Council-Manager Form of Government

Do I support this new form of government for the City of Fairhope?  Absolutely Should citizens be concerned about the timing of this effort? No. The discussion about the Council-Manager form of government has been talked about for many years and I have been researching it with a few citizens since the beginning of the year.  After the new amendment passed this past April, a group of citizens have come together...

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...

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...

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...

Sensationalized Headlines and Innuendos

Dear Citizens, Questions have been raised regarding invoicing for IT services as well as about surveillancing of city employees. I wish to answer those questions to the extent I am allowed without divulging confidential information. My comments are also tempered by my constant efforts to safeguard the privacy of current and former city employees. Elias Technologies was hired to perform internet security services for the City and the Police Department....