City Council Meeting Recap 5.21.19

Here’s the video from the meeting:

And here’s a recap of some of the items the City Council discussed by the Council:

Item 1

An Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM” (Case No. ZAC2019–00002) to change zone district boundaries from D-3, Single Family District to D-4, Medium Density Residential District, filed by the owner, Nancy Calloway, for the property located at 1501 4th Avenue West situated in the NW ¼ of Section 04, Township 18-S; 3-W, and the hearing of all interested parties.

The Proposed Use for this house in a single family residential area was a Communal Living Facility for 5 men.

The City’s Long Range Land Use Plan identifies the property for Residential Low; a designation applied to Single Family Homes therefore, the proposed rezoning is not consistent with the Plan.

The Fairview Neighborhood Association met at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 5, 2019 to review the proposed project and voted to approve it. The vote was 6 approved, 1 denied and 1 abstention.

As a courtesy, the applicant presented the proposed redevelopment to the neighboring The Bush Hills Neighborhood Association at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 26, 2019. The Bush Hills Neighborhood Association did not support the rezoning request. The vote was 1 approved and 30 denied.

Zoning Advisory Committee Action:

The Zoning Advisory Committee met at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 19, 2019 and voted to Recommend approval of the applicant’s request.

The City Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee voted to not recommend the item at their April 4th, 2019 meeting.

Item 7

An Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE GRANTS FUND BUDGET” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, by appropriating $400,000.00 to Municipal Court, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Adult Court Expansion Project, Year 1 of 4 per award received.

The Birmingham Municipal Drug Court Treatment Project will enhance treatment services for individuals enrolled in the Birmingham, Alabama Municipal Drug Court. The project will serve 100 clients per year. The population of focus will be low-income and/or uninsured adults with a substance use disorder or co-occurring substance use and mental disorder, victims of human trafficking, and LGBTQ+ residents, and Aletheia House, a community-based nonprofit organization with more than forty years of experience, will provide the treatment services. The project will use evidence-based practices including: cognitive behavioral therapy; integrated services for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders; medication-assisted treatment (MAT); recovery support services; tobacco cessation services; and services that address the specific needs of returning veterans and their family members. The project’s goals include: 1) clients will decrease their use of drugs and alcohol; 2) clients with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders will experience a decrease in behavioral health problems; 3) clients who are assessed as being appropriate for MAT, and who choose to use MAT, will experience a decrease in behavioral health problems; 4) clients will increase their use of recovery support services, 5) clients will decrease their use of tobacco; and 6) returning veterans and their family members will experience a decrease in behavioral health problems.

Item 8

An Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE GRANTS FUND BUDGET” for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, by appropriating $4,100,000.00 to Lead Based Paint Hazard per grant award received.

The City’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Program will be housed within the Department of Community Development with a goal to complete risk assessment for 250 units and provide remediation and abatement for 175 cleared units by the end of the 42-month grant cycle. Both renter and owner-occupied housing (multi-family and single family) will be eligible to receive assistance. However, the focus of activity will be on single-family homes, and will be based on program eligibility criteria with includes pre-1978 housing units located in the Birmingham city limits, primarily occupied by low-to-moderate income families with children under the age of six years old.

The program activities include education and outreach, blood testing for children age six and younger, risk assessments, dust wipes and clearance testing, and performing interim controls and abatement, including paint stabilization, soil stabilization, replacement of windows and doors, and encapsulation. The anticipated average cost will be $14,567. The program will be implemented as a public-private partnership including the City of Birmingham as a lead agency, the Alabama Department of Health, the Dannon Project, Safe State, and various state-certified lead abatement contractors.

Full Agenda

Board Vacancies

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

8:30 a.m. — Joint Planning and Zoning Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — 5th Floor Conference Room-City Hall — CANCELLED

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

Saturday, May 25, 2019

9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. — 2019 Atlanta Braves Country Road Trip Birmingham Tour Stop — FREE youth baseball activities and skills challenge for children ages 7–14 — Railroad Park, 1600 1st Avenue South; Scavenger Hunts for the Youth, Meet NSLM’s new Mascot “Barry the Bear” and Meet Negro League Players — Negro Southern League Museum, 120 16th Street South — Councilor Darrell O’Quinn, District 5

Monday, May 27, 2019

MEMORIAL DAY — CITY HALL CLOSED

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

5:30 p.m. — FY 2020 Budget Hearing — City Council Chambers

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