The First 100: Langford lays out his agenda to City Council

11.16.2007 by Andr√© Natta · → Leave a comment

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A special to The Terminal from Birmingham View

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, in one of his first official acts with the City Council, gave them his plan to “do something.”

He personally handed them a broad-ranging proposal that would pay for transit, computers for city schoolchildren, the domed stadium project and neighborhood improvements, among other items – all with an economic impact of $1.35 billion.

Details of the plan, dubbed “The Birmingham Community Development and Revitalization Ordinance,” were for the councilors’ eyes only; he wanted them to see the plan before the press did. Langford said he would make it public after they’ve had a chance to digest it over the weekend and give him their feedback.

“I will never go forward with information of this magnitude without giving it to you first,” he told six of the nine councilors present at their Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday afternoon. “I want give you time to go over it … then collectively we can put it out to the public.”

Langford said he wanted the Councilors to meet Monday and air their comments in public. He would make a formal presentation at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

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