Birmingham councilors fight about All-America City award - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Birmingham councilors fight about All-America City award

Birmingham city councilors had a lukewarm-at-best reception for the All-America City award today at their weekly meeting. Source: WBRC video Birmingham city councilors had a lukewarm-at-best reception for the All-America City award today at their weekly meeting. Source: WBRC video
Birmingham Mayor William Bell thanked the council and others for the team effort that it took to win the prestigious All-America City award. Source: WBRC video Birmingham Mayor William Bell thanked the council and others for the team effort that it took to win the prestigious All-America City award. Source: WBRC video
Council President Roderick Royal complained that no one from the council was invited to go to Denver to accept the award. Source: WBRC video Council President Roderick Royal complained that no one from the council was invited to go to Denver to accept the award. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Instead of celebrating Birmingham's honor of being named an All-America City this week, some city councilors got upset in today's city council meeting.

The award is compared to a Nobel prize for U.S. Cities. Just two days after winning it, Mayor Bell today thanked the council and several city groups for helping Birmingham win the All-America City honor.

"As I stood there and the organization gave me accolades as the mayor, I assured them it was a team effort in every aspect of our city to receive or even be nominated for the All-America city award," Bell said.

But that didn't satisfy council president Roderick Royal who mocked Bell's commitment to his "United for the Good of the City" motto.

"That's not really true to the spirit of the motto. That's right. And all I'm saying is if you really want to have cooperation on all of these things, and an All-American city award is an important award and we welcome it, but you named every group but someone from the council," Royal said.

"Mr. President, you have a good day," Bell responded.

"Yeah, I'm gonna have a better day, and because you said that, I'm gonna just go on further. I just believe that it's time out for politics, it's time out for standing in the camera, saying all the stuff we're doing, and we're not doing anything," Royal continued.

"That's not true Mr. President. Those people would not sit there and designate us as an All-American city if we did not have tangible proof that the city is moving forward," Bell answered.

Several other councilors disagreed with Royal and said they're excited about the award, despite the lukewarm-at-best reception today.

The All-America City award comes on the heels of a week of Birmingham being in the national spotlight, including an AP story on Birmingham's renaisaance that was picked up by the New York Times and a 20-page spread in this month's Sky magazine.

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