Law enforcement agencies across the country have received a lot of negative press this year and just like most published news, the bad press far outweighs the positive. Negative press flavors the atmosphere our law enforcement personnel work in with a foul stench. Fortunately, yes fortunately, thousands upon thousands of ethical and conscientious law enforcement personnel contine to go to work every day in the stench. They are there for us. Facebook is loaded with questions and comments such as “Would You Come To The Aid Of Your Local Law Enforcement.”
The Cat and Dog Days of Summer
Does It Rain in Semmes? You betcha! And rain it did today – big rain drops about the size of a bargain-priced green pea and bushels of them. There were dogs and cats but no elephants or giraffes so it did not appear we were in for another Biblical type of flood. We press on.
What is life like for the heroic cowboy after he rides off into the sunset? Where did the knight in shining armor go after he delivered the princess safely to the castle gate? Our heros, both the real and imaginary ones, normally appear on the scene just in the nick of time to save the day. Schooled from early childhood, our American heros were taught to do good deeds, protect the weak and show courage in the face of danger. This is a story about an unsung hero, a tale of a home-town boy, – a story that reveals hidden truths and offers a glimpse of the real story – the untold story normally left to your imagination as soon as the credits start to roll.
MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER CONNIE HUDSON
Semmes Public Library Update
The future of the Semmes Public Library housed in the CVS Health owned building at 9150 Moffett Road has been an issue for over two months now (Click Here to view the previous Semmes Library update in the March 17, 2017 District 2 e-newsletter). Negotiations have been on-going between Mobile County and CVS to reach consensus on an acceptable purchase offer or a new reduced-rent lease agreement. The current library lease expires on September 30, 2017 and CVS has been given legal notice that the county will not renew the lease under the present terms.
In recent weeks, discussions reached a point where CVS agreed to accept a reduced rental fee of $5,000 per month (approximately half of the current rate) but would not sell the property for five years and would not agree to apply the rent paid during that period toward the purchase price. Last week, the county received notification from CVS that they would agree to sell the property immediately and would entertain a purchase offer of $1.3 million (the appraised purchase value according to David Bell of M.D. Bell Co., Inc.). To address the fairness issue raised by my fellow commissioners in regard to the overall funding allocation received by the Semmes Public Library from the County relative to other county libraries; while also recognizing the fact that the Semmes Library is a large regional library serving thousands of citizens in the western area of the county, I am proposing the following agreement between the Mobile County Commission and the City of Semmes:
Mobile County will continue indefinitely allocating $162,000 per year in Semmes Library operational funding, and for a two-year period will also pay all water/sewer and electrical costs (approximately $30,000 per year) for the library.
Early this morning Semmes Fire Rescue, with backup from Mobile Fire Department, greeted an onslaught of 140 children, 77+ accompanying family members, kindergarten teachers and numerous support personnel. All converged on the Semmes Fire Training Center to view a fire-fighting demonstration by their local fire-fighting heros and participate in a little hands-on training with fire-fighting equipment. The 200+ group were on a field trip scheduled by ABC Kindergarten, a learning preschool and kindergarten in Semmes Alabama. Children and adults alike learned about fire safety and got to explore fire vehicles and equipment. Semmes Sparky mingled with the kids while other firefighters donned full rescue gear (boots, gloves, goggles, helmet, hood, etc.) while wide-eyed children watched with curious eyes.
The City Of Semmes seems to have considerably more than its fair share of political puzzles to solve. Case in point is the surprise request by Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson asking Mayor David Baker of Semmes to rescue her, since she indicated she could not provide support for the Semmes Library. The word obtained by Talk Of Semmes from informed sources is that Semmes City Hall went into intense behind-the-scenes efforts to obtain expert counsel about the library situation. With that information in hand, and upon legal advice, Mayor Baker addressed the Mobile County Commissioners with a written communication. Mayor Baker’s reply is published below in its entirety – please read the response for yourself and see if you agree that the mayor has made an attempt to explain to Commissioner Hudson where the responsibility for survival of the library lies.
Yesterday evening I received a text message with several photos attached. The photos, according to the sender, are those of another child beat up at Semmes Middle School – not bullied… beat up. I have yet to confirm the origin of the photos and have not yet talked with the parents so the photos will not be published until permission is given. I can say that this child will be black and blue this morning.