Tuesday, Birmingham city councilor Lashunda Scales answered critics who question the need for both a taxpayer-funded second swearing-in ceremony and a city-sponsored concert that will conflict with the Magic City Classic postgame concert.
Even though the official swearing-in ceremony for councilors was held Tuesday morning at City Hall, the council is using taxpayer funding of up to $100,000 to pay for a ceremonial swearing-in Thursday night at the Alabama Theatre.
The city is also sponsoring a music festival Saturday night at Railroad Park that will go on about the time the Magic City Classic game and postgame concert is wrapping up at Legion Field.
Scales helped organize both events and answered critics of the plan on Tuesday.
"We are very focused and happy to see everyone," Scales said.
"We know that people can't make it out today because of their work schedule. So this will permit them to see an event where they will be able to see the ceremonial swearing in again," she added.
FOX6 News reporter Jonathan Hardison asked councilor Scales about the concern over scheduling a concert to in some ways compete with the Classic.
"Your answer to those concerns and the issue of police protection that you guys may not be able to get because of that?" Hardison asked.
"Yeah, we're focused," Scales replied. "Everything is going well, we look forward to seeing everybody out on Saturday."
When asked if they will have to contract privately for security, Scales responded, "Well we're excited about Saturday and we're gonna let Saturday take care of itself."
Mayor Bell's office told FOX6 News Monday every available officer will be working security at the Classic and the city won't have anyone to spare to provide security for the council's Railroad Park concert.
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