Northport leaders discuss upcoming city improvement projects

Northport city leaders met with residents Monday afternoon for a discussion on community improvement projects.

District 2 City Council Member Woodrow Washington said he’s excited about some upcoming changes.

“In our community right now we have a 4 acre park that’s about to be installed right off 20th and Martin Luther King,” Washington said. “We also have one or two more things that are in the works right now, but the sports complex itself will be in District 2.”

City leaders discussed parks, roads and public safety. Northport Police Chief Gerald Burton said he puts the safety of Northport residents first.

“We pride ourselves in being proactive. That means going out and checking businesses, checking on residents and making sure the streets are safe,” Burton said.

Street safety isn’t just a police issue. Northport some road improvements in the works, including drainage improvements on Rice Mine Road.

“We have a couple of road projects we are very excited about starting. We have funding agreements with (the Alabama Department of Transportation). One of them is the MLK bridge replacement project and the other is Watermelon Road resurfacing and intersection improvements,” said Northport City Engineer Tera Tubbs.

Another area discussed was student based activities like the Boys and Girls Clubs after school program and the LIFT program.

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