CENTER POINT, Alabama (WIAT) – Tom Henderson has been mayor of Center Point for 18 years, but a city councilor is now contesting him for that seat.
On October 6, Henderson will face Bobby Scott in the second round of the election. Henderson said he was proud of what he added to the city and wanted to capitalize on that growth. On the other side, Scott said his top priority was public safety.
Center Point was incorporated in 2002, and Henderson was elected mayor. He said the city was in bad shape at the time, but he cleaned it up and he’s proud of everything he brought to it. In recent years, the city has added a library, community center, wading pool and dog park. He is already working on other projects including the addition of a sidewalk between the park and the shopping center.
“We have a long way to go – we know that,” said Henderson. “And that’s the goal is to keep filling those empty spaces and making the business district nice for everyone to come and want to shop at Center Point.”
Scott, who has served on city council for four years, also hopes to attract businesses to the city, but believes the biggest problem is public safety. Center Point relies on several deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to patrol the city. But Scott said that was not enough given the city’s population. He wants to do a study to determine if more MPs are needed or if the city can add its own police department.
“You don’t want anything to happen to your property or your family,” Scott said. “So safety is at the forefront of any community, large or small. “