"The Friendly City"
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.
Construction underway for the Sumiton new fire station
Story from the Daily Mountain Eagle
Land preparation for the construction of the new fire station across from the Sumiton Community Center near Walmart is well underway. A story announcing the new project appeared in the Daily Mountain Eagle is below:
BY LEA RIZZO
The Sumiton City Council approved a construction bid for the new fire station at Tuesday’s council meeting, bringing the long-discussed project closer to a reality.
Bids on the project were opened on Aug. 30, and the council awarded the project to Coston General Contractors with the lowest bid of $1,341,234 on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis said city officials have talked about building a new fire station for several years but financial matters always held the project back.
“We finally decided we weren’t ever going to have the money to pay for it all at one time so we just went ahead and did it,” Ellis explained.
The construction is being financed through a bond issue that was finalized during the Aug. 16 council meeting.
For the past several weeks, workers have been busy clearing the land and preparing it for construction.
Ellis said that they haven’t yet established a timeline for when construction will begin and the project will be completed. However, when city officials next meet with the contractors, the expected beginning and end dates will be laid out.
He added that the new station is being built “in order to help the citizens of Sumiton and provide them with better coverage and better protection.”
The new fire station will be located on Bryan Road, across the street from the Sumiton Community Center.
Fire Chief David Waid said the new station will be able to house all of the fire department’s equipment in one place. It will have four bays that will each be two trucks deep, which will be able to hold eight pieces of apparatus.
Currently, the equipment is separated between the fire station that was built in the 1980s and a newer, two-bay building. The new fire station will be approximately 9,000 square feet.
The new station “fixes everything for us. It has sleeping quarters, a big kitchen, dining and living area, showers,” Waid said. It will also have offices, training rooms and more space for the department to better maintain its equipment, all of which the current station can’t provide.
When the station is completed, Waid hopes the department will be able to have a firefighter or paramedic on duty 24 hours a day every day so the station will always be manned.
“We just appreciate getting a new station. We appreciate the mayor and city council for doing this,” Waid said. “It’s been a long time coming. There’s been a lot of discussion on it, a lot of work on it. It’s going to be a really nice station.”