Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birmingham council panel to re-interview 5 candidates seeking seat on Water Works Board

Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 5:45 PM ??? Updated: Monday, November 29, 2010, 6:05 PM

A Birmingham City Council committee on Tuesday is expected to recommend a candidate to sit on the Birmingham Water Works Board.

The Utilities Committee this afternoon narrowed down the list of 11 candidates for the Water Works Board to five?and will hold a second round of interviews Tuesday before voting on a recommendation.

Candidates are seeking a six-year term on the board currently held by Fultondale Mayor Jim Lowery whose term is expired. The council's Utilities Committee agreed to re-interview Lowery, Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden; Ann Florie, executive director of Leadership Birmingham; VeLinda A.J. Weatherly, a community corrections coordinator for the Alabama Department of Corrections and lawyer Desiree Celeste Alexander.

Water Board members are paid $285 per meeting and decide on major contracts with engineers, lawyers and consultants for the utility. There are five member on the authority.

Tuesday's meeting is at 4 p.m. The committee will forward a recommendation to the full council which could vote as early as next week. However, the council could set aside that recommendation and also nominate candidates directly from the dais, as has been done in the past.

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