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Solar farm discussion on Foley City Council agenda

FOLEY – A proposal to build a solar farm near Baldwin County 65 is one of the items scheduled for discussion when the Foley City Council holds it work session and meeting starting at 4 p.m. Monday, June 5 at City Hall. The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a request to zone the 619-acre site as a planned industrial district. The PID designation would allow the land to be used as a solar farm with solar panels placed on about 544 acres. The Foley Planning Commission voted in May [...]

June 2nd, 2023|

Foley working on airport improvements

FOLEY – City officials plan to demolish a storm-damaged old house on the corner of Foley Airport as part of efforts to improve the facility. The house on Underwood Road has been abandoned for several years. Mayor Ralph Hellmich said the city bought the land to expand airport property. “It was purchased as part of the airport,” Hellmich said. “It squared off the airport on the north end.” He said the structure was damaged in 2020. The house was used in the past to store equipment for the city’s model railroad display, but [...]

June 1st, 2023|

Foley opens Kids Park

FOLEY – After months of waiting on construction, dozens of Foley children raced through the gates to try out the swings, slides and other attractions as the Sara Thompson Kids Park opened. City officials kicked off the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a ribbon cutting on the morning of Saturday, May 27. Mayor Ralph Hellmich said the park has much more to offer than parks that older residents might remember from their childhood. “This is incredible,” Hellmich said. “I wish I’d had this when I was growing up. We had a few slides [...]

May 30th, 2023|

Foley improving tributes to veterans

FOLEY – The Foley Veterans Memorial will be getting a new flagpole as part of plans to improve one of the city’s tributes to those who have served their country. The Foley City Council approved the purchase of a new 40-foot flagpole at the site at Max Griffin Park. The pole now at the site is 20 feet high. The new pole, installation and lighting is expected to cost about $18,000. The city also plans to move two cannons now in front of the former National Guard armory building to the park. The [...]

May 26th, 2023|

Foley Alabama pilot city in Gulf Coast Resilient Housing Plan

FOLEY – A plan to guide development and protect homes from flooding and hurricane damage is being developed for the Gulf Coast with Foley as one of the pilot cities in the program. Foley is the only Alabama city in the pilot program being developed by Smart Home America with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The city is also working with Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to develop a Resilient Housing Plan  Jay Estes: a consultant with Allen Engineering and Science [...]

May 25th, 2023|

Renovated 1925 Foley building becomes chamber office

FOLEY – A 97-year-old building that survived proposals to tear it down is now the office of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce after being donated to the organization by the city of Foley. The chamber held an open house Monday, May 22 to display the renovations made to the 5,600 square-foot building. The two-story Mission Revival style structure was built on North Alston Street in 1925. It was the Foley Masonic Lodge for about 50 years. In 2002, the city of Foley bought the building. Tim Russell, who was Foley mayor from [...]

May 24th, 2023|

Foley to dedicate new Kids Park on Saturday

FOLEY – Children in Foley will have a new place for recreation when the city renamed Kids Park reopens Saturday following a $1.2-million in construction. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the park located on West Verbena Avenue near the Max Griffin Pool. The old park closed in February so that workers could demolish most of the original structure. The wooden park was built in 2001 and was expected to last about 15 years in the Gulf Coast climate. David Thompson, executive director of leisure services, said work on the [...]

May 23rd, 2023|

Foley city employees obtain CDLs

FOLEY – Foley recently recognized city employees who received their commercial drivers licenses that will allow them to expand their abilities to operate municipal vehicles. The city has been working for several months with Bishop State Community College and the Coastal Alabama Workforce to obtain outside funding and to train the workers. Foley received a grant through the Alabama Workforce Stabilization Program that paid the cost for 11 Street Department employees to obtain their Class A CDLs through Bishop State.  Class A CDL students completed an online theory instruction portion before working with [...]

May 22nd, 2023|
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