Howard Smith, Council Member & Mayor Pro Tempore howardsmith@cityofsemmes.org 251-605-0665 Place 2

That is Good News!

The County Commission will not renew the Semmes Branch Library lease as is? That is Good News! Notice the Commissioner’s words: “as-is.”

They are doing the right thing. The CVS lease option should not be picked up “as-is.”

The lease option raises the price to around 130% of what it should be, according to real estate experts we have consulted. It must be rejected before negotiations can begin on a new and better lease.

The Council Has Authority Over The Finances And Property

Mr. Platt, I would like for you to publish the following for my fellow citizens in the City Of Semmes. This information was taken directly from the Alabama League of Municipalities. I think the public needs to be educated about the fact that all that has been done in the city wouldn’t have been possible without the approval of council. Everyone is under the impression that the mayor is the one who has done it all. Please find a way to share this…

Madam Mayor, A Few Answers Please

Let me ask you a few questions that should be easily accessible to the citizens of Semmes, but after reviewing the City’s web page, are woefully inadequate. The number one priority for any public official should be for public safety. I would argue that the largest impact on the public is affected through the public infrastructure that the citizen will interact with including water, sanitary, storm water, and roads.. No one considers the work of producing a glass of water and delivering that water to each customer, but when it goes awry as we saw in Flint, M.I. the effect on a community can be devastating in so many ways. So a few questions for the current mayor,

Has a comprehensive study of the City infrastructure and accompanying report on those findings been completed?

Another Citizen Of Semmes Speaks Up

Another Citizen Of Semmes Speaks Up

One point that I would like to make. I have heard this statement made several times now, that if we were “involved”, we would know the truth about what is going on in Semmes. This is a tired, worn out excuse that does not make a valid point. Every single person that spends as little as a dollar is involved in this city. Our tax dollars are what support this city.

Semmes Mayor Under Fire


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Published on Apr 13, 2014
Semmes, Ala. (WPMI) Semmes Mayor Judy Hale came under fire at Monday night’s council meeting. At one point, she threatened to have council members removed from the meeting.