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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - October 16

Oct 16th, 2020

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening,

It is 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.

Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 14,198 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 41 cases. To review the detailed report, click here. Our teams on the ground are continuing to make great progress collecting the trash and debris left by Hurricane Sally. As of today, we have collected 81% of the estimated 381,360 cubic yards of debris we anticipate seeing on our first pass through the City.

Today the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce named the City of Mobile as its 2020 Rev. Wesley A. James Minority Business Advocate during its Eagle Awards ceremony. It is the second time our supplier diversity program has received this award, and I was honored to accept it alongside our Supplier Diversity Manager, Archnique Kidd. Under her leadership, we have made it easier than ever for minority-owned and historically disadvantaged businesses to win contracts and work on city projects.

Also today, the Mobile Police Department recognized two of its officers killed in the line of duty more than 90 years ago. Officers Christopher M. Dean and W. F. "Happy" Murphy were both fatally shot during separate incidents in the late 1920s, but their families were unable to afford grave markers for them.

Working with the Family of the Fallen organization, Pine Crest Funeral Home agreed to donate the markers for both officers' graves, and the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery had them installed at no cost. Thanks to that kind of support from the community, Dean and Murphy's ultimate sacrifice for our City was finally properly recognized in a ceremony this afternoon. Rest well, officers.

I am very excited to announce that the City's recycling drop-off centers will be reopening on Monday, Oct. 19. Both were closed for several weeks due to damage sustained at the Pensacola facility where our collections are delivered for processing. The locations at 4851 Museum Drive and 310 Pinehill Drive will be back to normal operations; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends.

A couple of years ago, a footnote to the 92nd Psalm caught my eye. The first verse of the Plasm reads, "It is good to say thank you to the Lord." The footnote reads, "We can never say thank you enough to parents, friends, leaders, and especially to God. When thanksgiving becomes an integral part of your life, you will find that your attitude toward life will change. You will become more positive, gracious, loving, and humble." 


When we wake up tomorrow, let's all agree to be more thankful.

Have a safe weekend!