Notice: CITY OF FAIRHOPE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA THURSDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2018 – 6:00 P.M. – CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 5. Final Adoption – An Ordinance Directing the Transfer of an Acre of Land to Fairhope Single…
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HORRIBLE NEWS! 100,000+ Gallon Sewer Spill in Fairhope:
Health Department Issues Public Notice on Sewage Spill
Feb 12, 2018
According to a report received from the City of Fairhope Utilities today, the sewer spill reported yesterday in the area of the Valley Street Lift Station (Middle Street and Dogwood Ave) is ongoing. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 gallons of sewage has been discharged into the drainage ditch that leads to Big Head Gully, Tatumville Gully, and Mobile Bay. The health department urges residents to exercise caution if using these water bodies for recreational purposes. Also, thoroughly cook any fish or seafood caught near by and wash hands after handling fish or seafood.
The Fairhope City Council is the worst council in the history of the community. Public trust, oath of office and conflict of interest are ignored and leadership is non existent. Their primary goal has…
BP Boom Boom Pittman is all about protecting elected officials and the hell with ethics.
Another bill - SB221 by Sen. Trip Pittman - with help from Sens. Rusty Glover, Dick Brewbaker and Bill Hightower - would have the Ethics Commission pre-approve legislators' business arrangements, giving them immunity from criminal charges. And if the politician or the business claims scrutiny could cause them harm, this bill would let them keep the whole thing secret.
Why give the developers the opportunity to make more money. Low pressure systems are not going to lower the cost of the houses. Location, location, location. If you want to live in Fairhope then you will pay the high cost of housing, that is until you get screwed by a developer that the city has bent the rules for.
The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation (FSTC) is asking the Fairhope City Council to approve the purchase of a section of public land located in Fairhope’s most endangered watershed, the so-called Tatumville Gulley also known as Big Head Gulley located south of Fig Street. The stated purpose is so that FSTC can build a detention pond for its proposed development of 12 housing lots to be leased out to members. However, the very same area has already been deemed "unbuildable" by FSTC as shown in the enclosed 2003 letter to members.
One of my concerns with the proposal by FSTC is that 12 lessees cannot sustain the maintenance costs of a detention pond over time. When the next major rain event happens, who will be (financially) responsible? My fear is that the costs of any resulting damage to the detention pond will be placed on the backs of Fairhope taxpayers when the property is not even public land anymore!
Another concern is the stability of the gulley which currently allows for natural drainage of rain water into Mobile Bay. Trees and shrubs would have to be cut down to prepare the site for both the building lots and the detention pond. Trees and shrubs are the only protection in stabilizing the loose sandy soil. Again, what happens when a major rain event happens and the walls of the gulley start caving in because there are no brush and tree roots to keep the soil in place? Who will pay for the resulting damage to our watershed and surrounding homes when that happens?
Growth in Fairhope is inevitable. One of the main reasons I ran for mayor is to ensure that this growth is channeled by new and consistent policy. The purpose for the new and consistent policy is so that all developers are treated equally but also to ensure that taxpayers are no longer burdened by developers externalizing their costs of irresponsible development. If the city council approves the sale of this sensitive public land to FSTC for the stated purpose, I’m afraid it will expose the city taxpayers to a financial burden in the future and will set a precedent for reckless development by other developers. I encourage you to contact your city council members and let your voices be heard.