The weather is beautiful outside and it is great to see the flowers starting to bloom and hear the birds chirping. I always seem to hold my breath though for one more freeze right before Easter.
Mayor Finley ‘s Weekly Update for April 1 – 8:
Good sunny yet windy Friday afternoon.
Hope everyone had a great week and that you are looking forward to an even better weekend.
Here are a few of our high lights from last week:
Please stay safe and have a great weekend!
Mayor Finley ‘s Weekly Update for April 16 – 23:
Yesterday got away from me so I wanted to come in and share some of the news and activities that have occurred during the past week.
That is enough for now. Thank to each and every one of you for your efforts. Enjoy (or hope you enjoyed) your weekend.
We had a month of great news! Madison was named one of the safest cities in Alabama by The National Council for Home Safety and Security. Along with this great news our own MPD released their Annual Report. You can read it here: 2016 MPD Annual Report
Construction is complete on the Hughes Road overpass. My thanks to Engineering and Public Works for their efforts in getting the Bridge stabilized and repaved. They did a fantastic job!
The Madison Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Taste the Spirit of Madison on April 8th at Insanity Complex on Hughes Road. The daytime festival will be from 10 am to 3 pm and is “family friendly” with a variety of goods and services of local businesses and food trucks. The fun continues in the evening from 6 to 10 pm with Bites & Brews. There will be samples from over 25 local restaurants and craft breweries. For more information you can reach the Chamber at 256.325.8317 or Madison Chamber of Commerce
MCDAB (Madison City Disability Advisory Board) will be having their Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. Registration begins at 1:30 with the hunt starting at 2 pm. Games and snacks will follow the hunt. If you would like to be involved or have questions, please send an email to Tina Beacraft.
The Madison Police Department will offer a Community Drug Awareness Program. This event will feature a presentation concerning current drug trends in the City of Madison. There will be opportunities for parents to gain insight into ways to recognize and address drug use occurring in the home and at school. The program is scheduled for Thursday April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Madison Police Department. Space is limited so please email Teresa Taylor-Duncan.to reserve your seats.
Fire Chief/Police Chief
On Saturday, March 25th we held interviews for three candidates for Madison Fire Chief. These interviews were open to the public. On Tuesday April 4th Council met to pass a Resolution selecting Mr. David Bailey. Mayor Finley will enter contract negotiations and we hope to have him on Board in May. Mr. Bailey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Mr. Bailey has a B.S. in Safety & Risk Management and Masters of Public Administration. He has been a Firefighter and both a Paramedic and Battalion Chief, the Deputy Coordinator of Risk Management, and Fire Chief. We look forward to welcoming him to the Madison family!
The process for Police Chief is continuing on the same successful path that we had for Fire Chief. We have received over 70 applications and that has been down selected to ~27. We hope to have interviews for the final 3 to 5 by the end of April.
Mr. Robby Parker, MCS Superintendent spoke at our March 27th City Council meeting. You can read more about rezoning here Madison City Schools Rezoning One issue I would like to clarify is that your City Council Representatives have no input in the school rezoning process. That decision is made at the Board of Education Central Office meetings. I don’t want this to sound like we are passing the buck but there were several members of the community that spoke at our last City Council meeting about rezoning issues believing that we were the deciding authority on the issue. While we commiserate with your plight I would encourage that conversation be held at a BOE Board meeting. Here is the link to the Madison City School Board of Education website: Madison City Schools.
We on Council are asked frequently for an update on Fresh Market. Fresh Market will be going in to the old Star Market location on Highway 72 near the new Marshalls. In December, their plan was to put the tenant improvements out to bid in January and be under construction on April 3rd. Planning talked with the project manager earlier this month and learned that they did put the project out to bid and are in the process of qualifying the bids. He expects that construction will slip to later in the month of April but does not yet have a definitive date.
There will be a new 17,250 sq. ft. Shopping Center called Sycamore Row. This will be on the east side of County Line Road north of Redstone Federal Credit Union. Construction is set to begin next month and identification of tenants should follow closely after.
There will also be a new Wendy’s Restaurant located near James Clemens High School, also on County Line Road. Construction has begun and they should open by summer.
I would love for you to consider getting involved in Madison Government. We have a number of Boards and Committees that are Madison City resident driven. There are two key Board positions that will soon need to be filled. There is a vacant Board of Director’s position that is open now and will be filled until September 1, 2018 with Madison Utilities. Madison Utilities is a separate entity from Madison City Government. Lastly one of the most important areas of responsibility City Council has is to appoint residents to the Madison City School School Board. There are five members of the Board of Education that serve a five year term. This is a very important decision that we take very seriously. To read more about the various Boards and Committees or to fill out an application for any Board position click here: Board Application Applications for the Board of Education’s position with Madison City Schools must be received by the City Clerk’s office by April 17.
In closing, I hope you and your family have a Blessed Easter! As always if you have any questions or concerns I can be reached at Email Maura. or 256.337.2408. Thank you for your continued support!