A Message from Mayor Stimpson - January 11
Jan 11th, 2021
It is 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 11, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 28,930 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 214 cases. To review the most recent detailed report, click here.
Gov. Kay Ivey has announced that the Alabama Department of Public Health would begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years or older as well as first responders by appointment only beginning Monday, January 18. To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination, individuals may call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1 (855) 566-5333.
The City of Mobile is currently in the process of standing up a site for public vaccinations at the Mobile Civic Center as part of an ongoing partnership with USA Health Systems. We plan to release more information about how this public vaccination site will be operated later this week.
Last week, the City of Mobile was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for our 2019 Popular Annual Financial Report. Every year the city is required to produce and release a comprehensive annual financial report, but if you aren’t an accountant, this 200-page document can be a little intimidating to read through. A Popular Annual Financial Report is a scaled down version of the same report that makes information about City finances more accessible to the public.
There is no requirement to produce this kind of document, but my administration does so in an effort to be more transparent and make it easier to understand how your tax dollars are being used. We were recently recognized for our 2019 report, which reviewers said “could be easily understood through the use of plain language, charts, graphs, and the definitions of accounting terms.”
If you’d like to read our most recent Popular Annual Financial Report, you can find it by clicking here.
On a lighter note, today we invited dozens of artists to come and pick up wood that was salvaged from trees in Bienville Square that were lost during Hurricane Sally. Working with the Mobile Arts Council we were able to find artists who specialize in woodworking to give these trees new life.
We plan to display these pieces at a future public exhibit in the Mobile Arts Council’s gallery and other suitable settings. There are few trees more iconic in our City than the Bienville Oaks. Now they will live on for years to come as part of artwork produced by local hands.
In The Book of Mysteries, author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn talks about the Law of Reflection, which can really be simplified to “as you do, so it will be done to you.”
“If you bless others, you will be blessed. If you withhold blessing, your blessings will be withheld. If you live by taking, it will, in the end, be taken from you. If you live a life of giving, it will in the end, be given to you. Condemn others, and you will be condemned. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”
Let’s live a life of love, of giving, of blessing, of compassion, and a life with an open hand and heart.
Sleep tight and Roll Tide!