We had a lovely lunch time meeting at the beautiful Spanish style home of Debbie Brazeal. Cathy gave updates on Home Tour (April 26th!) and our Ward 5 City Councillors Jennifer Andress & John Hardin spoke to the group about issues happening around Homewood.
-Cathy passed out Birmingham Home and Garden article about Home Tour.
Photo shoot with Over the Mountain Journal will be next week.
-Looking for 3 tailgate tents to sell tickets on day of Home Tour.
-each member is expected to purchase (sell) 4 tickets. Katie passed tickets out to members present at meeting.
We are looking at refinancing our city bonds.
-The Lutheran Church on Lakeshore is lacking membership but wants to stay at their location. They plan ground-lease the property to their right (where Boy Scouts meet) to create revenue.
-Traffic study on 31 currently underway.
-Gave update on Hollywood bridge. It has changed from a pedestrian project to a road project.
-Marriott crosswalk is coming.
-A crosswalk is budgeted for Windsor Drive (pedestrian button).
-Phase 2 Lakeshore Trail is next and done through the state. Working well with Samford and Homewood City Schools Foundation.
-Beautification Board is doing several projects around town including painting the Shades Cahaba Tunnel.
-BJCTA Magic City Connector is in Homewood.
-Census is April 3. It is critical to participate because Alabama could lose 2 Federal Congressmen in the US House of Representatives.
-Parking downtown- The city did a total lighting upgrade in city parking garage. It is looking at adding angled parking on 29th Avenue bear Pastry Arts. It passed a 3 hour ordinance on Linden. There are 8 traffic studies going on around Homewood.
-Council Roundtable is March 31st. It meets with other city council members on vaping, single-use plastics, recycling.
-Homewood has a 32 percent contamination rate, for which it is charged fees.