Powell announces bid for reelection

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 7, 2012

Terry Powell has announced he will seek reelection to the Andalusia City Council for District 5 in this summer’s municipal election.

Powell said he has worked with other members of the current administration to accomplish the major goals the group set forth when they took office in Nove-mber 2008, including the renovation of River Falls Street, Johnson Park, and the partnership with the Ballet Association to develop the old Church Street School into a Cultural  Arts Center.

He said the council also has worked to clean up unsightly areas.

“We have worked through the abatement program to clean up a great number of unsightly properties and demolish many unsafe properties,” he said. “We have continued to invest in our city to encourage existing employers to expand and prospective employers to bring their jobs to our

community. This has been accomplished while having our Standard and Poors rating improved from an A- to a solid A. And this was accomplished during the worst economy of my lifetime.”

Powell, who is in his second term on the city council and is the current mayor pro tempore, said he has several goals for the next four years if reelected.

“ I want to get South Three Notch Street redone to accommodate the additional traffic that is coming with the expansion of our medical community,” he said. “I want to work with the council and street department to develop a long term plan to improve and maintain the streets in our residential neighborhoods.

Adequate housing has been our shortcoming in attracting some companies to locate here. Any efforts we make to improve and beautify the residential areas will be good investments.”

Powell said he also will continue to work with the city administration to attract additional entertainment opportunities, maintain the highest quality school system possible, make more jobs available, and keep Andalusia a vibrant and growing city.

Powell, financial manager at Shaw Industries, represents the city on its Utilities Board, and serves as mayor pro tem. He also is pastor of Mobley Creek Baptist Church, on the board of trustees for Andalusia Regional Hospital.

At Shaw, his responsibilities include overseeing all computer services, plant accounting and purchasing.

He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, both graduates of Andalusia High School; Kyle, married to the former Ashley Krudop, and Katelyn, married to Cory Ellis. Powell is also the proud grandfather of Francie, Foster and Addie Powell, Reid and Georgia Ellis.