Birmingham leaders to work to change BWWB without state bill


Birmingham city leaders are now trying to find alternatives to making changes to the Birmingham Water Works Board before a state bill is filed.Mayor William Bell said Tuesday he will assign the city attorney to work with the city council on moving forward with issues concerning BWWB. Two state lawmakers want to make changes to the board, including placing a cap on board pay, establishing more ethics governance and expanding it.{}Birmingham leaders reject any expansion of the board.Bell also said the city wants to make sure the Board is effective. He added some issues can be addressed "aside from those mentioned" in the expected state bill. He wants to implement ordinances or other measures to give the public assurance that the board is working in its "best fashion."{}City leaders will discuss the issue further during a "Committee of Whole meeting" Wednesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall.