First and foremost, I am sure glad this batch of severe weather is behind us. As always, our Public Works team was ready and prepared and did a monster job throughout. Our team quickly assessed the city needs and both Madison Police and Madison Fire engaged as needed. Steve Perry kept us updated through the rounds of storms and luckily, we didn’t see any major damage. I am so proud of our team, and I thank each one of you for all that you did to help Madison through these last couple of days.
While the storms were raging the rest of the city kept on going and a great deal was accomplished throughout the week. Here are just a few of the highlights.
- Congratulations to Chad Menard on his recent promotion to Battalion Chief.. He will begin his new role as the C-Shift Battalion Chief on March 6, 2023. Also thanks to Battalion Chief Steve Perry for fulfilling the roles of Operations BC and City Emergency Mgr./ Safety Officer for several months now.
- Our Building team shared that they created 97 permits, issued 89 permits, and the inspection division performed 223 inspections.
- Code Enforcement performed 45 inspections/re-inspections, created 40 cases, and picked up 24 signs in the R.O.W.
- The Senior Center is seeing an increase in participation due to limited services of the Huntsville/Madison County Senior Center due damage from pipes breaking during the winter freeze. From February 22-March 1, 2023, the center had 1026 activity participant sign-ins for activities. During that time, the Rotary Club hosted a Mardi Gras party at the Senior Center on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
- Our Parks and Recreation full-time staff completed certifications for first aid and CPR by the American Red Cross.
- MARS completed 169 trips this week. Also, recreation staff has placed an order for an additional MARS bus. There is a five-month lead time for the bus.
- Recreation staff is well into the planning for the Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for April 8, 2023.
- Our Madison Police responded to 1148 Calls for Service last week, had 31 arrests, issued 120 citations, and gave 83 warnings.
- Our Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting was held at the Madison Library Tuesday night – the topic was how the MPD takes and investigates complaints against officers.
- ReadyFest was held last weekend at Discovery Middle School. Weather played a part in the low turnout.
- A majority of our Public Works action items from each day started with “removed debris.” Our team continue to take a proactive approach to keeping water draining, without this focus there is no telling what flooding problems we might have. Thank you to our entire PW team!
- Our I.T. team shared that they had 49 work orders submitted along with supporting numerous walk ins and calls.
- Our Court team shared that they opened 78 cases and issued 68 warrants.
- Our Fire Marshall’s office shared they conducted 34 annual fire inspections this week bringing their total to 383 for FY23.
- Madison Fire and Rescue shared they responded to 128 incidents, 78 of which were EMS related during the week.
- Revenue shared that total sales tax collections for the month of February 2023 are up 18.87% over collections for the month of February, 2022 and year to date collections are up 9.09% over the same period last fiscal year.
- Our Court Clerk Amanda Garlen shared that she completed the final step of Magistrate Certification this week.
- Madison Hospital celebrated their 11th Birthday last week.
- Lastly, I am excited to announce that Megan Zingarelli will return to the City of Madison. Megan has accepted the Director of HR position and she will start Monday in her new role.
That’s to all of you for your continued focus on Madison and our residents. Let’s stay focused on our mission and have another great week.