The Birmingham City Council will face many important issues in Tuesday's meeting.
Councilors are expected to soon take a vote on allowing CSX to build a new railroad line and overpass in the Mason City area. Neighbors near the existing tracks say trains are already too loud and create too much vibration. CSX says the new system will cut down on the overall number of trains coming through the area and help rail freight move through Birmingham faster. The railroad needs the council's permission to build the overpass. They will vote tomorrow.
Also during the meeting, the council will vote on a funding for planning for the year-long celebration of the civil rights movement in 1963. The council and mayor's office are each asking for $125,000 for planning purposes. Mayor Bell is also asking to give $25,000 each to the 4 Little Girls Memorial and the Footsoldiers Monument.
The final big issue to undertake involves the new stadium in Birmingham. The council will take another look at the city's lease agreement on the new Barons stadium under construction downtown. The independent board that runs the stadium is asking the council to approve a new arrangement with the Barons where, if the Barons buy certain pieces of furniture and fixtures for the stadium, the city would refund up to $3-million of that cost through paying some of the stadium's utility costs or selling extra land around the stadium.
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