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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - October 9

Oct 9th, 2020

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening, 


It is 8 p.m. on Friday, October 9,  and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.  


Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 13,908 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 41 cases. To review the detailed report,  click here. 


As of this evening, our teams on the ground have collected 60% of the estimated 381,360 cubic yards of trash and debris left by Hurricane Sally. That's roughly 4,546 truckloads of vegetation debris alone including 224 collected in the last 24 hours. These crews have also cut down more than 11,000 hanging limbs. Once this first pass is completed, we will be making others.  


We've had a busy week at the City of Mobile, but I found time to catch lunch at Callaghan's Irish Social Club this week to celebrate Mobtown Burger Week. Sixteen local restaurants participated in this event, which directs a portion of sales to Restore Mobile - a non-profit dedicated to saving vacant and threatened homes in Mobile's iconic historic district. The event ends on Saturday. So if you have time tomorrow, a good burger and a good cause are hard to beat.  


Also, this evening I'd like to tell you about an impressive young man I had the pleasure of meeting recently. Chester M. Lett is a 16-year-old student at LeFlore High School and serves as the president of LeFlore's Pre-Law Student Government Association.  We were first introduced when he wrote to me with concerns about crime among some of the peers in his age group and asking to get involved in the community. 


Last week, he joined me for a meeting, and I got to hear more about his plans for the future. He wants to make things better in our city and wants to get active in politics, perhaps run for office himself one day. Whatever the future holds, I expect you'll be hearing the name Chester Lett again soon.  


This morning, I came across the footnote to a verse in chapter 6 of Micah. The footnote read "In a world that is unjust, we must act justly. In a world of tough breaks, we must be merciful. In a world of pride and self-sufficiency, we must walk humbly with God. Only when we live according to God's way will we begin to affect our homes, our society, and our world." Even though the verse in reference was written in 700 BC, the words seem particularly appropriate for current times. Don't you think? 


Sleep tight.