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Safety Concerns Heightened At City Hall

PRESS RELEASE                                                                              Monday, August 8, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Councilors met with Mayor Bell today to outline budget proposals while Kingston residents plan a “sit-in” at City Hall. No safety plans have been put in place to secure City Hall or its staff at this time.  On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Birmingham City Council unanimously passed a Resolution supporting the building of a new Kingston Fire Station #8. The Council is meeting with Mayor Bell today to move forward with placing the budget ordinances on the Council Agenda, so that Kingston Fire Station and other critical City-owned facility needs can be addressed. 23 fire stations and the downtown library repairs are only a few of the many dire needs that our City faces.

“The City Council has always been in support of rebuilding Fire Station #8 which is why it was included in the City Council’s response to the Capital budget,” said Council President Johnathan F. Austin. “The Council’s budget recommendations are now in the Mayor’s hands. It is up to him to operate in the citizens’ best interest.”

Background information:

  • May 9, 2016 – Fire Station #8 CLOSED with Mayor Bell’s approval and without City Council notification or input
  • May 10, 2016 – Mayor Bell officially presents Operational and Capital Budgets during the Regular City Council Meeting; which DID NOT include funding for the re-building of Fire Station #8
  • May 17, 2016 – The Council recommended $3 million funding to be added to the City’s Capital Budget for the rebuilding of Fire Station #8 during the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting
  • June 21, 2016 – Item #92, Mayor Bell adds Fire Station #8 to the Council’s Agenda as an EMERGENCY
  • June 22, 2016 – The Council approves $3 million in funding to be added to the City’s Capital Budget for the Re-building of Fire Station #8 during the Council’s Committee of the Whole Meeting
  • June 23, 2016 – Council submits BOTH balanced budgets for Mayor’s consideration
  • August 2, 2016 – City Council unanimously approves a Resolution in support of Kingston residents for the re-building of Fire Station #8
  • August 2, 2016   – The Mayor finally agrees to meet with the Council on Monday, August 8, 2016 to discuss both budgets

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