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.