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City Council still at odds with bond money

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© Birmingham City Councilman, Steven Hoyt (left) and president Roderick Royal (right) at Tuesday's meeting. (abc3340.com) © Birmingham City Councilman, Steven Hoyt (left) and president Roderick Royal (right) at Tuesday's meeting. (abc3340.com)
© Councilman Jonathan Austin. (abc3340.com) © Councilman Jonathan Austin. (abc3340.com)
Birmingham City Council member Lashunda Roberts-Scales said on Tuesday that the council needs to come up with a more sensible approach in the handling of the bond money. (abc3340.com) Birmingham City Council member Lashunda Roberts-Scales said on Tuesday that the council needs to come up with a more sensible approach in the handling of the bond money. (abc3340.com)
BIRMINGHAM - AL -

It seems it happens every week.

"You don't have to be a rocket scientist," Birmingham City Councilman, Steven Hoyt, said. "Stevie Wonder could see that."

That council members can't seem to get on the same page.

"I won't be chastised by trying to do the right thing," Council President, Roderick Royal, said. "That ain't happening today or no other day."

The topic...$150 million in bonds.

For almost a month, $73 million has been the talking point. Money that would do much for the city, including $9 million for repaving streets and $10 million for parks. The rest would be used for city wide improvements.

It sounds good on paper, but politics keep getting in the way.

Some are pointing the finger of blame at each other.

"I'm not going to be one of these council members that's viewed as continuing to delay, after delay, after delay this project," Councilman Johnathan Austin said.

Others are saying it's the fault of Mayor William Bell.

"The mayor needs to come to the table," Hoyt said. "And if he had come to the table, even before now, we wouldn't have this discussion. We would have passed this a long time ago."

Some councilors say go ahead and release the $73 million, but hold off on where it goes. But even then...there's opposition.

"Right now, you got a consensus among some [saying] 'Just approve the money, we'll figure out what's going to be in the bond later'," Councilwoman LaShunda Scales said. "That's not prudent, that's not sensible. That's not the way you deal with other folks money."

President Royal has called a special meeting between council and Mayor Bell for this Saturday, to discuss any concerns or questions regarding the bond money.

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