I am very excited to tell you all about the 2018 CIP (Capital Improvement Plan). You can see the presentation here: 2018 Capital Improvement Plan
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for March 25 to April 8, 2018
Rarely can you say that you have experienced all four seasons in one week….but there is no question we have done that here in North Alabama! Hope your weekend was enjoyable and that you accomplished all that you wanted.
We have had a busy and productive couple of weeks here at City Hall…here are just a few of the high lights;
- Court worked with the Loice group to add a new scanning program to the court cloud. This will enable them to scan permanent data and file in a more compact system and productive way.
- Our City Council held a public hearing and then approved a plan for the Madison Inn to keep their business license.
- Police Chief Jernigan and Captain Steve Wilkerson attended and supported the Board of Education School Safety Meeting. In addition they attended the “Too Good for Drugs” graduation at Heritage Elementary for 141 graduates
- Building is obtaining quotes for the railroad track fence downtown and light poles at city hall to be repainted. Also they are obtaining quotes for roof repairs at city hall.
- Planning led a Public Workshop for our Industrial Park Plan. The event was well attended and allowed our community input into a successful plan.
- Fire hosted a United Way Focus Group that was well attended by community members.
- Many of our Madison team attended the State of the State address from Governor Kay Ivey.
- The City’s draft Transportation Plan, which examines transportation needs through the year 2040, is available on our website for a two week public comment period through April 9th.
- Many of our Madison team attended Congressman Mo Brooks’ Washington Update at the Madison Library hosted by the Madison Chamber of Commerce. Traffic Unit also provided Security for Congressman Brooks.
- Our Air Structure (pool bubble) is going through the final inspection to receive the CO. Once we have the CO we will open the facility, which we anticipate will happen next week.
- Dublin Park hosted the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st. An estimated 8,000 people attended egg hunts, kite festival, and inflatables. Congratulations to Gayle Milam and the entire Rec team for a fantastic event!
- Bob Jones and James Clemens students visited the Senior Center for Enrichment day. Students played board games and lined danced with the seniors.
- A new two-story 50,000 sq. ft. health club, to be located on Plaza Blvd. across from the new library, has been approved. The Health Club will have a 25 meter pool, group fitness and childcare among other amenities. The project will create 70-80 jobs and expects to open by early 2019.
- I travelled to Boston for a day to meet with Ralph Nelson (Ballcorps/Baseball) to discuss multiple facets of the venue and minor league baseball team. It was a very successful trip.
Hope everyone has a great week….thanks for all that you do to make our city better.
Weekly Update from mayor Finley for April 9 to 15
Hope everyone has found a dry place to enjoy the weekend. Along with 200 or so local folks I am headed to DC to support the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber for their annual visit. Bad news is that this rain follows us…going to be a rainy time in the Capital.
We were a busy bunch this week…here are just a few of the high lights;
- City officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the 274 unit apartment project in Town Madison. The project is expected to have units available Winter 2018.
- The City approved a new gas station/convenience store for the west side of Town Madison, near Wall Triana. Twice Daily is a Tennessee-based chain that also has locations in Georgia. This project will be their first Alabama location.
- HR had a very busy week working with Police, Public Works, Senior Center, Building, Planning, and IT to fill open positions. Thanks for all that they are doing to try and get us top level folks to fill these positions.
- HR is also working to make our Take Your Child to Work Day on April 26th a success.
- Legal continues to stay very busy, working on upcoming agreements for fireworks, Sequel, Turner & Populous (baseball venue), and body cameras for police.
- Legal also is hard at work managing bids for our fueling station, Palmer Park, bullet proof vests, and the traffic light at County Line-Lena Cain.
- An update from EMA lets us know that the siren at Slaughter Road and Creekwood Subdivision is not working and going to be replaced. They are waiting on Huntsville Utilities to provide a pole then a new siren will be installed.
- In conjunction with Superintendent Robby Parker we held a Town hall meeting Tuesday to present information on City and School growth. We will hold a second meeting Sunday the 22nd at 3:00 at JCHS.
- I had the pleasure of representing Madison and speaking to three groups this week. They were the Associated Builders and Contractors of North Alabama, The Huntsville Association of Realtors, and the NASA/Space and Rocket Center Moon Buggy Challenge.
- We are still plagued by issues on the Ch. 42 broadcast, due mostly to the WOW equipment that handles the broadcast. Jason is working with Marc and Samantha and will be putting together a design overhaul that should provide a better “product” to those who rely on the info channel to stay connected to the City.
- The recently purchased land on Palmer Road for Public Works continues to transform with continued clearing.
- Marc, Mary Beth, and Gary have put in long hours working on the CIP project list in preparation for next week’s work session.
Thanks to everyone for your hard work last week taking care of our citizens and internal customers. We have an incredible city that I know you are just as proud of as I am.
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.
Weekly Update from mayor Finley for April 16 – 29, 2018
Hope everyone has had a great week…don’t know about you but I sure am glad to see sunshine today! Lots happening over the past two weeks…her are just a few of the high lights;
- Our virtual reality training project in fire continues to come along nicely. Kudos to Michael Sedlacek and Samantha Magnuson for putting together a great information video to document what is coming and work to secure additional funding. Take a quick look at https://www.dropbox.com/s/paw95r6mdfa12lo/Virtual%20Reality%20Call%20to%20Action.mp4?dl=0
- The Palmer Park Expansion project has begun. Commissioner Haraway’s crew began removing trees and site prep this week. Once they complete most of their prep work we will look to rebid the remainder of the project.
- Recreation reports that our Summer Day Camp program is already full and there is currently a waiting list. This program was started a few years ago and it continues to offer residents a fantastic option for their kids.
- We continue to be very excited about the number of adult programs Madison is now offering. The Madison Volleyball League is in full swing, Pickleball is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, Ultimate Frisbee is happening at Dublin, and Dodgeball and 3 on 3 basketball tournaments are scheduled in the upcoming months. These are much needed additions to our already stellar recreation programs.
- The City received notice from ALDOT that the Countyline Road project has been accepted as complete. This allows us to now make some much needed safety enhancements via Engineering’s direction.
- Engineering also led a preconstruction meeting to kick off construction of the Brownsferry Road widening between Hughes and Plaza.
- Madison Fire celebrated two new babies born this week: (both Moms and babies are fine). Jacob Stewart and his wife welcomed Shepard Thomas here on Monday the 16th and Gage Tolton and his wife welcomed Presley Anne Tolton here on Thursday 19th.
- Many Madison departments and city council supported Madison Ready Fest. The event was well attended.
- The Planning Commission approved a new 81 room Candlewood Suites Hotel on Sullivan Street.
- The City’s updated Transportation Plan, which examines transportation needs out to 2040, has been approved. The Plan serves as a foundation for developing the City’s capital improvement program for roads, greenways and sidewalks.
- Along with 190 of our closest friends I attended the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber’s Washington DC trip. In addition to meeting with our Senators and Representatives we toured the FBI Building and US Capital. I can honestly say it is good to be back!
- City Council held a work session Wednesday the 18th focused primarily on CIP project discussion and growth. A list of 5 new CIP projects (including a new Public Works facility) was approved at the April 23rd council meeting.
- Our HR department did a fantastic job with our Take Your Child to Work event Thursday, April 26th. We had 37 kids signed up. Thanks to police, fire, and the other city departments for supporting HR to make this a special day.
- HR also led our Ethics Training Tuesday and Wednesday for Supervisor/Manager training. We had 82 supervisors registered for the training conducted by the EEOC. Thanks to everyone who invested their time to learn and make sure we are focused on supporting our employees!
- Mary Beth and I travelled to Nashville to meet with GBT Realty concerning future economic development. GBT built The Shoppes of Madison and it was great to visit old friends and hear their excitement about our city.
- With the vast majority of sales taxes collected for the month, general fund sales tax collections for April, 2018 will be up a little over seven (7%) percent over general fund sales tax collections for April, 2017.
- Revenue has also handled inquiries and requests from businesses regarding the mandatory online filing of tax returns requirement that will be effective on May 1st. For the month of April, 2018, 2,760 tax returns were filed online.
- IT (Toby) was finally able to solve a major issue that has been ongoing since the Intergraph CAD update from a few months ago. After months of research, he found a corrupt file that now allows NCIC to work inside of the Intergraph MPS software. This will allow officers to once again run tags and criminal histories from the cars rather than having to engage the Records department or the 911 Dispatchers. Great job!
- Police Captain Steve Wilkerson attended the “Too Good for Drugs” graduation at Rainbow Elementary for 110 students. This continues to be a great program hopefully making a positive impact for our community.
- Our City Council conducted Madison School Board interviews this week. Our City Clerk team does a fantastic job of setting them up for success…this is one of the most important things our council does!
As I close I want to again thank each and every one of you for all that you do for our city. We have a great team and I certainly hope our city appreciates everything that we do for them.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for May 1 – 21, 2018
Hope everyone has had a great week and is ready for the weekend. We have accomplished a lot over the past couple of weeks…..here are just a few of the high lights;
- We continue to make great progress on the Palmer Park expansion. All ADEM permits have been obtained for the project and Commissioner Haraway’s Crew has been clearing trees as the weather has permitted.
- Our MPD conducted a Drug Take Back event which was a huge success as 580 pounds of various drugs were collected
- The City hosted U.S. Census Bureau reps in preparation for the 2020 Census. For each person counted more than $1,500 in federal revenue makes its way back to Alabama. With Madison’s current population that equates to more than $72 Million that funds roads, social services, education, parks and public safety statewide. The City will form a Complete Count Committee to maximize Madison’s response rate, and Planning and GIS staff in Engineering have already begun preliminary address checks for the Bureau’s database.
- IT is happy to announce a new member, Garret Gillott, of their team.
- Chief Jernigan and MPD Honor Guard participated in the Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Madison County Courthouse.
- The dive blocks for the indoor pool donated by the Madison Swim Association were installed and the concrete has cured. This is a great addition for the pool.
- Our 4 Employees of the year were honored at Monday’s Council meeting: FD Driver Richard Ennis, Police Officer Jeremy McKinney (who was at Law Enforcement even in DC, so his wife Alison “Ali” accepted his award for him), HR Mia Powers and Legal Megan Zingarelli. Congratulations and thank you to all four of you!!
- Public Works is pleased to announce Michael Gallant, started last week as the DOT and Signal Superintendent.
- Our Madison City team conducted both a validation hearing and a bond presentation to Moody’s and S&P for the Multi-Use Venue. Both were very successful.
- SRO Skip Lorch was voted by the kids at Heritage Elementary School to be a Local Community Hero and a positive influence on our children. Skip received a small version of the Statue of Liberty and a crystal paperweight for being selected….congratulations!
- IT replaced some of the older WiFi hardware at Dublin Park this week. The newer hardware should offer higher speeds and allow 5 times more users on the system at a time. This will be beneficial for swim meets, July 4th festivities, and any of the events where we see more users than usual at the park.
- A Vermont Systems representative was in Madison this week building and transporting data for the RecTrac computer system upgrade for our Recreation team. Staff was trained on the operation of point of sale, facility management, and recreation program management. We anticipate online registration going live in July for citizens to utilize. Patrons will be able to reserve facilities and register for recreation programs/events online at their convenience.
- We (Mary Beth) led a meeting on the multi-use venue that included Populous, Turner Construction, Town Madison, Mullins, and the potential theme hotel at the library. This ½ working meeting yielded some solid progress in multiple areas!
- I had the honor of presenting the Mayor’s Award for Scholastic Excellence to deserving students at awards day/night at James Clemens High School, Bob Jones High School, Discovery Middle School, and Liberty Middle School. Our graduating seniors have already amassed over $52,000,000 in scholarships to date with more coming….simply amazing!
Thanks to everyone for your continued focus on our citizens and mission. Hope you have a great weekend….enjoy!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for May 21 – 28
Good Tuesday Morning,
I hope all of you had a great Memorial Day weekend. Here are just a couple of the high lights from last week;
- The Planning Commission approved the overall site layout for the Madison Ballpark and Multi-Purpose Venue. Site work should commence in July.
- A new Bojangles has been approved for the west side of County Line Road, at Lean Cain Blvd.
- Bids were opened for the first phase of the new interstate ramp for Town Madison. Construction is estimated to start in June.
- Our four Employees of the year were honored at the last Council meeting: Fire Department Driver Richard Ennis, Police Officer Jeremy McKinney, HR Coordinator Mia Powers, and City Attorney Megan Zingarelli. If you see them please congratulate each on a job well done!
- Our Recreation Department staff coordinated and ran 6th grade field day for our Madison City Schools on Tuesday, May 22nd. This will be the last time Parks and Recreation will be involved with the event, which was won by the Columbia Elementary group.
- Recreation also welcomed Robin Watson as our new Activities Coordinator at the Senior Center. She began her employment on May 22, 2018. Please welcome Robin!
- Our Economic Development Team announced that a Margaritaville Theme Hotel will be coming to Town Madison in 2019. The hotel will include over 150 rooms, three themed restaurants/bars, a lazy river and huge pool, and many, many more amenities. The hotel will be situated in center field of the multi-use venue.
- No “acceptable” bids were received for our Fueling Station project, allowing us to proactively contact organizations that have completed work like this before. Marc Jacobson is actively working this now, hopefully allowing us to get this project moving quickly!
- Our Code Enforcement group picked up over 200 temporary signs throughout the city. We will continue the process in the upcoming weeks…I think it is safe to say our city never looked better!
- The Groundbreaking for baseball and the baseball stadium has been set for Saturday June 9th in Town Madison. Free food (hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, etc) will be served and free commemorative gifts will be distributed. Please make plans on attending if you are able!
- The City learned that our trip to New York to meet with Moody’s was successful as we kept our Aa2 bond rating. Congratulations to everyone involved, especially Roger Bellomy, Mary Beth Broeren, Megan Zingarelli, Tommy Overcash, and Steve Smith for a fantastic presentation. Keeping our fingers crossed we hear the same thing from the S&P team, who meets later this week.
Good news is this is a short week….thanks for all that you do for our citizens.
Have a great week!!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for May 28 to June 3
Good Rainy Afternoon,
Our short week is coming to a close with each day seeming to be fairly similar…rainy! Forecast says we can expect the same throughout the weekend, let’s hope they are wrong!
I wanted to share a few of the high lights for the week.
- We learned yesterday that S&P Global kept our rating at AA+ for the upcoming bond warrants for our CIP and multi-use venue. This follows Moody’s keeping our rating the same at Aa2. These are the highest rating a city our size is able to obtain….congratulations again to Roget Bellomy and the rest of the team for a job well done.
- American Legion Post 229 hosted our annual Memorial Day event downtown. The event was well attended, even with a steady rain.
- Dublin Park hosted the annual Dog Days event May 26 & 27, 2018. Art for paws had vender booths and disc dog competition.
- Our recreation staff began using the new RecTrac software for point of sale and facility/program management. In July they will begin installing the online registration portion of the program.
- The Rotary Club of Madison donated $1,000.00 to the Madison Police Department Reserve Officer’s Unit.
- Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning donated a Med-Return Collection Box which is located in the Police Department’s lobby, allowing prescription drugs to safely be collected year round.
- Court started a new text notification program, reminding citizens of upcoming court cases.
- We are pleased to announce that Hughes Plaza (across from City Hall) has been sold to a new property owner, who has plans to renovate the building and parking area. We look forward to seeing those improvements in the next three to six months once they have received permit approvals.
- The Zierdt Road project is set to open bids June 29th for the western lanes and walking path.
- Town Madison opened bids for the right in/right out portion of the I-565 Interchange. The bids came in within the desired bid range.
- Ballcorp received both Southern League and Minor League approval to move the baseball team to Madison. This is exiting news, setting the stage for our June 9th groundbreaking for baseball and the multi-use venue.
Please remember the Madison Police Foundation is hosting the 2018 Spring Carnival at Spencer Square Shopping Center this weekend. Please find time during the breaks in the weather to support this event!
Thanks for all that you do for our citizens….have a great weekend.
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for June 4 – 17
Seems like we might have warm weather and sunshine throughout the weekend…not quite sure we will know what to do with that! Excited to share a couple of the high lights that have occurred;
- Building, Engineering and Planning staff participated in the annual meeting with the Huntsville Madison County Builders’ Association to discuss process requirements and practice improvements.
- Fire presented the Maltese Cross award to Bobby Phillips and Ryan Ledford and the Unit Citation award to Jonathan Chapman, Jeff Herrin, Ken Howard, Josh Bradley, Matt Rodgers, Doug Young, David Bailey, Clint Harrell (PD), and Christie Gover (PD) at our last City Council meeting. These were presented as a result of our heroic efforts in saving a woman and her daughter who had fallen through ice in November.
- The City, along with Ballcorp, held our ground breaking event for our multi-use venue and baseball. The event was a huge success with over 1500 folks attending. Special thanks to Samantha Magnuson who acted as our city coordinator along with recreation, public works, fire, police, and many others!!
- Finance, led by Westa and Laurel hosted one of two training sessions on New World Software.
- Parks and Recreation hosted the Conquer the Hill 5K/10K run on Saturday, June 9, 2018. 157 runners/walkers participated. Staff contacted the timing system company to secure a date in either April or May for the 2019 race to end the scheduling conflict with Bob Jones and the ACT testing. Thanks to MPD and public works for the support!
- Jordan, School Resource Officers, 4 Volunteer Counselors from Bob Jones High School, and 1 Volunteer Counselor from James Clemens High School conducted the 1st week of Kid’s Camp for 81 graduating 5th grade students from Horizon Elementary, West Madison Elementary, Columbia Elementary Schools.
- Dublin Park hosted the Alabama State Games swimming and diving events and Palmer Park hosted the rugby events.
- The Best Western and Holiday Inn are already full for the Dizzy Dean State tournament that begins at the end of the month. The Hampton Inn communicated they will be fully booked soon.
- Kory Alfred met with Marc Jacobson concerning the disposal of certain neighborhood parks which are underutilized. Marc will be moving this item forward with the assistance of Recreation and Legal.
- Site work began on the Children’s Garden at the Library this week. The project will take approximately two months to complete and is being sponsored by the Madison Rotary Club.
- City Council approved the Site Work Contract for the Multi-Purpose Baseball Venue. Work is expected to begin the week of June 25th.
- Ballcorp received final approval from Major League Baseball this week, which was expected but wraps up all the procedural steps that they needed to complete.
- I attended a community discussion meeting on diversity and inclusion hosted by the Heart of the Valley YMCA.
To all of the father’s…Happy Father’s day!!
Hope everyone has a great weekend…..enjoy!
Mayor Finley’s Weekly Update from June 18 – 30
Happy Friday to you! Hope everyone is ready for a great weekend.
We have been very busy over the past two weeks…here are just a few of the high-lights;
- Megan Zingarelli and I met with the Huntsville Utilities team to discuss a new franchise agreement. We continue to make solid progress in updating this 100 year old agreement.
- I attended a ribbon cutting at Kid’s to Love for their new advanced manufacturing school. If any of you have someone looking to find a positive path into the advanced manufacturing job world please let me know and I will hook you up….a great opportunity!
- Kudos to Mia Powers and the HR team for helping to hire 40 Lifeguards, 25 Temporary Seasonal Lifeguards and 15 Part-Time Lifeguards. As you can imagine this is an incredibly tough role…thank you!
- We also welcome Chelsea Haraway as our Acting Aquatics Director.
- The Planning Commission approved the Sealy Mixed Use project, which will be located off of Sullivan Street at the Kyser Blvd. intersection. The project includes 174 apartment units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space and will help to revitalize the downtown area. Expected project completion is July 2020.
- The Air Supported Structure for the Dublin Park pool was loaded into pods on Friday. Public Works assisted in moving the nearly 20,000 pounds of material.
- COBAN had a representative here onsite this week to work on the final configurations, setup, and training necessary for the implementation of our body worn cameras for police. Everything seems to be going as planned and on schedule for the rollout this fall.
- Our Madison Beautification Board, with support from Councilman Gerald Clark and City Administrator Marc Jacobson, handed out this year’s winners to well over 70 businesses and city complexes.
- I had the honor of helping to kick off Non Profit University, a symposium sponsored by the Community Foundation.
- We held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Black Patch Distilling. It was exciting to hear their high praises for the strong support the received from all facets of city government throughout their buildout. Great job team!!
- The City of Madison sponsored the final Army Material Command band performance at Bob Jones High School last Tuesday night to a sold out audience.
- Several city staff and council members met with Brandiose, the organization contracted by Ballcorps to help name the new baseball team. We had over 2500 suggestions that they are paring down now to a final 10-12.
- The City finished its review of the U.S. Census Bureau’s data set to confirm correct addresses for the upcoming census count. Our GIS guru, Keith Conville, reviewed 23,350 records and reported over 6,000 corrections to the Bureau, including 3,510 new addresses! We will have follow-up action to verify they make the corrections, as well as another opportunity closer to the Census count to report any additional units that are built.
- The LOMR for the Garner Street drainage project is in its final approval process. The revised map is working through the final legal processes now and when it becomes effective, 38 homes and 2 businesses will be taken out of the floodplain saving them $$$ for flood insurance. In addition this project provided the raised lot for the new motel on Sullivan Street. Great job Gary and team!!
- Public Works has started the process to move the Huntsville Utilities substation at Sullivan and Kyser making room for the Sealy project.
- The number of tax returns filed electronically continues to increase since electronic filing was made mandatory, effective May 1, 2018. For the month of June, 2,930 sales, rental and lodging tax returns were filed online representing revenue of $2,063,180.67. This amount reflects 86.14% of sales, rental and lodging tax revenue being received online.
- For the month of June, general fund sales tax collections are up 9.26% as compared to general fund sales tax collections for June, 2017.
- Revenue Department staff has spent the last several weeks in the field identifying and notifying companies of business license or tax obligations. Total amount collected for the last two weeks is $12,818.72.
- Following the request of a couple of departments, IT has been working to implement an instant messaging system that will allow for faster conversations and answers inside and across departments in the City. The system is currently being tested by Finance and we will be squishing bugs over the next couple of weeks for hopefully rolling out further to other interested departments.
Two other quick notes. Palmer Park is hosting the Dizzy Dean state tournament the next few week…anyone wanting to watch some great baseball should come on out. Also, please make plans to attend our July 4th celebration and fireworks at Palmer Park. Events start at 2:00, a corn hole tournament starts at 3:00, and fireworks at dusk.
Thanks to everyone for a fantastic two weeks…hope the weather holds out for a great weekend.
When running for City Council I had two main goals for District 1 and one goal for the City as a whole:
1. A multi-use path on Wall Triana from the corner of Gillespie Road south to the corner of Browns Ferry Road. This multi use path will help those who live in the apartments walk safely to Kroger. It will also be a safer avenue for school children to more easily walk to West Madison Elementary School.
2. For the Mill Creek Greenway to be extended from the corner of Balch and Browns Ferry to Wall Triana. The Greenway will be extended and go between the Oakstone and Foxfield subdivisions. It will also go between Bridgefield and Park Meadow and will end at the bridge at Bridgefield.
3. To replace the current animal shelter that we have which is located next to City Hall. This shelter (holding facility would be a better description) was built in the early 90’s time frame by the Police Department and Limestone Prison Trustees. It is antiquated and I believe we can provide a better facility for our lost and abandoned animals.
I am thrilled to report that all three projects are “in the works.” The first two are, as mentioned, in the CIP plan for this year. Preparation has already begun with a Engineering Study for the multi use path and preparation for the Greenway extension as well. I am hopeful that construction will start on these two projects this year and will be completed in 2019.
The third project, a better facility for lost and abandoned animals in the Madison City Limits, will likely be a privately funded and supported venture. I am working with several rescue organizations to achieve this goal. There will be an opportunity for greater communication and working together among area rescues in the near future.
This CIP presentation included is a brief synopsis. If you would like to see the complete presentation, please send me an email or call me. Email Maura or I can be reached at 256.337.2408.
An additional goal that I have is to bring a Trader Joe’s to Madison. In doing research, by having a Distribution Center here would be very helpful. Please consider liking and sharing this Facebook page: Bring a Trader Joe’s Distribution Center to Madison!
We will be having a special groundbreaking celebration for our multi use venue/baseball stadium in the near future. Please watch this page for updates.
If I can help you in anyway or answer any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your continued support!