the year comes to a close, I'd like to thank each and every one
of you for your continued support and the trust you've given me as Mayor.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Selma.
a lifelong resident, Christmastime in Selma holds a special place in my
heart. The windows of the shops downtown, the Christmas wreaths and
lights lining Broad Street and the decorations on homes, churches and
stores all over the city remind me of my childhood. But most of all, it
is the people of Selma - my neighbors and friends, my employees, former
students, longtime residents and new, people I meet on the street every
day or who come back to town just for the holidays - who make Christmas
so special. Despite the challenges we face and our occasional
differences, during the holiday season we come together to help one
another, to worship together and to give thanks for our many blessings.
We are One Selma.
I can't say often enough how much I appreciate
the dedication and commitment of the employees of the City of Selma who
strive to provide the best possible service to the citizens day in and
day out. Our Police and Fire Departments, First Responders and civilian
volunteers not only performed their duties here at home but went above
and beyond to help in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and wherever else they
were needed during the horrific events earlier this year. They have done
Don't forget to support our local retailers as you go
about your holiday shopping. They supported Selma during this difficult
economic downturn and we need to support them. Remember that every dollar
spent here turns over in our community six times and that retail sales
taxes make up the bulk of the city's revenues. Local retailers not only
provide essential goods and services but they provide jobs. So, during
the holidays and all year long, shop Selma first.
please help us to keep Selma free of litter and looking clean for the
enjoyment of our citizens and for our visitors. Place garbage and
whatever trash can fit into the green containers. Bag loose packaging and
neatly dispose of boxes and other materials at curbside. Separate trash
from yard waste. Put trash out the night before your scheduled pickup.
This year you have the option of dropping of your natural Christmas trees
at two locations for recycling: Four Seasons Garden Center at 611 Cahaba
Road and the City of Selma Landfill at 4555 Water Avenue behind the
Public Works Building. Drop off at both locations is during regular
business hours. Please remove all lights, tinsel, bulbs, garland and
other decorations before bringing them in.
Continue to check on
your elderly neighbors, relatives and friends to make sure that they are
healthy, safe and warm this winter. Remember to thank and keep our
servicemen and women in your prayers for their sacrifices and service to
Wishing you and your families a safe and enjoyable
holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a Joyous New Year! I
am looking forward to a better and more prosperous 2012.
Mayor George Patrick Evans
December 25, 2011