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On the agenda: Cleaning up the city

Official flag of the City of BirminghamUPDATE: Kyle Whitmire with Second Front reports the City Council has voted to go with Mayor Bell’s proposal for debris cleanup and not to use the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

So after you get past the thirteen pages of properties scheduled to undergo nuisance abatement in today’s Birmingham City Council agenda, you arrive at Item 7 – the first of 14 that involve “inoperable vehicles” on property. They’re all public hearings too…

The most interesting item on today’s agenda involves clean up efforts underway after the April 27 tornadoes. The simple part of the agenda is Item 21, making $10 million available to do the debris removal in the budget. Then it gets interesting. The mayor has submitted Item 22, asking for permission to enter into contracts with DRC Emergency Services, Southeast Renewables and Malcolm Pirnie.¬†The City Council counters with Item 26, granting permission to the Army Corp of Engineers Mobile District, which is using Phillips & Jordan to coordinate efforts throughout the state.

They’ve already spent several days talking about the issue, including the majority of what was supposed to be the first meeting about the 2011-2012 budget.

There also appear to be several road construction projects on today’s agenda, including one (Item 23) moving the extension of Finley Boulevard from 26th Street to East Lake Boulevard forward.

It’ll be an interesting one to watch this morning – or whenever you get around to it.

Regions Bank, Talladega Superspeedway make donations

As news continues to come in about the devastation associated with yesterday’s storms, area businesses have started to commit funds to help those affected.

Regions Bank announced that they will be donating $1 million¬†towards relief efforts in Alabama and other affected Southern states. They also announced that donations for the American Red Cross’ Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted from customers and non-customers alike at all Regions Bank branch locations.

Talladega Superspeedway has made a commitment of $100,000 towards relief efforts. They’ve also announced plans to open the track to race fans wanting to drive their cars on the historic race track next weekend (May 6-8) for $50 d0nations to the Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Last night, Scott Pierce set up a Causes page on Facebook dedicated to raising funds for the American Red Cross Birmingham Chapter. As of the writing of this post, the page had more than 670 members and had raised nearly $6,500 for Alabama Tornado Relief.

If you know of any other corporate pledges or of other opportunities to donate, please share in the comments section below. We’ll update our list as we are able to.