City Council Briefs

birmingham_picDuring the Birmingham City Council Meeting held Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Council: 

Following the swearing-in of William A. Parker to represent District 4, the Council recessed to select a presiding officer. Councilor Johnathan Austin was selected by his colleagues to serve as the 2013 – 2017 President of the Birmingham City Council. For more information, contact the office of Council President Johnathan Austin at 254.2678. 

Other items approved at today’s meeting include the following:

1. Delayed for two weeks an Ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 14 of the General City Code 1980 to add a new chapter to establish regulations for mobile food vehicles and pushcarts in the City of Birmingham, Alabama. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Johnathan Austin at 254.2678.

2. Placed on consent an Ordinance “to further amend the Capital Budget” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, by appropriating $1,350,000.00 to Cooper Green Park which represents the contractor’s bond payment. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 254.2304.

3. Approved an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Revolving Loan and Security Agreement with the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) under which the City will make revolving loans to HABD in an amount of which will not exceed $2,500,000.00 at any one time, and the cumulative total of which will not exceed $8,020,770.00. The loans will be secured by HABD’s Operating Account. The loan proceeds will be used to modernize and rehabilitate forty-eight (48) housing units at Elyton Village, a five hundred (500) unit public housing community located at 31 4th Court West. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 254.2304.

4. Approved a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a First Amendment to Project Agreement with Pappas Restaurants, Inc., d/b/a Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen under which the terms of the Project Agreement between the City and Pappas, dated August 28, 2012, will be amended to extend, until September 28, 2014, the time within which Pappas is required to open the restaurant for business. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 254.2304.

5. Approved a Resolution approving an agreement with Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium DBA Clastran, Birmingham, for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, renewable annually subject to funds availability for a term not to exceed five (5) years, in an amount not to exceed $250,000.00 per year, to provide quality, efficient, and mobile transportation services for the elderly and disabled citizens of the Birmingham area, and authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement on behalf of the City. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Kim Rafferty at 254.2348.

6. Approved a Resolution approving an agreement with the Birmingham Zoo, Inc., Birmingham, for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00, renewable annually subject to funds availability for a term not to exceed five (5) years, to provide education and camp programs for school-age children, provide services to underprivileged citizens and those who serve our country and victims of natural disasters by providing complimentary and/or discounted visits, and to provide access to the general public at an affordable cost, and authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement on behalf of the City.

7. Placed on consent a Resolution approving an agreement with Children’s Village, Inc., Birmingham, for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, renewable annually subject to funds availability for a term not to exceed five (5) years, in an amount not to exceed $75,000.00 per year, to provide housing for 18 children from the ages of 6 to 17 years of age, to ensure these children receive quality care through activities designed to ensure their total development, and authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement on behalf of the City.

8. Placed on consent a Resolution (1) finding that the allocation in the total amount of $30,000.00 for the installation of a pavilion, sidewalks and driveway at Fairview Park, located at 2501 28th Street Ensley, constitutes a public purpose; (2) authorizing the expenditure of the total amount of $30,000.00 to be paid from funds made available to the Fairview Neighborhood Association. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 254.2304.

9. Councilor Jay Roberson offered a congratulatory Resolution to Birmingham native and Auburn football player Chris Davis, Jr., for his amazing efforts during the Iron Bowl. 

Announcements and Reminders:

1. The Education Committee Meeting scheduled on today, December 3, 2013, has been canceled.

2. The Transportation and Communication Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:30 p.m., Conference Room A.

3. Councilor Marcus Lundy announced the District 9 Affordable Care Act Town Hall Meeting. The meeting on December 16, 2013, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., will take place at Saint John’s Baptist Church, 1101 Alexander Street, Dolomite 35064.

4. The Joint Public Safety and Technology Committee scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, is canceled.

5. Councilor Valerie Abbott announced the application acceptance period for the Birmingham Planning Commission vacancy closes on Friday, December 6, 2013. To submit a letter of interest and resume, email valerie.abbott@birminghamal.gov

6. The Budget and Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Conference Rooms D & E.

7. Councilor Lashunda Scales reminded members of the public that the Payday Loan Public Hearing is next week, December 10, 2013, during the Council Meeting. For more information, contact the office of Councilor Lashunda Scales at 254.2349.

8. Councilor Jay Roberson announced a Special Called Public Improvement Committee Meeting to discuss the Land Bank Authority. The meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 4:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers.

9. The Planning and Zoning Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 4:00 p.m., 5th Floor Engineering Conference Room.

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