City Council Meeting Recap 1.3.18

Here’s the video from today’s meeting:

And here’s a recap of the meeting:

Item 21

An Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE GRANTS FUND BUDGET” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, by appropriating $1,027,000.00 to PEP, Improvements on 12th Street from US-11 to Princeton Hospital (ALDOT) for grant award #100033430 received.

The Birmingham City Council approved this item, appropriating a $1,027,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation to the Department of Planning, Engineering and Permits to be used for street resurfacing in the area surrounding Rickwood Field and Princeton Hospital.

The money will allow for much needed improvements to be made to 12th Street from US-11 all the way to Princeton Hospital, increasing safety for motorists who live and work in the area.

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294

Item 21

An Ordinance to amend Title 12, “Licensing and Regulations,” Chapter 16, “Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire,” of the General Code of the City of Birmingham, 1980, to amend Article H, “Pedal Bus Service,” Section 12- 16–93, to allow the passengers of a pedal bus to possess and consume alcoholic beverages.

When the pedal buses were originally allowed by the City, the Law Department wanted to see how they’d operate without alcohol, and if they’d impede the flow of traffic since they only go upwards of 12mph. Now, riders will be able to bring closed containers of alcoholic beverages on board, and drink them while on the pedal bus.

People will not be able to get off the pedal bus and consume alcohol in an area outside an entertainment district boundary.

According to Birmingham City Attorney Julie Barnard, the city is looking to add more entertainment districts in the near future. Currently, Birmingham only has one Entertainment District (aka open carry district). Legally, Birmingham is allowed to have 5 Entertainment Districts, and merchant’s associations in areas that meet the Entertainment District requirements can apply for the designation here:

The ordinance does not allow for pedal bus companies to sell alcohol — that is a separate process that must be approved by the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

Here’s the full language of the proposed Ordinance:

An Ordinance to amend Title 12, “Licensing and Regulations”, Chapter 16, “Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire”, of the General Code of the City of Birmingham, 1980, to amend Article H, “Pedal Bus Service”, Section 12–16–93, to allow the passengers of a pedal bus to possess and consume alcoholic beverages.

SECTION 1. BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Birmingham that Title 12, “Licensing and Regulations”, Chapter 16, “Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire”, Article H, “Pedal Bus Service”, Section 12–16–93, be and hereby is amended to read as follows:

“12–16–93

“(a) Passengers on a pedal bus may consume alcoholic beverages, subject to the following:

Passengers may bring only beer or wine in unopened, non-breakable, individual serving containers on board the pedal bus for consumption while on the vehicle. No glass containers shall be allowed on board a pedal bus in any case.

While within a designated entertainment district of the city, a passenger may possess and consume a beverage purchased from an authorized licensee within the district in compliance with the city’s entertainment district ordinance.

Alcoholic beverages shall not be removed from a pedal bus and consumed along the route unless it is within a designated entertainment district of the city.

It shall be unlawful for a pedal bus service or its drivers to sell, serve or dispense alcoholic beverages unless a valid license has been obtained from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board with the approval of the city council.

It shall be unlawful for the driver/operator of any pedal bus to consume alcoholic beverages while driving or operating a pedal bus.

“(b) The provisions of Sec. 12–10–9, “Drinking in public”, of this code shall not apply to passengers consuming alcoholic beverages in compliance with subsection (a) of this section.

SECTION 2. That the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable. If any of these sections, provisions, sentences, clauses phrases, or parts are held to be unconstitutional or void, the remainder shall continue in full force and effect.

SECTION 3. That this Ordinance shall become effective upon publication as required by law.

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294

Item 35

A Resolution accepting the lump sum bid of Montgomery Environmental, Inc., 3008 Clairmont Avenue South, Birmingham, in the amount of $164,400.00 for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame/Carver Theater Limited Demolition and Abatement Package, this being the lowest and best bid submitted, and authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with said Montgomery Environmental, 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.

The Carver Theatre, home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, is undergoing renovations. The Carver is part of Birmingham’s newly designated Civil Rights National Monument.

This particular package is for asbestos abatement inside the Carver. The Theatre is expected to be back open in late 2018, complete with a new stage, paint scheme, and redesign of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294

Full Council Meeting Agenda

Birmingham Public Library Board Vacancies

There are currently 3 openings on the Birmingham Public Library Board. If you are interested in serving, please send a cover letter and resume to darryl.lee@birminghamal.gov

Resumes are due on Monday, January 8th at 5:00pm

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Thursday, January 4, 2018

3:00 p.m. — Joint Planning & Zoning and Committee of the Whole Committee Meetings — 5th Floor Conference Room

Friday, January 5, 2018

3:00 p.m. — Joint Governmental Affairs and Public Information and Committee of the Whole Meeting- Conference Rooms D&E

Monday, January 8, 2018

3:30 p.m. –Joint Budget & Finance and Committee of the Whole Committee Meetings — Conference Rooms D & E

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

9:00 a.m. — Pre-Council Meeting — City Council Chambers; 9:30 a.m. — Council Meeting — City Council Chambers

2:00 p.m. — Joint Public Improvements and Committee of the Whole Committee Meeting in Conference Room A

2:00 p.m. — Special Called Joint Administration/Education and Committee of the Whole Committee Meeting in Conference Rooms D & E.

3:00 p.m. — Joint Economic Development and Committee of the Whole Committee Meeting — Conference Rooms D & E

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2:30 p.m. — Special Called Joint Transportation Committee and Committee of the Whole Meeting in Conference Rooms D & E

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