Happy New Year Everyone!
I am sorry I missed posting for the fourth quarter of 2018 so I will try and catch up here.
Mayor Finley Update for September 23 – October 7, 2018
What a busy and productive couple of weeks. Thanks to all of you for your long hours and hard work….we were able to get a lot done. Some on the high lights were as follows;
- Council passed our 2019 budget at Monday’s council meeting. Again, thanks to our Department Heads for their hard work and to Roger Bellomy for his leadership. You can read the budget line for line at madisonal.gov/budget2019
- Multiple departments helped us conduct another successful BJHS Homecoming Parade. Thanks for everyone’s long hours planning to help make this a safe event.
- Our Madison Street Festival was a huge success. Multiple city departments supported this event with months of planning and long hours in the sun Saturday. Thanks to each and every one of you who helped make this a widely successful event!!
- The Air Supported Structure was assembled on Monday, October 1, 2018. Staff has been preparing the pool water for use and installing the lighting system this week. The pool will be available for use next week.
- There were zero bidders for the Bradford Trailhead project. This will allow staff to negotiate with contractor(s) for construction of the project. We hope to have a contract ready by the October 22, 2018 City Council meeting.
- All three locations of McDonald’s in Madison hosted National “Coffee with a Cop” event where citizens could come by and speak with Chief and Officers (Wednesday)
- Flu shots for employees and citizens are scheduled for October 16th 9am – 2pm in Council Chambers through the Madison County Health Department.
- Safety Committee scheduled Fire Extinguisher Training (October 16th, 10-11 AM, and October 17th, 1-2PM, in coordination with Capt. Sedlacek and David Glassman).
- Reminder — October 31st is our annual Chili Cookoff. Alicia Walden is leading/coordinating this event again with many other folks assisting. I am convinced it will feel like chili weather by then!!
- The Planning Commission has approved an expansion to the Sealy Mixed Use project, which will be located off of Sullivan Street at the Kyser Blvd. intersection. The Sealy Company was able to acquire an additional property and add 16 apartment units and commercial square footage. The total project will have 190 units, 10,000 square feet of enclosed commercial space and over 2,000 square feet of outdoor plaza area that expands seating options. Site work has begun, and the expected project completion is July 2020.
Hope everyone has a fantastic week.
Mayor Finley Update for October 21 – 28, 2018
Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed this fantastic fall weather. Wanted to share some of the high lights of last week.
- The City’s contractor for the Multi-Purpose Venue and Ballpark has officially begun mobilization for the project. Construction of the building should begin at the end of November.
- The kick-off meeting for a comprehensive update of the City’s Zoning Ordinance was held this week. This year long project will improve graphics and consistency within the regulations as well as address a number of City goals with respect to development standards.
- Public Works completed clearing the ditches on Jetplex for the Wild Hog Swamp drainage project.
- Team “L” (Lori and Lindsey) in revenue have been out in the field following up on business licenses and sales tax and together have proactively brought in over $30,000 in revenue in just 4 months!!
- Our City of Madison bond ratings remained at the highest level a city our size can obtain (Moody’s Aa2 and S&P AA+) for second time this year.
- With the vast majority of sales taxes having been received for the month of October, total sales tax collections are up 10.56% over October, 2017 collections.
- For the month of October, 3,141 sales, rental and lodging tax returns have been filed online….another record amount.
- Preparations are being made to get ready for 2019 business license renewal time. As of October 25th, a total of 5,862 business licenses have been issued for 2018.
- IT upgraded NWS to the newest 2018.1 version this week. This upgrade was the culmination of several months of planning, testing, and hard work behind the scenes as they completely changed the interface and even the way that NWS is accessed. Great job IT team!
- Led by Tenesha Thomas in Building several city employees participated in the Jump Start “Read for the Record” program at Mill Creek Elementary. We read “Maybe Something Beautiful” to encourage an early start on literacy in life.
- Officer Joshua Collins was honored by the Partnership for a Drug Free Community for his efforts in drug interdiction arrests in Madison. He received a Law Enforcement Service Award for his efforts.
- Madison Police Foundations fundraising Halloween Bash was held Friday evening at Insanity Skate Park.
- Several city employees attended the new Publix on Hughes Road ribbon cutting ceremony.
- The new kilns donated by Commissioner Haraway are up and running at the Senior Center.
- The Trash Panda’s “logo reveal” event at Dublin Park Saturday night was a huge success. Recreation, Police, Public Works, Fire, and multiple other city personnel supported this event which went off flawlessly! Thanks to all for a great job!
- The Madison Chamber’s “Best in Business Awards” were held last week at Insanity Skate Park.
- City Council held a work session to discuss managing growth within Madison. A formal growth policy the can be followed has been hashed out and will be voted on at our next City Council meeting.
- A ribbon cutting was held for Shepherd Living on the Range, a new assisted living and memory care facility on County Line Road.
I know I speak for council in thanking each and every one of you for all that you do to support our city and residents. Please keep working hard, helping to make their lives better and our city a great place to live and raise a family!
Have a great week……………
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for October 29 – November 4, 2018
Hope everyone has had a great weekend so far….glad to get my extra hour of sleep after staying up late to watch the Alabama game. As always we have accomplished a great deal this week…here are just a few of the accomplishments and actions.
- The City Council and Madison City School Board held a productive, joint work session this week to discuss growth and outline a plan to address school facility needs.
- The former Wyndham/Radisson building on Madison Boulevard has been approved for an assisted living facility, with up to 124 rooms. A timeline for building improvements and occupancy is not yet available.
- We held our 4th Annual Employee Chili Cook Off last week and the winners were Toby Jenkins (Best Chili), Mari Bretz (Best Carved Pumpkin), and Cheri Martin (Best Costume). Thanks to Alicia Walden, Gayle Milam, Bonnie Ayers, Lisa Thomas, Sharon Monk, Carol Shaneyfelt, and Kelly Rolin for their many hours in putting this on.
- The Countyline/Hardiman signal went live and at the same time, we turned on coordination of the Countyline Road signals from Palmer to Dock Murphy. We are still observing traffic and timing change tweaks will be needed but traffic flow on Countyline was moving smoothly.
- Public Works finished some flood control work in Stillwater Cove subdivision that was reported during the 2015 floods. The cause of the flood was identified in our CLOMR study for the upstream Shalerock Drive bridge and PW’s mitigation of the problem will allow the removal of some properties from the floodplain when we submit the final LOMR for the bridge.
- Revenue finished up printing all business license applications to get ready to mail out next month. We should be mailing out approximately 5,900 in early December.
- Revenue reported that the month of October general fund sales tax was up 11.68% over the same month last year.
- Code Enforcement reported that they picked up 71 signs from the ROW. Signs were primarily builder signs and political signs.
- The Boomers and Seniors Generations expo took place October 30, 2018 at Dublin. Several senior businesses and organizations had booths to distribute Halloween candy and information. 123 people attended.
- We held our preliminary Christmas Parade meeting and finalized the Plaza Blvd to Downtown (end at Wise) route. Recreation is working the final details and a mandatory participant meeting will be held prior to the event.
- I represented Madison at the North Alabama International Trade Association’s 35th Anniversary Lunch. Madison resident David Fernandes of Toyota was the keynote speaker.
- I also represented Madison at the initial Chamber meeting to put together the Federal Agenda for next year. This is the outline of what we hope our Congressional representatives can help us with in 2019.
As always thank for everything that you do to make Madison a great place to live and play. Let’s have a great week!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for November 4 -11, 2018
First and foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day! We had a great week of celebration culminated this morning with the Veteran’s Day breakfast. Proud to be there with many of our City Council as we celebrated!
We had a very busy week last week…here are just a few of the high lights;
- Police Officer Ted Thiele earned the Cyber Security Specialist Certification from the University of Louisville, allowing him to expand his current cyber security investigations and analysis. Congratulations Officer Thiele!
- Public Works hauled 74 loads of dirt to the Solid Waste Disposal Authority as part of the ADEM ditch cleaning program.
- City Emergency manager Steve Perry has secured our 2nd community storm shelter, Madison Church of Christ. He will continue to work with them to ensure correct contact info is posted on the city web site.
- Chief Jernigan addressed a Leadership-Huntsville Public Safety Day on Wednesday at the Huntsville Police Academy
- Chief Jernigan, Captain Wilkerson, Sgt. Jordan, SRO Lorch, and SRO Hamilton attended SRO Hamilton’s “Too Good for Drugs” graduation for 5th graders at Rainbow and Madison Elementary Schools on Thursday and Friday
- Legal sent prequalification notices to contractors for the Public Works Facility project. Fite, Pearce, Bailey Harris, and Eidson were all approved to bid.
- Margaritaville validation hearing is next Wednesday morning. Everything is on track, and the brief will be filed on Tuesday.
- Visit Madison’s newest business, The Dessert Fork, which opened on Thursday. Located on the west end of Hwy 72 in the Taziki’s/Dunkin Donuts strip center, The Dessert Fork is a “cake boutique,” specializing in cakes and other baked goods. The owner is currently perfecting her pumpkin pie recipe!
- Several city officials attended the Committee of 100’s Regional Collaboration Initiative lunch. This group was started to open communication between regional municipalities.
- I had the opportunity to speak to Oakwood Universities Political Science and History Department students, discussing our City and all that we have going on.
Hopefully the rain will stop and we will be able to enjoy our “short” week, ready to take care of our community. Thanks for all that you do!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for November 12- 30, 2018
Our last couple of weeks have been very busy…here are just a few of the high lights;
- The City Council approved an agreement with Mazda North America to facilitate the location of their temporary office headquarters in Madison for approximately two years while the Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing Plan is built. This will bring 100 jobs to Madison during the lease period and support our restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
- Madison Fire-Rescue passed along their September numbers and I thought I would share some of the info. They received 340 call for service, with 273 of those rescue and EMS, 50 for good intent/false alarms, 25 for special incidents, and 4 for hazardous conditions.
- IT completed a complete redesign and installation of new switching hardware to the Police Department this week. They have streamlined the traffic flow while increasing the potential bandwidth between any two computers from 1 Gig to 10 Gigs.
- IT has also been installing and testing new hardware that will monitor both of our server rooms for any water leaks, smoke, heat, or unauthorized entry. While testing the hardware, an issue with an air conditioner was actually discovered and reported by the system and prevented a potential issue.
- Chief Jernigan, Captain Cooke, Captain Wilkerson, and Corporal Townsend attended the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy Police Graduation for Officer Aaron Barks, Officer Blake Bell, Officer Christopher Coons, Officer Shannon Defazio, and Officer Dion Hose, II. Officer Defazio served as the class Secretary/Treasurer.
- HR reminder — LGHIP Wellness Screening Deadline (for Discount beginning 1/1/2019) is Mon., Dec. 3, 2018
- Several Madison officials attended the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing ground breaking last week in Limestone County. They are on track to start production in 2021, Toyota will build their Corolla and Mazda will build a yet to be named new SUV.
- I attended the Madison Hospital board meeting. They reported their facility delivered 147 babies in October, they estimate they will deliver 170 in November and average 200+ per month in 2019. They also had over 55,000 ER visits last year.
- Public Works restarted the Palmer Park soccer field, repaired the ADA mats at County Line and Hardiman, and cleaned the shoulders of the overpasses and bridges on Hughes Road and Hardiman Road.
- Our City General fund sales tax collections for the month of November, 2018 are up 12.49% as compared to November, 2017 general fund sales tax collections.
- A total of 3,122 monthly rental, sales and lodging tax returns have been filed electronically with us this month.
- A total of 95.32% of sales, rental and lodging tax collections were filed online with us this month.
- Recreation will be busy as Youth Basketball games begin this weekend. The league has over 700 participants.
- Work has begun to convert the single tennis court at Dublin Park into four pickleball courts. The project should be completed in early 2019.
- The baseball and softball infields were turf planed (laser leveled) at Palmer Park. Each field will also have infield conditioner added as well.
- The Christmas parade is scheduled for December 8, 2018. There are 145 total entries. The mandatory meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to review parade route and procedures.
- Friends of Dublin will host the “Fund the Fountain Craft Fair” on December 1st at Dublin Park from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Proceeds will go towards replacing the fountain in the Dublin Park pond.
- Mary Beth Broeren, Dustin Riddle, and I met with the Builders Association Board to discuss our recently passed growth policy along with several other topics.
- I attended the Redstone Arsenal Update and learned that Redstone accounts for 9.8% of Alabama’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and 70% of the local economy.
- I also attended the quarterly MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) meeting for updates on the over $310 million in road projects going on throughout the region.
Thanks for all that you do to continue to make Madison a great place to live. Please have a safe weekend.
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for December 1 – 16, 2018
Sorry to be late in getting this out….we have continued to stay very busy throughout the last couple of weeks. Here are a few of the things that were accomplished;
- City officials attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Duluth Trading Company, the first retail development to be announced for Town Madison. The store is anticipated to open in Summer 2019.
- Engineering received our second LOMR approval for the Mill Creek tributary study that will take effect April 11, 2019. The basin is along Mill Road and extends NE in what we refer to as the Telluride Branch. It corrected a failed FEMA audit where a home builder built within a floodplain without a permit.
- Building and IT have now completed a project for improved safety at City Hall. Flood lights and a camera were installed at the back of the building with the camera recording to the DVR when there is motion in the back parking lot. Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen so quickly.
- IT reports that upgrades to our Help Desk Software are now complete. These upgrades to the system will enable us to improve our problem tracking and documentation. This should result in an increased ability for us to identify trends of problems and prevent such issues in the future.
- The Senior Center staff took 40 seniors on “mystery trip” to Stonebridge Farm in Cullman for Christmas lunch. They also report that out MARS van averaged 42 trips per day last week.
- Legal and Public Works finalized an addendum for the Public Works facility bid and sent it out. Bid award is expected to be opened on 1-14.
- HR and team led a fantastic Employee Luncheon. The food was great, tons of prizes were awarded, and we celebrated many, many work anniversaries. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a great event!
- Our City of Madison team made the tough decision to cancel our Christmas Parade. Again, thank you to everyone who put in long hours to prepare for a great event…..
- The new Madison Library received Honorable Mention recognition from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. North Alabama Chapter at their Excellence in Construction Awards event on December 6th. The City’s construction manager, Turner Construction Company, submitted the project for consideration, with support letters provided by the City and Library.
- Fire participated in the Madison County Emergency Management Agency’s Winter Weather exercise held at the Huntsville Jaycee’s building. Participants from all the county first responders along with the National Weather Service and several other private organizations were in attendance.
- Our Senior Center has collected 190 winter coats so far for their coat drive.
- Madison was well represented at Huntsville’s State of the City address by Mayor Battle.
Thanks to each of you for all that you do for our city and citizens. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for and we have had a great 2018!
The Singing River Trail
I am excited to announce The Singing River Trail will be winding through Madison! Part of the newest portion will continue the Mill Creek Greenway at the intersection of Browns Ferry Road and Balch Roard winding between the Foxfield and Oakstone subdivisions and continuing between the Park meadow and Mill Creek subdivision ending near Wall Triana. You can read more about it here:Singing River Trail. You can also jump right to the proposed path here: Singing River Trail Map
Town Madison has made a number of announcements in the last several months. You can read more about them here:West End Town Madison There will be several new, exciting announcements coming soon!
We had another wonderful evening of celebrating Madison’s success over 2019. Under the Saturn 5 Mayor Finley shared our success for 2018 and our future for 2019. I have two videos to share with credit to the fabulous Samantha Magnuson, our Communications Specialist. The first highlights our Region and specifically Madison’s impact in this area. You can watch it here: Puzzle and Regional Interviews.
Council and Mayor also had a fun (though chilly at Palmer Park) time having an interview session. This was a fun way to see our different personalities. You can watch that one here:Council Baseball Interview.
Mayor Finley Update January 1-13, 2019
What a busy and active first couple of weeks of 2019……lots going on that I am excited to share.
- City officials attended the ribbon cutting for the new IGA Crossroads convenience grocery store, located at Old Madison Pike and Shelton. The 10,000 square foot store is the first of three that has been approved in the city and includes fuel and a drive-thru sandwich shop.
- Installation of new switches to control field lighting are being installed at Palmer and Dublin Park. This will allow staff to set schedules for lights and to turn on or shut off the lights remotely. We anticipate savings on energy costs by not lighting fields when they are not in use.
- Planning staff present a development update to the Huntsville Newcomers Club, identifying completed and approved projects for Town Madison and the Downtown area.
- Our Court staff has done an outstanding job with scanning, condensing and reorganizing older records, which has made the move from their downstairs records room to a much smaller one upstairs possible. This will allow Engineering to utilize the downstairs room for expansion. Thanks to everyone in Court for their hard work!
- Our Building Department reports that they permitted an astounding 4,066 various permits last year and issued 3,874 of them. In addition they report a total of 533 Certificate of Occupancies were issued in 2018.
- Our Madison Police Department reported that there were 54 homicides in the Tennessee Valley in 2018….0 in Madison City. We are blessed to have had such a safe year…thanks to MPD for their efforts in helping to make this happen.
- The baseball/softball fields at Palmer Park have been laser leveled and had new conditioner mix added. This allows play after rainy conditions.
- Dublin now has 58 pickleball memberships.
- Our MARS transportation buses conducted 775 trips in December averaging 41 per day.
- Some of the trees in front of the Dublin Park main building are in the process of being removed. They are dead or dying and have become hazard trees. We have plans to replace each tree which was removed with the planting of new trees which are more conducive to the area. We have posted notifications on the website and social media.
- A volunteer workday at Kid’s Kingdom is scheduled for January 21, 2019. Sanding and painting the structure are planned for completion. If you would like to help please contact Gayle Milam in Recreation.
- Our SWAT Team won the No Shave November challenge which raised $2,410 which will be divided between The Crim Compassion Fund and the Madison Police Foundation. The SWAT Team will keep their beards through January
- Revenue reports that general fund sales tax revenue for the month of December, 2018 was up a little over 9% as compared to general fund sales tax revenue for December, 2017.
- Revenue also reports that business license renewals for 2019 continue to pick up. While the due date is January 31st, 935 licenses have already been renewed .
- The Planning Commission approved a second hotel for the Town Madison project. Avid Hotel will build a 97 room hotel adjacent to the Home2Suites hotel currently under construction.
- Public Works dug 400 holes for trees at the Stillwater ADEM project
Thanks to everyone for their continued hard work in supporting our city and citizens. I am so proud of our efforts….let’s keep up the fantastic work!
Have a great week!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for January 14-27, 2019
Writing you from snowy Madison this afternoon…..hope everyone was able to use this day in a way that made you happy!
Lots went on in the past few weeks….here are just a few of the updates.
- Chief Jernigan reports that our MPD conducted almost 60,000 calls for service in 2018. Works out to about 5000 per month or 165 or so a day. Thanks MPD Team for helping to keep Madison safe!
- Also, a shout out to our SWAT Team who won the No Shave November challenge which raised $2410 which will be divided between The Crim Compassion Fund and the Madison Police Foundation. The SWAT Team will keep their beards through January
- Public Works dug 800 holes for the Stillwater ADEM Project.
- Dublin Park hosted a CERT class coordinated by Margi Daly. Over 17 people attended the class.
- Palmer Park Expansion: Waiting on site to dry out enough to complete the site work. Once this is completed, we will bid the rest of the project.
- Bradford Creek Trailhead: The at-grade crossing portion is going to be completed by Reed contracting. Public works will complete the site grading once the site dries out. Kory is in the process of finding contractors for the restroom and landscaping and anticipates this project being completed by this summer weather permitting
- The City has approved an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store on County Line Road, north of the McDonald’s and has approved a Firestone Auto Care business for Madison Boulevard at the terminus of Lanier Road.
- Last Saturday, three members of our Honor Guard, Cpl. Chris Townsend, Officer Adam Lawson, and Officer Weston Taets attended the funeral of fallen officer, Sgt. Wytasha Carter, from Birmingham Police Department. We thank you for representing Madison, Alabama!
- Two members of the Honor Guard, Officer Weston Taets and Officer Bryce Taets, attended the funeral of fallen officer, Officer Sean Tuder, from Mobile Police Department. Again, we thank you for representing Madison, Alabama!
- Officer Andrew Bates, Officer Katelyn Collins, Officer Ian Jones, and Officer Joshua Monis began their 13 week training at the Police Academy in Selma, AL. Congrats to each of you!
- Dublin Park hosted the fifth annual Kyle Parker Invitational swim meet on January 18 & 19. 230 swimmers participated in the meet.
- I was proud as Mayor to present the State of the City Address last Friday night at the Davidson Center. Our Madison Chamber put on a fantastic show.
- Several City employees attended the 2nd meeting of the Committee of 100’s new North Alabama Regional Collaboration Initiative. The group will continue to meet quarterly and discuss areas of opportunity for mutual collaboration activities.
- I had the honor of representing the City of Madison at the Blue Origen ground breaking ceremony in Research Park. This facility to employ over 300 people and build rocket engines.
Thanks to all of you working hard each day for our citizens. Spring is just around the corner…hang in there!!
Weekly Update from mayor Finley for January 28 – February 10, 2019
Happy Friday to you. Hope you have enjoyed as I have all four seasons in the last 24 hours…whew!
A lot of really positive things going on in Madison the past two weeks, here are just a few of them.
- First and foremost, we survived the horrible snow storm! J Seriously, based on the information we were given the call to close city facilities was easy. Thanks to all of our emergency management and public works officials that had us ready were the event to have actually happened.
- HR has been very busy in the hiring/recruiting area. This fiscal year alone they have processed 1123 applications for several positions including recreation receptionist (164 applications), firefighter (241 applications), economic development director (37 applications), and building inspector (25 applications).
- Staff attended the Economic Development Association of Alabama winter conference in Birmingham, providing valuable information and networking opportunities.
- The Trash Panda Emporium at Bridge Street re-opened on Feb. 1st, offering new merchandise as well as the opportunity to sit in samples of the stadium seating. The line was out-the-door on Friday! On a similar note the Trash Pandas led minor league baseball in merchandise sales in December.
- Our City Council, using our new Growth Policy as their guide, voted positively to allow two already annexed parcels to change zoning from agriculture to residential and build subdivisions. Both supplied development agreements that help us control growth and limit the number of homes that can be built each year.
- I had the honor of representing the city at several events including Athens State of the City address, the ribbon cutting for Leadership Greater Huntsville, Columbia Elementary Schools production of Annie, the Huntsville-Madison County Annual Meeting, Senator Richard Shelby’s Chamber Update, and NASA’s SLS Hydrogen Tank Arrival.
- This week was national Crossing Guard week. Thanks to all of our Crossing Guards for helping to make a positive safety impact at our Madison City Schools.
- Madison Fire and Rescue reports they received 406 calls for service in January. They also have already completed 1044 annual safety inspections YTD.
- Gayle Milam has scheduled a volunteer work day at the Kids Kingdom Playground on March 9, 2019. Volunteers will be painting, sanding and cleaning the playground structure.
- The civil engineering drawings have been submitted for the Dublin Park parking and walking path project. Staff will review the drawings and cost-estimate with AYSO, then submit the bid documents to Legal for bid.
- The recreation staff is working with Margi Daly to order the aeration fountain for Dublin Park. Our goal is to have the fountain installed in April and have the ribbon cutting on April 20, 2019 after the Easter Egg Hunt.
- Our Madison City Schools were again recognized on the state level. Here is a quick update from Superintendent Parker on their success. https://youtu.be/zufX3WA9-wM
Thanks to all of you for your focus on our city and citizens. Madison continue to shine brightly and there is no question we collectively are making a positive difference.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Weekly Update from mayor Finley for February 10-17, 2019
Good Soggy Sunday Morning,
I came in this morning to send a couple of emails to our community weather group and it again reminded me of how solid we are when it comes to leadership. As Mayor I have every confidence that our city leaders are ready and prepared for whatever level of rain we receive. Good departmental communication is a must for optimal results….. proud to be a part of this team
I wanted to take a little different approach this week with my message. Rather than list our accomplishments (which was a large list BTW) I wanted to remind everyone of what we are committed to doing.
The City of Madison’s mission is to provide excellent services through responsible use of public resources, enhancing the quality of life for our community
So, what does that mean to us? My one sentence answer is we collect taxes from our citizens and businesses, define what services and infrastucture we collectively can provide for them in a given year with the revenues we have collected, and then we provide them as optimally as we can to enhance the activities in their lives.
Each of us has a role in that mission each day that we come to work. When we as mayor and Council came into office in 2016 we discussed several values that we aspoused to support to accomplish our mission.
A few of those were;
We want to do what is right….not what is easy
Each of the interactions we have with the public deserves your maximum effort in making a positive impact for them and for our city. Attitude, effort, timelyness, and quality of the end product all play vital roles in our end product.
We want to win…..for our city
A win for our city is creating an actionable result that enhances the quality of life for that indiviual or our community as a whole.
We want to use our subject matter expertise to help provide excellent service as efficiently as we can
Our community interacts with city hall because they want or need to get something done. Each of us has a role, based on our subject matter expertise, in helping them in making that happen. We encourage you to share whatever knowledge you have to help make these interactions as productive as possible.
We strive to use technology and training to improve our City of Madison product
Our City Council is a strong proponent in making sure you have the proper tools and training that you need to do your jobs more efficiently and effectively.
We are committed to using our city revenues as responsibly as possible
As a city we continue to look for opportunities to spend our citizens money in areas that create positive actionable results. We also look for areas where we can spend less money by being more efficient.
We strive to keep our citizens safe
Nothing is more important than keeping our citizens safe…..period. Police on the road, Fire and Resue at an accident, Public Works during a storm, IT blocking cyber attacks, or Legal managing risk and reward are just some of the areas where we accomplish this.
So, as we discussed, I know this was not what you have become accustomed to. We will get back to our normal format next week. Until then I would ask you to please reread this again midweek. To each of you who is living our mission statement every day THANK YOU!! Let’s continue to work to get better!
Have a great week!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for March 1-24, 2019
As we get back into the full swing of things after Spring Break I wanted to take a quick minute and spotlight a few of our accomplishments over the past few weeks.
- Neighborhood paving in Clift Acres subdivision was completed this week. We are half way through this year’s neighborhood paving.
- The Lena Cain and Countyline Road traffic signal has been installed and we are waiting for electrical power to be connected.
- Public Works completed work at 510 Highland Drive to help improve water drainage due to a natural spring. We received a very positive email from the homeowner….kudos for the team in accomplishing this!!
- Police Officer Davin Hill returned to duty after a 14 month military deployment Welcome back and thank you for your service!
- HR reports that as of March 12th we had 347 full time and 41 temporary/seasonal employees for a total of 388 City of Madison employees.
- The city has scheduled Skid Car training for the week of April 23-30. So far we have had 44 sign up.
- Take-Your-Child-to-Work-Day is scheduled for April 25th….always a fun day in our city.
- New sidewalks and handicap ramps were installed at Conservancy and Brownsferry to allow access to the greenway from Walden subdivision. Work was requested as an ADA need.
Lastly, as we go from day to day, week to week it is easy to sometimes lose sight of the “human side” of our job. I wanted to end by sharing an email we received a week or so ago from one of our residents.
Dear Chief Bailey and Mayor Finley,
Yesterday I tripped and feel in my daughter’s home with my two month grandson in my arms. My grandson hit the back of his head on the wood floor. We called 911. The firemen and rescue personnel from Station #3 came to the house. My daughter and I were hysterical and crying. The men from Station #3 were so kind, patient and incredibly caring. One paramedic explained to us in detail why he thought the baby was fine. Another paramedic sweetly put his arm around me and said: Don’t worry grandma. The baby is fine. Now, let me check you. He knew exactly how to approach me so he could check me. My daughter and I (specially me) wanted to see a doctor. They told us they would take us to the emergency room if we wished. We told him we would drive ourselves since it is around the corner to my daughter’s house. Sure enough, the doctor agreed with the paramedics. And, by the way, the paramedics gave us a more detail (and much better) explanation than the doctor.
There are no words to express our gratitude to the wonderful men in Station #3.
Thank you for hiring such amazing and caring people.
Eternally grateful to Station #3 men.
The hysterical grandma of Elliott Creel
As we start our new week I want to thank each of you for your role in taking care of our citizens…real people who trust us to do our jobs and help them improve their quality of life.
Thanks for all that you do!!
Weekly Update from Mayor Finley for March 24-31, 2019
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has had a fantastic week and is ready to enjoy the weekend. Here are a few of the highlights from the week.
- Along with Councilman Overcash I had the honor of representing Madison at Vice President Pence’s NASA/Space policy speech Tuesday. Sitting three rows from the stage, listening to him challenge NASA to return to the Moon by 2024, gave me goosebumps. We live in an incredible area that is of critical importance to NASA’s success…just very, very cool!
- Along the same lines I also had the opportunity to attend AUSA’s Global Force Symposium. Madison residents are imbedded in so many areas throughout the Army chain of success….just makes you proud for all that we do in this area for our nation’s security.
- Our Public Works team completed work at 510 Highland Drive and received kudos from the homeowner. Our ability to accomplish this (not only the work but obtain kudos from the homeowner) speaks volumes about PW’s positive customer service.
- Our Fire inspection team shut down a local hotel for safety violations. While the end result isn’t positive our avocation and follow through for the customers unaware of the possible impending problems is noteworthy.
- Chief Brandy Williams participated as an assessor in Decatur Fire Rescue’s DC & BC promotional process for two days. Teamwork comes in many, many different formats.
- Our Fire Department delivered Life Safety lesson 4 to every 3rd grade class in Madison City Schools. This completes a great year of training throughout our Madison City Schools……
- Tennis Court #1 at Dublin Park has been converted to 4 regulation pickleball courts. We currently have 87 pickleball members. We have scheduled a ribbon cutting to promote the courts on April 9, 2019.
- City Council approved a contract with Arizona Companies to take down the Air Structure in Dublin Park at the March 25, 2019 City Council meeting. This work will be completed the week of April 22, 2019. In addition Council approved the bid for the Air Structure Storage Building. Legal is working with Hogan Mechanical to obtain all the bond requirements to give a notice to proceed.
- Code Enforcement swept the city last weekend and picked up 70 signs through the city.
- Total sales tax collections for the month of March, 2019 were down 2.07% over collections for the month of March, 2018. Overall collections are still up about 4% YTD.
- Main Street Café held a ribbon cutting this week to celebrate their extended hours. They will now be open for dinner….another very positive announcement for our historic downtown area revitalization.
For those of you looking for something to do this weekend please make plans to attend Ready Fest. The event will be held from 9-12 tomorrow (Saturday) morning at West Madison Elementary School. Several departments including Fire, Police and Engineering will be there. More information can be found at http://madisonreadyfest.com/.
Lastly, another great story from a citizen.
Fire Chief Bailey,
I would like to commend your department for their quick, thorough and well beyond the call of duty efforts last Wednesday morning. While not a life or injury threatening emergency, I was completely at a loss for what to do. I had water leak at my washing machine connection that became a flood when the shut off lever broke and water began gushing into my home. I did not know how to shut the water off to the house. I knocked on my neighbors’ doors but they weren’t at home. I called a plumber, my insurance agent, and a water mediation company, but no one could get there in less 30-45 minutes. I tried to face-time and get directions but the connection wasn’t strong enough. One of them suggested calling the fire department. I was embarrassed because 1) it wasn’t life or injury threatening and 2) I should have known how to shut the water off. But the fire department arrived almost immediately. They had the water shut to the house instantly. They then shut the water off to the washing machine and turned it back on the house. While this was more than enough to take care of the immediate situation (and greatly appreciated), they stayed to sweep out the water from the laundry room into the garage and from the living room out the back door. Before my pulse and adrenaline had even settled they had the water out the door. They were not only professional, but truly kind and went way beyond what anyone would have expected and I truly appreciate all of their efforts. I wish I had paid more attention and gotten their names. But please convey my sincere thanks and if possible let me know which station(s) reported as I would like to drop off a thank you gift.
113 Old Ivey Cir
I know I speak on behalf of our Madison City Council when I say thank you to each and every employee who continues to focus on making a positive impact throughout Madison. We have a great city…thanks for helping to make a difference.
Enjoy your weekend,
Wall Triana Multi-Use Path
The Wall Triana Multi-Use Path continues to move forward. The latest update as of February 18th is that the bids will go out in March/April with construction to be in the March to December time frame.I will continue to keep you posted on this exciting project that will benefit so many in the heart of our City!
On February 11th I had the honor and privilege of giving Superintendent Robby Parker our City Coin. You can read more about this by clicking on this link: Robby Parker receives City Coin
I will be updating this post periodically during the quarter. As always, I can be reached at Email Maura or 256.337.2408. Thank you again for your continued support!