CITY OF BESSEMER, ALABAMA
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The Bessemer City Council has approved a recommendation to rezone property along Murphys Lane for a new housing subdivision. 
A public hearing on the rezoning was held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. The Council unanimously approved the request by Developer Randy Brooks to rezone the current vacant land off Murphy’s Lane, which had been zoned R-2 residential, to R-3-A residential. The proposed use of the property will be for the construction of 269 Patio/Garden style homes.
The city of Bessemer’s Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the Council approve the rezoning during its meeting on June 15, 2021. No one spoke in opposition to the rezoning during the public hearing.
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The city of Bessemer’s Public Improvements Department is announcing some possible delays in Animal Control efforts for the next several weeks.
The delays are due to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s announcement earlier this week that it will go to Priority-One Pick-up and Impoundment Status for its facility, which services Bessemer and other communities in Jefferson County.
GBHS announced it will respond to high priority/emergency calls such as law enforcement calls and cases of animal cruelty but suspend non-emergency calls such as stray in-takes and non-emergency owner surrender while in this status. Non-essential shelter intake will also be limited.  The Priority One status will continue for a period of 30 days, according to GBHS officials.
Lawrence Hatter, Public Improvements Director for the city of Bessemer, said this status will limit some animal control services available to Bessemer residents for the foreseeable future. Hatter asked that residents be aware of the limit in service in Bessemer due to the impoundment interruptions.
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The city of Bessemer has two on-going programs designed to assist small businesses and residents recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS
The city of Bessemer and the Birmingham Urban League are partnering to provide emergency rental and utility assistance to Bessemer residents impacted by COVID-19.
The project is being sponsored with funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) special CARES Act allocation provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the city.
Eligible households are able to receive up to $4500 for up to three months in emergency assistance under the program. Households must demonstrate that they have been impacted by COVID-19 through loss of employment or a reduction in income, among other eligibility requirements.
The program will be administered as long as funds are available. For more information, contact the Birmingham Urban League at 205-326-0162 or by visiting its website at https://birminghamul.org/. Application packets can also be picked up at Bessemer City Hall during normal business hours.
 
MICROENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE
The city of Bessemer’s Economic and Community Development Department is providing assistance to microenterprises/entrepreneurs in the city impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The assistance programs are funded by the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act, or CDBG-CV, allocation provided to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program is being conducted in collaboration with Create Birmingham.

The City of Bessemer Small Business/Micro-enterprise Recovery and Resiliency program will provide technical assistance to eligible microenterprises in Bessemer that have experienced the detrimental impacts of COVID-19 with an aim of preparing, preventing and responding to the pandemic. Qualified owners will take part in a business consulting/mentoring program aimed at helping to stabilize their businesses for sustainability in a COVID-19/post COVID-19 environment.

Microenterprises, defined as businesses with five or fewer employees, who complete the program will be eligible to receive financial grant assistance of up to $5,000. Grant assistance can be used to provide capital to meet commercial lease or utility payment requirements or to purchase supplies and equipment needed to operate in a COVID-19 environment. To be eligible, microenterprises must have had a current business license with the city on March 17, 2020 and must document how their business has been impacted by the pandemic. Businesses who have received PPP loans from the federal government are not eligible for financial assistance under the program, but may be eligible for technical assistance.

A Town Hall informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bessemer City Hall for interested businesses.
 
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The city of Bessemer’s two new ambulances have arrived.
Two new ambulances will soon go into service to assist with providing uninterrupted service to residents of Bessemer. The Bessemer City Council, at the request of Mayor Kenneth Gulley, approved the purchase of the new ambulances due to an ambulance shortage in Jefferson County. The new ambulances cost an estimated $250,000.
The ambulances will go into service whenever private ambulance service is hindered or unavailable in the city and will be manned by members of the Bessemer Fire Department.

 
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The LiveSmart Mobile Market is now making bi-weekly stops in Bessemer.
The Mobile Market visited Jess Lanier Manor on Tuesday, August 10 and provided an opportunity for local seniors to shop for fresh produce and groceries. The introduction of the Mobile Market into the community was made possible through a collaboration of the city of Bessemer, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, East Lake Market, the Bessemer Coalition and the Bessemer Housing Authority.
Live HealthSmart Alabama is the inaugural project of the UAB Grand Challenge, an effort to combine innovative approaches to address real-world problems affecting Alabama’s communities.
A schedule of visits for the Mobile Market is outlined below. You can also learn more by visiting the Mobile Market page at https://www.uab.edu/livehealthsmartal/about-nav/mobile-market.

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The city of Bessemer will host the 2021 National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bessemer Recreation Center, 100 14th Street South.
The event is being sponsored by the Bessemer Police Department.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. To learn more about National Night Out, click the following link: https://natw.org/.
 
This year’s event in Bessemer will include food, drinks, popcorn, music, inflatables, school supplies and more. The event is free to the public.
 
For additional information, contact Bessemer Police Sergeant Alexia Bruster at 205-417-3900.
 
(Note: The August 3 Bessemer City Council meeting will be postponed until Tuesday, August 10 to accommodate this event).




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The city of Bessemer’s Street and Sanitation Department is announcing potential delays in garbage collection on Thursday, July 8, 2021.
Residential garbage service may be delayed for several hours for households whose normal pickup day is on the Monday/Thursday schedule. However, Street and Sanitation officials are anticipating servicing all Thursday residential garbage households by the end of the day Thursday.
Communities and neighborhoods which may be impacted by a delay in service include: Broadmoor, Northside, Braswell Homes, Old Jonesboro, Smith Highland, Hopewell, Raimund, Parkside, Southwood Parc, Willowbrook, Woodhill Cove, Cobb Garden, and Dewanna Lane. 

If you have any further concerns about garbage collection, please feel free to contact the city of Bessemer’s Public Improvements Department at 205-424-4084
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The city of Bessemer’s Annual Independence Day Celebration will return in 2021!
The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bessemer City High School campus, 4950 Premiere Parkway, Bessemer, AL.
The event will include music, giveaways and a fireworks show which will start at approximately 8:45 p.m.  Pyro Shows of Alabama will provide the fireworks display.
The event is being sponsored by the City of Bessemer in partnership with the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce. A special thanks to the Bessemer Board of Education for use of the school campus.
See the flyer below for more information.

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The city of Bessemer and the Birmingham Urban League are partnering to provide emergency rental and utility assistance to Bessemer residents impacted by COVID-19.
The project is being sponsored with funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) special CARES Act allocation provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the city.
Eligible households are able to receive up to $4500 for up to three months in emergency assistance under the program. Households must demonstrate that they have been impacted by COVID-19 through loss of employment or a reduction in income, among other eligibility requirements.
The program will be administered as long as funds are available. For more information, contact the Birmingham Urban League at 205-326-0162 or by visiting its website at https://birminghamul.org/. Application packets can also be picked up at Bessemer City Hall during normal business hours.
For additional information on eligibility, see the flyer below.

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Mayor Kenneth Gulley has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in the city of Bessemer.
 
The local proclamation coincides with the national declaration of April as Fair Housing Month.
 
Each April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting an array of activities that highlight HUD’s fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance Americans’ awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination.
 
The city’s Economic and Community Development Department and Mayor’s Office will serve as co-sponsors of the United Way of Central Alabama’s virtual Fair Housing workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Landlords and tenants in Bessemer are urged to attend the event.
Information on the event is below: 

Fair Housing: Know Your Rights!
Presented by United Way Housing Alliance in partnership with the City of Bessemer and the Center for Fair Housing
April 15, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Free via Zoom
CLICK HERE to register  or visit https://givepul.se/hgwehz.
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