Author: Lagniappe

County Commission passes 2014 budget on two-to-one vote

With only two Mobile County Commissioners voting in favor of the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget Sept. 23, the employees will still receive the same money they do now, but can see costs increase in health insurance.

Commissioners Merceria Ludgood and Connie Hudson approved the budget while Commissioner Jerry Carl said he couldn’t support the budget as is.

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Sources suggest city overpaid roughly half-million for LED lights

After talking with six companies that sell the specific kind of street light purchased by the city of Mobile in 2011 using federal grant money, it appears the city overpaid by nearly $500 per light. That information comes on the heels of accusations Lagniappe has previously reported that the city crafted a request for quotes (RFQ) so that only that particular model of light could be chosen.

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MPD records reveal an Explorer program in ‘complete disarray’

An initial review of 6,000 Mobile Police Department documents concerning its Police Explorers program has yielded information requested since the beginning of the year that the department has previously claimed it did not have, as well as a 2011 internal analysis of the program that found it to be “in complete disarray.”
Also found were internal emails between MPD and city officials discussing the suspicion that some city employees, their children and spouses were improperly attending the federally funded trips.

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The aliens are laughing at us

“We both know the difference between right and wrong. Life is full of temptation; it’s so hard to be strong. Seems like everything good is bad, and everything bad is good.” — 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) Ain’t that the damn truth?...

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Could a beachfront park become a reality?

“This is the city by the bay. Who would know?” said the 64-year-old as he sat at his computer sending yet another email — one of hundreds since his conservation effort began last summer. Clarence Carrio, a retired insurance adjustor, said in his younger years he visited the area east of the Brookley Aeroplex, often to play golf or walk the beach to relieve stress while enjoying everything the beautiful property had to offer.

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Judge tosses pipeline company’s condemnation lawsuit

Less than a week after a hearing between Plains Southcap and Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, Mobile Probate Judge Don Davis issued a ruling on Sept. 17. Davis sided with MAWSS and threw out Plains Southcap’s lawsuit for condemnation, which means the pipeline is not going through the Big Creek Lake watershed for now.

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County employees seeking pay raises

Working full time for a governmental agency should provide enough to support a family, but hundreds of Mobile County employees said on Sept. 16 that’s far from the truth. County employees lobbied the Mobile County Commission in...

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