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...

Sewer Study Summary 2017

It didn’t start last month. It didn’t start a year ago. We were warned in 2011 when our water reclamation plant (WRP) was upgraded. “The development of a comprehensive sanitary sewer collection and conveyance management plan is an important element to consider in planning future operational and maintenance budget needs.” (Technical Memorandum 6; CH2MHILL; November 7, 2011) We’ve had no plan. CH2MHILL, the firm that conducted the 2011 review of...

Future Fairhope: Moving Forward Together

You can pick up a copy of “Future Fairhope: Moving Forward Together” at the Nix Center, City Hall or the Fairhope Library. LINK PRESENTATION VIDEO (1 hr 25 min) HISTORY:  Fairhope is rich in culture, heritage, and tradition that lifelong Fairhopers and newer residents alike have come to cherish equally. PRESENT:  Every day we are reminded that nothing stands still. Change is inevitable and must be guided to reflect the...

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....

State of the City Address: Presented 5/8/2017

Mayor Karin Wilson State of the City Address 2017 To understand who we are we have to understand where we came from – how we got to the state we are.  That state is a place where most of you have either chosen to stay or moved because of its unique character and the fact that it is very different from most communities across the country. There is a reason...

Fairhope Marina & Boatyard: A City Asset for Our Community

Some Fairhope residents may be unaware that the city owns the Marina, beachfront, and boatyard located at the end of Seacliff Drive. This area is currently known as the Eastern Shore Marina, but at one time was called the Fairhope Docks and was completely owned and operated by the City of Fairhope. Currently, the existing leases will expire for the boat slips and a boatyard this October and we have...