District 1: City Projects in the Works

District 1: City Projects in the Works

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Midtown, Crighton, Toulminville and Trinity Gardens are just some of the areas in Mobile city district 1 represented by Councilman Fred Richardson. And when it comes to his major projects, old drainage ditches in the community of Trinity Gardens make the top of the list.

Richardson says Trinity Gardens is the only community in the city of Mobile where 42 ditches line the streets and in front of homes, causing a safety hazard.

"People can't ride their bicycles, they can't walk the streets, they can't park their cars, that should not exist anywhere in city of Mobile. In my 17 years, most of the money we have spent had nothing to do with Trinity Gardens. It was somewhere else. the time has come for us to close these ditches," said Richardson.

He says the ditches are unnecessary, collecting trash, snakes, sometimes cars, and ditches are not part of the sewage infrastructure. It's a project that will cost millions, but richardson says the outcome would be worth it.

"We can set some money aside, get some grant money. If we just take the money that we are spending annually, to clean the ditches, and set the money aside, it can service the debt to close the ditches," he said.

A few streets have already been transformed into curbs and gutters, but the project is at a standstill. Robert Mayfield says the change is more than cosmetic.

"The rest of Trinity Gardens will be good, and then you won't have to worry about anybody running off into the ditches," said Mayfield.

Richardson says he is also working on knocking out blight in the Crighton community, and has hopes to turn 3 mile creek into a recreational area.

"I want walking trails, jogging trails, I want to be able to canoe, kayak," said Richardson.

With the city strapped for cash, we asked if he thought his projects would ever be complete? He says that all depends on the administration, and he's already met with Mayor elect Sandy Stimpson, who has committed to closing the ditches in Trinity Gardens.

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