Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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S C O T T Y M C C A L L U M , D M D Served as mayor: 2000-2008 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: After retiring as president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Scotty McCallum accepted a new challenge: To serve as mayor of the city where he lived and had raised his family. "My focus was on really finding out what the people wanted and get the people involved," McCallum says. "I didn't want to just have the Mayor and Council making decisions; I wanted to lead the city in the direction that its people wanted to go." Focus groups and surveys revealed that many Vestavia Hills residents were hungry for more quality outdoor spaces and safer ways to enjoy the outdoors, such as sidewalks throughout the city. When McCallum took office, Vestavia Hills had about 400 feet of sidewalks. His administration applied for and received federal matching grants for about 14 miles of additional sidewalks, which were built throughout and following his term. Under McCallum's watch, the city also purchased land at Liberty Park for future development of a new sports facility. This complex was developed later, and became known as the Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex (SHAC). And in 2002, Vestavia Hills annexed Cahaba Heights, connecting the Liberty Park area with Vestavia Hills proper and adding a now-thriving new business district, elementary school and neighborhoods. REFLECTIONS: Throughout his tenure as mayor, McCallum says the involvement of residents was vital. He encouraged residents to speak up at City Council meetings and started a number of citizen-led committees to accomplish city goals. "I'm proud that I got the opportunity to work with the people in the city and help them achieve their goals," he says. "I love this city and the people in Vestavia Hills, and I'm pleased that so many people became involved in helping make this city what they wanted it to be." Under McCallum's watch, the city also purchased land at Liberty Park for future development of a new sports facility to include soccer, lacrosse and football. This complex later became known as the Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex (SHAC). Ashley Curry Butch Zaragoza Scotty McCallum 22 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 8

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