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Road to Revitalization Continues: Birmingham City Councilors Vote to Appropriate Settlement from BP Oil Spill to Neighborhood Improvements

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 19, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors are continuing to stand on the promise they made to revitalize neighborhoods. Today Councilors approved an ordinance that will appropriate nearly $300,000.00 into the 99 neighborhoods that exists within Birmingham. The money comes from a settlement from BP, which follows the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in which five Gulf states were affected. The money will allow for additional revitalization projects to take place, which is something that Council President Johnathan Austin says is definitely needed as the Council works to continue to eliminate blight that has for so long plagued so many communities.

“My colleagues and I have been adamant since putting a budget in place that is for our residents about continuing efforts to improve our neighborhoods by creating communities that residents can be proud of,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “For so long our neighborhoods have gone overlooked and we are committed to consistently looking at additional outlets that will provide the funding that is needed to care for Birmingham’s greatest jewels. The citizens of Birmingham have entrusted us with the care of each district, and we’re going to make sure that appropriate funds are in place to ensure that no neighborhood is left behind.”

Birmingham City Councilors have stayed focused on the road to revitalization by continuing to hold meetings with their constituents to ensure that the $6.5 million dollars that they appropriated for the 2015-2016 budget has been used to address neighborhood concerns. District 6 resident John Harris says that he appreciates the Council’s consistency in making sure that neighborhoods are transformed back in communities that citizens can be proud of.

“It is so refreshing to see our neighborhoods, for once begin to look like neighborhoods again,” said John Harris, President of North Titusville community. “We have had to deal with a continuation of blight for so long and I’m so grateful that this Council has made the future of our neighborhoods a top priority.”

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369.