The city’s war on litter received reinforcements during the Mobile City Council meeting Aug. 5.
Representatives from Mobile Baykeeper and the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust handed out the first of 1,000 “litter getter” bags to councilors in hopes of starting a new initiative for citizens to help pick up trash in neighborhoods.
ACHT’s Hank Caddell told councilors to take the bags, purchased by the organization, on walks around their neighborhoods and spread the word about the bags with their constituents. Residents can pick up bags at the Baykeeper office, Caddell said, but they have to pledge to pick up litter.
“Litter is a blight, it’s an embarrassment … and it’s an environmental hazard,” Caddell said. “We don’t want people to take bags unless they pledge to use them.”
Baykeeper Executive Director Casi Callaway said she’s already begun using the bags around her neighborhood. She said she has one for trash and one for recyclables.
“Our job and our goal with the bags is to actually pick (the litter) up,” she said. “This is something we all need to be doing.”
Councilman Joel Daves said the bags were a good idea and agreed that everyone in the city should be doing their part.
“This problem we have with litter will have to be addressed by every citizen and every business,” he said. “If everyone starts picking up litter we don’t have a litter problem.”
Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration has already taken steps to address the litter problem. Councilors recently passed a new litter ordinance that beefed up enforcement on individuals and businesses found in violation. Also, as part of a settlement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the city will be required to purchase a litter boat and another trap for Dog River.
In other business, the city renewed the lease of the Keep Mobile Beautiful recycling center at 1451 Government St., in the amount of $2,550 per month. The city will make improvements to the center, as part of the lease agreement.
The council denied a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for TLT Transport LLC for the operation of a non-emergency medical transportation service for patients in wheelchairs, after a brief public hearing.
Councilors had concerns with granting the license to the company out of Pace, Fla. because they didn’t have a local office of their own, or an official partnership with a local company, which are two requirements in the city code. Although TLT did have a contract with Lifeguard Ambulance service to share their office, Daves said it didn’t meet the right criteria for the permit because they didn’t have a partnership agreement drawn up.
TLT can come back to the council at a later date with the same request, if they choose.
The council approved an amendment to the lease with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mobile to allow for an expansion of its playground at Bush Park.
The council approved a contract with James H. Adams and Son Construction in the amount of $34,444 for traffic calming improvements in the city. Those improvements include six new speed humps in the Llanfair neighborhood and repairs to two speed humps at LeFlore Drive, repair to one at Ingate Street and one on Green Tree Road.
The council also approved a contract with General Contractor Steve Cumbie in the amount of $214,084.86 for roof truss replacement on Mobile Fire-Rescue Station 11 on Broad Street.