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Birmingham City Councilors Brought Out a Packed House of Residents During Council Meeting in Loveman Village

Birmingham City Councilors are holding fast to their promise of bringing the Birmingham City Council Meeting to the various neighborhoods. This past Tuesday Council President Johnathan Austin opened up with the budget presentation as residents from all over gathered at Loveman Village to voice their concerns. Tuesday’s meeting in the community is the second of this new format that the Council is initiating to educate residents on the city’s business. This past March, Councilors voted unanimously on an ordinance to relocate the April 26, 2016 Birmingham City Council meeting to Avondale Elementary School, with pre-Council beginning at 5:30 p.m. and council meeting at kicking off at 6 p.m. The Mayor directed all necessary personnel and staff to perform the necessary logistics to ensure that the meeting was 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.

“We plan to keep taking the meetings to our communities because it 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.

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.