MADISON, Ala. - Three candidates are vying for your votes for mayor of Madison. While they all have different strategies for leading the city, they all agree that infrastructure is a priority.
Mayor Troy Trulock:
Plans to build on current construction:
"We're going to finish to five lane County Line Road itself," Trulock said. "Highway 72, I'm not sure if you're aware that is back on track so we're going to start construction September 2017 to six lane Highway 72. I coach 70 teams in the city of Madison so there's a road called Palmer Road, and you drive down Palmer Road to get to Palmer Park, which is one of our sporting areas. Palmer Road is dangerous at this point, so we're improving that. 2017 we`re going to resurface Palmer Road."
Candidate Paul Finley:
Believes connectivity is also key with infrastructure:
"When our administration did the growth plan in 2010, it was we want walkability, we want green space and connectivity," Finley said. "So, one of the priorities our administration will have is to tie those things together. You saw it on County Line Road when we landed that project in 2012, our administration made sure that we had walkability, sidewalks on both sides, that came directly from a growth plan that our citizens had told us. So, infrastructure always is roads, but in our case it`s connectivity and sidewalks too."
Thinks it takes help from outside the city as well:
"There are funds available," Karlapalem said. "I can give an example of Map 21, Moving Ahead for Progress 21. It's a federal funding source. I was told in cities of Florida, Phoenix are getting those funds. Someone from city hall has to aggressively go and work for the people of Madison and bring in those tax dollars, after all it is our own tax money."
You can expect to hear more from the candidates on their ideas about infrastructure during the live mayoral debate happening tonight at 7 at James Clemens High School in the auditorium. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. We encourage you to attend if your schedule allows. If not, you can watch the debate, commercial-free, on WHNT-2.
A live stream of the debate will also be available with a link at the top of the website or the WHNT News 19 mobile app.
The debate is hosted by WHNT News 19 and the Madison City Schools PTA.