MOBILE, Alabama - Unanimous approval of district-specific earmarksfor anticipated penny sales tax revenue might have dominated Tuesdays action, but the Mobile City Counciladdressed several issues during its Nov. 18 meeting. The highlights are as follows:

  • Voted unanimously to authorize an agreement with Public Financial Management Inc. for financial advisory services not to exceed $50,000. Paul Wesch, executive director of finance, told council members during the pre-meeting conference that the services are for general planning purposes and that no refinancing activity is expected.
  • Voted unanimously to appoint Rufus Hudson to the History Museum of Mobile board.
  • Voted unanimously to appoint Terry Plauche to the Mobile Tree Commission.
  • Voted unanimously to appoint District 4 Councilman John Williams to the Mobile Sports Authority board.
  • Voted unanimously to authorize a professional services contract with Ascendant Strategy Management Group to develop management policies and protocols to achieve strategic objectives. Nearly two-thirds of the cost, or $18,000 of the total $27,500, is covered by a JL Bedsole grant, and Dianne Irby, executive director of planning and development, told council members during the pre-meeting conference the $9,500 requested from the city would help in the creation of a strategy map to improve communication on key measures.
  • Voted unanimously to authorize a $69,000 contract with Dorsey amp; Dorsey Engineering Inc. for litter trap and site service previously discussed for Eslava Creek. The trap, expected to be 30 feet long and 13 feet wide could be in place by early spring.
  • Set a Dec. 2 public hearing to hear about ongoing efforts to revitalize Doyle Park.