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Baldwin County school board president on tonight’s meeting: We want to listen to ideas | AL.com

Baldwin County and school board officials say they are planning to simply “listen” during a two-hour public hearing tonight in Robertsdale.

School Board President Norm Moore said Wednesday that there will be other opportunities to answer questions surfacing during the meeting, but that Thursday night is about “listening.”

via Baldwin County school board president on tonight’s meeting: We want to listen to ideas | AL.com.

Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com

Five Alabama counties are trending upward in property tax revenues, while Baldwin County has yet to see an uptick from the same revenue stream since the Recession, according to statistics provided by Interim County Administrator Ron Cink.

Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust Jr., however, said the county’s revenue figures should show at least a 6 percent increase in the coming year.

Cink’s analysis was presented during a Baldwin County Commission workshop Tuesday, with Commissioner Tucker Dorsey questioning why the county – the fastest growing county in Alabama – was not generating an increase in property tax revenue.

via Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com.

Eastern Shore MPO passes long-range plan, but future in question – LagniappeLagniappe

In a 2012 vote, the newly-formed Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) selected the Baldwin County Commission to provide planning staff, support services and required cash, in-kind or soft-match funds to assist with transportation planning in Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope and Loxley. But the MPO’s relationship with the county could change soon if a handful of policy board members get their way.

At the April 22 policy board meeting, SARPC Executive Director Chris Miller said he has been in talks with the county commission about possibly taking over the county’s transportation funding organization.

At the meeting, the policy board adopted its Draft 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, which outlines $560 million in projects over the next 25 years. MPO Coordinator Matthew Brown said $537 million of the total is labeled as ALDOT projects and also includes funding for the proposed Interstate 10 bridge project over the Mobile River.

via Eastern Shore MPO passes long-range plan, but future in question – LagniappeLagniappe.

5 minutes to speak and other logistical issues you need to know about Thursday’s Baldwin County meeting | AL.com

Public speakers at Thursday’s much-anticipated Baldwin County Public Schools-Commission meeting in Robertsdale will get five minutes to speak and will have to sign up to do so when they arrive.

If more than 24 people want to speak, warranting a need for another public meeting, Baldwin County Commission President Charles “Skip” Gruber said Tuesday he’s open to having one.

The meeting Thursday, which runs from 7-9 p.m., will be held at the county’s annex building in Robertsdale, 22251 Palmer St.

via 5 minutes to speak and other logistical issues you need to know about Thursday’s Baldwin County meeting | AL.com.

Judicial Commission picks seven nominees for Baldwin court vacancy – LagniappeLagniappe

The Baldwin County Judicial Commission has released the names of the seven nominees selected to replace retiring circuit court judge Robert E. Wilters.

Brian Dasinger, Michael Hoyt, Mary Murchison, Thomas Pilcher, William Scully Jr., Clark Stankoski and Scott Taylor are vying to fill the vacancy, which will become effective June 6.

The commission will accept public comments on the nominees until May 12.

via Judicial Commission picks seven nominees for Baldwin court vacancy – LagniappeLagniappe.

Valuation notices going to about half of Baldwin County property owners | AL.com

About half of Baldwin County’s property owners will get valuation notices sent to them in the coming days.

It’s a second year of a mailing that costs about half of what it used to for the county’s taxpayers since the county moved away from annual mail-outs to all property owners.

“It’s very expensive to do that (annual) mailing,” Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust Jr. said Monday. “We were doing that (mailing) back when property values were going down and down. We mailed it every year because we wanted people to see where their value was and build some confidence with the people.”

Approximately 80,000 notices will be mailed on Wednesday to property owners whose values increases more than $1,000 or if there is a new owner.

via Valuation notices going to about half of Baldwin County property owners | AL.com.

Pot brownies: Tests confirm Baldwin County prosecutors given laced sweets | AL.com

Tests have confirmed that brownies brought to the Baldwin County Courthouse and eaten by multiple employees were laced with marijuana, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Agents continued to investigate the case Friday. Authorities could not immediately comment on any possible charges in the case.

via Pot brownies: Tests confirm Baldwin County prosecutors given laced sweets | AL.com.

Future of Eastern Shore MPO in flux, but are Baldwin County school-tax politics the issue? | AL.com

If the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization board members are skittish with moving forward operating the group as is, a Mobile-based commission could be interested in absorbing them.

A proposal could be discussed as early as Wednesday to suggest incorporating the transportation funding planning arm on the Eastern Shore under the purview of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission and away from the Baldwin County Commission’s budget.

via Future of Eastern Shore MPO in flux, but are Baldwin County school-tax politics the issue? | AL.com.

If Eastern Shore MPO doesn’t move forward with a project, one official says ‘shut it down’

Concerns about the lack of a major transportation project underway has several members of the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization wondering if it’s time to shut the group down.

“If the MPO is not able to spend this money on projects and in some way increase capacity of the existing transportation network on the Eastern Shore, then this is a waste of time,” Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said. “I just as soon we shut it down.”

So, Tuck thinks government organizations that don’t do their job should be shut down.  Glass houses…?

via If Eastern Shore MPO doesn’t move forward with a project, one official says ‘shut it down’ | AL.com.

Baldwin County schools advocate plans to speak about ‘facts’ at Baldwin County Commission meetings

Terry Burkle, who’s headed the coalition since 2013, said her appearance during the public comment portion of the meeting – which is televised once every two weeks – was meant to provide factual information about the schools, and to rebut figures presented earlier this month by Baldwin County Commissioner Frank Burt.

Burkle also said the appearance is a prelude of what she says will be many appearances before commissioners as she plans to discuss and present information – financial and otherwise – about the schools.

She said the coalition plans to speak during a public meeting from 7-9 p.m. April 30 in Robertsdale. The meeting is a joint county commission-school board meeting focused on allowing the public to comment about the March 31 referendum that left the Baldwin County School System potentially defunded by $7 million.

via Baldwin County schools advocate plans to speak about ‘facts’ at Baldwin County Commission meetings | AL.com.

WANTED: A new judge in Baldwin County

WANTED: A qualified attorney who might want to be a judge. There is an opening. Applicants have until April 28 to be considered.

A judicial opening in the Baldwin County Circuit Court will be filled through a public process that kicks off at 3 p.m. April 28, which is the last day when qualified applicants can submit their questionnaires to Judge J. Langford Floyd, the new presiding judge within the court.

The complete list of nominees will be published at 4 p.m. April 28, upon which time the public can submit comments about each individual.

via WANTED: A new judge in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Authorities asked to investigate possible pot brownies given to Baldwin County DA’s office

At least two employees with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office suffered from illness after eating brownies Tuesday that might have been laced with marijuana.

Tammy Toler, spokeswoman with District Attorney Hallie Dixon’s office, said Thursday that the State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to expedite an investigation into the situation that occurred at the Baldwin County Courthouse.

Toler said there was no physical evidence “at this time” linking marijuana to the baked goods.

via Authorities asked to investigate possible pot brownies given to Baldwin County DA’s office | AL.com.

With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail

A feasibility study into a possible new jail in south Baldwin County is completed and has been delivered to police chiefs in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley.

The study was completed by Ohio-based Management Partners analyzes whether a new jail in the south end of the county is needed. The study, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack, is completed and is in the process of being presented to local and county governments.

Mack said the study should be public within the next month or two. He said it cost around $15,000, which was a cost split among four governing bodies.

via With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail | AL.com.

Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com

Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announced Wednesday his retirement from the bench effective June 5, but was coy on whether he was planning to seek the District Attorney’s seat in 2016.

Wilters, 60, announced his retirement with wife, Amelia, and his staff at his side during a news conference inside a courtroom at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette.

via Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com.

ALDOT to analyze feasibilty of tolling I-10 Bridge

State transportation officials are moving ahead with studying whether a toll system is feasible for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.

Taxpayers are paying for it. The contract for the CDM Smith contract is $260,000. The analysis is expected to be completed by summer.

via ALDOT to analyze feasibilty of tolling I-10 Bridge | AL.com.