FIRST on ABC 33/40: Birmingham Town Hall meetings on abandoned homes, issues

Abandoned homes and vacant lots continue to be eyesores for the City of Birmingham.In fact, a city spokesperson tells ABC 33/40 there are roughly 8,000 abandoned, dilapidated homes in the city limits.But Mayor William Bell plans to address that issue among others in a series of Town Hall meetings.Bell along with City Department heads will hold the first meeting Monday, July 22 at Hawkins Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m.Traditionally, Town Hall meetings are a chance for citizens to voice concerns and interact one on one with elected officials and staff. "In addition to hearing concerns at a neighborhood level, we hope to share with our citizens plans to continue on a forward moving path of progress," Mayor Bell says.The topics will include the Build Birmingham Bond project updates, Public Safety and the new Land Bank Act and what it means to the city's abandoned lots and dilapidated structures.Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.