The Mobile City Council delayed a vote Tuesday that will prevent officers in the Mobile Police Department’s second precinct from driving 12 miles round trip to cover calls.
The second precinct is currently housed in the Western Administration Complex near Langan Park, but a lease agreement with Cobalt Realty LLC would move the station to a 9,384-square-foot facility in the Tillman’s Corner Shopping Center, in the center of the precinct. Councilors delay most votes on first read, and the issue will likely be revisited next week.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the significance of the proposed move of the precinct should not be understated.
“That’s 17,000 hours per year you could call ‘dead hours,’” Stimpson said of officers’ travel around the precinct. “Those hours can now be distributed throughout the second precinct.”
The move, Stimpson said, would allow MPD to improve its response time.
In other business, the council approved a $71,180 contract with Sunset Contracting for Dauphin Street drainage repairs.
The council also approved a $15,000 contract with Geotechnical Engineering and Testing Inc. for dredging at Langan Park. The council voted unanimously to approve a $13,217 contract with Driven Engineering Inc. for Taylor Park drainage and design services.
Councilors also approved a $12,300 contract with Commercial Diving Services Inc. for Harmon Park Recreation Center interior wall and security measures.
The council delayed action on other items, including: the reallocation of a total of $100,001 for a parks and recreation master plan; the authorization of a contract with Terracon Consultants Inc. for 2016 pay-as-you-go County Commission District 2 work; and the authorization of a $50,000 city match for a grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Lands Division for the parks and recreation master plan.