Birmingham City Council Unanimously Opposes Legislature’s Water Works Bill

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday publicly showed its disapproval of a pending bill in the Alabama Legislature, which one councilor said “dilutes” the council’s ability to represent water customers in the city.

The panel passed a resolution, 8-0, with Councilor Hunter Williams absent, opposing House Bill 177, introduced last month by State Rep. Jim Carns, R-Vestavia Hills, that would restructure Birmingham Water Works Board and reduce the Council’s appointing power.

The Council’s resolution “requests the Alabama House of Representatives and Alabama Senate vote against the legislation because of its adverse impact to local governance.”

By Ryan Michaels