Thursday, November 13, 2014

Colony Meeting for November

     The Single Tax meeting began promptly at 6:30 presided by Lee Turner. He asked if there were any member or lessee concerns at which point Director David Jester requested to read something he brought and asked for it to be made part of the record. He stated from The Code of Alabama 1975:
"Each nonprofit corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, board of directors and committees having any of the authority of the board of directors; and shall keep at its registered office or principal office in Alabama a record of the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote, directors and officers. All books and records of a nonprofit corporation may be inspected by any member, director or officer, or his or her agent or attorney, for any proper purpose at any reasonable time."
     President Turner then asked if there were any other concerns at which point The Fairhope Courier asked for clarification on the issue of openness at the meetings. Pres. Turner stated that would be in the Trustee's report which would occur during the "business" portion of the meeting and therefore after the public left.
     Citing the fact the Rent Study Committee had not met, the FSTC council voted to keep the demonstration fee at .002 for 2015.
     The decision was also made to add to the bylaws concerning the public meetings. Secretary Leslie Stejskal and Trustee Leigh Rogers interpret the word "Public" to mean "Members Only" and intend to amend the bylaws to reflect this change.
The next Fairhope Single Tax meeting is December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fairhope City Council meeting, November 10, 2014.

     After approving minutes from the previous council meeting, Mayor Kant started the council meeting with a little “house-keeping”. He stated the lawsuit with the city’s previous insurance company Alabama Municipal Insurance Company is settled. The agreement reached after a four year long, $1.6 million dollar lawsuit, leaves AMIC paying $1.1 million and the city the balance of $500,000. Former Fairhope Municipal Judge Jody Bishop was the Circuit Court Judge over the case.
     Mayor Kant then invited everyone to attend the Lighting of the Trees event in downtown on Thursday November 13th and The Downtown Stroll on the 21st from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Saturday the 22nd is Movie in the Street at 6:30 followed by 55th Annual Open House downtown on Sunday the 23rd. Mayor Kant finished up by reminding everyone to “Shop local”.
     Councilman Richard Mueller reminded everyone to support the Fairhope Pirates on Friday.
     Councilwoman Diane Brewer mentioned the Fairhope Film Festival that happened over the previous weekend and was “amazed at the quality of the films” and noted it was a “class act”.
     Councilman Mike Ford mentioned Recycle Day is approaching and the Round Up Day play happening on Saturday 15th at the Colony Cemetery. “Show time is at 11:00am.” Tickets are $10.00.
     Councilman Kevin Boone congratulated City Clerk Lisa Hanks on being elected President of Alabama Municipal Clerks and Administrators Association.
     President Jack Burrell mentioned the Veteran’s Memorial Wednesday at 4:45pm at Henry George Park. He also thanked Mike Ford and Rich Mueller for their service.
     “Everyone that has a badge will have a camera.” stated Chief Joe Petties. Fairhope budgeted $30k for the purchase of 40 body cameras for the entire police department. This will increase officer safety as well as increase cooperation amongst citizens and those tasked with protecting them.
     Morphy Avenue will be receiving two new speed bumps near the park to slow traffic to 15mph.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fairhope’s Annual Lighting of the Trees Celebration

Sherree Pierce
 Join us as we turn on over 1 million lights in downtown Fairhope. 
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and lights come on at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:30 p.m.
For information contact 251-929-1466

Saturday, November 1, 2014

City of Fairhope Announces Veterans Activities

     The City of Fairhope will honor its military veterans with a Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 8th. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and will begin and end at the Fairhope Civic Center. Participants include local veterans organizations, military vehicles, the Dogwood Trail Maids, local boy and Girl Scout troops, the Fairhope High School Band, the Daphne High School ROTC, the 1165th MP Company, the British Car Club and many other local groups. Leading the parade will be Fairhope’s 2014 Veteran of the Year, Clarence Bishop. A light breakfast featuring the Center Stage Show Choir will be held before the parade begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center lobby for all veterans and parade participants.
     The celebration will continue, on Tuesday, November 11th at 5:45 p.m. in Henry George Park. A sunset prayer service will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial, Tears of Sorry, Tears of Joy. Chris Peters, associate pastor with the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Fairhope will lead the prayer service and Taps will be performed following the prayer by Chris Peters. The ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m.
For more information on the parade or the sunset prayer service, call Paige Turberville at 251-929-1466.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recent Decline in Gas Prices

     What caused the recent decline in gas prices and is that good or bad for the economy? A Reddit reader asked the question, "Why is the recent drop in gas prices a bad indicator for the overall economy?" The top answer chosen stated,
     "It's because oil prices are a fairly good indicator for how well people think the economy is doing. The central idea is that everyone, and every business uses some form oil to conduct operations. As such, higher oil prices tend to reflect an increase in business activity and lower prices reflect a slow down. Now the tricky part is that the oil price you see on TV is actually the price a few months down the road. The oil price displayed on the news is what's know as an oil future, basically someone is buying a contract to receive oil a few months from now at whatever the price is expected/predicted to be. Overall gas prices themselves don't necessarily have a large impact on the economy, but the economy has a large impact on gas prices, that's why so many people look to it in order to gauge economic performance."
In reply to that,
     "There is no "speculation" on why the prices are going down. We know why they are falling. Saudi Arabia increased production to drive down the price to stave off viability Oil Shale. They are protecting their place in the market. Oil Shale cost more to use so the higher the price the more viable it is. If the prices are to low then it is not worth mining. My speculation is that this will have a positive effect on the US economy. People will have more to spend at X-Mas and travel more."
In reply to that,
"A couple of problems with this:
1) You mean shale oil, not oil shale. Unfortunately they are very different things. Oil shale is a rock that contains organic matter but hasn't turned to oil yet, and nobody has figured out how to make oil out of it cheaply. Shale oil, or more generally tight oil, is oil that is hard to get flowing to the well but is otherwise fine. The recent boom in the US is all about tight oil.
2) Saudi Arabian production is the proximate cause of falling oil prices, but as for the Saudi motivation, it's not so clear. For example, it's quite possible that the US asked Saudi Arabia to produce more in order to hurt the Russians, who rely on oil exports. Putting some tight oil producers out of business could just be a bonus.
I agree with you on the economic impact. Energy prices have been central to the economic story of the past decade, and this is the best news in a while."
In reply to that,
"Saudi Arabia did not increase production - a false assertion made throughout this thread. They're simply not paring back production as they normally would because no matter how much they pare it back, the price will not be propped. Normally this isn't a problem, but many oil (opec) nations build the price of oil into their budgets and so falling oil prices means they need to pump MORE oil - not less- to balance the budget. This increases supply, and harms cooperation in the cartel."
And finally,
"In the last few weeks, the US overtook Saudi Arabia in oil production."
     The fracking boom, shale oil, cheap coal, cheap natural gas and Canadian Tar Sands are all factors in the price of gas at the pump and are also related to Fairhope and its community.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fairhope Film Festival Nov. 6-9


View the list of this year's films here.
Buy tickets here.
Volunteer here.



From FFF's website:

     The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.