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.