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birmingham-skyline-1024x678 During the Birmingham City Council Meeting on October 7, 2014 Council:

Approved an Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, by transferring $3,000.00 from Non Departmental – District #1 Discretionary Projects, $1,000.00 from Non Departmental – District #3 Discretionary Projects and appropriating $4,000.00 to Non Departmental – Transfer to Fund 031 Neighborhood Allocations; and “TO FURTHER AMEND THE NEIGHBORHOOD ALLOCATIONS FUND BUDGET” by appropriating $500.00 to Bridlewood Neighborhood Association, $500.00 to Sun Valley Neighborhood Association, $500.00 to Echo Highlands Neighborhood Association, $500.00 to Huffman Neighborhood Association, $500.00 to Killough Springs Neighborhood Association, $500.00 to Springlake Neighborhood Association, and $1,000.00 to Forest Park Neighborhood Association. For more information please contact the Office of the Mayor at 205.254.2771.

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

1. Approved a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a Project Agreement with Hop City II, Inc. under which, in the event Hop City generates at least $48,000.00 in sales tax revenue to the City, the City will provide financial incentives in the amount of $45,000.00 payable in three (3) annual payments of $15,000.00 per year from new sales tax revenue for Hop City’s expansion of its business facility and for the retention of its business operations at Pepper Place in the Lakeview Business District. For more information please contact the Office of the Mayor at 205.254.2771.

2. Approved a Resolution for the agreement with Analytical Testing Group (ATG), Birmingham, in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 per year for two (2) years, subject to the availability of funds, to provide drug and alcohol collection and testing services, and authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement. [Appropriated in the FY2015 Budget; GL Account: 001_042_02300.507-003] For more information please contact the Office of the Mayor at 205.254.2771.

3. Approved a Resolution determining that the Magic City Classic Scholarship Breakfast to be held October 24, 2014 at the Harbert Center serves a public purpose that promotes goodwill and serves a public interest, and requesting that City funds be administered to pay for this event in accordance with Section 3-1-7 of the General Code of the City of Birmingham. For more information please contact the Office of Councilor Marcus Lundy, Jr. at 205.254.2302.

4. Approved a Resolution accepting the lump sum bid of The Pennington Group, Inc., Homewood, Alabama, in the amount of $187,719.00, for Birmingham Museum of Art Steiner Auditorium Renovation, this being the lowest and best bid submitted, and authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with The Pennington Group, Inc. in substantially the form contained within the bid documents and in accordance with said bid, providing that the total compensation payable under the contract not exceed the appropriation. [Project Code: PEP 135CP 003799; G/L Account: 135_342.652-041] For more information please contact the Office of the Mayor at 205.254.2771.

5. Approved a Resolution determining that the reception to acknowledge the recipients of the Humanitarian Award during Empowerment Week, to be held October 14, 2014, serves a public purpose that promotes goodwill and serves a public interest, and requesting that City funds be administered to pay for this event in accordance with Section 3-1-7 of the General Code of the City of Birmingham. For more information please contact the Office of Council President Johnathan Austin at 205.254.2679.

6. Approved a Resolution for an agreement with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, AL, to host the Alabama High School Athletic Association Final 56 Basketball Championships for a term of five (5) years (2016 through 2020), in the amount of $175,000.00/year, subject to the availability of funds and to authorize the Mayor to execute the agreement on behalf of the City. (Submitted by the Mayor) (Recommended by the Purchasing Agent and the Budget and Finance Committee)

Announcements and Reminders

1. The Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms “D&E.”
2. There will be an E.P.A. meeting Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Trinity C.M.E. Church – North Birmingham at 4:00 p.m.
3. There will be a Special Called Public Improvements Committee meeting Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
4. There will be a Special Called Public Safety Committee meeting Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
5. Council President Pro Tempore James “Jay” Roberson and the young people of Birmingham will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of 100 Days of Non-violence beginning next Friday, October 10, 2014 at the McWane Science Center from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
6. The Joint Budget and Finance Committee and Economic Development Committee meeting will be held Monday, October 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
7. The Park and Recreation Board meeting is Wednesday, October 14 ,2014 at Legion Field at 10:00 am.
8. The Joint Budget and Finance Committee and Economic Committee Meeting will be held Monday, October 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms “D&E.”
9. The District 5 Fun Day will be held October 19, 2014 at Railroad Park from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
10. There are vacancies on both the Birmingham Parking Authority and the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority. All resumes must be submitted to Councilor Kimberly Rafferty’s Office by October 31, 2014.
11. The District 1 Town Hall Meeting will be held October 27, 2014 at Huffman High School at 6:00 p.m.

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