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Hoover mayor defends city council members for leaving bus discussion

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Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey defended city council members, Tuesday, who walked out of Monday's discussion about the Hoover City Schools bus system.

Ivey says if there would have been more than three council members at the discussion, which was about the study conducted by Zanola Company about the possible impact on Hoover if the bus system was cut, it would have violated the Open Meeting Law.

Monday night, some people didn't understand why council members wouldn't stay and listen to the study's results.

The truth is...they couldn't.

Ivey says if more than three members meet that's considered a forum. And, as a forum, the council is not allowed to interfere or influence the Hoover City School Board of Education.

As for the study from Zanola Company, which shows a harsh impact on retail sales, home sales, home pricing and new development in Hoover, Ivey says he was given a copy and did look over it.

And he disagrees.

"I don't put any stock in this particular survey," Ivey said. "There's no historical data to back it up and in my other life I'm in the retail business and I don't believe it's going to impact my business. The issue here that we sometimes get lost in is, with me, it's the $17 million deficit that the schools is operating at. It's not my place to fix their deficit, but they can't continue at that."

Since the announcement of cutting the bus service in 2014, Ivey says it might have been a premature decision.

But, he says if cutting bus services was part of the solution to get out of that deficit, he would rather see that than cutting teachers. But, again, these decisions are not up to him or city council, but the Hoover City School Board.

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