Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The brisk fall weather feels wonderful. Unfortunately Covid 19 is still in our midst. I wanted to bring you a couple of Links where you can monitor the virus:
Mayor Finley Updates
It has been a busy couple of weeks here at city hall. Here are just a few of the high lights;
· On Monday, November 3rd Judge Parker swore in our seven 2020-2024 City Council members. Congratulations again to Maura Wroblewski, Connie Spears, Teddy Powell, Greg Shaw, Ranae Bartlett, Karen Denzine, and John Seifert, exciting times for Madison.
· Engineering reports they have noticed an increase in traffic recently and Public Works has reported a shift in complaints from “I am waiting too long” to “I cannot get through a signal on green and had to wait for the next cycle”. Consequently we have reinstalled the standard time of day traffic signal timing.
· Building reports that they created 150 permits, issued 146, conducted 288 inspections, and created 45 new code enforcement files during the two weeks.
· IT reports they entered 104 work orders, resolved 102, and to date have addressed 2125 tickets in 2020.
· Levoneia Ayers is the new interim Senior Center Director and is making positive changes this week. She is working on Zoom meetings for Zumba and ceramics, creating a new database so that the seniors will receive newsletters and updates of the happenings at the center.
· Christina Jimmerson replaced Elise Kirkland as our Interim MARS Supervisor. She continues to work with Huntsville Transportation on the schedules, talking with new clients and maintaining the great relationship with our current clients.
· Recreation reports that new signs were installed at the Bradford Creek Greenway, Bradford Creek Trailhead and at the Mill Creek Dog Park and Trail. Also, due to the leaves falling, we are sending a crew to the greenway at least once a week to clear the leaves and limbs from the trails.
· Court opened 71 cases, closed 159, and issued 60 warrants during the two weeks. They continue to do a great job managing court through this pandemic.
· Our Madison Fire and Rescue answered 179 incidents, 141 of which were EMS related.
· City Clerk reports that last week they processed 3 sets of minutes, 26 resolutions/ordinances, 750 outgoing checks, and received 14 new requests for information.
· Dublin Park hosted the MSA Veteran’s Day Swim Meet this past weekend while Palmer Park hosted a 22 team USSSA softball tournament this past weekend.
· Our Madison Police Department acted on 1886 calls for service during the two weeks.
· Public Works started work on the Oakland Spring Branch greenway parking lot off of Powell Road.
· Led by our Madison Chamber we celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new Dunkin’ on County Line Road recently.
· The first two tenants in the Town Madison neighborhood center, First National Bank and The Yard Milkshake Bar, have started their tenant improvements.
Let’s have another great week continuing to focus on strong customer service….thanks to all of you for your continued focus on our city.
November 16- 25
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I know at times throughout this pandemic it has been painful and tough, but I hope you all agree that we in Madison have so much to be thankful for.
Wanted to take a quick minute to document a few of the activities that have gone on in the past weeks.
· As announced at the Council meeting Monday Night Marc Jacobson will be retiring “again” at the end of the year. Marc will complete 15 years with the city (12 as a District 5 Council member) and his time in the Mayor’s office has been invaluable for our community. Some of the projects he managed were sidewalk connectivity, CARES Act funding, our Three Springs purchase and upcoming renovation, our Impact Fee investigation, Tidewater grass cutting, and many, many others. Few care as much as Marc for our city and I want to personally thank him for his investment in Madison!
· Our North Alabama Community learned that Redstone Arsenal was selected as one of the six finalists for the US Space Command Headquarters. We will continue to work with our North Alabama team to do all we can to land this for our community.
· Court reports that last week they opened 67 cases, closed 65 cases, and issued 48 warrants.
· Madison Police reports that our Patrol Division has moved to 12 hour shifts to better support our community.
· The Palmer Park Expansion project is progressing with grass seed planted on the athletic fields and bases for the field lighting being installed. The parking lot area is to be paved within the next two weeks weather permitting.
· The Recreation staff is working on refinishing the Dublin gym floor over the Thanksgiving break. We are planning on stripping the floor all the way to the wood this year. This process needs to be completed every ten years. The gym will be closed for this process.
· HR worked extremely hard this year to successfully keep our health insurance premiums the same for employees as last year. We have great insurance at a fantastic price…definitely a huge benefit for our city employees.
· Our Homeplace Park project had a kickoff meeting and we are on our way to a 600+ seat, outdoor area ready for concerts and activities.
Please have a safe, socially distanced Thanksgiving and thank you again for everything that you do for our community.
I encourage everyone over these next two months, as families gather, to please stay safe and follow the ADPH and CDC Guidelines. As always, I will be updating this blog every couple of weeks. Please check back during the the fourth quarter for another update. You can also provide your email address in the box below for a subscription and be notified when the blog is updated I can be reached at Email Maura or 256.337.2408. Thank you again for your continued support!