City Council to Reconsider Vote on SWMA, Malcolm Pirnie

If you have followed this story at all, you know the Council voted to withdraw from the Storm Water Management Agency, pretty much tanking what has been an effective regional vehicle for monitoring storm water runoff into our waterways, and pay Malcolm Pirnie half a million to re-invent the wheel.  The Council approved the Malcolm Pirnie contract 4-2 two weeks ago, but it turns out the measure required five votes to pass.

The Council will reconsider a redrawn measure this morning, one that supposedly requires only a simple majority.  William Bell was out of town for the previous vote; we’ll see if the former Malcolm Pirnie employee recuses himself today.

If you can get to today’s City Council meeting, go and let your opinion be known.

2 Responses to “City Council to Reconsider Vote on SWMA, Malcolm Pirnie”

  1. Scott Douglas says:

    The good news is that the Malcolm Pirnie contract is just for one year. The bad news is that the Malcolm Pirnie contract is just for one year. What happens in one year is that MP gets to build a case for why they should provide the services formerly provided by SWMA. What happens in one year is that SWMA will probably not have the capacity to provide alternative data. In other words, we’re sunk. I am willing to go on talk radio, write op-eds, sit-down at restaurants (never mind, that’s been done) to expose this stuff. What is going to be key is to document their performance way in advance of the October, ’09 Birmingham Council races and make them known.

    SWMA was the singular best case for regional, multi-jurisdictional cooperation. We must resurrect it if our communities are to survive with the prospects of sharing community rather than dividing community.

  2. Sansou says:

    I’ll bet there’s not a single written or transcribed telephone complaint on record from a homeowner in Birmingham or any of the other municipalities that have already withdrawn from SWMA. Who has a complaint about a service that costs $5 a year? (answer: nobody)

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