 and go north to Highway 72. Six miles on the east and four miles on the west.”
As it relates to money, the mayor feels the city has turned a signicant corner financially. Trulock gave several examples of things the city was able to do because leaders turned their finances around.
“We were able to pay cash for a new fire truck and we haven’t been able to do that for a very long time,” describes Trulock. We have a double a plus bond rating, the highest bond rating the city has ever had from Standard and Poor’s. That’s great! It shows the financial strength of your city. We put in place for the first time, the purchasing of three police cars every single year.”
With all the strides being made in Madison, one point of personal pride for the mayor in 2014 was improvements to the Kid’s Kingdom playground, which had deteriorated over the years.
“My children grew up there 14 years ago on Kids Kingdom when it was fairly new and I didn’t realize it had fallen on disrepair,” says Trulock. “It was so nice to see how the community comes together, private businesses come together all to support a great cause for the city.”
Partnerships, in general, are a priority for the mayor.
“I love the city of Madison. I love our citizens,” expresses Trulock. “We just have a tremendous city, but we couldn’t do it by ourselves. We have a tremendous partnership with the city of Huntsville, Madison County, we just opened up a significant partnership with Limestone County.”
That will continue in 2015 and the mayor says be on the lookout for some big things.
“We just revitalized our downtown,” says Trulock. “We finished phase two and new businesses are starting to move in to historic downtown Madison. Economic developments are huge for us in the city of Madison and I think we’re going to hear some things in 2015 from an economic development standpoint.”
As far as the who, what and when? Mayor Trulock says he knows of around 40 projects in the works with the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County and expects some positive announcements within the first few months of 2015.