By Emily Luxen
HOOVER,AL (WBRC) - Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos says the state of the city is "good," and he is optimistic about the future.
Mayor Petelos discussed the city's status in his "State of the City" address Thursday. He said sales tax numbers are going up, and he feels that is a sign the worst of the recession is behind the city.
"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Mayor Petelos, "I feel good we are moving in the right direction as far as revenues."
Mayor Petelos said the city is hoping to move forward with several new projects in 2011. City officials are already discussing possibly converting the empty Bruno's on Highway 150 into a YMCA. Two new hotels are under construction including a Holiday Inn on Highway 150. City officials are also considering putting a convention center into the old Macy's building at the Riverchase Galleria. The city also applied for grant money to help build sidewalks in older neighborhoods.
Mayor Petelos said next year, Hoover will also host the NCAA Soccer Championships at Regions Park for the first time. He hopes that event will also bring more people and revenue to the city.
"I think state of Alabama is trending up, and we are trending up," said Mayor Petelos, "We're faring better than some cities. We're optimistic. People want to hear good news, and this is good news."