By ARTHUR L. MACK
MOBILE — On the heels of Tuesday’s municipal elections, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said he had high hopes for the next four years during remarks at the Mobile City Council meeting on Wednesday.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and I’m looking forward to earning your respect and trust for the next four years,” he said.
Stimpson congratulated the councilmembers who defeated their opposition in order to retain their seats, and also took the time to discuss a couple of things taking place in the city — the partnership with NBA star DeMarcus Cousins to fund a basketball court at Figures Park and the sidewalk improvement project on Water Street.
“We’re excited that DeMarcus is funding the basketball court at Figures Park,” Stimpson said. “He is teaming with Nike for the project. The court will have lights and bleachers. As for the Water Street project, it may be late November or early December before it is completed.”
Meanwhile, councilmembers passed several items on the agenda. One was a capital improvement project with Espalier, LLC for Heroes’ Park in Theodore. This is for drainage and field improvements, with a contracted cost of $22,265.
Another item passed was a contract with James B. Donaghey, Inc., for the cooling tower replacement at the Saenger Theater. The amount of the contract is $107,324. In addition, a $50,000 contract with Clark, Geer, Latham & Associates for a master services agreement-optional permit review was also authorized.
In addition, the finance committee is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 to discuss the city’s upcoming budget. There will be a public hearing on the budget on Sept. 5.