Prichard enforces new curfew for minors

The Prichard Police Department is enforcing a curfew ordinance for minors as of Sunday, Aug. 17. According to a press release from the department, minors under the age of 18 or who have not been emancipated by law are in violation of the curfew if they are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during certain hours of the day and night. Minors who are detained by police for violating the city’s curfew ordinance will be transported to the City of Prichard Curfew Center and can only be released to a parent or legal guardian. The ordinance calls for various levels of fines, including, but not limited to, issuing a verbal warning, fines or imprisonment, officials said. Continue Reading →

Mayor’s $227 million budget includes extensive cuts to performance contracts

Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed 2015 budget includes two raises for city employees, an increase in health care costs, a 400 percent increase in capital spending and significant cuts to performance contracts. “Our focus is to increase and redirect capital dollars toward fixing things that are broken in the city’s infrastructure, from our streets, sidewalks and parks to the outdated computer management systems and other old equipment the city uses to conduct day-to-day business and secondly, it addresses long-needed adjustments to our employees’ compensation.” Stimpson told a crowd during a presentation Aug. 19 to members of the Mobile City Council. (more…) Continue Reading →

Did attorneys for Mobile’s Archdiocese recognize same-sex parental rights?

A choice wording in an ongoing legal dispute gave the impression to some that the Archdiocese of Mobile, or at least its attorneys, briefly recognized a same-sex marriage last month. Though attorney F. Grey Reddit was quick to say he nor the his clients “recognize [Attorney Christine Hernandez] as the parent” of her partner’s child, their relationship was expressly acknowledged in a recent court filing related to a 2013 case filed over bullying and harassment at St. Pius X Catholic School on Sage Avenue. (more…) Continue Reading →

Disparity emphasized in city’s first ‘community conversation’ on race relations

Hundreds of residents attended the first of several community conversations on race relations Monday evening at the Alabama School for Math and Science auditorium. The first of the conversations, titled “Why we need to talk about race,” featured guest speakers the Rev. Dr. Robert Allen Turner, assistant program director of the Dave Matthews Center for Civic Life in Montgomery and pastor of St. Paul’s AME Church in Mobile and Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black and founder of the University of Alabama’s Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Before the forum took place, audience members were anxious to see what might come of the series of conversations. Mobile resident John Davis said he came to the event because he was interested in the dialogue that could be begin from this first conversation. Continue Reading →

MAWSS to install temporary, above-ground sewage line downtown

Later this year, MAWSS plans to run a temporary, above-ground sewage line through downtown (red) while it repairs the existing underground line (green).

The Board of Commissioners for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer Systems accepted bids from two contractors Monday for an estimated $1.5 million project to undertake a major sewer relining project in downtown Mobile. The project will require an above ground bypass piping system to divert the flow of wastewater while the actual relining work will take place underground. (more…) Continue Reading →

Mayor’s proposed budget includes 5 percent raise, health care hike (updated)

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Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed 2015 fiscal year budget includes a 400 percent increase in the capital improvement budget over 2014, Stimpson said in a media briefing Monday. The capital improvement budget will increase from $3,513,000 this year to $14,345,000 in 2015, he said, after signing the budget message ahead of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Stimpson outlined areas where the capital money would be spent. The capital budget includes $4 million for the maintenance and repair of streets, drainage and buildings and $3 million for park improvements and repairs. Stimpson didn’t go into specifics, but said the park improvements would include fields, lights, dog parks, splash pads, walking/biking trails, playgrounds and restroom upgrades. Continue Reading →