City celebrates ribbon cutting of affordable housing complex

Mayor Sandy Stimpson and members of his administration were present at a ribbon cutting for an affordable housing complex Wednesday morning. The city previously loaned developers $850,000 in money from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be used for construction and financing of the development called Greystone Place Apartments. In addition, the project used $1.3 million from the Alabama Housing Finance Authority and about $600,000 in tax credits from the state, Senior Community and Housing Director Nigel Roberts. Projects costs totaled $8.3 million. “I like to call this workforce housing,” Roberts said, following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Continue Reading →

Campbell-Morris, Wallace make runoff for Prichard District 2 seat

The president of the United Concerned Citizens of Prichard will face a local barber and pastor in a runoff election on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the right to represent Prichard City Council District 2. UCCOP’s Severia Campbell-Morris received 39 percent of the vote during a special election Tuesday. Carlton Wallace, owner of Heavenly Creations Barber Style Center, had 27 percent. Campbell-Morris and Wallace topped a total of six candidates to get into the runoff. Continue Reading →

Finance director elaborates on retiree healthcare cuts

Executive Director of Finance Paul Wesch told councilors during a Finance Committee meeting Tuesday that the decision to make changes to the healthcare cost-share and cut Medicare–eligible retirees from the city’s self-funded plan came after a review of how peer cities handled similar situations. Stimpson’s proposed 2015 budget cuts those retirees eligible for Medicare out of the city’s plan, but would help them find a supplemental plan for Medicare, and would pay $175 per month toward a supplemental plan for the first four years. (more…) Continue Reading →

Council hears from retirees, discusses expansion of penny sales tax

Although the Mobile City Council agreed to delay by two weeks a vote on it, Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget was still a hot topic during Tuesday’s meeting. The council heard from three retired employees who were upset that the proposed budget would cut out healthcare coverage for retirees eligible for Medicare. Each asked the council to reconsider the proposal before voting on it. Dennis Green called the proposal to cut off benefits to retirees eligible for Medicare a “slap in the face,” adding that a 2.5 percent cost of living raise, which will go into effect in October, is not enough when an increase in healthcare costs is factored in. Green said he got a 2.5 percent raise under the Mike Dow administration, but an increase in healthcare costs was also factored in. Continue Reading →

Pharmacy owner accused of illegally selling narcotic

Codeine

Police placed a padlock on the entrance of Caffey’s Pharmacy in Prichard Tuesday after the owner was accused of illegally distributing the narcotic drug codeine. A three-week investigation revealed 54-year-old Donald Scarcliff sold codeine out of his shop to area individuals, even without prescriptions, for illegal, street-level distribution, MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains said. (more…) Continue Reading →