Investigating the Investigators

“The appropriation from city coffers to the airport is more than we spend on all 5 of our public schools and is 21% of our debt and accommodates less than 1% of the population.”

The Ripp Report is being investigated by attorneys hired by the Fairhope Airport Authority because we filed a complaint against them. Please take into consideration that this is the same attorney who was hired by board member Ray Hix to request an advisory opinion from the Ethics Commission. This letter submitted by Mr. Bailey, Mr. Hix’s attorney and the Authority’s, has been requested four times to no avail. The Fairhope Airport Authority, faa, has explained that the attorneys will be paid from profits of the airport and not the appropriation that they receive from the city of Fairhope. The point they are making is the taxpayers are not paying for legal services. It is being paid with profits of the airport. The profits from the airport belong exclusively to the authority, and taxpayers have nothing to say about it. There lies the rub, think about that.

In a recent, well written article,

The bond, the bid and the blogger: What all the fuss is about in Fairhope – Lagniappe Mobile

It’s a one-runway municipal airport named after a beloved former congressman. It has an aviation training academy and a lot of potential to attract suppliers to the massive Airbus assembly operation in Mobile. Yet the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport has become a political football in Fairhope. • Mayor Karin Wilson is fighting with the City …


the faa and Mr. Hix were quoted numerous times about specific issues.

First off the comment,

“Hix won the lease for his company without having inside information about the bidding process.”

Mr Hix had been a board member for 6 months prior to the bid process, as a board member his responsibility is to review leases and faa business. That information had to be useful in bidding on a faa lease in the future regardless of the fact that Mr. Hix did recuse himself during the bid process.

Mr. Hix says the hanger being built,

“will hold three airplanes, one belonging to the company, a second to another owner and a third that once was owned by the company and in which half interest is being bought back.”

Of the 5 questions asked on the bid form number 4 states,

”How many airplane[s] are you planning to house in the hanger? What is the model of the airplane[s] to be housed? What person or business entity owns each aircraft [if more than one owner, please specify percentage of ownership]?”

Mr. Hix claimed 100% ownership of three aircraft. His Lagniappe answer was one airplane, which was all the Ripp Report could confirm. The question is specific on the awarded bid. Mr Hix’s answer does not match up to his submitted bid.

Question 3 on the bid sheet asked,

”What is your estimate of how many gallons of Jet A Fuel and/or Avgas [aviation gasoline] you will

purchase annually in Fairhope? Include in your response the method or basis by which your fuel flow figures are calculated [Including whether your figures are actual or estimated.”

Hix answer was,

”Based on actual fuel use age from 2014-15 our usage would be 85-95,000 gallons of jet A and 5000 gallons of Avgas, We expect a 20% increase in Jet A usage in 2015-16 due to increasing business travel. Expecting 10-20% increase per year going forward.”

That’s 100,000 to 110,000 gallons based on his answer.

Mr Burrell who was on the bid committee reduced Mid-Bay’s fuel number by 15,000 gallons.

What gives Mr. Burrell the authority to amend someone’s bid?

That would bring the fuel figure to 85,000 to 95,000 gallons.

Remember the question? “purchase annually in Fairhope.”

Mr. Hix’s said,

“he is confident of the fuel estimate because one of his planes”

He only owns one,

“used 70,000 gallons by itself in 2016.”

The fuel figure would be easy to verify by going to the fixed based operator at the Fairhope airport that supplies the fuel. Mr Hix nor Joe McEnerney, Airport Authority Chairman have disclosed the accurate figure.

Question 2 on the bid form asks,

“from date the lease is signed, approximately how long will it take you to complete construction of the hanger?”


“six months Preliminary Design has been completed by our Architect and engineering firm. No financing contingencies.”

The executed date of the lease was Dec. 17, 2015. That’s 27 months ago. The hanger is less than 50% complete.

It appears that 3 of 5 questions on the bid sheet do not appear to be accurate. Made me wonder if Mr. Hix had made these mistakes before so since they were investigating the Ripp Report why shouldn’t we investigate Mr. Hix,

Daphne lawyers settle $10.2 million judgment from failed Gulf Shores project

Haymes Snedeker and Ray Hix Jr., partners in a Daphne law firm, have agreed to settle a multimillion-dollar civil judgment arising from a failed Gulf Shores land deal.


The original complaint centered on Mr. Jack Burrell the elected official. After reviewing Mr. Hix’s and the Authorities comments in Lagniappe and considering his personal attorney is investigating the Ripp Report, we feel compelled to file an ethics complaint against Mr. Ray Hix.

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17 Comments on "Investigating the Investigators"

  1. Jim Solomon | March 4, 2017 at 9:14 am |

    This snedecker guy looks really sleezy. Fairhope is a cesspool of turds.
    Just like the turds it pumps daily into Mobile Bay through that antiquated
    sewer plant. How disgusting this little “shitty” on the bay has become.
    Mired in petty politics while the place smells like crap. Get rid of Burrell and
    Boone and bring the damn city into the 21st century for crying out loud!
    What a fricking joke!!

  2. Anonymous | March 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm |

    Speaking of investigating the investigators, the FBI is investigating corrupt Fairhope Police Lieutenant Stephanie Hollinghead for her corruption and her multiple felony crimes.

  3. My, my, my . . . the stench from Fairhope’s good ole boys’ deals is getting more odiferous with every new revelation. Can’t wait for the end findings of the FBI investigations and who’s going to end up indicted.

  4. Gene Bouchillon | March 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm |

    Paul, when did the public schools become the responsibility of the City of Fairhope? Gene Bouchillon

    • Ripp Report | March 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm |

      They are not totally but about 6 years ago the city started donating each year to the school system. The Airport had a much higher appropriation with no return.

  5. We have a judge that’s also a lawyer, a former councilman that won the bid based on fuel usage, but no obligated to purchase said fuel…
    Wow, dirty. Just dirty.

  6. Once nothing comes of any of this, will all of you dipshits move out of Fairhope and STFU?

  7. Watch Dog | March 8, 2017 at 1:53 am |

    Of course, Anonymous is Anonymous, because he does not have the intelligence or education to realize the fact the citizens of Fairhope are paying for this operation.
    OR is Anonymous a benefactor of the land purchase of $5,000,000 ?? Why not let the Airport Authority with their ability to pay for he land and the operations that they so hold dear and recuse the City and the Mayor of any responsibility.

  8. Tony Pritchett | March 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm |

    The reference to “dipshits” 4th March posted as Anonymous(how brave)clearly shows that some people have little idea of what is going on and why Fairhope citizens have genuine concerns involving the Good Old Boys.

  9. Anonymous | March 9, 2017 at 5:07 am |

    Can’t wait to find out who the INVESTORS are in this SCAM!!

  10. Just got Fairhope Courier. Mayor on front page. Noticed under past due property taxes, she is on last page also.

  11. Your efforts on investigating the airport operations at Fairhope need to look further into the past and the lease renewal that was negotiated by the incumbent operator, Continental Motors with the Airport Authority in late 2014.

    Continetnal Motors was originally awarded a 30 year lease in 1985 and the aiport authority in March 2014 (per the minutes) was considering an RFP for a the FBO operations at the Airport. The lease was set to expire November 2015. However, by October 2014 the Airport Authority was in negotiations on renewal with Continental Motors who had committed as part of the lease to invest $850,000 in the refurbishment of the North Hangar at the Airport and the expansion of employment at the Airport. The Authority never did proceed with a competitive bid process for the FBO Operations and signed a renewal of 25 (?) years with Continental Motors. 55+ years of operation at the airport without competion (1985-2040).

    The refurbishment of the North Hangar was then awarded to Jim Boothe Contracting of which Vincent Boothe (Airport Board Member) is the Co-Owner & CEO, as well as owner of Flight Training of Mobile (located at the Brookley/Downtown Mobile Airport) and the Salt Air Aviation FBO & Flight School located at the Gulf Shores, AL Airport.

    A worthy challenge of your investigative skills and a deeper dive into the empire of former Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant.

  12. Don’t stop there keep digging and you will find the answer all will be interested in!!!!
    All except the original profiteers!!!

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