September 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your overwhelming support in my reelection bid this past Tuesday on August 25th! I beat my opponent 807 votes (65%) to 428 votes (35%). I think this is a testimony of the work we have done together, my communication on several platforms (Facebook, Next Door and this website that I update frequently) and my transparency in communicating with you! I have listened to you over the last four years and will continue to do so. Thank you District 1!

Here are some links where you can catch up on my reelection platform. The Madison Record had this article. WroblewskiforDistrict1 My thanks to Gregg Parker for this article.

Three organizations, The United Women of Color, League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley and American Association for University Women held a forum for all Madison City candidates. Here is a link where you can watch. UnitedWOC/Madisoncandidateforum

I was also on the Fred Holland show. It aired on WTKI. 1450AM and 105.3FM. Please have a listen at your convenience. MauraWroblewskipodcast

Madison City PTA’s also had a one on one interview. I interviewed with Heather Gjesvold. You can watch here: MadisonALCityPTA/videos

Rocket City Mom had this informative analysis of all the Huntsville and Madison candidates. RocketcitymomMadisonElectionGuide/

ALEA Opening

On Monday, August 18th we held the ribbon cutting at the new ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) office at the Madison Annex at 100 Plaza Blvd. Beginning September 1st you will now be able to have your driving test there (or more likely your child), transfer out of state license plates and get your STAR ID! I believe online appointments are not available immediately so you will need to go in person until that is set up. Many thanks to Commissioner Steve Haraway and his team for helping to make this possible for our Madison residents! Here is more information about the new service location. MadisonALEAOffice

City Coin Presentation

It was my honor to award ReadyFest Chairperson Rebecca Brown with the City Coin at the August 24th City Council meeting. Rebecca has worked tirelessly for this event for the last three years. Our volunteers are the heartbeat of Madison and Rebecca a wonderful example of the true giving spirit! My thanks to Gregg Parker for this article in the Madison Record. RebeccaBrownawardedMadisonCityCoin

Mayor Finley Updates

Week of August 10 thru August 30

Team,

Hope everyone has had a safe and productive weekend. Here is a quick view of several of the high lights from the past weeks.

·        The City’s new Economic Development Director, Josh Johnson, started on August 10th.  Josh is a native of North Alabama but has been working in the Birmingham metro area.

·        Bojangles has finally started construction on their Madison Boulevard location, across from Firestone.

·        New tee box signs were installed at the disc golf course in Dublin Park.

·        The City Council approved the purchase of two restroom trailers for the Palmer Park Extension and the Bradford Creek Trailhead.  Staff is in the process of ordering both units.  The vendor communicated the trailers should arrive in December, 2020.

·        Madison Police welcomed 4 non-certified officers who started on Monday August 10th. Please help welcome Andrew Dutton, Joshua Hensley, Garrett Hyatt, and VaDell Jones.

·        Public Works reports that two of our larger sidewalk projects, Gillespie and Gooch, are now complete.

·        Public Works also completed the Island repair at Hughes and Madison Blvd. with new landscaping and new sod.

·        We have been working with Madison City Schools personnel to support their need for extra space as they looked to go back to in-person school. Our Three Springs facility is a perfect solution for some short term needs. IT will continue to coordinate.

·        The entrance to Edgewater off of Zierdt has been shut down for 3 weeks (we hope) to allow intersection construction to be completed. All entrance will be made from the back side of the subdivision.

·        Council passed a joint agreement with our Madison Board of Education for infrastructure improvements to support the new middle school. Thanks to Gary Chynoweth and Mary Beth Broeren for helping us put together the best plan for success for citizen and student safety and to Megan Zingarelli for helping put together a mutually beneficial contract.

·        The City and County held a ribbon cutting for the new ALEA Driver’s License office at the Madison County facility on Old Madison Pike. There will be two stations for driver’s license testing and also Star ID’s will be available. Thanks to our District 2 County Commissioner Steve Haraway for leading the way on this.

·        Public Works is in-process of finishing the last portion of the Toyota Field parking lot, picking up where the developer unfortunately left off. This should be completed in the next 3-4 weeks and then they will get back to our Mill Creek greenway project.

·        We continue to conduct community Covid-19 briefings, working to keep our citizens updated.

·        Our City elections went off with very few areas of concern. Voting was down a little from 2016. Our new District 6 polling place at our Madison Public library was very successful.

·        I had the honor of speaking (via Zoom) to the Commercial Real Estate Industry Organization giving them a general overview of all that is happening in Madison.

·        Pam Sparks retired from our Madison Chamber after 10 years of service. Many have come and gone throughout her tenure but Pam has always been there, behind the scenes, helping to keep things moving positively forward. We made sure she received one of our City coins.

·        I continue to work on and look through our 2020-2021 budget. It is exciting to see all that we are scheduled to get done for our citizens. This should be headed to our Finance Committee by the end of next week for review.

·        The Planning Commission approved a new 20,000 sf medical office building for south of Madison Blvd, near the new Firestone Building.

·        Discount Divas, an online ladies apparel company, will be occupying a 30,000 square feet space in the Madison Industrial Park at the corner of Lanier and Commerce.  The company will create 60 new jobs in Madison and are expected to open by October.

It is hard to believe that we will be heading into September this week and Labor Day next weekend. It reminds me to never take a day for granted and to continue to focus on what is most important. Thanks to all of you for continuing to make a positive impact for our citizens and community. Let’s have another great week.

Respectively,

Mayor Finley

Week of September 1st thru 13th

Team,

Happy Friday to each of you! With today being September 11th, it has a special feeling to it. We will never forget those who lost their lives, the first responders who gave their lives trying to save them, and the horrible scenery that surrounded that day. I know many of you are aware that soon after the tragedy Madison sent a contingent from our Madison Police Department up to NYC to support them. They represented us well and made us proud….the story from Chicken Soup for the Soul and award are located on the staircase wall in city hall.

As always we accomplished a lot in the past two weeks….here are a few of the high lights;

·        Public Works spent several days on Pension Row doing drainage repairs and cleaning out ditches.

·        Our Community Risk Reduction Team at Madison Fire taught CPR to 50 Madison School Bus Drivers & issued completion cards.

·        Recreation reports that Adult Sports programs numbers are steadily increasing.   For the upcoming fall season, there are a total of 17 teams playing Men’s, Women’s, and Coed softball.   There are 8 Flag Football teams participating.

·        Dublin Park hosted the first High School swim meet of the season on Thursday, September 3, 2020.  Multiple teams participated in the meet.  Social Distancing protocols were observed by the teams and spectators.

·        IT reports that our new equipment to support Channel 42  is delivered and installed.  They are still making some adjustments, but we will be ready for the Council meeting this coming Monday.

·        Police reports that Officer Daniel Nunez, Officer Matthew Kingsolver, and Officer Coleby Pressnell received their 5 year anniversary pin for their years of service

·        Our Madison Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Tom Brown’s restaurant in the Shoppes of Madison center. Great atmosphere…great food!!

·        Total sales tax collections for the month of August, 2020 are up 17.95% over collections for the month of August, 2019 and year to date collections are up 13.12% over the same period last fiscal year.  One of the primary reasons for our increase comes from an increase in SSUT (Internet Sales tax).

·        One of the neat uses for Toyota Field is Summit Crossing Community Church, who will start in-person worship services this coming Sunday the 13th. They will be able to “stretch out” keeping attendees at least 6 feet apart while following all social distancing protocol. Ballcorps continues to find new and innovative non-baseball events that support our community.

·        Our latest department to start using the new fueling station at Madison Utilities was recreation. They were trained and received fobs for use of the fueling station and rom this point forward Recreation will utilize the fueling station for their vehicles. We are hoping to see a significant decrease in our fuel costs next year now that this is in place.

·        IT reports that our door access vendor got the new system installed for the server room this week.  This system will allow us to comply with audit and NCSOC “best practices” for monitoring access data for the server room.

·        Public Works continues to grade the last “square” of parking lot at Toyota Field and they also laid 280’ of drainage pipe.

·        Court reports that they opened 146 new cases during the two weeks, closed 198 cases, and issued 59 warrants. They continue to do a great job of catching back up after the long closure period due to Covid.

·        We completed installation of police equipment and are ready to assign 6 new police cars; while working to complete installation on 2 additional police vehicles. As always thank you to our City Council for their support of the equipment needed for MPD to do their jobs and keep us safe.

·        Our City Emergency Manager delivered Weather Radios, individual hand sanitizer bottles, and cloth face covering for each department.

·        Madison Fire and Rescue supported 181 incident responses during the two weeks (13 a day). 128 of those incidents were EMS calls.

·        Our City Prosecutor supported 15 Circuit Court cases and 149 City cases during the two weeks.

·        Lastly, our Madison Police and Madison Fire held a 9-11 Ceremony at Fire Station 2. The joint Madison Honor Guard performed flawlessly again!

A great place to spend your tonight will be at Toyota Field where the USA Patriots Softball game (including the Wounded Warriors Team) will be played at 7:30.

As I close thank you to each and every one of you for all that you do for our city and citizens. We are blessed in more ways than we will ever know….have a great weekend!!

Respectively,

Mayor Finley

Week of September 14th to 27th

Happy Sunday Morning,

What a fantastic weather weekend we have had so far with another beautiful day to go.

College football was finally in the air…..time to share a few of our high lights from the past couple of weeks.

·        In the month of August our automated security systems caught 2941 impersonation e-mail attacks, 103 e-mails with malicious attachments, and 3040 unsafe links in e-mails. Our IT team continues to do an incredible job of trying to keep us “cyber safe”. Monday’s approval of our FY2021 budget will include almost $200,000 in hardware and software upgrades designed specifically to continue to support these safety efforts.

·        The Water Rescue Component of Alabama Task Force 3 (TF-3)  was deployed to South Alabama with Madison sending 6 of our Madison members with 3 team trailers to meet up with the rest of the team. While they weren’t there long they made a very positive impact….thank you TF-3 team!!

·        Our SSUT (Internet Sales tax) number for September was one of the highest totals we have seen with $164,627 received. Of this the City sends $23,518 directly to our Madison City Schools for operational uses.

·        Public Works was very busy again during these two weeks with activities including trimming tree limbs hitting school buses, repairing sink holes, cleaning up illegal dumping, and multiple regrading of ditches to support proper water drainage. Without these constant maintenance activities our city would simply not be the same….thanks you PW team for all that you do!

·        Court reports that during the two weeks they opened 133 cases, closed 180, and issued 83 warrants. This year’s budget will also include our continued virtual driving school which has proved to be a huge success.

·        MPD reports that Officer Shane Kyker, Officer Cheryl Wooden, and Officer Taylor-Duncan conducted RAD (Rape Aggression Defense Course) training for 11 residents.

·        MPD was the final agency to move into the new state-of –the-art Madison County Communications District (911 Center). This is a fantastic example of “metro government” and a great asset for our Madison County community.

·        MPD also reports that they had 2132 calls for service during the two weeks.

·        The City conducted a zoom meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 with Tidewater to discuss issues with getting neighborhood parks and other areas cut on a timely basis. When this contract was awarded two years ago the city saved over $300,000 going with this contractor. They have done an admirable job yet we continue to work on “areas of concern” that we feel must be done better for our community.   

·        The community survey for the Three Springs facility went live this week.  We received 650 responses on survey monkey to date. The survey can be taken at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3SXM5K.

·        The Air Supported Structure covering the outdoor pool in Dublin Park is scheduled for installation on October 5, 2020.

·        Our Senior Center hosted their first parking lot Bingo event.  Social distancing protocols were observed and I am sure someone yelled “Bingo” when they were doing a coverall! J

·        The Planning Commission approved the new Middle School on Celtic Road.  The School is expected to open in 2022 and ultimately serve 1,200 students in grades 6-8.

·        The Industrial Development Board has approved a Site Preparation Grant for a new four-unit warehouse development on Westchester Road.

·        Madison Fire and Rescue reports there were 173 incident responses of which 130 were EMS related during the two weeks.

·        Our PW CIP team continues to work on the last “square” of the Toyota Field parking lot. They are doing a great job!

·        Our FY 2021 budget has been approved by the Finance Committee and will now go to the full Council at Monday night’s meeting. I will be making a quick presentation on the highlights of the budget along with doing an update on our CIP projects.

·        We continue to support our Reginal team that provides information on the Covid-19 situation weekly through televised meetings.

·        Our Madison Chamber of Commerce continues to work “behind the scenes”, holding their quarterly meeting via Zoom with guest speak Dr. Ed Nickols from our Madison City Schools.

As always I thank each and every one of you for the work that you do to support our Madison community. As a reminder, our city mission statement is “to provide excellent services through responsible use of public resources, enhancing the quality of life for our community.” Let’s stay focused on this and have another great week!

Respectively,

Mayor Finley

In Closing

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