Mayor Sandy Stimpson will ask the Mobile City Council on Tuesday to approve about $50,000 to begin an 8-month comprehensive planning process.
The total price of the contract to develop the plan with Goodwin, Mills, Cawood is listed at $150,000, but the first phase will cost $75,000.
“This is the first time a long-range plan has encompassed the entire city,” Stimpson said at a press conference Monday. “Typically under-served communities have been left out.”
Stimpson said the city would pay about $50,000 of that initial fee, with $24,000 coming from the Community Foundation of South Alabama. The organization’s president and CEO Rebecca Byrne said a fund would be set up to take future donations for the plan. She said the plan would help the organization reach its goal of improving the quality of life for everyone throughout the city.
“We’re very pleased to be a part of this effort,” Byrne said. “We think it’s a tremendous and very worthwhile effort.”
The money for the first phase would help pay for community meetings on the subject and the initial development of the plan, Executive Director of Planning and Urban Development Dianne Irby said.
According to the contract between the city and its consultant, phase one includes the preparation of a project fact sheet, a kickoff meeting, a workshop, a follow-up meeting, committee meetings and small group meetings. The consultant will also conduct meetings located in three to four locations to include public engagement in the plan.
The plan will get citizen help to determine core capital needs, would guide budgetary and policy decisions and provide a framework for future capital improvement, Stimpson said.