Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson is trading in the traditional inaugural party for trash bags, gloves and hard work.

On Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stimpson will have a “Day of Service” at the Parkway Senior Center, 1600 Boykin Blvd., and clean up the grounds.

Stimpson plans on the event to be annual.

“This year we have chosen to focus on Dauphin Island Parkway, specifically starting at the senior citizens center,” he said. “We did some work over there already and found an area with an overgrown basketball court, playground and baseball field.”

Councilman CJ Small, who represents the DIP area, said he is glad Stimpson is already getting involved with the community.

“I’m excited for the Dauphin Island Parkway area and grateful to the Stimpson administration to meet on Saturday to help clean up the area,” he said. “A couple of weeks ago I invited Mayor Stimpson to the Riverside meeting. It was a chance for residents to meet him. They were excited to hear he was working to clean up around the senior center.

“I also like that Mayor Stimpson is involved in the community. That’s what you should do in office — interact with the community.”

Small said he would be out at the senior center helping in the clean up.

The administration asked for people to bring their own gloves, but will provide water and lunch.

If planning to attend, the Stimpson administration asks participants to contact William Hanes at or 251-709-8820.

On Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m., the official swearing in ceremony for Stimpson and the City Council. Following the ceremony the council will get down to business. The organizational meeting will be held and the president and vice president of the council will be selected.

At 7 p.m. that same day, the ceremonial swearing in and inauguration ceremony will occur at Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. A meet and greet reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.