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Atlanta council members still fighting to keep Braves

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Some Atlanta City Council members said they have not given up on keeping the Braves at Turner Field.

The team is expected to sign a deal next week to build a new stadium in Cobb County. 

Councilman Michael Julian Bond had a resolution signed Monday that said the City Council wanted to keep the Braves in Atlanta.

"I haven't been able to go anywhere this past week where someone hasn't stopped me and said they want the braves to stay," Bond told CBS Atlanta News. "So we felt it necessary to express that publicly in the most efficient way that we can."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has estimated it could cost up to $350 million to keep the team in the city.

Bond said he is confident that the city can find the money. He said he will look at using the hotel-motel and car rental taxes, along with other sources of funding.

"I think that's hopeful for everyone so yeah, I would go for that," said Councilwoman Carla Smith. "I love creative funding."

In the meantime, Smith has plans to form a task force to study the future of the Turner Field area. Members would include city officials, neighbors and business leaders.

"One way or the other, this neighborhood is going to change, and we want the development to be good development here in the neighborhood," said Smith.

Neighborhood leaders agree.

"We would love for the Braves to be here," said Edwin Baker of the Peoplestown neighborhood. "However, we're going to move on without them."

Residents said they plan to meet with the mayor in the days ahead.

"We'll work hard and realize our dreams with or without the Atlanta Braves," said Suzanne Mitchell, president of the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill.

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