Stimpson gives bonuses to seven employees as part of new program

Mayor Sandy Stimpson, center, poses for a photo with employees Lee Bush, Clarence Mack, Tyrone Holley, Mayor Stimpson, James Gardner, Larry Harris and Jamaal Hawthorn behind a trailer the city garage workers built to save the city money. Stimpson gave the employees a $250 bonus for the work.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson made good on a campaign promise Wednesday afternoon by doling out the first of a series of employee bonuses, as part of the administration’s “Pay it Forward” program. The first recipients of the bonus program were seven city garage employees, who saved the city about $6,000 by building a trailer for parade barricades, Stimpson said during a press conference at the garage on Gayle Street. “If we’re going to transform the city, it will be through the hard work and ingenuity of our employees,” Stimpson said. The money for the bonuses comes from $50,000 Stimpson said he’d take from his own salary each year to fund the program. This announcement marks the first for the program and Stimpson told media members to expect more than $50,000 to be available next year. Continue Reading →

MHB moves forward with $750M redevelopment plan

The Mobile Housing Board, the city and three private firms aim to team up for a $750 million redevelopment project that will span three public housing communities, after the MHB voted last week to select the private partners and move the project forward to a master planning phase. The board selected Hollyhand Development, Columbia Residential and Pennrose Properties Global Development Group to redevelop the 330 acres where R.V. Taylor Plaza, Thomas James Place and the Frank W. Boykin tower currently sit. The redevelopment will be a mixed-use, mixed-income community consisting of 3,000 to 4,000 housing units and commercial retail facilities, program manager James Brooks, president of the Boulevard Group, said. Brooks said it would take three to six months to develop a master plan for the property and developers would be responsible for securing most of the financing needed for the project, which is expected to be constructed in phases over several years. The project would be the largest public housing redevelopment ever in the city and is considered significant on a national scale, Brooks told board members. Continue Reading →

Communications district plans to half annual merit raises

In recent months, Mobile County employees have been talking about pay raises, but over the same time period employees of another governing body in the county have seen a steady stream of salary increases. The board of the Mobile County Communications District, commonly referred to as the 911 Board, had a lengthy discussion about merit raises during its regular meeting Dec. 11. Historically, the district has offered its employees a 5 percent annual salary increase. However, one board member proposed trimming those yearly merit increases down to 2.5 percent to address growing discrepancies between the salary of the 911 board’s employees and municipal employees who work alongside them. Continue Reading →

City receives $1.6 million Bloomberg ‘innovation team’ award

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson announces the city’s reciept of a $1.6 million grant Dec. 15.

Standing in an empty lot on Texas Street Monday, Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced that Mobile will receive $1.6 million to help revitalize neighborhoods and promote economic development. The grant money from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Innovation Teams” program will be used to hire three new full-time employees and three new part-time employees, who will be part of an “i-team” solely responsible for accomplishing mayoral priorities, starting with the eradication of blight. (more…) Continue Reading →

Bayou’s missed payment leaves employees without insurance

The wife of one Bayou la Batre employee recently took her son to see an urgent care doctor, but when she got her bill, she was shocked to learn her family didn’t have the health insurance she thought they did. Though the outage was only temporary, this employee’s family wasn’t alone after Bayou la Batre officials failed to make the city’s monthly insurance payment to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama — resulting in a near six-week lapse in coverage for all current and retired employees. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous to protect her husband, said she had no idea coverage had been canceled because the payroll deductions for health insurance continued throughout the three-check period coverage had been suspended. “They’re wanting to charge me $500 for the visit to urgent care, whenever I was told that we had insurance,” she said. “I called Blue Cross Blue Shield, and all they could tell me is that it had been canceled as of Nov. Continue Reading →

Judge grants $500,000 cash bond for Hiawatha Robinson

Assistant District  Attorney Jill Phillips answered questions from reports Dec. 17 after bonds were granted for the accused in the Hiawayi Robinson murder case.

Family members of slain 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson were on both sides of the courtroom as two $250,000 cash bonds were set for the victim’s father, who was charged with felony murder and first degree sodomy in relation to his daughter’s death. Hiawatha Robinson Jr. was arrested and charged on Tuesday, but for unknown reasons was not charged with capital murder, which would have prevented him from receiving a bond. (more…) Continue Reading →