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Birmingham City Councilors Approve More Weed Abatement Contracts and Set Out to Engage Residents on Progress

With the recent announcement of the hiring of additional contractors, Birmingham residents can expect to see faster completion dates for revitalization projects. During Tuesday’s Council Meeting, Birmingham City Councilors approved resolutions accepting the bids of Triple H Ground Maintenance, LLC, Southeastern Conveyor Services, Inc., Xtreme Brush Cutters, and T.H. Lawn Service to address the abatement of weeds, debris and junk from overgrown lots. These additional contractors will help address cleanup efforts within the designated quadrants, each approximately 64,000 square feet per group.

This approval comes shortly after the Council approved the budget for the 2016 fiscal year that included $6.5 million for weed abatement and demolition. Mayor William Bell authorized additional personnel including Saturday grass cutting crews and longer public works hours to push more cleaning efforts.

To ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner, Councilors are following up with residents to get progress reports as a part of the Road Map to Revitalization Tour. During this tour Councilors will visit with residents in various communities to garner feedback on cleanup efforts and to confirm that the allocated $6.5 million is being maximized for the revitalization tasks.

The Road Map to Revitalization Tour kicked off Tuesday night in District 9 with Councilor Lundy, at Gaines Chapel AME Church, 1607 Daniel Payne Drive. Councilor Lundy said he is hopeful that the clean up efforts will continue and that rebuilding measures are being applied to keep the momentums going for the future.

“The Road Map to Revitalization Tour is a great opportunity for Councilors to help trace the progress of the Public Works Departments’ service in our communities, capitalize off what we allocated in this year’s budget, as well as evaluate the work of the contractors we approve,” Councilor Marcus Lundy said. “If we really want to see these restorations reach full potential in our communities, vigilance is often needed as it relates to overgrown lots and blight.”

The next scheduled Road Map to Revitalization is set for Monday October 19, 2015 in District 6 at 6:00 p.m. For more information please contact the Office of Councilor Sheila Tyson at 205.254.2359.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.