City Council Meeting Recap 3.6.18

Here’s the video from today’s meeting:

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

Item 1

An Ordinance amending Title 4, “Municipal Services”, Chapter 5, “Streets & Sidewalks,” of the General Code of the City Of Birmingham, 1980, to add a new article for the creation of a Complete Streets Policy, and the hearing of all interested parties.

The “Complete Streets” Ordinance will be an effective tool in gaging the need and viability for including multi-modes of transportation for streets in the city. The ordinance will require that all street improvements will be evaluated to determine if other modes of transportation, aside from automobiles, should be included when street improvements are being considered. The goal is to create a network of streets that are designed to safely accommodate automobiles, transit, pedestrians and bicyclists so that transportation options are provided which will produce many benefits from health to economic. The complete streets ordinance was recommended for approval by the Birmingham Planning Commission on January 10, 2018.

A Complete Streets approach integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. This helps to ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

The National Complete Streets Coalition, which launched this movement in 2004, promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices. To date, over 1140 agencies at the local, regional, and state levels have adopted Complete Streets policies, totaling over 1200 policies nationwide.

For more information on the Complete Streets Ordinance, please read:

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

Item 5

A Resolution assenting to the vacation of 4,398 square feet of Avenue G that runs perpendicular to and between 7th Street and Railroad Avenue (Central Pratt Neighborhood), on behalf of BNSF Railway, Inc., owners, so that the BNSF Railway and the City of Birmingham can close the existing railroad crossing and the hearing of all interested parties, Case No. SUB2017–00083.

The Birmingham City Council voted unanimously to approve this Resolution so that Railroad Crossing in the Central Pratt Neighborhood (pictured above) can be closed due to safety reasons. The BNSF Railways will pay a vacation fee of $1,671.24

There are still other crossings for getting across that railroad.

This item led the City Council and Mayor into a conversation about the issue of trains blocking railroad crossings throughout the City of Birmingham. The Council and Mayor will be exploring options to alleviate the concerns of residents about the trains that don’t move, as well as considering best engineering practices for getting people safely across railroad tracks in ways that accommodate multiple modes of transportation.

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

Item 9

A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a Funding Agreement with Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association (“BADA”) in the amount of $8,000.00 under which BADA shall agree to host its four (4) day annual Alabama Auto Show in the City of Birmingham.

The Birmingham City Council unanimously voted for this funding agreement with the Birmingham Automotive Dealers Association, an organization that brings in 10 Million dollars of tax revenue to the City each year, for their annual Alabama Auto Show that will be held at the BJCC from April 12th-15th.

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294 and visit http://www.alabamaautoshow.com/

Item 10

A Resolution authorizing the exercise of the City of Birmingham’s power of eminent domain to acquire real property located at 4108 Richard Arrington Jr., Boulevard Birmingham, Alabama 35212 for urban renewal purposes.

The Birmingham City Council unanimously voted for approval of this item, so that the City can tear down this structure in order for the Kingston Fire Station #8 can be built.

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

Full Agenda

Board Vacancies

Here are the vacancies that were announced today on the City’s Boards and Agencies:

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

3:30 p.m. — Joint Budget and Finance Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

2:00 p.m. — Joint Public Improvements Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Room “A”

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

3:00 p.m. — Joint Planning and Zoning Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — 5th Floor Conference Room-City Hall

Demolition Update

During the City Council Meeting, Mayor Woodfin gave an update to the City Council about the demolition process throughout the City, and presented this map of the properties that are ready for demolition in each district. There are over 750 properties such “demolition-ready” properties in Birmingham.

In order to report a vacant property you would like to see demolished, you should call the City’s 311 hotline and report it. Here’s what happens after a property is reported:

  • Inspection of the property to determine if it poses a threat to public safety.
  • The City conducts a title search to find and contact the owner(s).
  • The City sends a letter to the owner(s), and gives them 30 days to make repairs.
  • If significant repairs are made, the City will grant a 30 day extension.
  • If there is no response, then the property is placed on the City Council agenda for demolition.

To learn more about the City’s demolition process, please read:

Peace Keepers

The Birmingham City Council and Mayor Randall Woodfin are proud to support the efforts of the Birmingham Peace Keepers, a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching conflict resolution throughout the city so that our brothers and sisters don’t resort to violence to settling their interpersonal disputes. Squash the beef before the grief. Please spread the number of the conflict resolution hotline around. 205 757 0647

Neighborhood Association Meeting Schedule

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