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- Study Sees Powerful Impact of Steel
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- Mobile County Lands Steel
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Mobile County Storm Victims Mobile, Ala.
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ThyssenKrupp Steel Groundbreaking
Left to right: County commissioners Mike Dean, Merceria Ludgood, Stephen Nodine, and Alabama Governor Bob Riley at the groundbreaking for the $3.7 billion ThyssenKrupp Steel plant.
Mobile County Commissioners were among the dignitaries taking part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the ThyssenKrupp Steel processing facility in Calvert.
The German industrial giant is investing 3.7 billion-dollars in the plant that will make carbon and stainless steel. The plant is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010.
Alabama Governor Bob Riley praised the efforts of Commissioners Nodine and Dean in landing the plant for Mobile County. "We wouldn't be here today without them," the Governor said.
New District One Commissioner Ludgood said the plant will provide much-needed jobs and be the engine for economic growth in her district.
Construction of the facility will require 29,000 over a three-year period. Once operational, the plant will employ 2,700. The site covers 3,500 acres of land and seven million square feet of building space.
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Merceria Ludgood Sworn in Today as
Mobile County Commissioner
Merceria Ludgood was sworn in today as the newest
member of the Mobile County Commission.
With her mother by her side, Ludgood took the oath of
office. The Honorable Sonja Bivens, U.S. Magistrate, administered the oath.
Hundreds of Ludgoods family, friends, and local civic and political
leaders attended the ceremony in the Government Plaza auditorium.
Ludgood won a special election last week to become
commissioner for District-1. Ludgood has previously worked as an attorney for
Mobile County and the City of Mobile.
"I plan to meet soon with all the mayors and city
leaders in my district, said Ludgood. One of my immediate
priorities is the Highway 43 corridor where we have to keep up and manage the
growth thats coming with ThyssenKrupp and some of the other
The District-1 seat had been vacant since May when
Juan Chastang was removed from office. A federal court ordered a special
election after ruling Chastang had been illegally appointed by Alabama Governor
Bob Riley in 2005.
Ludgood becomes just the second woman commissioner in
Mobile County. Oliveth M. Archer served from 1985 thru 1989.
County Commission Supports Local Schools
Mobile County Commission President Stephen Nodine
presented a check for $36,296 the Allentown Elementary School PTO on September
11, 2007. The organization will use the funds for computers at the school.
This presentation is the latest example of the County
Commission's support to local schools. "There has been an absolute commitment
on the commissioners' part to education," Nodine said.
So far this year the Commission has spent $650,000 on
school and youth oriented projects.
Commissioner Stephen Nodine presents
check for $36,000 to members of the Allentown Elementary School PTO. Back Row:
Commissioner Nodine Front Row L-to-R: Tammie Merritt, Catrina Miller, Celina
Martinez, Michelle Mitchell, Tammy Johnson, Ashtiny Cleveland (Principal), Lynn
Judy Stanford, media specialist at
Allentown Elementary, shows Commissioner Stephen Nodine some of the computer
equipment purchased with the County Commission's contribution.
County Commission Supports Volunteer Firefighters
The Mobile County Commission supports nineteen
different volunteer fire departments and emergency agencies. On Monday
September 10, 2007, Commissioners Mike Dean and Stephen Nodine presented Chief
Bill Hunter, president of the Mobile County Association of Volunteer Fire
Departments a check for $200,000. The money will be distributed to the various
agencies. The County Commission has also supported the volunteer fire
departments this year through the purchase of several trucks and other
Study Sees Powerful Impact of Steel Mill
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More than 8,000 permanent jobs will be created in
Lower Alabama by the opening of the ThyssenKrupp steel mill in north Mobile
County. That is one of many powerful conclusions made by University of South
Alabama professor Semoon Chang, Ph.D. in an economic impact study released
Dr. Chang examined the impact on jobs, wages, and
taxes both during construction of the plant, and during operation. Based on
driving patterns, education levels and other factors, Chang calculated the
likely gains to be experienced in five counties surrounding the plant, and many
of the municipalities within those counties.
Chang believes that during the three-year construction
phase of the plant, 9,500 people per year will be employed. Approximately 2,930
will come from the City of Mobile, 2,240 from unincorporated areas of Mobile
County, 550 from unincorporated areas of Baldwin County, 390 from Prichard, 235
from Saraland and 135 from Daphne and Washington County. In addition, 2,200
people currently not living in the area will be required during the
Total taxes collected by county and city governments
Chang estimates at $3.6 million per year, both during construction and
operation. This figure could grow significantly with anticipated rising
property values. Mobile County will collect more than $15 million annually in
property taxes after an abatement period ends in 20 years.
Chang says one of the biggest winners to come out of
the ThyssenKrupp plant will be the Mobile County Public School System which
will receive $22 million in taxes every year once the plant becomes
Dr. Chang can be reached for comment at (251) 460-6156
COUNTY BACKS PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
A program with a track record of changing lives will
soon be available to at-risk youth in Mobile County. Today the Mobile County
Commission approved $35,000 for a pilot program for Outward Bound
Outward Bound Discovery is committed to helping
at-risk youth by providing them a life-changing experience. "It teaches them
accountability, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership," said Dr. Lynn Yonge,
Outward Bound Discovery Program Director. The program is already operating in
Baldwin County where Yonge says 90-percent of participants have remained crime
free and in school. Nationally, the program has about a 75-percent success
rate, according to Yonge.
The program centers on an 18-day canoeing and camping
trip in the Mobile/Tensaw River Delta. That challenging adventure is
followed-up with a transitional component that includes working with the
student's family and teachers.
The $35,000 from Mobile County Commission President
Stephen Nodine's district funds will pay for eleven students and will hopefully
inspire contributions from other private and public organizations. "It's a
small price to pay in comparison to what taxpayers spend on a child in the
legal system," said Nodine. "I'm committed to helping our kids and making our
For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Yonge at (251)
Commissioner Supports Auditorium Campaign
Mobile County Commissioner Mike Dean today pledged his
support of a new auditorium at Theodore High School. Several hundred students,
teachers, parents, civic and political leaders participated in a rally at the
"I love Theodore High School," said Dean. "The
students here do a tremendous job of representing our community." Dean pledged
$50,000 in county education funds next year for the project, if school board
members approve a new auditorium at Theodore. The high school, second largest
in Mobile County, has no auditorium.
Band, chorus and drama club members joined
cheerleaders in shouting, "It's our turn!" Dean addressed the crowd, as did
State Senator Ben Brooks and State Representative Spencer Collier.
Collier encouraged residents to contact their school
board member. He pointed out that Mobile County will receive $51 million for
capital improvements as part of a one billion dollar state bond issue recently
approved by the state legislature.
"It's time again for Theodore High School to be
included as a priority," said Brooks. "Today we are planting the seed that will
lead to the building of an auditorium."
Randy Torbert of the Theodore Improvement Association
organized the rally. He says Theodore High students in 2005-06 earned $959,000
in performing arts scholarships, despite not having a performing arts
Citizens wanting more information can contact Torbert
at (251) 653-4516.
MOBILE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AGREE TO THYSSENKRUPP INCENTIVE
The Mobile County Commission today agreed to a
memorandum of understanding with ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless USA, LLC. The
county will contribute $70 million dollars toward the overall incentive
package. That figure, however, will be mitigated by contributions from the
Alabama Department of Transportation and the Lower Alabama Economic Development
The county's contribution will be made by issuing
bonds and servicing the debt through the 6.5 Mill Special Road and Bridge Tax
Fund, better known as the "pay-as-you-go" road program. "This is a sound and
frugal decision," said Commissioner Stephen Nodine. "This requires no new
taxes, does not burden our general fund through increased debt service, and
does not affect our bond rating. Furthermore, over time, this will strengthen
the pay-as-you-go program. The economic growth provided by the ThyssenKrupp
project will provide a significant increase in fees, sales tax, and al valorem
Commissioner Mike Dean said the plan has the backing
of local road builders. "I would never do anything to hurt the
pay-as-you-go program," Dean said. "This will not impact the tremendous
progress we have made toward improving and expanding roads throughout the
In exchange for the county's contribution, ALDOT has
agreed to do $45 million worth of work on Schillinger Road. Eventually, the
road will be five lanes from Interstate-10 to Highway 98/158. Projected to take
15 years, this "western loop" project could now be completed in as little as
Also potentially lessening the county's contribution
will be the Lower Alabama Economic Development Cooperative. Last week, public
leaders in four lower Alabama counties agreed in principal to contribute to the
incentive package. Each county's and city's exact contribution has yet to be
determined. Depending on the level of participation, Mobile County's financial
contribution could be reduced.
ThyssenKrupp will invest $3.7 billion dollars in a new
mill to be built north of Mt. Vernon on the Tombigbee River. Construction of
the plant is expected to require 29,000 workers. Once operational, the steel
mill will employ an estimated 2,700 workers.
MOBILE COUNTY LANDS STEEL MILL
Mobile County Commissioners are thrilled this morning
upon hearing that ThyssenKrupp AG has selected a site north of Mt. Vernon for
its new three billion-dollar steel mill.
Commissioner Stephen Nodine said the state's
cooperative effort was the key to landing the project. "I can't say enough
about the teamwork - from the state to the city to the chamber of commerce, to
Baldwin, Washington and Escambia Counties and the cities there." Just
yesterday, Nodine led a meeting of local public leaders from other lower
Alabama counties who agreed to form an authority to contribute to the economic
incentive package. "I also want to thank the local road builders for their
support," said Nodine.
While the facility will be located in the far northern
area of the county, Commissioner Mike Dean, who represents primarily the
southern third of the county, says everyone in the region will benefit. "This
means more jobs, better-paying jobs, and an improved economy for everyone,"
said Dean. "The plant will be in Mt. Vernon but this is fantastic news for
people in Grand Bay, Coden, and Dauphin Island"
A statewide referendum will be held June 5th to
approve the state's incentive package. A referendum will also be held in Mobile
County to approve the local contribution. "It's important that there will be
public input and a vote on this measure," said Nodine. "I'm proud to be able to
do this without raising taxes."
Local Governments Come Together to Form Lower Alabama
Economic Development Cooperative
In a show of economic and civic cooperation, a group
of local city and county leaders came together Thursday to help secure a
multi-billion dollar steel mill for Lower Alabama.
Representatives of local governments throughout the
region and Governor Bob Riley met to create the Lower Alabama Economic
Development Cooperative. Spearheaded by Mobile County commissioner Stephen
Nodine, the cooperative will lend its economic support to an incentives package
to attract ThyssenKrupp AG. Similar cooperatives, or authorities, exist
throughout the state and are commonly used for economic development. Governor
Riley applauded this spirit of cooperation saying, "There's not an area within
a hundred miles that won't benefit and benefit in a significant way. This is a
defining moment in south Alabama history."
The German industrial giant is expected to announce
tomorrow the location of its new American mill. A 3,700-acre site near Calvert
in north Mobile County is being considered, as is a location in Louisiana,
midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Members of the local cooperative met Thursday at the
Mobile Chamber of Commerce building. Neal Wade, Director of the Alabama
Development Office said, "If there was ever a project that needed a regional
approach, this is it. It's a perfect opportunity for every community to benefit
from this project."
Wade and The Alabama Development Office have
commissioned a study that will detail the mill's expected economic impact on
various cities and counties in lower Alabama and coastal Mississippi. These
impact numbers will then be used to determine each member's financial
contribution to the cooperative pending local government approval.
Among those attending Thursday's meeting were
Commissioners from Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile and Washington Counties, and
representatives from the cities of Daphne, Bayou La Batre, Citronelle, Mount
Vernon, Atmore, Chickasaw, Saraland, Satsuma, and Spanish Fort.
The nearly three billion-dollar facility represents
one of the largest private economic developments in U.S. history, according to
Nodine. More than 29,000 workers will be required for construction of the mill.
Once operating, the plant is expected to employ 2,700 people. ThyssenKrupp
officials estimate 38,000 to 52,000 spin-off jobs over the next 20 years.
ThyssenKrupp's board of directors is scheduled to meet
tomorrow in Dusseldorf, Germany. A decision on its new American mill is
expected at that time.
EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE MOBILE COUNTY
Wilmer Senior Center
The little historic schoolhouse in Wilmer has gotten a
major facelift, thanks to Commissioner Stephen Nodine, who channed nearly
$400,000 in federal grant money to the facility which has been transformed into
the state-of-the-art Wilmer Senior Center.
"Seniors citizens and children have been my focus in
my time in public office," said Commissioner Nodine. "I am thankful to everyone
who has helped make this wonderful center a reality."
The Wilmer Senior Center was unveiled to the public at
a grand opening. Officials showed off its amenaties such as a full kitchen,
lots of storage space, a full-size billiards table and a three-in-one game
The Future of Mobile County is on Display
The future of Mobile County is on display at
Government Plaza. Representatives from Northrop Grumman have assembled a
brilliant model of the new KC-30 airplane to be built at Mobile's Brookley
field. The Mobile County Commission played a pivotal role in securing Northrop
Grumman along with EADS to build the new planes here. The model is on display
in the Atrium of Mobile Government Plaza during normal business hours near the
A Furniture Windfall For South Mobile County Storm Victims
Mobile, Ala. - South Mobile County residents that lost
all their furnishings and appliances as a result of Hurricane Katrina now have
an opportunity to recoup some of those household items, thanks to Mobile County
Commissioner Mike Dean, Mobile Community Action and the Alabama Department of
Economic and Community Affairs.
On Friday, January 13, 2006, Dean, who represents
south Mobile County, along with MCA, an anti-poverty agency opened a furniture
distribution site for storm victims. The distribution site is located in a
commercial building at 13869 Wintzell Ave. in the heart of Bayou La Batre, one
of the storms hardest hit areas.
The officials secured nearly $150,000 worth of bed
frames, bed linen, lamps, appliances and other furnishings. The furniture and
appliances were requested from ADECAs surplus property. All of the
household items are new.
"I am so thankful to Gov. Riley, ADECA and Mobile
Community Action for the furniture and appliances," said Dean. "This is
certainly needed to help the people of south Mobile County rebuild their lives
Jimmy Knight, executive director of MCA, said the
Alabama Surplus Property Division had received an excessive amount of
furnishings and appliances. "I am happy Mobile County residents will benefit
from the surplus," Knight said.
Knight said ADECA has allocated nine 18-wheelers
loaded with items for the county. Four truckloads of the furnishings were sent
to south Mobile County. The other trucks hauled furnishings to MCA locations in
the city of Mobile. Some of those items will also be sent to south Mobile
County. "South Mobile County is our top priority," Knight added.
In addition to furniture and appliances, Knight said
MCA has received nearly $90,000 from the United Way of Southwest Alabama for
hurricane relief. Those funds will be used to aid residents in paying utility
bills, he added.
Interested residents should apply for the furniture at
MCA Furniture Distribution Center on 13865 South Wintzell Avenue in Bayou La
Batre between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call
Mobile County Commission Unveils Plans for New Park
Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine, who has a
long history, since his tenure on the Mobile City Council, of revitalizing
parks, announced Wednesday the construction of the first park of its kind in
Semmes to serve the citizens of the western corridor. The 10,400 sq. ft park
will be built in an easily accessible location right behind the Semmes
Community Center at a cost of $600,000. Other recreational capital investments
in the Semmes area include upgrading the soccer field at Mary G. Montgomery
High School for $300,000 and building $800,000 worth of sidewalks in the area,
for a total of $1.7 million in community improvements.
While on the city council, Commissioner Nodine, along
with community residents, built the $400,000 Lavretta Park. He also dedicated
over $1 million to Langan Park, which serves as a model, equipped with walking
trails, an amphitheater, and a boundless playground. Other projects completed
under Nodine's tenure on the city council include Mitternight and Miller's
"These park renovations were done with a major
emphasis on quality of life issues for the citizens of Mobile," said
Commissioner Nodine. "It has been my passion to create recreational outlets for
the youth of our area, because they are our future."
For years, the citizens of Semmes and the surrounding
areas have had to use other parks for recreational activities.
"Now the citizens of Semmes and Northwest Mobile
County will have access to their own community park," said Commissioner Nodine.
"This is a major investment in the county resources that ensures a safe and
healthy environment for families and especially children."
Nodine also noted that the park will aid in increasing
the usage of the Semmes Community Center. The additional sidewalks being built
encircle the area from Snow Road to Highway 98 and from Ed George Road to
Blackwell Nursery Road.
The Mobile County Commission's HOME Program
South Mobile County, specifically Bayou La Batre, got
a boost Thursday when Commissioner Stephen Nodine agreed to channel his share
of the county's Community Development Block grant funds over to Commission
President Mike Dean to aid in rebuilding the hurricane-damaged city of Bayou La
The agreement means that nearly $1.7 million in
federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used
in the construction of new homes and down payment assistance for
low-to-moderate income persons.
"This is our commitment to the citizens of Bayou La
Batre, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina," said Commissioner Stephen
Nodine. " This is a quest to rebuild Bayou La Batre and bring it back to a
Nodine stressed that he has spent thousands of
Community Development Block grant funds in his district to build the Wilmer
Senior Citizen Center, a health clinic in the Semmes community and for parks.
"The south part of the county is in need right now. These funds will help in
getting them back on their feet," he said.
Commission President Mike Dean, who represents south
Mobile County said, "This is what it is all about, teamwork. The actions of my
fellow commissioners means we are working together to restore this county."
The HOME program is a federally funded program through
the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program earmarks funds for
the construction of homes to low income persons and will provide at least
$7,500 in down payment assistance toward a home.
For more information, call Mobile County Grants
Administrator at 574-5086.
County Workers Reopens Busy South Mobile County Bridge
Tuesday, December 21, 2005
After eight months of closure and washouts from recent
storms, the busy Argyle Road bridge in south Mobile has reopened to traffic,
the Mobile County Commission announced Tuesday. Argyle Road is used heavily by
school bus drivers and over 2,500 motorists-a-day.
Knowing the importance of safe bridges, Mobile County
Public Works employees constructed the bridge for $200,000, saving taxpayers
thousands of dollars.
The Argyle Road bridge was a culvert-type structure.
Today, the old bridge has been replaces with a new state-of- the- art pre-cast
concrete bridge, thanks to the dedication and hard work for some county
employees. The new bridge is 48 ft. long and has two 24 ft. span and 28 feet of
clear roadway width.
"It was imperative for us to build another bridge on
this road," said Mobile County Commission President Mike Dean. "This area is
growing. The citizens in this area deserves a safe and quality-built bridge."
County Building Permits Fees Associated With Hurricane
Mobile County Commissioners Mike Dean, Stephen Nodine
and Juan Chastang adopted Monday a resolution approving the waiver of county
building permit fees for all homeowners trying to rebuild in the aftermath of
The waiver is only applicable to permit fees on or
before January 13. Homeowners will get a credit up to $150.
"The damages from Hurricane Katrina are great in many
areas in Mobile County," said Mobile County Commission President Mike Dean.
"This is just one way wed like to give homeowners a break on rebuilding
and getting their lives back to normal."
The waiver goes into effect immediately.
Debris Removal In Mobile County Has Ended
The Mobile County Commission announced Monday that
debris removal in the unincorporated areas of the county has ended, therefore
citizens are urged to STOP placing any type of debris on public-rights-of-way.
Now, if placed on public-rights-of-way, it will be
considered illegal dumping. The penalty for first time offense is $250 and $500
for second offenses.
Commissioner Chastang Sworn In
On Monday, November 21, 2005, Mobile County's newest
Commissioner, Juan Chastang, was sworn in. Commissioner Chastang comes to the
Commission after years of duty as a United States Marine, a police officer, and
most recently as an educator at Blount High School.
I look forward to a prosperous Mobile County and a
greater future for all of us," Commissioner Chastang said. He also vowed to
make the area more business-friendly.
Commissioner Chastang fills the seat vacated by Samuel
Jones, who became the Mayor of Mobile earlier this year.
Mobile County Commission Recognizes EADS
The Mobile County Commission recognized EADS, a
company that helped citizens along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. EADS provided food, clothes, medical services, and other amenities for
hurricane victims. The company is relatively new to the Gulf Coast, and they
have already proved that they are here to put something back into the
A Health Department Satellite Clinic Opens In
The Mobile County Commission has
appropriated $50,000 to assist in the opening of a new Health Department
satellite clinic in the Semmes community.
The county funding will allow the Health Department to
purchase medical and dental equipment at the clinic, which is housed in the old
Semmes Middle School on Wulff Road.
This facility will be an asset to the citizens
of Semmes and surrounding communities, said Commissioner Stephen Nodine.
Now, medical and dental services are more accessible to citizens in this
part of the county.
The clinic opened on Monday, October 24 with 9 a.m.
6 p.m. office hours.
Other agencies housed in the old Semmes Middle School
include Mobile Community Action and, Boys and Girls Club.
New Prichard Senior Center Opens
Mobile County Commission President Mike Dean was on
hand to celebrate the opening of the new Prichard Senior Center on Wednesday,
October 26, 2005. Others on hand included former County Commissioner Mobile
Mayor Samuel L. Jones, and leaders from the City of Prichard. The center will
serve the needs of the people of Prichard and the surrounding area.
Mobile County Honors EADS/Airbus For Hurricane Katrina
Relief Effort And Adopts Resolution To Finalize Bringing The Company To Mobile
The European Aeronautics Defense and Space (EADS), one
of the largest aircraft manufacturers company, will be honored for their
humanitarian efforts along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane
The Mobile County Commission will also adopt a
resolution finalizing the countys monetary arrangements that aided in
landing EADS/Airbus to Mobile.
Earlier this year, EADS/Airbus chose Mobile as the
site for an engineering center that will employ 150 workers and a $600 million
assembly facility that could employ as many as 1,100 workers.
The special County Commission meeting will he held
Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of Mobile Government
Plaza. Officials with EADS/Airbus will be on hand for the presentations.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, EADS delivered
an Airbus BELUGA aircraft, carrying some 12.7 tons of emergency equipment (9
25m2 tents, 50 4x4 meter tents, 40 rolls of tarp, 170 8x12 meter tarps, 300
flexible jerry cans, 1,000 bars of heavy-duty soap, 500 cooking kits).
New Economic Development Assessment Report
A more regional approach between Mobile and Baldwin
counties is needed to attract more jobs to the region, said Jay Garner,
president/CEO of Competitive Strategies Group ~ the agency hired earlier this
year to do an economic development assessment for the county.
Garner unveiled a lengthy study, Thursday, October 25,
2005 at the County Commission's conference. The report revealed that the
county's current economic development efforts through the Mobile Area Chamber
were inadequate, therefore, funding should be reduced or eliminated.
The county currently appropriates $350,000 to the
Chamber's economic development department.
Garner's report also cites deficiences with
recruitment of businesses to the county and the current airline situation at
Mobile Regional Airport ~ all hindrances to economic development recruitment.
"This is a golden opportunity for us (Mobile County)
to include all the chambers, Prichard, Bayou La Batre, Chickasaw, Saraland,
Tillman's Corner and others in our economic development initiatives," said
Commission President Mike Dean.
The county paid Garner's firm $45,000 to conduct the
"(This report) really gets to the nuts and bolts of
what we need to be more proactive in economic development for the future," said
Commissioner Stephen Nodine. "It gives us a vision for the future to utilize
our assets to better the lives of all citizens."
Dean and Nodine are taking Garner's assessment under
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Mobile County Commission Meeting Highlights
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
(Monday, October 10 is Columbus Day), the Mobile County Commission is set to
take the following actions:
- Accept a $1.2 million grant from the Alabama
Department of Youth Services for the Community Alternative Management Plan
(CAMP) for the James T. Strickland Youth Center
- Authorize a contract regarding the transition of
Lawrence M. Wettermark as County Attorney and authorize a contract retaining
Douglas Anderson as County Attorney
- Approve a resolution creating an 800 MHz radio
system connecting City of Mobile and Mobile County workers
See the agenda,
County Commission Adopts New Budget
At their regular meeting on Monday, September 26,
2005, the Mobile County Commission adopted a $160 million budget for the 2006
fiscal year. The upcoming budget includes level funding for all county
departments, a 5% pay increase for county employees, and a substancial increase
for the public works department.
"It's described as a lean budget," Commission
President Mike Dean said Monday.
The budget will go into effect on October 1.
Wilmer Senior Center Gets New Van
Motorists used to ease through the now defunct town of
Wilmer with caution, fearful of receiving a hefty traffic fine.
On Tuesday, September 13, County Commissioner Stephen
Nodine didn't break any speed limits as he delivered a new $20,000 van for
seniors at the Wilmer Senior Citizen's Center. The new van replaces a
delapidated, old van with no A/C.
The Mobile County Commission is currently spending
$418,000 to renovate the Senior Citizen's Center, which was once a one-room
schoolhouse. The county's renovation design will maintain the historic
character of the facility.
Agenda Highlights 8-22-2005
A hidden jewel in Mobile County's inventory of great
recreational spots is getting a major facelift. The Mobile County Commission
has approved a $456,442 bid from Youngblood-Barrett Construction and
Engineering, LLC to construct a state-of-the-art Welcome Center at the Mobile
County River Delta Marina (formerly Dead Lake Marina).
The County bought the 22-acre marina, which features
campground facilities, rustic cabins and easy access to the Delta, in 2002 for
$1 million. With the popularity of bass fishing tournaments in the area, county
officials would like to see such events staged at the Marina.
Also, the three member Commission approved a study by
local economist Dr Semoon Chang, to find out the impact of roads in Mobile
County. The study will answer questions about the economic analysis of road
Hurricane Dennis Left Little Debris On County Roads
The Mobile County Commission announced Wednesday that
due to the light impact and minimum damages to public and private properties
from Hurricane Dennis there will be no debris removal in the
unincorporated areas of the county.
Residents are asked to please refrain from placing any
hurricane debris on public right-of-ways.
EADS, jobs coming to Mobile County
Mobile's Brookley Industrial Complex has been selected
by EADS North America as the site for the EADS KC-330 advanced tanker U.S.
production facility. Mobile was selected for providing a strategically-located
complex on the Gulf of Mexico with existing runways, a deepwater port and a
skilled aerospace workforce. An Airbus Engineering Center will be co-located
with the future production facility and is scheduled to begin operations in
The decision was recently announced by EADS North
America, completing a five-month nationwide search for the location that will
become the center of activity for the KC-330 - which is being offered to
recapitalize the U.S. Air Force's aerial refueling fleet. Mobile beat out more
than 70 sites from 32 states that responded to EADS North America. The list of
locations under consideration was narrowed to four candidate sites in Alabama,
Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina.
"Mobile County won the national championship in being
chosen for the new EADS assembly plant site," said Commission President Mike
Dean. "It is so rewarding to land such a business in our county. EADS will
create good paying jobs for citizens and revitalize Brookley Field. Mobile
County is perfectly situated for economic development ventures.
The Brookley Industrial Complex covers more than 4.5
million square feet of industrial, and is equipped with two large runways and
is home to aerospace manufacturing, aircraft maintenance and air freight
businesses. The Alabama State Port Authority's Choctaw Point Container Terminal
and Intermodal Yard is directly adjacent to the Brookley site, providing the
deepwater port access that is required for the KC-330 production facility's
"This victory catapults Alabama toward a new era of
growth in the aerospace and defense industries," said Alabama Governor Bob
Riley. "Together, Alabama and EADS have united and are forging a partnership
that will benefit both the hardworking citizens of our state and this
Development of the KC-330 industrial facility will
begin as a new Airbus Engineering Center in the United States, with operations
starting in early 2006. Production will be initiated at the Mobile facility
upon receipt of an order from the U.S. Air Force for the KC-330 aerial
refueling tanker. Activities will include aircraft final assembly,
militarization and modification. Depending on the size and pace of the Air
Force order, the total facility investment could reach $600 million, and direct
employment levels could be as high as 1,000 workers --including a mix of
structure mechanics, electronic and systems specialists, engineers, quality
assurance personnel and management.
Property Tax Office Moving West
Mobile County citizens will have to go west to pay
property taxes or to have their land assessed for value. The Mobile County
Commission has approved a $4.7 million contract to build new headquarters for
the county Revenue Commissioner's office on Michael Boulevard. The Commission
considered a contract to Vance McCown Construction at their regular meeting
Monday. The new facility will be built adjacent to the Michael Square Shopping
Other highlights from the agenda include the county
approving $3.2 million from the federally funded Community Development Block
Grant program to boost the iniciatives of several local agencies including:
Mobile County was awarded the following:
- Penelope House
- Prichard Housing Authority
- Homeless Coalition of the Gulf Coast
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Mobile
- Franklin Primary Health Center
- The Child Advocacy Cent
Mobile County Garners Four National Awards
The Mobile County Department of Public Affairs
recently won four awards from the National Association of County Information
Officers Award of Excellence competition. NACIO is an affiliate of the National
Association of Counties, representing hundreds of communication professionals
throughout the country. NACo represents about 2,000 counties in the nation's
The competition, which drew more than 500 entries
nationwide, recognizes the best communication and information practices in the
Mobile County was awarded the following:
- An Award of Excellence for a four
color brochure entitled "Traveling through Mobile County: Postcard of Success."
The brochure highlighted many successful projects that were undertaken by
Mobile County in 2004. The brochure was distributed to more than 800 attendees
at the annual State of City & County luncheon;
- An Award of Excellence in the special
projects category for "Traveling through Mobile County," which featured County
Commissioners giving area citizens a bus tour of various road projects and
initiatives. The project also included a five-minute presentation on county
government, invitations and brochures;
- An Award of Excellence for a
30-second audio visual Public Service Announcement that spotlighted County
Commissioners' involvement in the county's Down Payment Assistance Program. DPS
is part of the federally funded Community Block Grant program;
- A Meritorious Award in the community
events category for the 10th Annual County/City Day, which showcased more than
65 local exhibitors from government, business, military, civic and charitable
agencies; 20 different types of entertainment and drew over 15,000 people into
Mobile Government Plaza.
NACIO will present the awards during NACo's Annual
Conference & Exposition, which will be held this year in Hawaii.
2005 Mobile County/City Day
Mobile Register Photo
More than 20,000 people celebrated Government Plaza's
birthday with a giant cake at the 11th annual Mobile County City Day. Mobile's
own Pollman's Bakery prepared the enormous three tiered cake, and despite its
size, it didn't take long for the crowd to devour every slice.
That was just one part of the event that turned the
atrium of Government Plaza into a giant birthday celebration. Three stages were
set up around the complex for local performing and singing artists. One of the
most electrifying acts was the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians. Their stunning,
ritualistic dance performance amazed onlookers.
But they weren't there just to perform - the MOWA Band
of Choctaw Indians, along with more than 80 other exhibitors, were there to
show off what they have to offer to the people in our area. Organizations such
as the Mobile County Personnel Board and the Mobile Health Department
demonstrated how citizens can take advantage of their services.
And what's a birthday party with a cookout? Haas Fine
Meats, Church's Fried Chicken and Blue Bell Ice Cream had everyone that turned
out for Mobile County/City Day full and coming back for seconds. The best part
about it was everything was FREE to the public!
Mobile Register Photo
Mobile County Gets Good Credit Rating
Moodys Investor Service has reaffirmed Mobile
Countys Aa3 credit rating, citing a stable local economy and future
growth in the countys tourism and biotech industries.
The reaffirmation of the rating gives Mobile County
more leverage in finding a lower interest rate in borrowing over $27.4 million
- Demolish the asbestos-ridden old county courthouse
on Government/Royal streets;
- Expand the annex for new Probate Court offices;
- Build a state of the art Animal Shelter;
- Build a new main office for the Revenue
Commissioners office onto the Michael Square Shopping Center on Michael
We are happy to get the reaffirmation,
said Mobile Finance Director Michelle Herman. It shows that we have done
a good job with taxpayers dollars.
Other reasons Moody attributed to the good rating are,
The countys financial position is solid, as good budgetary
management has allowed the county to increase reserves during a period of
A 1% countywide sales tax is the largest revenue
source for the countys General Fund, accounting for 42% of revenues in
fiscal 2004, according to Moodys Investment Report. Despite
pressure on revenues, officials have managed to increase General Fund reserves
in each of the past three fiscal years, ending fiscal 2004 at $23.9 million, or
a healthy 17.5% of revenues.
Mobile County Commission President Mike Dean said the
rating, Shows that the county is on a solid, stable financial ground. It
means we are conservative and fiscally responsible with taxpayers
MOBILE COUNTY EMA NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
Walter (Walt) S. Dickerson has been selected by the
three member panel of the Mobile County EMA Board as the new director of the
Mobile County Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security. Dickerson replaces
outgoing director Paulette Williams, who retired effective April 1, 2005 after
4 years of service. Dickerson has been working with the agency since 1998 as
the Director of Plans and Operations, where he was responsible for all aspects
of the Emergency Management Program within the traditional scope of planning,
mitigation, response and recovery functions. He has also been a key figure in
the county's Homeland Security Operation.
As Director, Dickerson will oversee the agency's
command and operations center, daily planning and operations, training and
exercises as well as warning and notifications. He will also serve as the
program manager for the Strategic National Stockpile Program (SNS) and the
Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS). Dickerson has been the key leader
with the county's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Task Force.
Dickerson is currently the President-elect of the
Alabama Association of Emergency Managers and will become the President of this
prestigious organization with over 350 members on June 22, 2005.
Dickerson attended National University in San Diego,
California, majoring in Business Management. He also has the distinction of
being certified as an Advanced Level Emergency Manager by the Alabama
Association of Emergency Managers. Dickerson retired from the United States
Marine Corps as an officer with 22 years of service. He advanced through both
the enlisted and commissioned officer ranks. Dickerson served a tour of duty in
Vietnam where he was a platoon leader and decorated for Valor.
Prior to coming to EMA, Dickerson was the Director of
Integrated Logistic Department for Teledyne Power Systems in Mobile,
Dickerson was selected from among approximately 60
applicants for the director's position. The position pays approximately $87,972
Mobile County Commission Meeting, May 9 at 10 a.m. in the
auditorium of Mobile Government Plaza.
For the first time in the history of the Mobile County
Commission, the three-member panel approved Monday, May 9, 2005 to enter into a
sub-recipient agreement with Habitat For Humanity to build and restore homes in
Using federal funds from the Community Development
Block Grant Program, County Commissioners will partner with the agency in
assisting low-to-moderate income families with getting into a home.
Grand Bay Welcomes New Senior/Community
The south Mobile County community of Grand Bay, known
for its popular Watermelon Festival and rustic environment, will come alive
Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. as citizens welcomes a new
Senior/Community Center into the area.
The center is located on Highway 90 ~ adjacent to
Sunny South Raceway in Grand Bay. Mobile County Commission President Mike
Dean, along with other officials, will preside over the event ~ which will
include performances from students at Castlen Elementary School, Bryant High
School and Grand Bay Middle School.
The center will serve the community of more than
10,000 people, from Theodore/Irvington to St. Elmo/Grand Bay communities.
The 3,750-square-feet center was built using $316,000
from the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant program and
$199,805 from the Mobile County Commission's general fund.
Mobile County Commission Meeting, Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 10
a.m. in the auditorium of Mobile Government Plaza.
- Mobile County is getting ready for the future. The
County Commission is scheduled to vote on hiring Auburn University for $38,575
to develop a long range Strategic Plan for the county;
- JOBS and more JOBS is the foundation of Mobile
County's economic base. The County Commission will take action Tuesday on an
agreement to hire Competitive Strategies Group LLC to develop a comprehensive
economic development strategy for the county;
- The Mobile County Commission is scheduled to
approve a $900,000 contract with the Convention and Visitors Corporation and a
local Hotel/Motel Association to assist in attracting conventions and
promotional events to the county;
- The Mobile County Commission will award Tuesday a
$678,651.40 bid to Cardinal Contracting Inc. to build a waste water treatment
facility at the Mobile County River Delta Marina, formerly Dead Lake
- Safety is an issue for the students and parents in
Semmes who travel busy Highway 98 each day. On Monday, the County Commission
will take action on a $395,224 bid for a pedestrain walk which will hopefully
create a safe route to area schools;
- The Mobile County Commission will take action on a
$357,452 bid to renovate the Wilmer Senior Citizen Center;
The Mobile County Commission approved several budget
amendments Monday, March 14, 2005 to upgrade some of the equipment in the
countys Public Works Department. The amendments will be spent on the
- The purchase of $500,000 of equipment for the
Public Works Department;
- To move the county Probate Court offices from the
old courthouse into the new Mobile County Annex, formerly the old Mobile
Register on Government St.;
- New vehicles and heavy equipment for the
countys ballparks, Animal and Litter Patrols.
Austal Shipbuilding Financial Boost
The Mobile County Commission approved a project
agreement with Austal USA for $2.5 million in economic development funding. The
funds will aid the shipbuilding company with the construction of hanger for the
Littoral combat ship project;
The Senior Citizens in Wilmer Gets A Facelift~
The Mobile County Commission authorized for bids to be
taken on the renovation of the Wilmer Senior Center Monday.
The bids will be opened on March 30 and awarded April
25. Construction will begin on the center the first week of May. Construction
will likely take four months.
The seniors in rural Mobile County have needed a
center for years, said Commissioner Stephen Nodine, who represents
District 2. This is a concerted effort to meet their needs and allow them
an opportunity to see their hard earned tax dollars at work for them.
Sanitary Sewer for South Mobile County
The Mobile County Commission approved a letter
beginning the first step in doing a feasibility study for sanitary sewer in
south Mobile County.
New Digs For The Revenue Commissioner Office
The County Commission approved advertising for bids
to build a new headquarters for the Revenue Commissioners office on
Michael Blvd. In an effort to make services more accessible for citizens,
Commissioners have agreed to move the Revenue Commissioners main office
from the old courthouse into the West Mobile shopping center;
The Mobile County Commission approved a supplemental
agreement with Baskerville-Donovan Inc. for the Old Shell Road widening, from
Hillcrest Road to Schillinger Road, increasing the contract in the amount of
Mobile County Strategic Planning Process:
What are Mobile County's future priorities? How can
county government become more efficient? What are county government's strength
and weaknesses? Who are the stakeholders in county government?
The Mobile County Commission want answers to these
questions and many more as they embark upon a "Strategic Planning" process for
Commissioners are in the process of accepting
proposals from a number of agencies to facilitate a strategic planning
assessment that will enhance and assist in future county government endeavors.
Presently, the Center for Governmental Services at
Auburn University has submitted a proposal to determine priorities for the
county in the areas of efficiency, effective service delivery, sustainable
economic development, public satisfaction and maintenance of fiscal and
The county is expecting similar proposals from the
University of Alabama and Stone & Webster Management Consultants Inc. in
the coming weeks.
Mobile County Commission Highlights: February 28, 2005
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The renaming of the former Mobile Register building on
Government Street to Mobile County Annex. The County Commission has leased the
building to house Probate Court's marriage license, recording, and the election
center offices. Probate Court is tentatively scheduled to move in the building
Approve the hiring of Washington-based lobbying firm
Van Scoyoc Associates Inc. The company will be charged with getting more
federal funding into Mobile County;
Approve an increase in service fees for the Health
Department. The fee increases include food service permits to onsite sewage
Authorized advertising for bids for pedestrian walk at
Semmes School. Authorized advertising for bids for pedestrian walk at Semmes
Mobile County Commission Highlights: February 14, 2005
- The Mobile County Commission approved Monday,
February 14, 2005, a grant application to aid in the battle against underage
drinking in the county. The $25,000 application was submitted to the Alabama
Department of Economic and Community Affairs. If approved by ADECA, the funds
will be channeled to programs that are working to curtail underage
- Potholes may be a thing of the past for some
Prichard streets. On Monday, the three-member County Commission awarded a
$249,680.01 bid to Hosea O. Weaver & Sons to resurface the following
streets in Prichard:
||Antone Street, from Wolf Ridge Road to
||Snyder Avenue, from Whistler Street to
||Kilby Street, from Rawls Avenue to Price
|| July Avenue, from Whistler Street to the
end of pavement;
||Easterling Street, from Clark Avenue to
||Chastang Street, from College Street to
|| Albert Street, from Prichard Lane to the
end of pavement;
||Magee Street, from Clark Avenue to the end
of the pavement;
||Marsh Avenue, from Petain Street to Haig
||Edward Street, from Telegraph Road to the
||Benjamin Street, from Telegraph Road to the
end of the pavement;
||Palmetto Avenue, from Chandler Street to
Turner Road East;
|| Muriel Avenue, from the city limits to
|| Bataan Avenue, from the city limits to
|| McArthur Avenue, from the city limits to
|| Second Avenue, from the city limits to
|| Hale Drive, from Marengo Drive to Colbert
|| Etowah Avenue, from Marengo Drive to
|| Cherokee Avenue, from Marengo Drive to
- Construction cost has increased to an all time high
in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. County government is not immune to the
rising cost. On Monday, County Commissioners ratified a decision to reject
current bids on the construction of the Saraland Senior Center. In hopes of
lowering the construction cost, commissioners authorized staffers to re-bid the
north Mobile project with some changes in the original plans.
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COMMISSION AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
The Mobile County Commission has reached an agreement
with the bonding company that guaranteed the completion of the Prichard
On Monday, January 24, 2005, at 10 a.m., in the
auditorium of Mobile Government Plaza, Commissioners are set to ratify an
interim agreement with Fidelity Deposit Company of Maryland to complete the
5,300 square-foot facility that is located on Main Street in Prichard.
Construction of the senior center was halted in July due to a cash flow problem
with the contractor ConserTech for not paying its subcontractors.
With the safety of the students at Mary G. Montgomery
High School in mind, the County Commission and the Mobile County Public School
Board will split the $199,937 construction cost on a staging area at the
southwest school. The Commission will take action on Monday to award the
project to Apex Construction, Inc. The staging area will relieve the traffic
overcrowding on Snow Road and Highway 98, caused by a traffic jam of school
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COMMISSION AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
Buying a car tag, paying property taxes and checking
out a library book, may get a little easier for south Mobile residents. If
approved, the County Commission will move the License Commissioners
Office, Revenue Commissioners Office and Sheriff Substation to the
Theodore Oaks Shopping Center. On Monday, the Commission will consider to
ratify approving a 15-year lease with HD 90 L.L.C., for use of the property.
The action will be voted on at the next Commission
meeting to be held
Monday, January 10, 2005 -- 10 a.m. -- Mobile
Government Plazas Auditorium
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