Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Birmingham City Council committee endorses two for Water Works Board seat

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 6:57 PM ??? Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7:49 PM

A Birmingham City Council committee tonight endorsed two people for one vacant slot on the Birmingham Water Works Board.

The Utilities?Committee named Fultondale Mayor Jim Lowery, a current member of the board, and Ann Florie, executive director of Leadership Birmingham as their choices. The full council is expected to vote Tuesday.

While other council members were present, the only members of the committee to vote were Maxine Parker and Steven Hoyt.

Committee chairwoman Carole Smitherman has abstained from the endorsement process or the upcoming council vote because her husband, state Sen. Rodger Smitherman, is a lawyer who works with Charlie Waldrep, whose firm represents the utility.

Eleven candidates are seeking a six-year term on the board currently held by Lowery, whose term expired but continues to serve until a new appointment is made.

Parker and Hoyt could not agree on a single name for a recommendation, with Hoyt favoring Florie and Parker saying she favored either Lowery or Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden.

The council is not bound to accept the committee's recommendation.

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