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Birmingham City Councilors to Meet With Mayor William Bell Concerning Status of Capital Projects

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, September 11, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham City Council will meet with Mayor Bell today to receive an update on all of the city’s capital projects. Today’s meeting follows a moratorium that was put in place earlier this week by Councilors. The moratorium puts a freeze on all spending until the Council receives full updates from the Mayor on each project. The special called Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place at 2 p.m. in Conference Rooms D & E on the third floor of City Hall.

“As City Councilors we must be continually updated on all projects that utilize public funds to ensure that we are making the best decisions for our constituents,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “While we are excited about new growth opportunities that certain capital projects may present it is prudent that we are cautious about approving funding for items that we have minimal knowledge about.”

The moratorium will not affect the following projects: The Intermodal Facility, Weed Abatement and Demolition schedules, along with current Legion Field renovations. The moratorium will stay in place for up to 30 days or until the Council receives written documentation outlining all city projects and their anticipated costs. Upon reviewing those reports, Councilors will determine if they are satisfied as to the processes outlined to ensure cost effectiveness.

“We have committed to ensuring consistent standards of review for all capital projects; transparency begins with a conversations with Mayor Bell and his staff,” President Austin said. “We must have continued dialogue so that we are well abreast of all projects from the beginning to the end.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.