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PRESS RELEASE FROM ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: ALDOT REQUESTION PUBLIC INPUT

MARCH 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 29, 2021

ALDOT REQUESTING PUBLIC INPUT FOR PROPOSED BALDWIN COUNTY PROJECT

 

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is holding an online public involvement meeting to receive public input regarding a proposed project to modify the intersection of CR-31 (Old Highway 31) and US-31 (SR-3) in Baldwin County. 

 

The purpose of this project is to address safety concerns caused by the sharp angle of the existing intersection of US-31 and Old Highway 31. This will be done by extending Pinyon Dr. northward to US-31 and removing the existing intersection.

 

The project information and commenting form can be found online at the ALDOT website www.ALDOTinvolved.com. Citizens may submit a comment for the following ways:

 

·         Fill out an online form

·         Print a comment sheet from the webpage and mail it to ALDOT’s Mobile Office

·         Fax a comment sheet to (251) 473-3624

·         Email a comment sheet to swinfo@dot.state.al.us

·         Call (251) 470-8294 to leave a comment (3 minutes)

 

The deadline to submit a public comment is April 28, 2021.

 

Comment forms are also available in the ALDOT Southwest Region office. Due to COVID-19 precautions, paper comment forms are available by appointment only. Call (251) 470-8295 to schedule an appointment.

PRESS RELEASE FROM SPANISH FORT MAYOR MICHAEL M. MCMILLAN REGARDING THE
CLOSING OF THE SPANISH FORT POST OFFICE

January 15, 2021

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Friday, January 15, 2021
City of Spanish Fort
251-626-4884


PRESS RELEASE FROM SPANISH FORT MAYOR MICHAEL M. MCMILLAN REGARDING THE CLOSING OF THE SPANISH FORT POST OFFICE


I am very disappointed in the actions of the United States Postal Service in the determination to close the Spanish Fort Post Office. The City of Spanish Fort is a growing community, and the Spanish Fort Post Office is financially viable. There is no justifiable reason to close the Spanish Fort Post Office and deprive the citizens of the City of Spanish Fort and the surrounding community of postal services that the United States government deems essential to the orderly development and operation of this country. The fact that the United States Postal Service, the agency charged with providing this service, refuses to reconsider its determination to close this Post Office and move the post office boxes to the Daphne Post Office is exactly why the Postal Service has a history of losing money. The post office boxes in Spanish Fort generate revenue that the customers in Spanish Fort are willing to pay. Instead, the Postal Service is closing the Post Office and offering mail carrier delivery as an alternative, which will cost the Postal Service money.


We have received some information that one of the reasons behind the decision to close the Spanish Fort Post Office and move the post office boxes to the Daphne Post Office may be based on the terms of a collective bargaining agreement between the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union. If that is true, we assert that the Postal Service should hire union employees to operate the Spanish Fort Post Office. In any event, the decision to close or not to close a Post Office in a growing community that has been operating for 60 years should take into consideration the impact on the citizens served by the Post Office. The City of Spanish Fort has been working with Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Tommy Tuberville, and Representative Jerry Carl, and the City also worked previously with Senator Doug Jones and Representative Bradley Byrne. While we were informed that every effort was being made to keep the Spanish Fort Post Office open and keep the post office boxes in Spanish Fort, it appears, according to information provided by our elected officials, that we may have been misled. Based on the information we received, it appears that the Postal Service had no intention of keeping the post office boxes in Spanish Fort.


The City of Spanish Fort has filed an appeal with the Postal Regulatory Commission to review the determination made by the Postal Service to close the Spanish Fort Post Office. The Postal Regulatory Commission has ordered the Postal Service to file the administrative record for review, and the Postal Service did not file the administrative record claiming that the Postal Regulatory Commission does not have the authority to review the closing of a Contract Postal Unit like the Spanish Fort Post Office. The Postal Service claims that the Spanish Fort Post Office is not a “real” Post Office, as it is not run by Postal Service employees, and therefore, the Post Office can be closed without any regulatory oversight. It appears that the Postal Service has been allowed to position itself, through rule making and actions which convert Post Offices to Contract Postal Units over time, so that there is very little regulatory oversight for the closing of contract post offices. This needs to be corrected, and we are asking the Postal Regulatory Commission to review the closing of the Spanish Fort Post Office and the regulatory scheme that allows the Postal Service to close a Contract Post Office without due consideration and review.

The City of Spanish Fort and our elected officials are committed to this matter and are working diligently. The operator of the Spanish Fort Post Office is committed to helping the community keep the Post Office, and the operator has made several offers to extend the contract on various terms in order to keep the Post Office open pending the appeal and to allow for additional discussions and negotiations. However, the Postal Service has rejected the offers. We have also informed the Postal Service that the City has available land and facilities that might be suitable for a Post Office. We have received no response to our offer for alternative locations or facilities.
The actions of the Postal Service will have a detrimental effect on the City of Spanish Fort and the surrounding community. We are going to keep pressing this issue, and I am hopeful that the Postal Regulatory Commission will take a serious look at the actions of the Postal Service. If this is how the Postal Service is allowed operate, it is time for some serious changes. We will continue to engage with our elected officials to address this matter. We, as United States citizens and customers of the United States Postal Service, deserve better than this.

Michael M. McMillan
Mayor
 

CLICK HERE to view the official release.

CURFEW SET RELATED TO HURRICANE SALLY

September 14, 2020

 

**** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ****

Monday, September 14, 2020

City of Spanish Fort 

251-626-4884

The City Council of the City of Spanish Fort has imposed a curfew in those areas in an along U.S. Highway 90 and 98 from the Mobile/Baldwin County line to the U.S. Highway 98 Bypass (a portion of Battleship Parkway /the Causeway) within the corporate limits of the City of Spanish Fort, Alabama. The curfew shall be from dusk to dawn beginning on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. In the event that the curfew is no longer needed, in the discretion of the Mayor, after consultation with the Chief of Police, the Mayor is hereby granted the authority to lift the curfew.

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE CITY OF SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, RELATED TO HURRICANE SALLY

September 14. 2020

 

**** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ****

Monday, September 14, 2020

City of Spanish Fort 

251-626-4884

Based on the voluntary evacuation recommendation issued by Emergency Management Officials for Zones 1 and 2 in Baldwin County, Alabama, and the fact that a portion of Zone 3 which consists of the Causeway, Pineda Island, and Blakeley River Road in the City of Spanish Fort are subject to flooding, the City Council hereby recommends that the areas along the Causeway, Pineda Island, and Blakeley River Road consider a voluntary evacuation at this time, and further, that they be directed to follow the directions of the Governor and/or Emergency Management Officials. In the event that Zone 1 and 2 become mandatory evacuations, those areas along the Causeway, Pineda Island, and Blakeley River Road evacuate. In the event persons need to seek shelter, contact the Baldwin County Emergency Agency for shelter availability at 251-972-6807.   

WASTE PRO SERVICES POSTPONED

September 14, 2020

Waste Pro garbage and waste services will not run tomorrow, September 15th, due to Hurricane Sally. Schedule for the remainder of the week will be decided and announced once conditions are safer.

HURRICANE SALLY PASSES FOR CAUSEWAY RESIDENTS AND OWNERS

September 14, 2020

 

**** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ****

Monday, September 14, 2020

City of Spanish Fort

251-626-4884

 

The City of Spanish Fort will be issuing Right-of-Way entry passes for Hurricane Sally for residents/property owners and business owners of the Causeway and Pineda Island. Passes will be issued at Spanish Fort Community Center (7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard) through 4:30 PM on Monday, September 14, and at Spanish Fort Police Department (30500 State Highway 181, Suite 618) from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm on Monday, September 14, and from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15.   

Residents of the Causeway and Pineda Island must bring a photo ID and a current utility bill/deed to Spanish Fort Community Center for permitting. Business owners must bring a photo ID and a copy of their current City Business license. Permits are currently limited to two per business or household. 

The Spanish Fort Community Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 15, and will reopen to issue additional permits once conditions are safer.

RESULTS OF 2020 SPANISH FORT MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

August 25, 2020

CLICK HERE to view the results of the 2020 Spanish Fort Municipal Elections.

HIGHWAY 181/I-10 INTERCHANGE CLOSING FOR TRAFFIC SHIFT

June 18, 2020

Residents of Spanish Fort, Malbis, and Daphne are asked to be aware of the upcoming closure for the Diverging Diamond Interchange. The closure will begin Sunday, June 28th, and extend through Wednesday, July 1st. If possible, make plans to use an alternate route. Please drive safely and be mindful of all traffic personnel and equipment. 

For more information, view the full press release. For the latest updates on this project, follow Eastern Shore Diverging Diamond Interchange on Facebook.

CITY OF SPANISH FORT NOW ACCEPTING BIDS FOR COMMUNITY CENTER STANDBY GENERATOR PROJECT

May 20, 2020

Sealed bids, subject to the conditions contained herein, will be received by the CITY OF SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, until 4:00 P.M. (CST). on Thursday, June 4, 2020, and then at that time publicly opened and read aloud at the Spanish Fort Community Center located at 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527, for furnishing all labor, materials, and performing all work required for PROJECT No. SF-2020-000-001, SPANISH FORT COMMUNITY CENTER GENERATOR PROJECT, CITY OF SPANISH FORT,

BALDWIN COUNTY, STATE OF ALABAMA.

The project will require the installation of a new Standby Generator. Scope of work includes installation of new owner supplied Generator and installation of a new Generator and contractor supplied Transfer Switch, including all concrete foundation work, asphalt repair work, sodding, curbing work to place all areas of the project in as good or better condition after the project as the condition prior to the project. The project will be awarded based on the Lump Sum Base bid, however the owner may choose to execute the Bid Alternate per the Bid Schedule. See full advertisement...

CITY OF SPANISH FORT MAKES SAFEST CITY IN ALABAMA LIST

March 25, 2020

The City of Spanish Fort was voted #20 for Safewise's "Alabama's 20 Safest Cities of 2020". This is a great honor and is the result of the hard work of Spanish Fort Police Department, Spanish Fort Fire and Rescue, local government, our citizens, and many more! Also on the list are neighbors Daphne and Fairhope.
CLICK HERE for the full article.

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SPECIAL CALLED PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

March 20, 2020

The Spanish Fort Planning Commission will hold a special called meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020 in order to consider a Site Plan Revision for "Spanish Fort Professional Center". Due to the current situation regarding the CDC guidelines for social distancing regarding to the COVID-19 virus, this meeting will be held remotely. For any persons interested in listening in on this call, the call-in information can be found below. 


Call-in Information:

(‪US‬)‪+1 505-738-2293‬
PIN: ‪610 890 716#‬


Click here to view the minutes from Planning Commission Meeting on Monday, March 23rd, at 6 p.m.

CITY OF SPANISH FORT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
March 17, 2020


The City of Spanish Fort declared a State of Emergency related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, effective Monday, March 16th, at 6:20 p.m. All City facilities will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18th, at 8 a.m. until further notice. All City events, programs, rentals, and committee meetings are canceled, with the exception of City Council and Planning Commission meetings. In accordance with the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community and our employees, the City of Spanish Fort is making the following changes to our daily operations:

  • Municipal Court for March 26th is canceled, per administrative order from the Supreme Court of Alabama. Individuals and attorneys will be informed of their new court date. 

  • The Spanish Fort Public Library will be closed to the public. Drive-thru book drop-off is still available, and all late fees will be waived during this time. 

  • The Spanish Fort Police Department lobby will be closed to the public. Officers can still be reached via the non-emergency dispatch number (251-626-4914). In the event of an emergency, call 911.

  • The Spanish Fort Senior Center will be closed to the public, including the exercise facility.

  • While public gatherings are discouraged, public parks will be open to use at your own risk. Bathrooms located at these parks will be locked during this time to help prevent the spread of germs.

 

CLICK HERE for the full notice.

CITY OF SPANISH FORT MOVING TO WASTEPRO, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2019


Effective December 30, 2019, Waste Pro of Alabama will be the new provider for weekly garbage, recycling and yard waste services for the City of Spanish Fort. Residents of Spanish Fort can expect customer notifications announcing service day changes and general Waste Pro services information in their mailboxes around November 29. Current Advance Disposal waste bins will be picked up on the last day of service, December 28; and Waste Management garbage bins will be delivered the week of December 16 through December 20. Each Waste Pro bin delivered will have an informational card attached.