City Council Meeting Recap 1.9.18

Here’s the video from today’s meeting:

And here’s a recap of the items the City Council passed today:

Item 19

An Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE CAPITAL FUND BUDGET” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, by appropriating $83,500.00 to Ramsey McCormick Repairs, $62,151.60 to Southern Museum of Flight Elevator Repair, $92,895.60 to Boutwell Freight Elevator Repair, $109,009.00 to Museum of Art Elevator Repair, $50,000.00 to DYS HVAC and $94,530.00 to Museum of Art Boiler, said funding sources being Funds Available/Interest Earnings and funds transferred from various completed projects.

Ramsay-McCormack

A total of $492,086.20 is available for these repairs from the City’s Capital Fund Budget. These previously unappropriated funds are now being appropriated for vital infrastructure improvements at the Ramsay-McCormack building in Ensley, the Southern Museum of Flight, the Boutwell Auditorium, the Birmingham Museum of Flight, and the Department of Youth Services, all City-owned facilities. Now that the funding appropriations have been approved, bids will go out for the repair work to be done.

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

Item 51

A Resolution accepting the lump sum bid of A.G. Gaston Construction Company, Inc., 2 20th Street North, Suite 150, Birmingham, in the amount of $195,900.00, for the Harriman Park Renovation Project, this being the lowest and best bid submitted, and authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Contract with said A.G. Gaston Construction Company, 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.

As part of the larger bond project to improve parks throughout the City of Birmingham, this project, designed by Macknally Land Design Company, will feature the following improvements to Harriman Park Recreation Center in the North Birmingham Community:

-Upgrade kitchens and restrooms. Paint kitchen. Provide new plastic laminate for upper and base cabinets. Provide new plastic laminate countertops. List new solid surface countertops as an alternate. Remove over and splace space for a new warmer in upper and lower cabinetry.

-Make restrooms ADA compliant. Provide powder coated steel toilet partitions. List stainless steel toilet partitions as an alternate.

-Install new wall-hung bottle-filling water fountain at building exterior rear near basketball court. Change proposed location of water fountain. Provide long canopy for cover and new sidewalk at that location.

-Paint building exterior.

-Provide new small playground equipment and solid surface landing.

-Provide 2 new tables with concrete pad. List new shade cover as an alternate.

-Provide new 10ft high black vinyl fencing.

-resurface basketball court. List new breakaway goals and nets as an alternate.

-provide exterior paint building graphic.

Construction duration is currently set at 120 days, anticipated to commence by late February and be completed by late June 2018.

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

Item 52

A Resolution accepting the lump sum bid of JJ Morley Enterprises, Inc., 1325 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, in the amount of $1,006,400.00, for the Rickwood Field Emergency Repairs, and in accordance with Title 39, Code of Alabama, 1975 that allows, in case of emergency affecting public health, safety, or convenience, to let contracts to the extent necessary to meet the emergency without public advertisement for the work, and authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with said JJ Morley Enterprises, 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.

Rickwood Field

Rickwood Field, the nation’s oldest baseball stadium still in use, had been closed since April 2017, due to the need for emergency repairs. Last year, engineers from the City of Birmingham worked with Bhate Geosciences Corporation to determine that major structural repairs needed to be made to the historic ballpark, so much so that the Rickwood Classic couldn’t take place there in 2017. Now that all the assessments about the nature of the work to be performed have been done, it is time for construction to take place in order for the facility to be able to reopen in time to host the Rickwood Classic in Spring. Due to the emergency nature of the situation, and the potentially loss of revenue to the City, this particular bid was exempt from the usual competitive bid process required by law. J.J. Morley Enterprises was the construction company that subcontracted under Bhate last year to go through the stadium, and were therefore the best equipped to perform the emergency repairs. According to their website:

“Since 1988, J.J. Morley Enterprises, Inc. has been providing building owners and property managers with the highest quality commercial and historic building restoration services. From below grade, to high-rise applications, our skilled personnel have had firsthand restoration and waterproofing field experience in the installation of nearly all the major brand name products.”

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

Full Agenda:

Vacancy on the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority Board

One vacancy on the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority Board is about to open up. So far, there is no deadline to submit, but those interested in being considered to serve should email their resumes and letters of interest to darrell.oquinn@birminghamal.gov. Applicants MUST reside within the city limits of Birmingham.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

7:00 a.m. (Race Starts at 8:00 a.m.) — MLK Day 5K Drum Run/Walk — Birmingham Civil Rights District, 5th Avenue & 16th Street North — Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson, District 7

Monday, January 15, 2018

HOLIDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY — CITY HALL CLOSED

#LoveOnBham Event, District 5 Councilor Darrell O’Quinn

12:00 Noon (Participants Should Arrive Around 10:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.) — 100 Days of Nonviolence Parade/March — begins at Linn Park, 710 North 20th Street and ends at Kelly Ingram Park, 5th Avenue North & 16th Street North — Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson, District 7

4:00 p.m. — Joint Transportation and Committee of the Whole Committee Meeting — Conference Room “A” — CANCELLED

Tuesday, January 16, 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 Utilities/Technology and Committee of the Whole Committee Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E

3:30 p.m. — Joint Public Safety and Committee of the Whole Committee Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

9:00 a.m. — Birmingham Park Board Meeting — Maxine Herring Parker Board Room @ Legion Field, 400 Graymont Avenue West

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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

Neighborhood Association Meetings

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