I readily admit to being uninformed about issues around rebuilding the Lake Purdy/Grants Mill Road bridge, but here’s an opportunity to let your voice be heard. There will also be discussion of the Jefferson County sewer debt mess.
BIRMINGHAM, AL–Senator Slade Blackwell will be hosting the first of a series of Community Town Hall meetings on Thursday at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church from 7-8 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and all citizens in state Senate district 15 are encouraged to attend and participate.
“I want these meetings to serve as a way for constituents to let me know about the issues that are affecting them, how I can make a difference in helping to resolve these challenges, and for me to update them with what is happening in Montgomery during the upcoming session,” says Blackwell.
The meeting on Thursday night will focus on the effort to rebuild the bridge on Grants Mill Road at Lake Purdy. Before the bridge closed in December of 2009, an average of 8,000 cars traveled over the Grants Mill Road Bridge each day in order to reach I-459 by avoiding Hwy 280. However, the city of Birmingham closed the decaying, 74-year old bridge because the city could no longer enforce weight restrictions that had plagued the bridge since 2002.
“This has been a headache for people in this area for over a year, causing significant delays for the people living in the community’s surrounding the bridge that depend on it to reach highway 119 and highway 280,” Blackwell said. “While there has been some progress with this project, people want to know the timeline and other details, which I hope to provide to them.”
Another major concern to be discussed at the meeting Thursday night will be the ongoing Jefferson County sewer crisis. A court appointed receiver has been in the process of accessing the system and will put forward a proposed plan for reaching a solution. Recent meetings with legislators and the receiver, John Young, will be discussed.
“It is becoming increasingly urgent that we reach a solution to the escalating sewer debt crisis, while avoiding bankruptcy. My goal and commitment remains the same since I became engaged in this issue almost two years ago – to assist the county commission and receiver in identifying and implementing a sustainable solution to the ongoing debacle for the sake of the people of Jefferson County and Alabama.”
The meeting will also focus on other issues that are of importance to the citizens in state Senate District 15. There will be time at the end of the meeting for participants to ask questions regarding anything that they’d like to discuss that is related to Jefferson and Shelby County’s. State Representative Greg Canfield (R-Vestavia Hills) will also attend and address questions from constituents along with Blackwell.
“I’m excited about this meeting. There is so much going on in Jefferson and Shelby counties right now and I hope these meetings will give people the opportunity to offer ideas and feedback on how I can better serve District 15,” Blackwell said. “It’s a win-win situation.”
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