National Day of Prayer 2020 – May Prayer for You

On this National Day of Prayer, I pray for contentment. This pandemic was unexpected. It was not in our plans, but we’ve learned how to sacrifice, change behaviors and plan differently. Because I hear from so many, I know that some dwell in worry, point fingers and find things to complain about throughout the whole ordeal. Then there are those you want to learn from. The ones who have faith,...

2020 State of the City Expo – We are in a Very Good Place

Intro Being your mayor has required me to come out of my shell.  What many may not know is that I’m an introvert by nature. I’m a doer not a talker. I enjoy working behind the scenes and talking about ideas and possibilities and never really learned the art of small talk. As a bookstore owner, I’ve read a lot of books.  I’m often asked what my favorite book is...

BIG News for the Future of Mobile Bay!

The City of Fairhope is proud to support bipartisan legislation Water Quality Grant Program Bill introduced this week by  Senator Doug Jones to create a new water quality grant program to increase data sharing across counties.  The Bill discussed on the floor yesterday afternoon is to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a pilot competitive grant program for improving the sharing of water quality data, and for...

2020 Budget Waiting Approval: Fiscal Year 2020 Started Oct 1st

The fiscal year started Oct 1st.  After two work sessions on Monday and Wednesday, we are now waiting on Council to pass. The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is not until Oct 28th.  If you have not read the Budget Overview with multiple updates over the course of the last six weeks, I urge you to do so here. As you can see, Council was presented a balanced budget without...

Tatumville Subdivision Still Being Discussed: We Must Protect Our Valuable Gully Watershed

The City of Fairhope is comprised of a complex gully system that manages our storm water drainage, safeguards our watersheds, provides refuge to plants and wildlife and contributes to the health of Mobile Bay. Our gullies have been negatively affected by uncontrolled development and it has been a challenge to put safeguards in place in perpetuity.  The comprehensive land-use plan will certainly address this. Perhaps that’s why this subdivision has...

FIRST EVER SELF-SUSTAINING BUDGET!

For the first time in Fairhope history, the 2020 City Budget proposal requires zero dollars of utility profits to balance. The City is finally self-sustaining financially and can run independently from our Utility Department. There are ZERO Utility dollars paying for government operating expenses. I’m not sure how many ways I can articulate it, but this is a very good thing and something to be celebrated! And in case anyone...

Barney Gaston Day: A Memorable Day in Fairhope History

August 24, 2019 What a special day it was in Fairhope’s rich history. Barney Gaston Day took place at our wonderful Fairhope Museum of History. LT. ‘BARNEY’ GASTON was born and raised in the City of Fairhope and graduated from the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education Dot Yeager was on hand to describe Barney and his family’s generous spirit.  When she told me she had graduated with him at...

Sewer System Upgrade Timeline – Most Critical Updates Will be Completed by 2022

Update July 27, 2020 The following timeline demonstrates the work accomplished this term in fully updating our Sewer System: an objective started the day I took office. Investment in Utility Infrastructure this term (without borrowing money) Implemented ~$40M plan fully upgrading sewer, water, gas, and electric infrastructure. Obtained $10M RESTORE funds to offset this total for sewer rehabilitation Invested approximately $14M in upgrades this term in upgrades without borrowing money....

In the Face of 44% Growth, Please Support Collaborative Strategic Planning

Our Founding Fathers established Fairhope with Vision and Planning.  They planned the “downtown” with wide streets surrounded by residential lots forming the heart of, and foundation for, what our City has become.  It has been said that great parks developed by Olmsted (Central Park) and later the lake front parks by Daniel Burnham inspired Fairhope’s open spaces and public parks providing water access to all residents.  Without this foresight, Fairhope could have been...

2019 Arbor Day

This year’s Arbor Day was another success.  Getting up Saturday morning, walking across the street to the Coastal Community College where the event took place and it was absolutely the most beautiful day of the year so far.  It felt like I was in a scene from Truman Show! Our Public Works Director, Richard Johnson, welcomed everyone and declared that Arbor Day would be his official first day to wear...