The Fairhope City Council is using the Baldwin County Political Dictionary’s definition for “Fairness”. First, the council implements a hiring freeze to punish the mayor for firing two employees. Then they side with the developer and reject overwhelming objections from the public. This was done to be “Fair” and because of “the threat of a lawsuit.” Now the Council has moved to remove the Director of Economic and Community Development, Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop, by reducing funds in the budget, thus killing the director’s job.
While the council was being “Fair” by back stabbing her and eliminating her position, she was in Washington D. C. representing Fairhope. She has been working for the city for over 4 months and has relocated in Fairhope after she and her husband quit their jobs and sold their home in Washington D. C.
and purchased a home in Fairhope. She has been highly professional and interacted with council and employees while avoiding any controversy whatsoever, an accomplishment in itself.
On a kitchen table Councilmen Boone and Councilmen Brown decided to cut money going to economic and community development. Think about that— a 60 million plus budget and for the price of a police car, or reducing services at the golf course or whatever, Councilmen Burrell , as president of the council, using every “Fair” fiber in his body, eliminated economic and community development— by just pouring salt on it. This was all done in the spirit of being “fair”, and let’s not leave out Christian Values.
Community affairs engages citizens, helps organizations and neighborhood associations, something Fairhope has always ignored. Economic development is self explanatory and desperately, needed at this time of rapid growth.
Community groups assist city officials with neighborhood projects – Lagniappe Mobile
Whether it’s completing a sidewalk project or arguing in favor of new zoning rules, a number of community groups have sprouted around Mobile to help accomplish neighborhood goals. Based on the success of the Village of Spring Hill, members of groups such as Mobile Midtown Movement, The Peninsula of Mobile and the Africatown Community Development …
This “Fairness is killing us”, the citizens who are suffering the consequences, while Council wages war, with the Mayor at our expense.
Please contact Councilmen Conyers, Brown and Robinson. Do not waste your time with Burrell or Boone— tell them we cannot afford to do business as if it were 1960. The action by Mr Burrell to use his position, was self serving, selfish and a very very bad financial decision. Call, email or show up May 8th at the next council meeting and stand up and demand they fund, what we have already agreed to do.
At the last council meeting, Mr Boone was again asked to recuse himself on voting on issues related to Angelo Corte, Preeble-Rish or the Fly Creek Pud. He responded that he was not a partner in any Llc. that would be a conflict of interest. Damn he was telling the truth, the llc’s made public January 25,
Well if you read the wonderful Wednesday this week, BIT DOGS BARK FIRST – THE RIPP REPORT / BALDWIN COUNTY LEGAL EAGLE Well folks if you were watching football this last Monday night and have…
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Dear Fairhope City Council: Recently several articles have been written in reference to Councilman Kevin Boone and the business connections he has through several LLC to individuals and engineering company Preble-Rish that are conflicts of…
were dissolved by Mr Boone only 6 days after we published them.
Now what do you think?
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Our council has ignored Mr. Boone’s conflict of interest and the controversy involving Mr. Burrell and the airport. The ethics commission compels the council to report suspected illegal activity. They remain mute.
On Wonderful Wednesday, the Ripp Report will cover what we know about the “gift” of the lift station property. I am leaving you with 3 documents I have acquired through public domain for your consideration. Please contact the city council for an explanation or wait till Wonderful Wednesday.
Thanks for the “gift” Jack, come fly with me.
What a load of Factpinions
“And effectively doing that with the Director of Economic and Community Development. Council cut that department despite the fact that the department, for all practical purposes, is essentially the same as the prior Community and Rec. Department. Then telling the Director of Economic and Community Development to apply for the department head job in the prior Community and Rec. Department. If it was a salary issue, why not just tell the Mayor that the Director of Economic and Community Development would be dropped pay grades just like the Operations Director. Instead, it is the Council (i.e. 5 men who are essentially clones of each other – white, male, sport coats, similar socioeconomic backgrounds and “supposed” Christians) trying to exert unnecessary and pointless control over the female Mayor and another female department head through pretext. Mayor should be able to call a department whatever she wants to call it provided the name is within the realm of what the department does and provided the department functions in generally the same manner as the prior department did. Obviously you wouldn’t change a “Sewer and Garbage Department” to “The Candy Department”, but if you changed it to a “Waste Management Department” what difference does it make? Councils should challenge mayors; that is how checks and balances work, but these petty political games being played by the Council are what many people find upsetting.”
I am very upset with the Council for prolonging the Fly Creek Apartment debacle; however, I agree with them that the ‘new department’ was a waste of Fairhope’s money. It appeared all along that Mrs. Botop was hired because of her friendship with the Mayor and she has been extremely overpaid. Their DC jobs must not have been much if they both quit and moved here without even giving her new job a trial run. The position should have been posted and then candidates interviewed. I don’t see anything in Mrs. Botop’s experience that would qualify her as the best person for this type of job.
You are part of the problem of you agree that Econ/Comm Dev waste of money.
This position was posted which is more than can be said for the previous administrstion.
All Kant did was hire his unqualified cronies.
Men are threatened by highly intellegent women.
You are no differwnt thanthe small-minded councilmen.
No, men are not threatened by highly intelligent women, my wife is highly intelligent and a professional and I am not threatened. When I was a CEO, I had more female executive officers than men, I hired the most qualified not based upon sex, race, etcetera, etc.
Who ever posted this is clearly sexist and short-sighted.
The multiple Chambers of Commerce address these issues daily. Fairhope does not need this position.
What exactly are the Chambers of Commerce doing for the City of Fairhope relative to Economic or Community Development? What is your definition of Economic Development? What is your definition of Community Development?
burrell and boone are jokes. Brown is now burrell’s lap dog? that did not take long.
The developers and Catalyst will eventually get their apartments in Fly Creek. I hope I am wrong, but this network is so thick and money-laden that they will either buy anyone needed or run over them who cannot be bought.
I don’t think the mayor can be bought thank God!
Anyone can be bought, anyone, power somehow has a way of causing individuals to lose their clarity.
Why did kant sign anything? He was defeated!
I have watched all the council work sessions and formal meeting now (whoo), and I have to say this, the mayor did indicate that she wanted this position and this would keep her from eliminating others from the payroll. And the mayor stated she already had someone in mind, the position was not created yet, nor was it posted but she already had been talking to Botop.
It is all sad, I really wished the mayor had not come into office with all the threats, it has been a disservice to all. Also, if I were the mayor, given her current issues, it would be very wise on her part to find new advisors because it is very clear that what she is currently doing is not working.
Lastly, I think the statement of it being an all-male council is going to backfire. The mayor really needs to take a hard look at new advice, perhaps someone that is not political and keeps a very low profile.
You watched all the council meetings and this is all you got? Must be Theodore Hunter again but now you have to post as Anonymous?
The average citizen thinks the councilmen in general are not working for the betterment of Fairhope. Just can’t figure out why. Not educated, special interests or listening to wrong c
I totally agree. Whoever is advising her is leading her over a cliff. I voted for her and am still happy that she won, but I am not ‘with’ her on some of her current issues. Botop was a major PR mistake on her part and she needs to get over it. Also, her press conferences about reducing city services b/c the Council has instituted a hiring freeze have been major mistakes. She is the one who took months to present a budget; city services were not affected by the freeze b/c it affected so few positions, and she has alienated the Council to the point that I think they are continuing the apartments just to spite her. Again, I am glad that she won, but if the election were held today I doubt that she would win again. She needs to stop acting like the Queen and begin listening to the voters. She appears to be in a self-imposed bubble of ‘friends with agendas’.
The Mayor did not come into office with threats. Go back and watch the first four council meetings and you can see Burrell and Boone threw everything at the Mayor except the kitchen sink. Has she made mistakes, yes, did she have a smooth transition into office, hell no they fought her starting the day after she won. Issues like the airport lift station apartments soccer fields triangle lawsuit and the sewer plant all have issues. What is happening is those issues are rising to the surface because fresh eyes are looking at them. Mr Burrell and Mr Boone have a lot of baggage and they do not want anyone opening the bag. The Mayor upset the apple cart by winning.
The mayor did indeed make threats from the beginning, she made allegations against many of the council. The mayor did upset the apple cart, but upsetting the apple cart is not the goal, the goal is to lead, leaders become leaders by getting things done, not pointing fingers, not blaming everyone for what happened in the past, the past is the past and can not be changed, period. The mayor lack leadership skills, you may not want to hear this, and she may not want to hear this, but this is true. She needs to learn to shut up, listen and when she does speak, make a point then shut up. She needs to learn to lead, not cry, not go on social media and complain, just lead, lead from the front and take what she is given and proof she can get the job done. I have watched all of the council meetings, AND the WORK sessions, in the work sessions is where the mayor made her threats, the videos are there to view. I would not vote for her again for love or money, nor would I vote for a few of the council members again, either. ANYONE can point the finger, anyone, but it is what you get done that matters, not complaining, not having surrogates come to her rescue, she needs to stand on her own and learn to lead. Sorry guys.
Past is the past….unless the statute of limitations have not been exceeded.
And you aren’t very polite. Telling people to shut up. That’s not a debate that’s just rude
Sometimes when people do not take subtle hints or talks, and talks, and talks, saying the same thing over and over and over, it’s appropriate to tell someone to shut up! AND if they still want stop talking, then you take the microphone from them.
Here is a question for you knowledgeable folks on here: Has any council member ever interrupted the mayor as a town hall meeting, has a council member ever spoke at a town hall meeting without the mayor recognizing them?
The town meetings are the mayor’s, the council meetings belong to the council. Public participation is not required at the city council meetings, the president fo the council allows this, but it is not required. It is an open meeting, only so citizens can see their government working. My advice to Burell, put the rules out and then if enforce the rules as outlined, no exceptions.
Leaders lead, they say what they mean and mean what they say. Being a leader is making hard decisions, and not everyone is going to agree with the decisions. I hope everyone understands that when someone elects a person, that person speaks on their behalf, it is not the place of the voter to tell the elected official how to vote, that is the elected official’s decision based upon ALL the facts.
AND, the past is always the past, regardless of any tolling that may be attached. If there is a crime, the send it to the proper authorities and move on, that is what they are there for, not for someone that really doesn’t know all the fact to speculate.
An independent advisory board made up of volunteers, concerned citizens willing to help the community, not political and low profile, I agree, certainly not me. I am serious.
I agree you would not be someone that could advise, you are too passionate and have made too many complaints and accusations (nothing personal). The mayor has to want advice, she has to want to listen to some that are not political motivated or someone that that didn’t support anyone. She must learn to listen to others that view things through a different lens, not family, not her sister, not her friends nor someone that has run for office that lost. Someone has to look themselves in the mirror first, one must learn to self-actualize before they can listen to the truth. The truth really hurts, it can be brutal, and it can cause great pain but the truth is the truth. One can not accuse others, then think they can work together, the human psyche is not likely to allow this occur if you are the accused. IF she is really smart, she would surround herself with individuals that are independent thinkers, just like a publicly traded board of directors. They may like the CEO, but they a more concerned about the company than the CEO, they owe a duty to the shareholder. If you have truly independent thinkers, you will hear the truth, and if you want to grow personally, you will take the advice but she has to make the decisions, and in the end, it is her decision and she must live with the results. It may not be too late for the mayor, but I think she really has bad advisors, as of today, I think it is too late, I really do, the damage has been done. Once the bullet is out of the barrel, it is hard to get the bullet back in the barrel. She had indeed help divide an already divided community, and a leader doesn’t divide, they bring the community together, they listen, as in listen! The advice I would give this young mayor, take the high-road, drop her pride, perhaps in some way apology for all the accusations. I know I would be hard-pressed to work with her if she had accused me of wrongdoing. I really think it is too late, that is the sad part but probably the truth. Common sense would tell someone you can’t accuse someone of wrongdoing that has the power of the purse and hope to get what you ask for, they all are elected officials, they all were elected by the same electorate. I am a pragmatist and realist. Sorry guys.
The Fly Creek issue is what put her in office, now we see a council with amnesia. The Airport Authority problem she inherited citizens came to her and reported wrongdoing> What should she do? When government changes only once in 16 years you can count on the type push back we are seeing.At least you cannot buy her. The problem is some people do not want to change, I respect that but you cannot have the growth we are experiencing and not be a little progressive.
You don’t know if you can buy her, you assume she can’t be bought. Indeed the Fly Creek issue did help put her into office but the fix is not pointing fingers, the past is the past. She can not undo what had been done, start looking to the future and not the past. But we would hope she was elected for more than just Fly Creek, we hope she was elected for her leadership skills, the ability to unite a city for the common good, right?
Perhaps people around like the way it is, there is a reason we’re from Alabama, and this is indeed okay. Folks should not move here and say, we are going to change your way of life because we know better than you. That is like having the someone coming into your house and tell you what is wrong with it, how to make it look nicer, and tell you how paint colors were all wrong.
The folks from this great state love it here, we like the slow pace, the laid back feel, the ability to trust and the knowledge of knowing who your parents were, or you grandparents, or great-great-grandparents. Remember we were cool before cool became cool, now, everyone wants to cool.
Folks in Alabama have remained in Alabama because we help found the state and those that don’t like our way of life should find somewhere else to live. Folks that want something more liberal should move to a more progressive city because this is our way of life.
Having two long-serving mayors, Nix and Kant could not have done everything wrong, folks want to live here don’t they? Befoe Nix was mayor this city was a ghost town, then Nix began to build Fairhope into what is known as Fairhope and despite many on this blog believes Kant did a good job, not perfect, he managed to get Fairhope financial crisis.
So, for all those that want to criticize every leader this city had in the past is blind to they help build. They were not perfect, no leader is, but someway they were able to make Fairhope a place where everyone seems to want to live.
Stop walking around with a mirror and start looking forward.
More mixed metaphors than I want to keep up with.
Go back to Dale Carnegie ….
Never attended Dale Carnegie, simply put, everyone needs to stop assuming and state facts as they know it to be. Folks need to stop trying to tell everyone around here what is wrong with us. Now, if you don’t like the way Alabama is, then get the hell out! Is that Dale Carnegie enough for you?
More like Dale Earnhardt
What kind of city pumps human feces into a recreational water body? Fairhope is not fair and has zero hope.
Thanks for trying Mr Ripp. It’s over. The GOB always win.
Why don’t you use the euphemism “old guard” as instead of good ole boys, because I am a good ole boy with zero contacts or power!
It’s time for a fresh start. It’s tiring to see such division. My hope is that everyone starts to get along : council and Mayor, citizens and council, citizens and Mayor, citizens and citizens. We all want what is best for Fairhope. It’s time to move forward.
The mayor made this statement “It’s not personal, it’s business.” “But business is personal…and politics is too.”
She needs to practice what she preaches, she is the one that has accused others of wrongdoing, but it is not personal to them?
Did it take this long to get this? You don’t think the folks she has accused doesn’t have a family too, their families hear their family members accused of wrongdoing….that it not hurtful?
The mayor needs to stand up, and apologize for all the accusations, then move forward. This requires leadership at the highest level and we’ll see if she has what it takes.
If the mayor does what is right, then she will get my 110% support going forward.
If she starts saying like she did on her facebook page “the president of the council told me to sit down the city attorney scolded me,” but take full responsibility for what she did then I think she can become redeem herself. No one can make someone else to something, no one made her do anything, she did it on her own.
Pride is not a good thing in leadership, too much pride will destroy a leader.
All leaders make mistakes, those that can apology for their mistakes, take ownership of their mistakes makes a great leader.
It will be interesting to see what she does…I don’t think she has in her to take responsibility for her own actions. Too much pride…
I saw two big turds floating in the bay today.
I looked again. It was Jack And Boone. Beavis and Butthead.
FAIRNESS IS THE DEFINITION OF ANYBODY THAT WE GIVE ANY OF OUR TRUST TO!!!!!!!
Let me simply explain to all of you that have actually shown an interest in and am proud to say that Fairhope Citizens DO CARE AFTER ALL!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHOWING THESE PAST FEW MONTHS. IT WILL PAY DIVIDENDS NO MATTER IF WHAT HAPPENS, THINGS WILL GO OUR WAY. I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT IN THE FUTURE, WE WILL HAVE DIFFERENT PEOPLE MAKING THE DECISIONS. HINT, HINT, THEY KNOW ITS COMING. THAT’S THE BEST BEST PART OF THIS POST!!!! (if you should qualify) who really think any of our Alabama politicians are actually thinking for one moment that they are in it this to help us??? You can now forget that crap!
I have personally seen another sorry excuse for a politician, Kay Ivey’s run up the latter to only become Governor while tearing down the DREAMS OF SO MANY HARD WORKING ALABAMIANS putting their last nickel into the Alabama PACT program and totally screwing it up while she and several board members received 100’s of thousands of dollars to fail miserably and act as criminals to take away what was promised to those who worked so hard to try and accomplish with GREAT!!!!!!!!! sacrifices only to be told that they their own children would not be receiving what the lying and now current governor of Alabama swore to them what they would get in return. 100 percent liar and the facts show it!!!!! Has been for years and some of the politicians have been wagging their tail in awe just as they were when they were trying to convince us that they could not stand Trump. (That would be President Trump to you all!!!) When you all complain about some of the things Trump said on the Bus Sex Scandal. I have certainly heard worse from some of your biggest donors but, do not recall any of you sending back any contributions!!!!! you all know what I’m talking about. Spit the taste out of your mouth. Ive heard you all say it! But of course, while paying herself and the PACT personnel LOTS OF MONEY!!!!!! Plain and simple! We have went from a lying Criminal Bentley to a lifetime professional lying criminal Governor Kay Ivey! Who all the politicians mentioned in this article, Bryne, Pittman and Dorsey have praised Ivey even knowing the fact that she has screwed many of the hard working public who had hoped to have their kids college tuition would be paid for after the extreme and heart-wrenching and awful sacrifices that so many had made without Kay Ivey giving a crap or losing even ONE MINUTE SLEEP OVER IT!!!! Are you Surprised yet????? Hell no! IT comes with rewards as all our politicians get as bonuses. The more you screw the public, especially the hardworking and only truly honest people of Alabama….. You get a raise and a promotion OR REELECTED. This crap started long before the Bentley thing. IVEY HAS BEEN SCREWING US FOR YEARS!!!!! GOT IT ON PAPER! IT’S A FACT!!!! I think we would rather have someone talk about someone’s breast next to them than to steal and act knowingly in a criminal way against the hard work and compassion of the good and deserving parents and their children’s college education funds taken away as promised by KAY IVEY!!!!!!!! AWARDED FOR FAILING and putting the shaft to so many hard working and honest citizens of Alabama!!!! Sure, you can say Kay Ivey has always screwed US!!!! NO secret!!! It’s in the record book!!!! It’s a fact!!! “ARE YOU SURPRISED???????
Also, you have Bradley Byrne, Tripp Pittman and Tucker Dorsey being made aware of this problem for over 2 years that the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts, which includes Baldwin County, that Monies are being wasted and possible criminal activities are taking place without anyone of them doing anything about it at all even after all of them have been informed straight to their faces!!!!!!. CONTACT THEM PERSONALLY AND SEE WHAT AWARDS THEY HAVE RECEIVED DURING THE PAST 3 YEARS AND HOW BADLY THAT PHILL WEBB OF FAIRHOPE HAS SCREWED THE BOY SCOUTS during HIS PAST past 3 years as president of the Boy Scout Board. They have not only known about the terrible mismanagement that has taken place, but have actually accepted awards including Phil Webb of Fairhope, Al. Yes, another Baldwin County Disgrace! He has been responsible for losing over $750,000 just in his past 3 years as President of the Mobile Area Boy Scout Council, He alone WHO HAS PROVEN TO BE THE WORSE PRESIDENT ON RECORD THAT CAN BE VERIFIED. FOR 2014, 2015, AND 2016, in the Nation!!!! HE has somehow AVERAGED A LOSS OF OVER $250,000 EACH YEAR FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS. WHY WOULD ANY BOARD MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, SCOUT MASTER OR ANY POLITICIAN KNOWING THIS FOR OVER!!!!! 2 YEARS EVEN THINK ABOUT PUTTING UP WITH THIS!!!! Is this Baldwin County or the State of Alabama reward system???? YEP!!!! SEEMS SO AND PHILL WEBB HAS A PERSONAL INVESTMENT COMPANY IN MOBILE?????? ANY SCOUT MONEY IN THERE? AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TERRIBLE ACTIONS ALONG WITH MIKE BOX, THE TREASURER, A FAILED ATTORNEY IN MOBILE AS WELL AS HIS WIFE BEING HIRED FULL TIME EVEN AFTER HAVING TO SELL A THIRD OF OUR OWN CAMP “MAUBILA” (You older true Scouts with Honor, know WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT). WE all have enjoyed for many years and there is talk of having to sell even more of the land. How about this, during the first part of 2016, they sold a third of the land and netted almost $300,000. OVER HALF!!!!! of that went to pay the salary (ONE YEAR) of executive director Michael Hartigan, the executive director’s salary and benefits of over $150,000 WHO HAS NOT RAISED ANY MONEY SINCE HE WAS HIRED IN JAN 2009! Is this what Byrne, Pittman and Dorsey and even our own council, stand for???? Wow!!!! THEY ALL HAVE DESTROYED any HONOR OF ALL BOY SCOUTS, NATIONWIDE. Phill Webb of Fairhope and Michael Hartigan along with other board members and politicians are responsible 100% OF LOSING A MAJORITY of the embarrassing amount of money lost for the MOBILE AND BALDWIN County area Boy Scouts since it was FIRST Chartered in 1919!!!! Yes, SINCE 1919!!!!!!! The Council is Broke!!!! Point your finger at who you want to!! But the money lost since Jan, 2009, it would take 20 years of all the popcorn sales to maybe come close to catching up. And that’s without wasting the $150,000 a year we are spending on Michael Hartigan the executive director, and any other monies spent, who along with Phill Webb of Fairhope has not brought in any additional money since January 2009!!! Can you imagine that all the popcorn sales for the next 20 years would not even save the Mobile Area and Baldwin County Boy scout Council even if we had no expenses at all!!!!! It’s the Baldwin county and the State of Alabama Dream I guess. They owe money over and above the assets of the council including everything that has been given or donated since 1919. They have even called on THE persons who have not passed (DIED) yet, and asked if they could ACTUALLY COLLECT AND /OR receive monies and have actually called their estates AS WELL, asking if some of the money could be paid before they passed. CRAP!!!!! All of the politicians that i mentioned before are certainly familiar to these requests..Some of them receiving very prestigious awards (I MEAN LIKE THYE EARNED A PURPLE HEART OR SOMETHING OR EVEN RISKED THEIR LIVE!!!!! GEEEZ. HOLD THIS COUNTY ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!!THEY RECEIVED THESE AWARDS while this $750,000 is being lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really???? BALDWIN COUNTY AT ITS FINEST!!!!! What is strange???? Back to the “Are you surprised??? They have actually been rewarded WITH ALL KINDS OF PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR SCREWING UP, (THAT IS THE STATE OF ALABAMA WAY) along with our politicians who KNEW the Boy Scouts were getting ripped off and DID NOTHING!!!!! ABOUT IT WHAT SO EVER, with numerous AWARDS!!!!! THEY ARE ALL MAKING IT HARD FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF “EAGLE SCOUT” to mean anything what so ever!!!!! This includes themselves as well as their own children!!!!! SHAME!!!!!! Do you think for a minute they would not HESITATE TO TELL YOU A LIE. PHIL WEBB OF FAIRHOPE AND A MEMBER OF THE ROTARY CLUB DOES NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE WORD “TRUTH OR HONOR EVEN MEANS”! Would YOU even invest a nickel with someone with a record of losing 3 QUARTERS of a million dollars OF BOY SCOUT MONEY IN just 3 years!!!!! WOW!!! Are you Getting This?????!!!! BALDWIN COUNTY!!!!! STATE OF ALABAMA POLITICS? THERE IS A GROUP WITH THE LAST 10 YEARS OF AUDITS, mostly from the accounting groups of “”RUSSELL, THOMPSON, BUTLER AND HOUSTON, LLC THAT HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AND SWORN STATEMENT OF EVENTS AND RECORDS THAT WILL BE COMING OUT SOON.
“ARE YOU SURPRISED”
THAT THEY CHARGED AROUND $40,000 EACH YEAR FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WHEN THERE WHERE EVEN AS ONE OR MORE QUALIFIED ACCOUNTING FIRMS THAT WOULD DO IT FOR 5 YEARS AT THE PRICE OF ONE YEAR THAT RUSSELL, THOMPSON, BUTLER AND HOUSTON, LLC WOULD CHARGE. THEY WOULD SIMPLY TAKE A TAX WRITE OFF. SO WHO GOT THE MONEY???? THE EXCUSE FROM THE MOBILE AREA COUNCIL BOARD PRESIDENT AND FAIRHOPE RESIDENT PHILL WEBB AND FAIRHOPE ROTARIAN. I PERSONALLY DON’T GIVE A SH#$T. I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING TO LOSE $750,000 IN 3 YEARS. WHY SHOULD I GIVE A SH*$T ABOUT SPENDING OR SAVING $200,000 FOR 5 YEARS ON OUR AUDIT WHEN I COULD GET IT DONE FOR AOUND $50,000 TOTAL FOR THE SAME FOR THE SAME 5 YEARS AND SAVE $150,000 DON’T CARE!!!!! THIS FROM A MAN WHO HAS GOTTEN SEVERAL AWARDS ALONG WITH A TERRIBLE AND AWFUL TREASURER MIKE BOX WHO SOMEONE CAN PROVE THAT HE HAS GIVEN BLATENLLY FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE BOY SCOUT COUNCIL. I HEARD THE RECORDINGS MYSELF AND COMPARED THEM WITH THE BALANCES AT THE BANK! BALDWIN COUNTY SURPRISE!!!!! NO WAY!!!!
*******WHAT IS WRONG WITH SAVING $150,000 OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD UNLESS THEY ARE BOTH ON THE TAKE AND IT WOULD APPEAR THAT RUSSEL, THOMPSON, BUTLER AND HOUSTON, LLP OF 3605 SPRINGHILL PARK, MOBILE, AL 36608 251-473-8026 IS AN ACCOUNTING FIRM THAT SEEMS THAT IT WOULD DEFINITELY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND POSSIBLY? GIVE A KICK BACK TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL HARTIGAN OF THE MOBILE ARA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL OR EVEN THE BOARD PRESIDENT PHILL WEBB OF FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA AFTER LOSING A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR 3 (THREE) YES (3) YEARS IN A ROW WITHOUT SOME KIND OF NEGOTIATION OF A BETTER PRICE FOR A NON PROFIT GROUP WELL I MEAN A $250,000 LOSS A YEAR FOR 3 YEARS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF BOARD PRESIDENT PHILL WEBB WHO I’M SURE YOU CAN GOOGLE AS SOME SORT OF A PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNER IN MOBILE , AL WITH A RESIDENCE OF (AND I HATE TO EVEN THINK THAT HE LIVES HERE) FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA. HE LOST $750,000 PLUS OF THE BOY SCOUT MONEY. HOW WILLING WOULD YOU BE TO TRUST HIM WITH YOUR MONEY?
I KNOW YOU ARE NOT SURPRISED!!!!!
********ARE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL!!!!!! I HOPE NOT!!! JUST GETTING STARTED!!!
Now we have, The Fairhope Council Costing us a ton of money and crapping on all of great citizens of Fairhope who believe that we should have a wonderful town and that the council should think the same way. Well, The Airport Authority has cost the Fairhope Tax payers several millions of dollars, while all of us are having to pay fees after fees for our kids just to attend school! Why are we even paying one nickel to the Airport Authority when everyday, they basically don’t even say thank you while at the same time say “SCREW YOU” WE WILL DO AS WE WANT TO! We also contribute time and money and supplies to keep our schools afloat. We also are told that when we attend a council meeting, “It’s our privilege to be able to speak!!!!” There could easily be an additional $200,000 thousand dollars going to all the Fairhope Schools without waisting it on freeloaders such as the “Airport Authority” WHAT A FREAKIN JOKE PEOPLE!!! WAKE UP!!!!!! ARE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL!!!!!!!?????
I have been to the last 4 months of planning, working sessions and actual council meetings and have seen only a COUNCIL that does not care about “YOU” ” THE CITIZENS OR THE FUTURE OF FAIRHOPE!” TO PUT IT KINDLY, “THEY COULD GIVE A S#&T ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK. IT’S ALL ABOUT THEM!!!! Shouldn’t Mr. Byrne, Mr Pittman and Mr. Dorsey come in and help with some of the problems that we as voters have placed them in their position in the first place? Maybe I’m Wrong. Maybe I’m right that they don’t give a crap too????????
ARE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL??????????????????
So Boone reads the Ripp Report
No he has his Catalyst bosses do it for him
If Fairhope wanted to solve many of these political issues that would move the government to council-city manager form.
We must stop growing rapidly and invest in infrastructure before it is too late. We have placed the cart before the horse.
Booby J you are so correct. But infrastructure improvements won’t happen until the predatory developers make their cash and then the city will have to upgrade under the guise of it being s crisis. Then we will ALL have to pay for the upgrades. The developers make their money at our cost
I wish individuals on this site would have some facts before they post. If anyone would go down to city hall ask how much money is brought in from building fees one would ba amazed. It brings in millions and millions, it actually brings in so much that if the city stopped growth or drop growth to 2 – 3%, the city would have to cut back on a lot of the spending for the ‘feel good” items here in Fairhope.
Get the facts, then post, and remember, the facts are, among other issues that if the city had not grown, the city would not have the money to light the trees, change the flowers so often, the list goes on and on. If the city wants to have all these ‘feel good” items then growth or higher taxes are what is going to happen, or cut back on all the ‘feel good”. It is really that simple, go and read, understand, all it takes is some slight intelligence to understand.
The city can borrow long-term at low fixed rates to fund capital expansion, then use the fee income, to supplement the ‘feel good” stuff. I think while interest rates are this low, the city should borrow, keep building a cash reserve with the fee income but borrow at these lower rates, the borrowed money to be used for capital improvements.
What this city needs, it needs a CFO, not an accountant, but a CFO, someone that can see the forest without the trees blocking the view.
Many that post, have never read the city ordinances, to include the mayor, as how much the city charges the builders in various impact fees. There is a state law that limits the amount fo fees a city can charge, and Fairhope has maxed out these fees. Read the city ordinance that outlines the fees charged to developers and builders. It is one of the highest fee structure in the state of Alabama.
Go back everyone, simply go and read the financial statements during the great recession when all the building stopped, the city lost millions and millions. Yep, go and read, read and understand before you engage without knowledge.
Now, don’t start pointing fingers that the previous mayor or council didn’t borrow and invest in infrastructure, they in charge during the great recession and it affected everyone’s psyche, leaders really didn’t know just how bad things were going to get, and it was bad, real bad. It will make you not want any debt.
READ FOLKS, READ. ORDNANCE 1331
You can’t really believe that without continuous growth Fairhope could not afford flowers and lights downtown.
Not sure how long you have been around Fairhope but we have had Christmas lights and flowers downtown years before the uncontrolled growth.
Keep the building moratorium in place for at least a year.
The problem is those impact fees, millions, ended up being used for attorneys and lawsuits not infrastructure. The triangle lawsuit cost us 11.25 million and required a 3 million down payment which came from the electric dept. that now needs 3 million of infrastructure work? Sewer ground lines and lift stations need million to upgrade system in order to get sewage to plant? In short the money collected was not spent on infrastructure or maintenance.
Who was mayor and on the council at that time?
I really can’t wait until growth does stop, this budget will shrink like a pond in Alabama during the month of July.
Donation for this, a donation for that will go away, and then everyone will come to understand how development helps a city’s budget. Retail, retail, and retail will help build schools and roads.
If anyone understands anything about finance knows this, but no, everyone on this site knows everything about everything, gezzzz.
Especially you Mr Developers son
Why is it that all these politicians pretend to be Christian?
Burrell and Pittman have a prayer group every Wednesday.
Who is the patron saint of politicians?
The mayor lists her occupation as a politician now???
I voted for her (as did many others, 500 more than voted for King Kant). She has rewarded her supporters by crowning herself Queen. Every time I hear her speak about how ‘the citizens want Botop or whatever else’, I want to tell her that, if I knew about this before the vote, I would never have voted for her……and I am probably one of the last ‘Citizens’ that I know who would not throw her out of office in a heartbeat! She has become delusional…….sympathies to her adorable daughters and husband.
Indeed, yes indeed she has crowned herself queen, as so has her closest friends, and I am still laughing at the post on Facebook about the olive branch. She once again is blaming her action on how she was spoken to, and how the city attorney spoke to her.
I wonder if she has ever recorded herself and then listen to it. For once, she needs to stand up like a leader, take action for what she did and then put it behind her, move forward. Nothing worse than a leader blaming someone else for their own actions.
She truly reminds me of Clinton, Clinton stated today, “I take full responsibility for my defeat but if it had not been for Comey, WkiLeaks I would be president.” lol
Well at least I know that Karin is honest and not in this “Mayorship” for the money like previous Mayors or council members (previous or current). And when I say money, I mean dirty money…The kind that Jack and Boone and Judge Snedeker and his partner Ray Hix and Angelo Corte and Tim Kant and Tut Wynne….. And should I go on????
Karin Wilson is not the problem here folks, the city council is playing a smoke and mirrors game with everyone and YOU ALL ARE FALLING FOR IT!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!
Pittman who stole 750,000 dollars of BP money while being the trustee, and come fly with me Burrell in the same prayer group? what God are they praying to?
Who were the lawyers involved in this deeded gift of wetlands?