From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — Pinson’s Mayor Hoyt Sanders has signed the “Good Neighbor Pledge” that was first signed by 22 other mayors in April. Sanders signed the pledge after the June 20 council meeting.
The pledge is a pact to combat business poaching and to pursue growth for the region.
Cities taking part in the initiative are Argo, Bessemer, Birmingham, Brighton, Center Point, Clay, Fairfield, Graysville, Homewood, Hoover, Lipscomb, Midfield, Mountain Brook, Mulga, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Sylvan Springs, Tarrant, Trafford, Trussville, Vestavia Hills, Warrior and West Jefferson.
Sanders said he wanted to present the pledge to the council before signing.
“It’s not contractual, it’s a pledge, but I wanted to let the council in on it,” said Sanders.
Sanders said he asked for an amendment by the Jefferson County Mayor’s Association before committing to the pledge. The amendment included a provision for a business losing its premises in a situation where the business had no control over the said premise.
“I want the citizens to know that we read the pledge carefully before signing onto it,” Sanders said.
The agreement means cities will not lure businesses away from other cities and that they will not provide incentives for businesses moving from one city to the other.
The mayors all said they are committed to making the county’s economy stronger by putting trust in one another and exhibiting the highest level of professional conduct and integrity.