Birmingham City Council meeting highlights: July 3, 2018

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During the Birmingham City Council Meeting on July 3, 2018, the City Council voted on the following items:

1. A Resolution approving, and authorizing the Mayor to execute, a Funding Agreement with The Public Athletic, Cultural and Entertainment Facilities Board (PACE) under which the City will provide funding in the amount of $1,500,000.00 and certain in-kind services to PACE to build out approximately 1,950 square feet of space in the Negro Southern League Museum for use by a restaurant which will lease the space from the PACE.

Was this item approved? Yes

What does this mean? The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved a funding agreement with the Public Athletic, Cultural, and Entertainment Facilities Board (PACE) to provide $1.5 million and additional in-kind services to support the build-out process for a new restaurant to open at the Negro Southern League Museum. Michael’s Steak and Seafood will occupy the space in the museum as well as the rooftop bar that overlooks Regions Field. The projected opening date is to be determined, but officials say the restaurant will be completed six months after construction begins.

For more information about this item, please read: THIS LINK.

Next Steps: For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294

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2. A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute and deliver an agreement with McWane Center d/b/a/ McWane Science Center (“McWane”), pursuant to Amendment 772 of the Alabama Constitution of 1901, under which McWane will provide services in the City for an appropriation amount not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Nine Thousand One Hundred Four and No/100 ($159,104.00), for the purpose of promoting public understanding of science, technology and the environment by mixing learning with adventure and by providing hands-on exhibits and programs for students, teachers and the general public for a term to commence July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2019. The City agrees to pay an amount not to exceed $159,104.00 for the services.

Was this item approved? Yes

What does this mean? The McWane Science Center houses four floors of exhibits that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and early childhood education. At McWane Science Center, children participate in many innovative and interactive programs and exhibits including: Itty Bitty Magic City, NatureScope, The Magic of Model Trains, Alabama Dinosaurs, Sea Monsters of Alabama, High Cycle, NOAA’s Science on a Sphere TM, World of Water, Shark and Ray Touch Tank, Science Quest exhibits, and the IMAX Dome Theater.

McWane offers a total of 7 weeks of summer day camp sessions for rising 1st grade through 7th grade students and half-day camp experiences for rising 4K – Kindergarten students.

Other services and partnership programs between McWane Science Center and The City of Birmingham include:

  • Spring Fling 2018: McWane Science Center partnered with the Mayor’s office of the City of Birmingham to offer (with coupon) up to 2 free kids admission for each paid adult admission during the week of Spring Break, March 25-31, 2018. 

    A total of 1,267 children were admitted to McWane Science Center free of charge during Spring Break 2018 through this promotion.

  • Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership: The Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership provides award-winning educational opportunities for youth in the City of Birmingham. For the past twelve years, McWane Science Center has partnered with local cultural institutions (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Southern Museum of Flight, Vulcan Park & Museum, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Public Library) to provide unique learning experiences for participating students from Green Acres Middle School.
  • Teens and Tech: Teens and Tech events create a science learning environment with a teen-friendly atmosphere. These events combine science experts and hands-on activities to engage 8th – 12th graders in emerging science trends and technology. These events are free and open to teens from throughout the Greater Birmingham area.

During calendar year 2017, McWane Science Center provided services to:

  1. 6,281 total units of service to students from Birmingham City Schools
  2. 5,180 of this total participated for free because of McWane Science Center’s Educational Scholarship Fund
  3. 400 preschool students and teachers from licensed centers in the City of Birmingham


Next Steps: For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294.

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3. A Resolution to accept the lump sum bid and approve the contract of Five Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand, Nine Hundred Thirty-Two and 00/100 Dollars ($522,932.00) submitted by Sherrod Construction Company, Inc., 1980-A Shades Crest Road, Vestavia, AL 35266, for Wahouma Park Renovations-Rebid, located at 216 71st Street, Birmingham, AL 35206, received by the Department of Planning, Engineering and Permits on Thursday, June 14, 2018, be and the same is hereby accepted, this being the lowest and best bid submitted.

Was this item approved? Yes

What does this mean? The Wahouma Park Renovations project is one of the City’s bond fund renovations projects. The scope of work includes:

  1. New Parking and site work at Wahouma Park.
  2. New Football and Baseball field bleachers.
  3. Resurfacing Basketball court and Walking track.
  4. New mechanical equipment and Marcell Dareus logo at the existing concession stand.

Contractor: Sherrod Construction Company, Inc. Consultant: Studio 2H Design, LLC.

Next Steps: For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294

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Meeting highlights provided by the Birmingham City Council Public Information office.

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