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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - October 20

Oct 20th, 2020

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening, 


It is 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile. 


Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 14,375 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 54 cases. To review the detailed report, click here.


Our crews on the ground collecting trash and debris from Hurricane Sally are still on track to complete their first pass through the City by the end of this week. If you have debris that has not been collected, please make sure to get it to the roadside before our second pass begins on Monday, October 26.  
You can help speed up our cleanup efforts by separating trash into three piles: one for vegetation, another for construction debris and plastic bags and a third for electronics, appliances, tires, etc. We're also continuing to accept bagged yard debris at James Seals Community Center at 540 Texas St. and Langan Municipal Park at 4901 Zeigler Blvd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.  
Tonight, I wanted to give you an update on efforts we launched over the summer to make sure the City of Mobile is continuing to make progress on issues of race, equity and inclusion. We have now formally convened an Equity Task Force to review policies and practices across many aspects of government including public safety, human resources, finance, business procurement and community development. 


This is a truly diverse group that brings together citizens from various backgrounds with a common interest in making Mobile the best it can be for all citizens. They'll be working closely with our Innovation Team, and we'll be releasing more information about the members and their work soon.


We're also continuing to make progress on the Mobile Greenway Initiative and the Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail project. Most recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury officially awarded $9.9 million in funding from the RESTORE Act that will allow the City to move forward with the design and construction of the next phases of this long-awaited and truly transformative project.  
Once completed, the Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail will put 70,000 residents within a mile of one of Mobile's most beautiful natural assets while also providing a safe and pedestrian-friendly connector to several of our City parks. You can learn more about the project and its benefits by clicking here.  


In reading earlier this morning, I came across a verse in 2 Chronicles that reminds me not to be distracted from our God-given responsibilities. As we try to solve some of the most complicated problems in the City, we also maintain a focus on the vision of creating One Mobile to become a safer, more business and family friendly city. The family friendly projects may not raise the biggest headlines, but they make immeasurable impacts on your quality of life. The heartbeat of every city can be found within its families. History is littered with leaders of businesses, cities, states, and nations who neglected their family in the pursuit of their careers. As we go forward let's resolve that we will try to find the right balance. In doing so, Mobile will be a stronger and better city.   


Sleep tight!