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Birmingham City Councilors Prepare to Bring the City Council Meeting to the Neighborhood

Sound checks are almost complete and the Birmingham City Council wants to make sure that the public has a chance to witness the Birmingham City Council Meeting in its true form as they bring legislation to the community. This past March, Councilors voted unanimously on an ordinance to relocate the April 26, 2016 Birmingham City Council meeting to Avondale Elementary School, located at 4000 8th Court South, Birmingham, Alabama 35222. Pre-Council will be held at 5:30 p.m. and Council Meeting will follow at 6 p.m. The Mayor will direct all necessary personnel and staff to perform the needed logistics to ensure that this meeting is set up to accommodate members of the public and business community in a manner that will aid in their attendance and participation if such is desired.

Council President Johnathan Austin said the citizens of Birmingham have always looked for more ways to contribute to the discussions during council meeting and having council meetings in neighborhoods is a great way to ensure everyone’s voices are heard.

“Taking the meetings to our communities is an opportunity for us as a Council to present the citizen’s business directly to the citizens,” Council President Austin said. “This is a way for us to take what we produce to their communities. We’re going to do it systematically and get around to all nine districts that the Council has been elected to serve. I think it’s important to let the citizens know how we conduct their business and then give them an opportunity to speak on any issues as well.”

According to the Mayor-Council Act, council meetings are set for every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. however, the council can change that time especially when they believe it to be in the best interest of citizens to have some of those meetings in the evening for more participation and engagement in the overall legislative process. The Council Meeting will be streamed on the Council’s live streaming channel on Ustream. To access that channel, please CLICK HERE. The television broadcast of the Council Meeting will be shown Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Channel 340 with Brighthouse.

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.