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Posted on: January 22, 2023

Mayor's Newsletter (January 22-29, 2023)

We had a full week of action and activity, here are just a few of the high lights.

  • Many of us attended the Alabama Legislative update at the Jackson Center. We heard from our new Speaker of the House Nathanial Ledbetter, Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, Senators Arthur Orr and Clay Scofield, and Representative Rex Reynolds. North Alabama is well positioned for this upcoming session.
  • Our Court team had a busy week opening 74 cases, closing 128, and issuing 84 warrants. In addition, our City Prosecutor handled 63 Municipal cases.
  • MARS completed 153 trips this week.
  • Our Public Works team was busy at the Old Three Springs property, taking down and hauling off the old barn, zip line structure, and a great deal of “overgrowth”.
  • The city will hold a “wall breaking” Tuesday the 31st at 9:00 at the Old Three Springs building to kick off the revitalization, transforming the facility into our Community Center.
  • I met with Melanie Thornton of Madison Visionary Partners to discuss the fund-raising efforts their group will focus on for our Community Center. They have a fantastic plan, and we can’t wait to see the progress they make.
  • Building shared the permitting division created 85 permits, issued 54 permits, and the inspection division performed 307 inspections during the week.
  • Code Enforcement performed 14 inspections/re-inspections, created 15 cases, and picked up 20 signs in the R.O.W.
  • Our new IT Director Chris White shared there were 51 work order tickets submitted to IT this week along with numerous calls and walk-ins.
  • I.T. started getting quotes from other Vendors for point-to-point fiber to 5 city remote location buildings.  (Fire Stations 2 & 3, Dublin Park, Senior Center, and Library).
  • Madison Fire and Rescue responded to 99 incidents last week, 73 of which were EMS related.
  • Madison Police responded to 1140 calls for service, issued 64 citations, and gave 81 warnings during the week.
  • The MPD Investigation Division worked tireless to follow leads on the recent bank robberies including getting warrants on potential suspect(s).  A joint effort between our detectives, the FBI, our officers and SWAT Team, as well as SWAT Teams from Madison County and Huntsville Police Department, executed search warrants on different locations resulting in successfully arresting a suspect, and recovery of evidence involving three bank robberies in Madison, and one in Huntsville.  Great job by Detective Wes Grigsby and Detective Tanner Wilkerson for all their efforts and hard work which lead to this arrest.  The investigation still continues.
  • Detective Teresa Taylor-Duncan, Officer Cheryl Wooden and Officer Garrett Hyatt conducted RAD Class for 15 ladies this week.
  • Steve Smith and I continue to work with our Department Heads on both our upcoming CIP list and also some of the longer-term projects. The CIP projects will be discussed at the upcoming 2-15 City Council work session along with an update From Mary Beth Broeren on our economic development successes.
  • Our Revenue team is crazy busy right now with business license renewals. Thanks to our team for your long hours and hard work.
  • Several of our team met with Madison Utilities to discuss both tactical needs and strategic opportunities.

 I will be headed down to Mobile Sunday morning to represent Madison at the Big 10 Mayors meeting. Each time we meet I am even more proud of our city and of you, the team that continues to live our mission statement. Each of us is a representative of Madison and our city continues to shine. Let’s have another great week!

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