Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller was happy to hear that WRBL had selected his town to launch the TV station's year-long "Our Town" tour. The tour will visit one city each month throughout the year as a way of celebrating WRBL's 60th year in television broadcasting.
At a recent city council meeting, Mayor Fuller and council passed a resolution proclaiming Tuesday, March 12 as "WRBL: Our Town Day." Fuller presented the proclamation to WRBL General Manager David Hart.
In an interview with News Three anchor Phil Scoggins, Mayor Fuller expressed his pride in the local efforts that have brought a renaissance to downtown Opelika. But along with downtown development, the mayor also gives a lot of credit to the economic impact that Tiger Town continues to make.
In describing Tiger Town, the mayor says, "There is job revenue from sales tax, certainly the property tax that helps us and the county and helps Opelika city schools. TigerTtown is so significant, what it does in the growth that we have in downtown and other parts of the community. Tiger Town deserves a major part of the credit for our success in the past several years."
Mayor Fuller was asked about his proudest moment as mayor. He said, "I think when the council approved my proposal for us to build a fiber optic system which will not only improve the efficiency of Opelika power services, which has served the citizens of Opelika for 100 years, but it will allow us to offer cable TV, telephone service and ultra high-speed internet." Fuller says this system will have a positive impact on Opelika now and into the future.