Can We Love Our Neighbor as Our Pet?

Preparedness, planning, collaboration and “learning to accommodate water.”  We could learn a great deal from Amsterdam! The clip below is from last week’s episode of CBS Sunday Morning.  It’s a fascinating story about a municipality that took a serious problem and turned it into a unique opportunity. But it was the clip right before this one that made me think about this year’s Memorial Day as we remember all military...

The Fairhope Duck Pond: A Love Story

Fairhope Duck Pond You may recognize these “Lovebirds” while visiting our Duck Pond North of the municipal pier.  They were known by many names depending on who you talked to. But it was Carole Schneider who befriended the male goose over 10 years ago who formally named him “Garfield” and has been visiting nearly every day since – pictured here on her lap. Garfield soon found his soulmate, later named...

Tatumville Gulley: Preserve and Protect this Vital Natural Resource

Dear Fairhope Citizens, I have sent the following letter to the Fairhope Single Tax Corp (FSTC) and I’ve been added to their agenda to speak on April 11th, 6:30pm.  Over 2,300 concerned citizens were instrumental in their reconsideration of the proposed subdivision with this petition. However, this will not prevent this from future considerations to develop or sale the property as suggested by FSTC president, Lee Turner. The City would...

Vision & Planning: $650,000 Fairhope Area Community-based Comprehensive Land Use Plan

The City of Fairhope will begin the Fairhope Area Community-based Comprehensive Land Use Plan, a 2-year project, with $650,000 RESTORE Act funding by the end of this year. It will serve as a guide for all future planning, ensure responsible growth and protect our environment into the future. We will forecast population growth, project demand on utilities and transportation coupled with urban design that includes form-based codes  in key areas...

Sewer and Other Infrastructure Communication

Discussion on the sewer system upgrades and the lack of action taken from my administration during the last work session, please see the following emails and minutes and decide for yourself.  You’ll see that for 11 months now city staff and I have made diligent efforts to move the infrastructure upgrades forward. This does not include the MANY meetings we’ve had. In chronological order, after pushing for the sewer study...

Local Paper Still Spinning the Truth – And You’re Paying for It

It has been a long year and media in general hasn’t made it any easier, but one media outlet in particular took things too far. In August I made the decision to take action.  I had an attorney send a demand letter for a retraction of a fabricated quote the editor at GCN (The Courier) attributed to me in one of his many biased articles. The retraction happened, but the...

Fairhope Standard: Gravity Fed VS Low Pressure Sewer System

At the November 27th Council meeting, a citizen spoke to gravity fed sewer system vs low pressure sewer system which is what is being installed in new developments despite the City having a standard. Let’s break through the confusion. In December 2002, Fairhope Utilities and the City Planning Commission set the standard for wastewater collection methods in new developments. All City standards are established to provide a desired level of...

Hurricane Nate Update, 10/7/17, 4:30pm

Dear Citizens, Voluntary Curfew Strongly Encouraged: This is a serious storm with an expected storm surge of up to 8ft. The Shelter of Last Resort is now open. The Baldwin County Coliseum has been activated as a temporary 24-hour shelter. Pack only personal items and medication for this time-frame. Utilities: 251.928.8003 or email utiloutage@fairhopeal.gov  Customers should report utility outages, low water pressure, water leaks or sewer problems to the number and email...

2018 Proposed Budget Presented 9/25/17

For 2017’s budget the focus was cutting wasteful spending and separating the financials for the City and Utilities. The result has already demonstrated a path for a more financially responsible government.  We exceeded revenue goals and were under budget on expenses which not only saved millions of dollars over previous years, but greatly reduced the city’s reliance on our utility profits.         The Utility subsidy came in...