Birmingham City Council Highlights 3.1.22
Here are a few of the legislative highlights from Tuesday’s Birmingham City Council meeting, in case you missed it.
Following a public hearing on Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council voted to deny the request for a Retail Liquor Class 1 License as well as a Division 1 Dance Permit for Mahogany Social Club and Lounge located at 1709 3rd Ave West.
There were presentations given from law enforcement officials during the February 15th Council meeting in which officers detailed multiple incidents of violence that have occurred on the property over the past six months. The Council initially delayed the item to gather further information relative to future plans for the establishment.
The item received an unfavorable recommendation from the Public Safety Committee in February. The Council voted 7–2 to deny the application.
Here is how the items appeared on the agenda:
ITEM 1. A Resolution relative to the application of Montego Temple for the transfer of a Lounge Retail Liquor Class I License to be used at Mahogany, 1709 3rd Avenue West, Birmingham, and the hearing of all interested parties. (Submitted by Councilor Tate, Chair, Public Safety Committee) (No Recommendation by the Public Safety Committee) (Deferred from 2/15/2022 to 3/1/2022)
ITEM 2. A Resolution relative to the application of Montego Temple for a Division I Dance Permit to be used at Mahogany, 1709 3rd Avenue West, Birmingham, and the hearing of all interested parties. (Submitted by Councilor Tate, Chair, Public Safety, Transportation and Communication Committee) (No Recommendation by the Public Safety, Transportation and Communication Committee) (Deferred from 2/15/2022 to 3/1/2022)
BOARDS AND AGENCIES
There will soon be two openings on the Arlington Antebellum Home and Garden Board, with those terms expiring on April 30, 2022. They are three-year terms and there are no prerequisites to apply.
The role of this board is to preserve and develop the Arlington property as an historic attraction promoting tourism, featuring local history, securing, preserving, and improving the quality of the furniture, furnishings, and historic collections. To do any lawful act necessary or expedient to maintain and improve the facilities and provide for the exhibition of objects, displays, exhibits, performance, films, or other matters pertaining to industry, local history and related subjects.
There will also be two vacancies on the Industrial Development Board, with those terms expiring on April 10, 2022. The only requirement is that applicants may not be an officer or employee of the City. The terms are six years.
The role of this board is to acquire, enlarge, improve, replace, own, lease and dispose of properties that may promote industry, develop trade and further use of agriculture products.
To apply for openings on a board or agency, please visit:
Redistricting Public Hearing
The Council voted last month to set a public hearing for Tuesday, March 29th at 5:30 p.m. at the Birmingham CrossPlex to receive public comments regarding the proposed draft of the Census 2020 redistricting for the Birmingham City Council and Birmingham School Board districts. The Council has launched a website with the current draft of the map, along with a portal for public feedback. The districts defined in the newly proposed map will be utilized for the next regularly scheduled (and/or special called) Birmingham city elections during this decade for elected positions on the Birmingham City Council and Birmingham School Board.
“Representative democracy is what this country was founded on and it’s the heart of everything we do on the Council,” Council President Wardine Alexander said. “Our task on the Census Committee has been to oversee and monitor the redistricting efforts as well as provide information to the public throughout the course of this important work. However, I look forward to continuing this dialogue and receiving feedback from members of the public.”