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      Birmingham city councilors ready for much needed improvements

      Birmingham city councilors are ready for improvements.

      "There's some severe erosion on Grants Mill Road," Councilwoman Kim Rafferty said.

      "We needed a lot of streets resurfaced," Councilwoman{}LaShunda Scales{}said.

      Scales and Rafferty are ahead of the game.

      They've already submitted their top three projects in their districts that they'd like to see worked on. It's all going to be paid for with a $150 million bond referendum that passed last week.

      "Hopefully, the three projects I chose will just be a portion of that money from the bond," Rafferty said.

      Scales wants improvements to streets, like Five Mile Road. And three parks, including Bradford Park, Echo Highlands Park and Grayson Park, she wants upgrades for restrooms, additional lighting and playground equipment. Her only question with the money is can the city repay it?

      "At the end of the day, can we repay it?," she said. "If we can repay it, great, if we can't, explain to us how we can do it and then we'll take it from there."

      Rafferty hopes the money will all be divided up evenly between the districts. Scales hopes for the same and hopes her district won't be left behind.

      "For no other reason than not to overlook those citizens...that they be included in this process and I'm going to fight every step of the way to make sure that that happens," Scales said.

      City councilors are expected to have their three projects turned in to Mayor William Bell's office by Thursday, November 15.