City council votes on Alaska trip

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - Birmingham's City Council voted Wednesday afternoon not to allow a charter flight to take representatives to a conference in Alaska.

The council voted to only send 23 representatives, one from each of the city's 23 communities, plus two presenters and three Neighborhood USA board members from Birmingham. It was initially recommended to send 121 people to the Anchorage conference in May.

Last week, the council presented plans for the trip, which would end up costing $370,000.

Council President Roderick Royal and others expressed opposition and delayed a vote. Mayor William Bell and the president of the Citizens Advisory Board stood by the plan.

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