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On the agenda: Vulcan, jazz and transit

New Birmingham, Alabama logoThis morning’s Birmingham City Council agenda is the longest in some time, consisting of some 44 pages.

Item 21 asks the Council to approve an amendment to their contract with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (better known to most of us as MAX). It would allow the council to provide up to an additional $3 million to the cash-strapped agency, increasing their allocation to more than $8 million. The routes and hours are to be established by the City Council Transportation Committee.

Item 28 gives us a first glance at the Jazz in the Park Concerts sponsored by Magic City Smooth Jazz. The free concerts would be held every Sunday from July 4-25, 2010 at several locations throughout the city. The item includes the city agreeing to provide up to $10,000 towards the cost of the series.

Item 33 allows The Big Guy atop Red Mountain to have some necessary repair work done to his pedestal. Vulcan Painters of Bessemer submitted the low (and only) bid of $27,672 and acceptance of the item allows repair work to the pedestal to proceed.

The meetings are streamed live via the city’s website and archived.

Botanical Gardens announce Spring Plant Sale

If you’re looking for a way to unwind after you file that income tax return on April 15 (and based on last year’s site visits for the day, a lot of you will), then you’ll love the fact that the Birmingham Botanical Gardens has just announced that the annual Spring Plant Sale will be starting on April 16 starting with a special preview party that evening.

The event will go through April 19 and is the largest in the state of Alabama with more than 85,000 plants for sale. Last year’s sale raised more than $200,000 for education programs.

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