There is probably nothing worse than a government official who suddenly forgets his policies, after things go wrong. The recent news story that the city of Fairhope wants control of the unincorporated areas outside of there city limits is …
There is probably nothing worse than a government official who suddenly forgets his policies, after things go wrong. The recent news story that the city of Fairhope wants control of the unincorporated areas outside of there city limits is an example of this point.
The city of Fairhope had the opportunity to annex these areas over eight years ago. It refused. This was before these big-box projects and condos were being considered in this area. Some of these projects former land owners lobbied the city against this annexation. The city of Fairhope wants control, but we want control too. They refuse to annex us on vague excuses and half promises. The people voted no on Zoning. The answer was no: No Accountability. No Zoning. Dr. King said “What you do to me, you do to yourself.”
Citizens from this area had filed complaints on far-ranging issues in our community, nothing but excuses from the city officials. But they want control. These developments in our area were not discussed with the community. No Accountability. Some of the development have used the community profile to secure subsidies and then annex into the city. No Accountability When the crimes go, who will pay? No Accountability. Where is the diversity in city employment, boards, services and policies in a city that wants control, but is unwilling to let us have control? No Accountability. We are U.S. and Alabama citizens. We expect the same rights as any citizens. The question is not zoning, but Accountability. The city of Fairhope has not provided us with any demonstration of its desire to be accountable to the citizens in the police and planning jurisdictions. I am in support of this area’s incorporation. We will be accountable to ourselves and not accept mediocrity in any form.