Author: Dale Liesch

Mayor, groups unveil new funding for Perch Creek

Photo | Ryan Flynn/City of Mobile Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson navigates through Perch Creek earlier this week. Ditching his suit and tie for jeans, a ball cap and a fleece pullover, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson smiled while paddling a kayak Monday morning, even offering to race others to shore. “This may be the best gig we have all day,” Stimpson said at a press conference. “This is a step in the right direction in the vision of the Peninsula Group of Mobile — the restoration of Perch Creek.” The city promoted a batch of new funding for the Dog...

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Waitlist still looms large for housing board

Photo |Lagniappe Work to demolish the Roger Williams housing development continued last week in Mobile, as the Mobile Housing Board averages 300 days filling vacant apartments. The Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners shared its concern over the authority’s waiting lists and its decreasing occupancy rate at its Wednesday, April 11, meeting. Currently, the number of families waiting for traditional public housing through MHB sits at 2,700. Another 932 families are waiting on housing choice or Section 8 vouchers from the authority. While the number of move-ins has increased and the number of move-outs decreased, the latter is still outpacing...

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Committee appointments bring council president impasse to forefront

Mobile City Council Vice President Levon Manzie began creating standing committees despite a months-long standoff over who the next president should be. Citing issues with the city’s capital improvement program, Manzie appointed Councilman C.J. Small as chairman of a committee to study it. He also appointed councilmen John Williams and Fred Richardson as members of the standing committee. This marks the first time in the now six-month impasse Manzie has named a standing committee. He had previously appointed temporary, ad hoc committees to deal with issues. Manzie believes he has the authority to do so as the de facto chair of the council. “It’s an integral function of the council,” he said. “A standing committee allows for subject-matter experts to study particular issues.” Manzie said several councilors have asked him to make committee appointments and he plans to make more, as they are warranted. Williams, a former rules committee chairman, said he believes Manzie, as vice president, lacks the authority to appoint members to committees. “He has the power of the chairman, which is to call meetings, announce speakers and adjourn meetings,” Williams said. That disagreement aside, Williams said Manzie has provided “fantastic leadership” for the council. “I’ve been more than pleased with what he’s done,” he said. Tim Hollis, a former candidate for the District 1 council seat, urged councilors to pick a president and break the impasse....

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Event to showcase newest addition to Blueway

Dog River Clearwater Revival (DRCR) announces the 7th Annual Great Drift Paddle, showcasing a new addition to the string of six (6) launch sites inside the Dog River Watershed, Saturday, April 21, beginning at 1 p.m. The canoe and kayak paddle begins and ends at the newly established Perch Creek East launch site inside McNally Park located at 4380 Park Road off Dauphin Island Parkway near the tip of the Peninsula. The site offers plenty of parking. The official launch will begin at 1 p.m. following a required launch/safety meeting. Paddlers will glide through serene areas of one of...

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ALDOT conducting pile driving for bridge project

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) anticipates conducting pile driving starting as early as Tuesday, April 17, and lasting through April 20 on the north side of the Bayway just east of the Wallace Tunnel entrance. The work will last throughout the day. Traffic will not be impacted during this work, however drivers should obey posted speed limits and be aware of crews in the area. Since March, pile driving and testing work have taken place at three locations along the proposed Mobile River Bridge and Bayway route. Varying types and size foundation piling and drilled shafts were driven...

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Kimberly Clark announces Mobile investment

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has approved a capacity expansion project at its Mobile manufacturing facility that will support K-C Professional’s continued bath tissue category growth in North America. “The Mobile team is excited about the role we will play in supporting the projected growth of the bath tissue category in North America as a result of this capacity expansion project,” Todd Visscher, Mill Manager for Kimberly-Clark’s Mobile operations, said in a statement. “This investment, the commitment of our employees, and the community support will together bolster the Mobile mill’s competitive position within Kimberly-Clark.” With an estimated investment of more than $100...

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Marshall Walton remembered during work zone safety awareness week

Photo | Lagniappe John Walton talks about the death of his son Marshall in a road construction zone in 2015. The resulting Marshall James Walton Highway Safety Act signed by Gov. Kay Ivey last year created the crime of vehicular homicide in Alabama. Johnny Walton doesn’t want another family to go through what his went through more than three years ago. His 25-year-old son, Marshall Walton, was killed by a distracted driver at a construction site on U.S. Route 45 on Feb. 13, 2015. “I think about him every day,” the owner of John G. Walton Construction said at...

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Tattoo artist files suit to settle City Council presidency

Photo | Lagniappe Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson received a simple majority of votes to become council president last year, but the council remains rudderless. A constituent and friend of Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson has filed a lawsuit in Mobile County Circuit Court seeking to force councilors into making a decision about who will be the board’s next president. The lawsuit, filed by L.A. Body Art owner Chassity Ebbole, seeks help from the court in forcing the council to stick by historical precedence and make Richardson president because he received four votes to Councilwoman Gina Gregory’s three. In...

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Retiring state representative honored by City Council

Photo | Lagniappe Retiring State Rep. James Buskey was honored by the Mobile City Council for his four decades in state politics this week. It was a very happy birthday for State Rep. James Buskey (D-Mobile) on Tuesday, April 10. To honor his 42 years of service as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, councilors and Mayor Sandy Stimpson honored him with a proclamation naming Tuesday “State Representative James Buskey Day.” They and several members of the local legislative delegation sang “Happy Birthday” to him. “Thank you,” Buskey said. “This is probably the most surprising thing …...

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Tattoo artist files suit to settle City Council presidency

A constituent and friend of Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson has filed a lawsuit in Mobile County Circuit Court seeking to force councilors into making a decision about who will be the board’s next president. The lawsuit, filed by L.A. Body Art owner Chassity Ebbole, seeks help from the court in forcing the council to stick by historical precedence and make Richardson president because he received four votes to Councilwoman Gina Gregory’s three. In a phone interview, Ebbole said a simple majority of councilors prior to the body’s organizational meeting every four years was all that was previously needed...

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