Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis officially certified the results of last week’s annexation election.
So, it’s official.
We have almost 20,000 new residents.
And the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department was totally ready for this, waiting for the notification of the certification.
As soon as they got it, they started providing ambulance services in our newly annexed areas.
In the past, Mobile offered emergency medical services in a three-mile police jurisdiction beyond city limits.
But they scaled back on that a few years ago.
Now that they’re stepping up their game, one of their ambulance crews, on standby during the pandemic, is now in full-time service.
That means they have 12 full-time ambulances, each with two paramedics onboard.
Plus, a fire engine has been moved from the downtown station on Broad Street to a new station near Mobile Regional Airport and Dawes Road.
The residents in the annexed areas will also get extra police protection.
Starting from October 2nd, the city plans to offer other services, too, like enforcing city ordinances and handling garbage collection.
So, of course, from that date onwards, the sales tax in those areas will be charged the full city sales tax rate.
These said areas will also have their very own council member they can reach out to if they ever want to voice their concerns.
That’s District 6 Councilwoman Gina Gregory.
She’s already been in touch with folks from Kings Branch and Orchard Estates, and apparently, their main issue is speeding.
So, now there’s talk of “traffic calming” to keep the streets safer for everybody.
Some residents agreed that speeding is a big problem, and they are skeptical that the city will be able to do much about it.
Only time will tell!
And with chances of Districts 6 and 7 getting bloated, we’re all wondering if the council will tweak the lines now or just hang tight until the 2023 census.
Let’s see how this all plays out.
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