The mission of the Grounds Department is to provide the citizens of Bay Minette with the most attractive landscape, parks and groomed highways using the most qualified employees, best available equipment and annual planning within our means.
The Grounds Department is made up of three different departments: Grounds (landscape); Parks (athletic fields/playgrounds/parks); and Moving (mowing/bush hogging, boom mowing).
The Grounds Department is responsible for landscaping at flower beds, highway, city facilities and walking paths. The department also oversees most landscape projects for the city and those set by the Beautification Committee.
Facilities maintained include: City Hall, Library, Old Volunteer Fire Hall, Blackburn Park, Pool Complex, Recreation Center, Douglasville community, downtown sidewalks, walking paths and all beds from Highway 31 South to the interstate.
The department has three full-time employees, which includes a foreman and two laborers. During spring and summer, part-time employees are hired through Teen Challenge to help with maintenance.
The Parks Department’s overall responsibility is maintaining and repairing equipment at these parks: Community Kids Park, O.C. Waters Park, White’s Softball Park, Ulmer Park, Sye Davis Park, Splash Pad, Universal Playground and Brownwood Park. The department also oversees maintenance at athletic fields including Halliday Park, O.C. Waters Park, Ulmer Park, White’s Softball Park, Brown Park, Soccer Complex and Simmons Field.
The department has three full-time employees, including a foreman and two laborers. During the spring and summer months, part-time employees are hired through Teen Challenge to assist with maintenance.
The Mowing Department’s scope of responsibilities includes mowing highway rights-of-way from Highway 31 South to Interstate 65. Other mowing is done year-round utilizing bush hogs and utility tractors ranging in power from 83hp to just over 100 hp, along with bushogs ranging in size from 6- to 15-feet across. The department also maintains the Carol Hodgson Arena each week including wetting, dragging and mowing. The department mows 10 miles of highway, bush hogs hundreds of acres at the airport, many rights-of-way and ditches within our city limits.
Joseph Hall has more than 17 years of experience in municipal work including stints as a laborer and foreman. He started his career at the City of Daphne and worked there 10 years. He joined the City of Bay Minette in 2007 as Superintendent of the Grounds Department.
He earned his Associates of Liberal Arts Degree from Faulkner University. He received is Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the University of South Alabama. Hall is also a graduate of the United States Army Chemical School at Fort McClellan, Ala. and Dale Carnegie.