- Roadways- The overall condition
of the road surfaces are good. Over 75% of the streets are
sealcoated. The streets are drained by storm sewers or ditches.
Streets are named and marked in the city. House numbering is in
- Utilities-Alliant Utilities
distributes electric and gas provisions. Cable and
telecommunication services are available to the
- Public Buildings- Birmingham has
a firehouse and library. City Hall is a new building on the east
side of town.
- Water- Water is provided to the
residents by the city of Fairfield. Average daily use of the
system is 30,000 gallons per day. The city owns a 30,000 above
ground storage unit.
- Sewer- Birmingham has a municipal
lagoon sewage system. The average daily load of the system is
- Trash Pickup- There is curbside
trash and recycling pickup every Wednesday.
- Industry- There is not an
industrial park in Birmingham, but some space is available for
development. The nearest airport is 12 miles away.
- Housing- There is a high demand
for housing in Birmingham. Rental units are in demand. Birmingham
does use Tax Abatement as an incentive to promote housing repair
and construction. The city has had a CDBG grant qualifying
citizens used to improve their homes.
- Business- Birmingham has sites
available that are developed and ready for new business, and the
city has a need to expand both industry and business. Light and
small industry are definitely needed.
- City Hall- A new city hall has
been built recently, located at the east side of town on East
Cedar Street. (Photo
at bottom of photo page)
- School District- Birmingham
children attend Van Buren Community Schools. The elementary center
is in Douds, Jr. High in Stockport (new school built in
1999-2000), Sr. High is in Keosauqua. Major renovations have been
done to the school buildings. There are several school bus pickup
and drop-off locations around town.
- Meeting Facilities- The Lions
Building and a newly constructed shelter in the city park are
available for rent. Both have seating/tables, kitchen, and
restroom facilities. The shelter is outdoor seating and the Lions
Building is indoor seating.
- Birmingham City Park- Besides the
above mentioned shelter, the City Park has an entertaining
playground for the children, a log cabin, bandstand, and memorial
benches donated by a local family for seating near the
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