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...

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....