The St. Clair County Economic Development Council’s “golden shovels” seem to do a lot of work these days. That’s a very good thing.
On Thursday, the shovels were back at it in Moody — officials from the city and the county, along with the 2013 class of Leadership St. Clair and others, were on hand to help break ground for the new Love’s Travel Stop that will locate at Exit 147 in Moody. It is the second such stop to locate at that interchange — a Valero center is already under construction there.
Moody Mayor Joe Lee said the stops will “drastically” improve the city’s budget. Specifically, they project cumulative sales of over 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel per month; since the city recently raised its diesel tax to 3 cents per gallon, that equates to a boon for the budget even after the contractually agreed rebate.
St. Clair County’s I-20 corridor has seen the rise of three major cities in the last decade, with Leeds, Moody and Pell City attracting new developments. It can only mean good things for the county.
Hopefully more good news is in store for the future. Let’s not wait too long to put those shovels to work again.