Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey addressed the Homewood Chamber of Commerce at their monthly luncheon at the Hyatt-Wynfrey Hotel on Dec. 17.
Ivey kept his remarks brief. “The good news is all we have is good news,” he said laughing.
Ivey first of all congratulated Spain Park High School’s football team for their recent attempt at the state championship. He went on to discuss successes of 2015 and plans for 2016. He started by saying that the 2016 budget has been approved and that the city of Hoover has been in sound financial shape for over 11 years now. They were also named one of the Top 30 cities to live in this year. According to Mayor Ivey, that’s because of the low crime rates, the affordable costs of living and the excellent school systems.
He said that through Dec. 14, the Hoover Police Department has fielded over 190,000 calls for the year. He also commended the police men and women for their excellent work through out the year. In October, the Hoover Police Department was able to raise over $20,000 for Wings of Hope Foundation through their No-Shave November competition.
The Hoover Fire Department raised toys for over 400 children of active service men and women this year as well Ivey said. In addition, road improvements have been completed on U.S. 31 in front of the Galleria and at the intersection of Interstate 459 and Alabama Highway 150.
Several of Hoover’s events drew their largest crowds ever this year including Celebrate Hoover Day and the tree lighting ceremony earlier this month according to Ivey. The SEC tournament also drew over 120,000 fans to the Hoover Met. That along with Hoover High School football games kept the facility filled throughout the year he said.
In 2015, Hoover residents also saw the opening of two free-standing emergency departments in the city, which the Mayor says compliment one another as opposed to competing with each other.
In 2016, residents can look forward to Whole Foods establishing a home in Hoover as well as the return of the SEC Tournament to the Hoover Met and the Regions Golf Tournament to Greystone. Celebrate Hoover Day has been set for April 30 and Mayor Ivey said the city is geared up for its fourth annual Freedom Fest in July with the largest and longest fireworks show in the state.
He ended the luncheon by thanking the group for their service to the community.