Mayor Profile--Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson
Mayor Profile- Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson
-Mayor Sanders is the first Mayor of Pinson and has served his community since May 28, 2004
-Earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama
-Originally from Pinson, Mayor Sanders enjoys being active in his church First Baptist Church of Pinson
Mayor Sanders on current projects in Pinson: Prior to becoming Mayor, Pinson had no governmental support which left the citizens of Pinson without a voice. Pinson, Alabama, one of the oldest communities in the state, is actually one of the youngest cities in the metropolitan area. Incorporated in 2004, after Clay and Center Point, this young city continues to grow. We recently purchased 14 acres of land to build the first Pinson recreational park complete with a walking track, picnic areas, and a pavilion. In October 2011, Pinson opened its first library. Incorporation also gave us the opportunity to acquire properties that already existed but were not owned by the city itself such has the youth park on Faucett Road and the Palmerdale Community Center, which we now can work on improving.
On current challenges Pinson faces: Eight years ago we began with less than nothing leaving us nowhere to go but up. We are proud to report that the city has no debts other than our City Hall and we are eager to make improvements to our city. Like many other cities in Jefferson County, vacant properties seem to be our only "challenge". Vacant properties can lead to declining property value and are a blank canvas for vandalism.
Mayor Sanders is proud to be the first of many: Building a solid foundation for the city to move forward is very important to me. During the past eight years, the City of Pinson has experienced many firsts; a brand new library, adding law enforcement, and a traffic signal in front of Pinson Valley High School are just a few to name. Pinson also is the first city in Alabama to be released from Department of Justice oversight in regards to our annexation and voting. The incorporation was spawned by Jefferson County's attempt to build a Jail on Turkey Creek near their landfill. The citizens of Pinson and surrounding areas revolted in a manner never seen before. Bettye Fine Collins was the County Commissioner for our district at that time. She and other elected officials commented several times that "Pinson did not have a Mayor or Council to interact or communicated with". The incorporation effort was born from those events. We began by community meetings, petition drives, and even voter registration, which all led to a successful vote to incorporation on March 30th, 2004.
On growth for the City of Pinson: With the construction of the Northern Beltline in the northeast part of town, we hope to continue to see Pinson grow and prosper. In the past 8 years we have seen several new business and restaurants flourish in Pinson. Commercial growth would be great for us. According to the 2010 census, Pinson's population has grown and we hope to continue to see numbers increase. In 2004, 96% of citizens voted in favor for incorporation and it couldn't have happened at a better time considering Jefferson County's current problems. Fortunately, the citizens recognized the benefits they would receive through incorporation and brought the process to successful fruition.