THEIR FUTURE. THE BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL PASSED A MEASURE TO HELP FUND A NEW STADIUM IN BIRMINGHAM TODAY EMOTIONS RAN HIGH AS THE COUNSEL HEARD FROM THE PUBLIC CBS 42 NEWS REPORTER JAMES MCCONATHA JOINS US LIVE OUTSIDE CITY HALL WITH THE STORY. JAMES? THAT’S RIGHT THE COUNCIL OPENED UP THE FLOOR TO THE PUBLIC AND THE ROOM WAS PACKED FOR THE DISCUSSION.”As we talk about the BJCC, as we talk about the stadium, all of Birmingham wins. All of Birmingham wins and that’s the true magic city.” THE CITY COUNCIL HEARD PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM MANY SPEAKERS ON BOTH SIDES WHO WERE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE ISSUE. NAT SOT “I ask that y’all would think about doing something different because the people don’t want it. If the people don’t want it, we shouldn’ )t have to go through all of this to get this done.” THOSE COMMENTS INCLUDED CONCERNS FROM CITIZENS ABOUT PARKING, OVERFLOW, IMPACTS ON NEIGHBORHOODS AND OTHER WAYS PEOPLE BELIEVED THE MONEY COULD BE BETTER SPENT. SUPPORTERS BELIEVE THE NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL BE AN ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE CITY. AND BRING WITH IT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT. ULTIMATELY, THE COUNCIL VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE RESOLUTION — DESPITE LINGERING QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS FROM SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS — COMMITTING THE CITY TO A 90 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN THE NEW CONSTRUCTION. “We’re showing the community what cooperation looks like. All of us agreeing to participate in this project and it has many ripples that are positive for our community. Especially around tourism and events so this is a good day for a city. I’m happy to work with the council and I want to thank everybody involved.” I’M TOLD THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM IS THE LAST MAJOR HURDLE IN THE FUNDING PUZZLE. COMING UP, REACTION TO THE DECISION ON THE CBS 42 NEWS AT 6. LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM, JM, CBS 42 NEWS. LOCAL COVERAGE YOU