The Fairhope City Council unanimously approved a recommendation from its Harbor Board Monday night that would appropriate funding for priorities at the city-owned marina and docks on Fly Creek.
The recommendations include a cleanout and scooping of the slips and stalls, a 100-foot bulkhead beginning on the north end and gravel and grate upgrades to the parking lot.
Council President Jack Burrell said the actions would be prioritized with the dredging first and would continue as more funding becomes available.
Burrell, also a member of the Harbor Board, said the dredging is needed because there’s only about 6 inches of water in some of the slips.
“We need to get those in shape to make sure we get boats in there,” Burrell said.
After the meeting, he acknowledged that some in the community feel development is to blame for an accumulation of silt in the marina, but he dismissed that.
“That marina has been periodically dredged forever,” Burrell said. “Whenever you have a creek, you’re going to have erosion.”
Mayor Tim Kant said he believes it has been about 20 years since the marina was dredged.
In other business, the council discussed a Recycling Committee recommendation to go to a single-stream form of curbside recycling pickup. The recommendation would give residents a garbage-style container to put all recyclables in, without having to separate it. A truck would then come pick up the recycling.
Kant said the recommendation was made to help encourage more of the community to participate in the curbside recycling program. Currently, the city picks up 8,500 tons of garbage and only 1,700 tons of recycling.
Councilman Michael Ford, who sits on the Recycling Committee, said around 40 percent of the city’s residents take advantage of the service. Kant said the city could also try to reduce the amount it pays in tipping fees to the Baldwin County landfill. Kant suggested his administration could consider other options, like charging residents extra for not recycling, or charging more for garbage pickup twice a week.
The council appointed Kahley Malloy to a four-year term on the Recycling Committee. They appointed Allison Chang to a three-year term on the Tree Committee while reappointing Paul Fontenot and Kip Jones.
The council approved a zoning change from residential/agriculture to professional business on State Highway 181 near Walmart to allow the development of a dental office.
The council approved an application by Glide N.E.W LLC for a franchise agreement for guided Segway tours that will begin at Emma’s Bay House at 202 S. Mobile St.
The council also approved a request from Lois Boykin and Elizabeth Rockwell to allow them to erect a marker to honor all veterans for a portion of Scenic 98 from the Daphne city limits, south to State Highway 104, designating it a Blue Star Memorial Highway.
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