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Posted on: August 22, 2022

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While I know it has been a rainy Labor Day weekend, I hope all of you were able to enjoy yourself with whatever activities you had planned.

We had a lot going on during our last two weeks…here are just a few of the highlights.

  • We start on a sad note as we have learned that former Mayor Burwell “Sonny” Wilbanks has passed. Please keep the Wilbanks family in your prayers.
  • Kid’s Kingdom will be closed through the fall/winter to develop the new and inclusive playground beginning September 6, 2022.  Plans are to open the new playground in the spring of 2023.
  • Registration has begun for the Youth Basketball program.  Due to uncertainty of gym space, we have capped the number of players in each age group.  554 players are already registered with 24 on the waiting list as of September 2nd.  We are short 15 coaches as well so please let anyone who might be interested in coaching know we need them!
  • Our Building team shared that during our last two weeks the permitting division created 216 permits and issued 200 of them. In addition, the inspection division performed 565 inspections.
  • During the two weeks Code Enforcement performed 87 inspections/re-inspections, created 50 cases, and picked up 18 signs in the R.O.W.
  • Our Court team shared that they opened 99 cases, closed 146, and issued 66 warrants. 
  • Our Rocket City Trash Pandas won five of the six games last week, including the team’s first ever no-hitter. They improved their record to a season-best 24 games over .500 at 75-51 and their Southern League-leading home record to 45-18. 
  • Our Madison Police Department supported 2,102 Calls for Service during the two weeks. They also did a great job of keeping our Madison Bowl Football game between Bob Jones and James Clemens safe and enjoyable.
  • Huge kudos to our Public Works team during a major rainstorm two weeks ago. In Town Madison they had 3.25” that fell in 47 minutes. Our gang was on the scene in 20 minutes and worked that night and most of the next day to get the Mountain Brook neighborhood cleaned up.
  • Thanks to Roger Bellomy, Steve Smith, and all our Department Heads for their support in putting together our 2022-2023 budget. It has now been sent to our Finance Committee for their review.
  • Our Engineering team shared some updates on a few of our current road projects:
    • Short Street- Rogers Group is working through Punchlist Items. Concrete crew anticipated on site next week 9/6.
    • Shorter Drainage- Final end section to be installed next week 9/6.  Punch list to follow.
    • Garner Street- Working on slope grading along Garner.  Waterline installation is about 80% complete. Wiregrass anticipates finalized grading preparation to start next week 9/6
    • Sullivan Street- Meadow paving and Manor Driveway modification complete, punch list items being compiled,  concrete crew anticipated on site next week 9/6 to finish up headwall/ sidewalk on West side of creek crossing.
    • Hughes- Carcel & G is working on finalized grading silt fence removal, anticipate paving to start later part of next week subject to weather, signal work at Eastview also anticipated to start next week 9/6. 
  • The City Clerk’s office is finalizing the schedule for rolling out our new agenda software. Two training classes are upcoming…stay tuned.

As I close, I wanted to again thank every one of you for all that you do for our employees and our community. Let’s enjoy our short week which includes the Bob Jones Homecoming parade Thursday.


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