A lawsuit that has dragged on for nine months pitting Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson against the City Council officially disrupted the city’s budgeting for 2020 on Tuesday. With a 6-1 vote, the council decided to wait until Oct. 8 before deciding on the entire spending plan for fiscal year 2020, or seven days after the city’s budgeting year is set to begin on Oct. 1. The move means that the current 2019 budget – which was set to expire on Sept. 30 – will continue to be in effect into October. “City services will continue,” said council Vice President Levon Manzie. “It will be the same operations we are currently operating under at the moment. There won’t be major or minor hiccups.” But there was disagreement, expressed during a pre-conference meeting, among council members on how long they should wait until voting on a spending plan that includes $259.9 million to pay for the city’s operations like police, fire and public works … [Read more...] about Legal mess causes Mobile to postpone timely budget vote
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A new proposal for the redevelopment of the Mobile Civic Center site calls for the salvaging of the Arena, the demolition of the Expo Hall, a new parking deck near Interstate 10 and a new Live! entertainment district within the venue’s existing parking lot. The latest plan was unveiled Tuesday by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson before a group of neighborhood activists and leaders of Mardi Gras groups who have criticized previous plans that called for the demolition of the 55-year-old Civic Center Arena. “By doing this, we feel like that we heard you,” said Stimpson, introducing what he called a “Plan B” for the development that will be pitched to Cordish representatives on Thursday. “This keeps the Civic Center Arena, rebuilds the (Civic Center) Theater.” Stimpson said there was no guarantee that the latest plan will be OK’d by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., which is the sole remaining company vying to redevelop the 22-acre Civic Center site. … [Read more...] about Mobile Civic Center Arena would be saved under ‘Plan B’
The ongoing legal battle pitting Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration against the City Council could jeopardize a timely vote on the fiscal year 2020 budget. The latest issues could surface on Tuesday, when the council is scheduled to vote on the budget that goes into effect on Oct. 1. The city’s current fiscal year expires on Sept. 30. “I don’t know if we are going to pass a budget (Tuesday) or not,” said City Councilman Fred Richardson. “The issue is whether voting on a budget will have a negative effect on the lawsuit.” On Friday, the council’s attorney, Wanda Cochran, filed a motion to have an expedited hearing into whether Stimpson is limited, by law, on how much he can spend on personnel. All of the council members, except for Joel Daves, are participating in a counterclaim against Stimpson that was filed last month. Stimpson initiated the legal battle in December, launching a lawsuit focused on hiring authority. The mayor … [Read more...] about Mobile’s ongoing legal woes threaten timely budget vote
“I feel like you saved the system,” a Mobile County school commissioner told Superintendent Chresal Threadgill on Thursday. “I think the Lord sent you here, I really do.” Reginald Crenshaw’s words may have been the strongest spoken in favor of Threadgill on Thursday, as the school board evaluated his performance in his first year as head of the Mobile County Public School System, but not by much. The five-man board voted to endorse Threadgill’s self-evaluation report as its own finding, with just a few quibbles. Threadgill had given himself a five (excellent) rating in most categories, dipping to four (good) in a few. The quibbles from commissioners were mostly that the fours should have been fives as well. “Mr. Threadgill, I gave you all fives,” said District 2 Commissioner Don Stringfellow of his own evaluation. “The areas you gave yourself fours in, I’ve seen evidence that you have addressed those things.” … [Read more...] about Mobile school superintendent gets rave review from board
A $750,000 appropriation for improvements to Ladd-Peebles Stadium has to be spent before the end of the month, when the city’s fiscal year ends. But there could be legal complications: A previous appropriation of $950,000 to the stadium remains unspent, caught up in a court battle pitting Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration against the City Council. The city’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Councilwoman Bess Rich recommended the $750,000 expenditure be held over for a week, until things can get sorted out a bit. The court case – basically a dispute about rights, privileges and powers – got under way last year when Stimpson sued the City Council. After a period of mediation, the council filed a counterclaim this summer. Among other points, the counterclaim seeks an injunction requiring Stimpson to present a performance contract with the Ladd-Peebles board for $950,000, “as directed and … [Read more...] about Will Mobile’s legal wrangling slow stadium improvements?