It is hard to believe that 2019 is drawing to a close. The year has flown by! As mentioned before you have now started to see road improvements within the heart of our City. Hughes Road was repaved from Millsford (near the Wellington subdivision) to just shy of Highway 72. The Wall Triana Multi-Use path Project has started. Barrels are out now for both Sullivan Street and Hughes Road. I am christening 2020 the Year of the Orange Barrel!
Mayor Finley Updates
Weekly Update October 20 to 27, 2019
Let me start by taking full
responsibility for the long interval between updates. Sometimes time gets away
from us, I will do a better job of keeping up with things.
As you can imagine a lot has
transpired over the last week…here are just a few of the high lights;
- Our Madison Fire and Rescue battled a large apartment
fire, quickly and efficiently getting it under control. We don’t have fires
often, but when we do this team is ready!
- Speaking of Fire we received another “kudos” for our
Virtual Reality trailer and program.. Our proactive approach is making a huge
impact for our kids while also receiving state, and even national attention!
- We have kicked off our Impact Fee study, analyzing the
costs of growth for our city and schools. Areas of focus include police, fire,
recreation, public works, infrastructure, our library, and schools.
- Our Madison Police did an incredible job of follow up
after the untimely incident behind the Kroger. Proud of their dedication and
hard work in bringing quick closure to a bad situation.
- IT has now converted our Help Desk software into a
mobile/cloud based environment and improved our firewall functionality, both
with very positive results.
- The Dublin Park Parking/Walking Path project is
completed. The road leading to Kids Kingdom is open. Due to
requests from the soccer organizations and several citizens we are going to
continue to allow the gate located on Ashley Drive remain open on a trial
- Our Senior Center had a pumpkin decorating contest
this week with 12 participants.
- Last Tuesday I had the honor of helping to unearth the
time capsule that had been buried 50 years ago at Madison Elementary School. It
will be opened today at 2:00.
- Also, I attended out Madison Chamber’s Best in
Business Awards. It was a great night for multiple businesses and individuals
and a fantastic showing for our Madison Chamber.
- Councilman Smith and I attended a meeting with ALDOT
to discuss multiple road projects including Balch, Wall Triana/565, Town
Madison/Zierdt, and several close outs from previous projects.
- We continue to work with the owners of Three Springs,
working to find a suitable transition for that facility. More meetings next
week as we get closer to a positive use.
- I was one of 40 folks from around the state that
supported our State School Superintendent at an all-day strategic planning
session. Leaving a again recognized just how special our Madison City Schools
- Several of our team represented Madison at the
Regional Collaboration Initiative meeting sponsored by the Committee of 100.
Thanks to all of you for your
continued focus on our citizens and city. We are truly making a positive
Let’s have a great week.
Weekly Update for October 28 to November 3, 2019
It has been an extremely busy
and in many cases, a stressful week. Here are a few of the high lights;
- Mary Beth Broeren and I met with Commissioner Haraway
and a local contractor, hoping that we are able to secure bids for the Palmer
Park Upgrade and Home Place Park. Smaller projects such as this are not getting
many bidders (and these two none at all) which continue to make it tough for us
to accomplish items that have been funded.
- Yes, it has been just a little cool at City Hall this
week. The contractor should be completed with the Boiler Maintenance tomorrow
(11-2-19) and the Boiler should be online and fully functional by Monday
- Our Building Inspectors performed 112 inspections,
Code Enforcement had 10 re-inspections and picked up 13 signs/banners that were
in the R.O.W., and our Permitting Staff created 66 permits and issued 54. All
while preparing for and conducting a killer Halloween party!
- IT installed new wireless hardware in Fire Station #1
and will do the same in FS#2 and #3 over the next couple of weeks. This
will allow them to utilize the new employee-guest system that we have recently
started rolling out.
- It should also be noted that to date IT has supported
1726 Total Work Orders….thank you guys!
- MPD reports that Officers collected 560 pounds of
medications during the Drug Take Back event last Saturday
- A City team including Captain Wilkerson, Lt. McRae,
Mary Beth Broeren, and Gary Chynoweth, met with Ball Corps for discussion
concerning baseball circulation and traffic coordination. This sets the stage
for a follow up meeting next week with the Breland team to make sure defined
requirements are met.
- Court Opened 84 cases, Closed 108, and
issued 9 warrants. Never a dull moment!
- Madison Baseball Association won the bids for the
following 2020 Dizzy Dean Baseball State Tournament. July 19 -24: 5, 7,
and 11 year old tournaments. June 26-July 1: 6, 8, and 12 year old
- Our Senior Center reports that MARS now has a total of
558 clients. Staff has placed an order for two new buses for the program
that council funded this year.
- Recreation reports that Youth Basketball practices
begin November 4th. There are a total of 78 teams in the
- Marc Jacobson and I met with the Convention and
Visitors Board to listen to the Executive Summary of their recent Strategic
- Mary Beth, Councilman Powell, and Pam Honeycutt from
the Chamber led a meeting of our Downtown stakeholders, working to help them
find more ways to market historic downtown.
- Madison Fire and Rescue completed their investigation
of the Magnolia Pointe apartment fire. This recap allows them to continue their
training process. Overall we did a fantastic job….!
- Many of you know that we had water damage at Fire
Station 1. We are happy to report all repairs to walls and HVAC are complete.
Last steps are to paint and replace carpet, which will be done soon.
Emergency funds will NOT be needed
- Council approved the Limestone County Water Authority
Franchise agreement at last week’s meeting. Thanks to Legal for their many
hours of leg work to get this in place.
- Council also approved the Property Tax Transfer
agreement, allowing our Madison City Schools to move forward with their school
bonds for the new schools.
- I attended a preview meeting of the Regional Labor
Study that was commissioned by the Chambers and the Committee of 100.
- Chief Bailey, Marc Jacobson, and I met to discuss
MFR’s continued work on their strategic plan. Chief delivered some very
informative GIS and Training data that will continue to help us make solid
decisions going forward.
As I close I want to also ask
each of you to take a few extra moments (in your own way) for our Madison
Police. Each day that they go out is tough….last Sunday was one that rises to
the highest level.
Please enjoy your weekend and
remember…many of you asked for a change in season! J
Proud of our team and proud
to be your Mayor.
Weekly Update for November 3 to 10
Happy Veterans Day!! To each
of you who served in our Armed Forces thank you for your service!
Several things of note going
on last week…here are just a few;
- Yet another new restaurant has opened in Madison –
Goodland Pour House, a casual restaurant with a gastro pub vibe – on County Line
Road, in the Publix Center. I ate there this weekend….enjoyed it thoroughly!
- The Multi-Purpose Venue continues to track on
schedule: the field is fully installed; seating will be complete within a week;
construction of the scoreboard is slated to begin; and interior work will
continue through January.
- We had an enlightening work session Wednesday night
focused on small cells, Airbnb’s, and an update on our CIP projects. The Wall
Triana sidewalk project is moving forward with full steam and the two 5-laning
projects are starting up as well. Lots of orange barrels and traffic cones.
- Chief Jernigan, Captain Wilkerson, and Sgt. Dees
attended Mill Creek Elementary “Too Good for Drugs” graduation
- The contractor completed the Boiler Maintenance but we
had a couple other issues with a circulator pump and motor, they both have
replacement parts installed and the boiler is running efficiently now. The new
parts will be installed when they arrive.
- Public Works reports that their weekly service request
backlog is down to 26 tickets….the lowest I have ever seen! Thanks to our PW
team for getting things done!
- Revenue reports total sales tax collections for the
month of October, 2019 are up 10.84% over collections for the month of October,
2018 and year to date collections are up 10.84% over the same period last
fiscal year as well since we are into the new fiscal year.
- I had the honor of attending the “5+5” Mayor’s meeting
last weekend in Mobile. Areas discussed included internet sales tax, public
safety, and many other issues that will be handled in the 2020 Legislative
- Mary Beth and I attended a work session meeting on
Zierdt Road. Hopefully we were able to get to the bottom of a couple of things
that will help us continue to move this project forward.
- Several city personnel supported the United Way’s
“Read for the Record” campaign.
We will all be back at it
Tuesday…let’s make this “short week” as productive as we can.
Thanks for all you do to help
make Madison a great place to live!
Weekly Update for December 1 to 31
Happy Friday!! Thought I
would share a few of the high lights from our busy month of December.
- Our Public Works team has been busy moving into their
new facility. Lots of space…lots of added functionality. Stop by soon to take a
look for yourself!
- Various smaller projects are in the final stages of
approval: a remodel of the gas station in front of Wal-Mart on Madison Blvd., a
new car wash on Sullivan St., an expansion of the Animal Health Care Center on
County Line Rd., a new Dunkin’ (donuts) on County Line Rd., and an Outback on
Zierdt Rd.-the first restaurant proposed in Town Madison.
- The Palmer Park Phase 1 project was approved to move
forward by City Council. Building off of the work PW and Commissioner Haraway
accomplished this summer we will now see 3 new soccer fields, parking lot, dog
parks, and concession/bathroom facilities come to life over the next few
- Our Madison Police Department kicked off the Caught
Doing Good Deeds Campaign for December and they have continued to hand out
“awards” to citizens they catch doing good deeds for our community.
- The Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Tennessee Valley Chapter provided Law Enforcement commendation medals to
officers Troy Vickers and Blake Bell and Life Saving Awards to Officers Elam
Wallace and Andrew Slaughter in a December ceremony at the Huntsville Downtown
- Our Madison Christmas Parade was a huge success with
65 entries. Thanks to our Rec team, MPD, Public Works, and many others who
helped make this a huge success.
- I attended an on-site briefing at the new Mazda-Toyota
site. They will build about 300,000 units per year (150,000 each of
Mazda/Toyota) with one coming off the line every 83 seconds. There will be
500-600 trucks coming into the plant each day and they will have two shifts
(7a.m.-3:45p.m. and 7p.m.-3:45a.m.). They currently have about 800 construction
workers on site now increasing to 2,500 in the upcoming month. Lastly, they are
still on track for a Spring 2021 opening.
- Our HR Department led by Kelly Rolin conducted another
great employee luncheon. Great food, great prizes….thanks for all of your hard
- Public Works finished the Palmer Road sidewalk project
connecting County Line to Palmer Park for a little over $31,000. Our outside
estimate for that work was $150,000…..!
- Toyota Field continues to take shape and Trash Panda
mania continues as Ballcorps announced they went over the $2,000,000 in
Hope everyone has a great
weekend….please stay weather alert and safe! Thanks for all you continue to do
for our city and citizens.
Wall Triana Multi-Use Path
As previously mentioned, Wall Triana Multi-Use Path was approved by Council in a 6-1 vote. Construction has begun and completion time is 12 to 18 months. The path will be on the west side of Wall Triana from the Browns Ferry intersection (across from Kroger) north to the corner of Gillespie and Wall Triana. The path will be asphalt, approximately 8′ wide and will also use the existing path. Wall Triana will not be closed during construction but there may be areas that will be temporally one lane with construction crews present so please use caution. The IGA on that corner has had some delays but is now back on track and should hopefully open by the end of the year.
Hughes Road construction has begun with the placement of the previously mentioned orange barrels. We will be widening and repaving Hughes Road from Plaza Drive north to Millsford (to the Wellington subdivision). Hughes Road will be widened to 5 lanes with two north bound and two south bound lanes and a merging lane in the center. Again, at no time will Hughes Road be closed so please use caution when construction crews are present. This project is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
On November 4th we began the widening construction of Sullivan Street to 5 lanes from Spenryn (where the road currently narrows) to Kyser. There will also be an addition of three traffic lights during this stretch of Sullivan Street: West Dublin, Royal and Kyser. You may have seen the building construction of the new apartment complex and retail shops. Here is a link to learn more about this new, exciting project that will offer luxury, upscale apartments and retail: Sealy Plaza
Mill Creek Greenway Extension
Also as previously mentioned, the Mill Creek Greenway Expansion is moving forward. I had thought we would be completing the Mill Creek Greenway from the corner of Browns Ferry and Balch to the bridge at Bridgefield. At this time the only portion scheduled to be completed is from the parking lot across from the dog park to the parking lot between the Oakstone and Foxfield subdivisions. The final phase will continue from the parking lot north and will wind between the Foxfield and Oakstone subdivisions and continue between the Park Meadow and Bridgefield subdivision ending near Wall Triana. At one time it was also part of The Singing River Trail. This portion is no longer mentioned on their website. Here is a link: Singing River Trail. You can also jump right to the proposed path here: Singing River Trail Map
Parks and Recreation Price Increases
For the first time in over 20 years our Parks and Recreation Department will have price increases for membership, room and pool rentals effective January 1, 2020. Please click for more information: Madison Parks and Recreation Facility Rental and Membership fees will be effective 1/2020: Parks & Rec Fee Schedule
City Coin Presentation
On October 23rd I had the honor of presenting the City Coin to the Bob Jones Air Force JROTC Instructors. These instructors have impacted hundreds of your lives in Madison. Many have gone on to attend the different Military Academies, attend college and participate in ROTC and then enter the Military as an officer. Many have also enlisted into the different branches of our Armed Services. It was an honor to present the City Coin to Lt. Col. Randy Herd, Major Melissa Lacey and Chief Master Sargent Ellis Clark. They have truly changed the lives of many of our young citizens. BJAFROTC Recognition
Welcome to Both New and Returning Businesses
Please join me in welcoming Shrimp Basket and Goodland Pour House to Madison. After a long absence we welcome back Golden China. They are in the Publix Shopping Center not far from where they used to be. They were missed and we are thrilled to have these three wonderful restaurants in our hometown!
Time Capsule Celebration
On Sunday, October 27, the contents of the Time Capsule buried in 1969 were unveiled at Madison Elementary school. Here is a list of the contents: Time Capsule
The annual Madison Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 14th at 5:30. The parade route will start at Hughes and Plaza Road and will end in Downtown Madison. Here’s the link for more information: Madison Christmas Parade.
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!