The city of Bessemer’s Police Department cut the ribbon on a new South Precinct on today, March 5, 2015.
The new precinct is located in the Tannehill Promenade Shopping Center. The shopping center is located at the corner of Eastern Valley Road and I-459 in Bessemer.
The new precinct will house patrol units and the department’s Community Service Division. Police chief Nathaniel Rutledge said the new center will give the department a presence in the shopping center and help speed response to community’s such as Carriage Hills and Greenwood.
Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley said the precinct will give the city a level of coverage it has never had before in the area.
“We are excited to be here and open this precinct,” Gulley said. “I look forward to great things from our chief, our deputy chief and all of our police officers as they work to make our city safer."
The event was dubbed “Coffee with a Cop.” Donuts and coffee were provided to guest at the ribbon-cutting. Rutledge said the donuts and coffee represent an effort by the police department to engage the community.
Mayor Gulley said the ribbon-cutting is another sign of progress in the city.
“I love to cut ribbons, because when you cut ribbons, it represents progress in our city,” Gulley said.
The city of Bessemer’s Municipal Court has been cancelled today, Thursday, March 5, due to the threat of inclement weather.
Bessemer city hall and all city administrative offices will delay opening by two hours on Thursday, Feb. 26. The area experienced snowfall on today and there is the possibility that roadways could be icy due to sub-freezing temperatures during the overnight.
All city offices were closed on Wednesday, February 25, due to the threat of inclement weather and the potential for significant snowfall in the area.
The National Weather Service has placed Central Alabama and Jefferson County under a Winter Storm Warning from 9 a.m. Wednesday until midnight. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday declared a State of Emergency due to the approaching storm system.
The possibility of significant snowfall caused Mayor Kenneth Gulley late Tuesday to close all city offices. Officials with the Birmingham-Jefferson Transit Authority informed the city there will be no transit service today.
The city's emergency and public safety personnel are monitoring the latest developments in the weather and will provide updates of any signficant road conditions affecting travelers.
Bessemer Mayor Kenneth E. Gulley presented the state of the city address at the Bessemer Civic Center on Jan. 26, highlighting economic growth and reductions in crime during his speech.
Gulley said the city of 27,000 continues to see a surge of business growth.
Milo’s Tea announced plans for a $13 million expansion last year. J.B. Processing, a new company, announced it was preparing to start a $35 million expansion of the Masonry Arts Facility on Third Avenue North and 21st Street in Bessemer.
The city welcomed Steyr Arms and new ownership at Alabama Splash Adventure in 2014.
Gulley said the growth in business and industry is bringing jobs to the city .
The mayor added that Bessemer’s recent string of business growth and announcements is far from ending.
“We continue to hear from businesses eyeing Bessemer as a place to locate,” Gulley said. “And we believe more interest will come because of our aggressive recruitment and our unique location and what we have to offer.”
Two of the city’s large municipal projects are progressing, Gulley said. The new 55,000-square foot Recreational facility is currently under construction. The $13 million project is expected to be completed in Spring 2016.
Construction on a new City Hall building is expected to start this spring.
“Bessemer is thriving,” he said. “Good things are happening here and our future is truly bright.”