"The Friendly City"
Veterans Day 2016
The Veterans Day ceremony this year is on Monday, May 30 at 10:00 A.M. at the Sumiton Community Center. The speaker this year is the Chaplin for the Veterans of Alabama, Bruce LeVan. The service is free and open to the public.
Welcome to the City of Sumiton
The City of Sumiton is located on the eastern edge of Walker County and the city limits extend into Jefferson County. Some of the friendliest people on the planet live here.
Within the last several years Sumiton has grown extensively with the addition of several national chain stores and lots of new restaurants, and many other local businesses which combined make Sumiton a bustling area of commerce.
Sumiton is also the home of Bevill State Community College which has grown exponentially over the last several years. Sumiton School which is K-8 is one of the largest schools in Walker County.
The Library which is located at city hall has a large selection of books for the entire family. Also available for Library visitors is a computer with Internet access which is ideal for research, job hunting, and educational pursuits.
There are upscale subdivisions and charming older homes in the area depending on your tastes. Sumiton recently completed construction of a multi-function Senior Citizen Center which server the people of Sumiton and surrounding communities. The Senior Center is a hub of activity for Seniors and a place where they can meet, play games, eat hot meals and enjoy companionship. The Senior Center is also a safe shelter for the community during violent weather situations. Click here for photos of the Senior Center.
All of this together
makes Sumiton is a great place to raise your family.
City awarded $350K grant for improvements to sewer system
Story from the Daily Mountain Eagle
The city of Sumiton has been awarded a $350,000 grant for improvements to the city’s sewer system.
State Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper) and Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) made the official announcement of Sumiton’s Community Development Block Grant award on Wednesday.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, a part of the executive branch under Gov. Robert Bentley, administered the grant. The grant will help fund the rehabilitation and extension of sewer connections on Main Street, Old Birmingham Road and Old Dora Road, among others.
Bentley described CDBG grants as assisting with projects that improve quality of life.
“I am pleased to support this worthwhile project in Sumiton and I commend local leaders, especially Sen. Greg Reed and Rep. Connie Rowe, for their hard work and determination to improve the lives of residents in their areas,” he said.
“I appreciate Gov. Bentley for listening to myself and Sen. Reed, as we related the infrastructure needs of Sumiton,” said Rowe.
Reed said it was an honor to work with Rowe on securing the grant for Sumiton and that he appreciated “the strong leadership of Mayor [Petey] Ellis. He brought this need to our attention and we took it directly to Gov. Bentley’s office.”
Rowe added that it can be a challenge for smaller cities to come up with the funds necessary for large scale projects, so “this grant will have an extremely positive impact.”
Ellis said the grant is a huge help to the city.
“These are sewer lines that have needed repair, but it’s been tough to find any extra money in the city’s budget. I thank Greg and Connie for their help on this project. They are always willing to go above and beyond to help on any need I have brought to their attention,” he said.
All projects must meet one of the national objectives of the CDBG program in order to be awarded the grant. Projects must benefit 51 percent low or moderate income people, aid in the prevention or clearance of slum or blight or meet an urgent need.
According to ADECA’s website, more than a billion dollars in CDBG money has been awarded in order to fund more than 4,000 projects since 1982.