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Could Austin airport taxis pull out of the garage?

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

Faced with a sharp drop in ridership, Austin’s taxi industry was offered a ray of hope at the last city council meeting.

Earlier this month, the Council unanimously approved a change which will have the municipal taxi license as its operating authority, ending the taxi franchise system in place since 1950. Mayor Steve Adler was absent during the vote.

As part of the resolution – which was apparently aimed at bolstering the reporting industry – the council asked the city manager to return by May 1 with recommendations to move the taxi stand from the airport to a more convenient location. Currently, taxis and rideshares are parked after arrival pick-up across an airport parking lot.

“I can tell you, as an airport user and as someone who has also heard this concern from others, there have been times when, when I returned, I actually asked someone one to pick me up and add a car to that long line of traffic because it’s so hard to get from the airport to the taxi stand,” said Board Member Kathie Tovo, who has made the amendment to study how the airport limits taxi pick-ups.

In short, Tovo said the current location of the taxi rank could discourage people from using taxis and add to the problems of a beleaguered industry.

“It’s an on-demand service. I have to believe there are people who arrive at the airport and don’t see a taxi waiting and have to make another arrangement,” Tovo said. “I think it should be treated differently.”

His concerns were supported by Angelo Atem, with ATX Co-op Taxi. In a letter to the Council, he explained that around 30% of his airport business had disappeared “because the Airport Authority hid us under a garage out of sight of our customers”.

“We need to go back to where we were,” he wrote.

Austin Airport Chief Jacqueline Yaft explained that due to a combination of traffic congestion, limited curb space and an ever-increasing passenger population, the city chose to move taxis and carpools in 2018.

“Traffic at the time was jammed up to (freeway) 71,” she said. Since the move, she noted, traffic at the terminal has been “manageable”, despite a recent return to pre-pandemic traveler numbers, with around 25,000 passengers arriving daily. This year, 20 million passengers are expected to pass through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, nearly double what the terminal and sidewalk were designed to accommodate.

In addition, Yaft said, the airport is about to the overhaul of its baggage system, and that the construction will take up space in the arrivals area of ​​the airport in the near future. “(We) don’t really have a lot of sidewalks to accommodate the number of passengers we’re seeing,” she said.

Yaft was also concerned that it would be unfair to geographically prioritize one type of ground transportation over others, given that all pay a fee to operate at the airport and that carpools – or “transportation network companies – pay higher fees.

However, as Pro Tem Mayor Alison Alter noted, taxi drivers are being asked to provide more community service than ride-sharing operators.

Taxis are licensed by the city, which requires 6% of vehicles to be ADA compliant. Additionally, federal law does not allow taxi companies to refuse service to people who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities. Transnational corporations are authorized by the state, and although they can offer options for disabled riders, they are not obliged to.

Council member Chito Vela added that walking longer distances could also prove difficult for elderly passengers. “I don’t want to generalise, but I think a lot of older people still rely on taxis and it’s hard for them to get there.”

The airport operates a tram service on the lower level of the car park. Yaft explained that the airport also allows special taxi requests and other arrival pickups for those who need them, and receives about six or seven such requests a day.

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Rejection of new building in downtown Pleasanton toppled, parking considered | Pleasanton News

While unanimously overturning the rejection of a new downtown residential building at its March 1 meeting, Pleasanton City Council also considered parking lifts as a way to improve the scarcity of space available downtown.

Project proponent Wassim Naguib originally proposed in August 2020 a new two-story 1,069 square foot building at 218 Ray Street adjacent to an existing office building on the property.

The planning commission, however, after two rounds of review, rejected Naguib’s application in a 3-2 vote in January on the grounds that the scheme only provided for 11 parking spaces despite Pleasanton’s municipal code ( PMC) required 12.

The commission did not accept a temporary parking space fee, preferring to keep the project parking lot on site. He also did not accept additional space provided by a parking lift in the on-site carport, believing that the lift – a mechanical system that allows two cars to be stacked on top of each other other – did not meet PMC’s requirement that a parking space be “free”.

Naguib, in his appeal, offered to open the property’s nine existing surface parking spaces to the public on weekends in addition to paying replacement costs and constructing the elevator.

“We’re not trying to make the problem worse; in fact, we are trying to solve it,” Naguib said.

While council appreciated the aesthetics of the project and acknowledged neighborhood support, some council members were reluctant to accept the lack of parking.

“I think our priority for this area should be to protect the momentum of retail,” said board member Julie Testa. “Adding an additional parking burden to our already crowded downtown core does not seem appropriate. Again, the replacement fee does not create a parking space at any time. The funds will be used one way or another, but it will not create that parking space to offset that demand that is created.

Mayor Karla Brown added that while the commercial building currently houses a quiet dental office – open only two days a week – future tenants could impose a higher parking charge, and any approvals must take this into account. She also questioned the safety of the parking lift.

However, Council Member Jack Balch saw the parking lift as an innovative solution to a growing problem.

“I think the impacts (of the parking space deficit) will be quite minimal,” he said. “And we can determine if (the elevator) is also a solution for downtown parking.”

At the March 1 meeting, the council decided to overturn the rejection on the condition that Naguib enter into an agreement with another company to secure a nearby non-residential parking space for his project, and that the shelter of car on site is not used for storage.

If Naguib is unable to secure the additional space, the project cannot be completed, but he will remain free to pursue other uses of the property.

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Polluters don’t have a home in Providence

Providence’s “active waterfront” is the ugliest and dirtiest scene in the state of Rhode Island. Community members agree it’s time to radically reinvent how Providence uses its 100+ acres of upper Narragansett Bay frontage.

The nature of the activities carried out on the seafront is today irreconcilable with an authentic policy of climate justice. Off-gassing from valves and storage tanks and emissions from the diesel engines of trucks, trains and ships make even a day without an accident a bad day. The entire site is beyond the hurricane barrier and vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges, making the upper part of Narragansett Bay vulnerable to environmental disasters. When we eventually experience an adverse weather event powerful enough to spill products stored at the water’s edge, the bay will be contaminated with a toxic mix of scrap metal, heating oil, jet and diesel fuel, natural gas and Other chemicals, and the neighbors most affected will be vulnerable frontline communities.

Neighboring businesses are not good partners for the city. Rhode Island waterfront tenant Recycled Metals routinely flouts Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management regulations, failing to obtain permits to operate a junkyard at a superfund site laden with toxins and carcinogens underground . Sprague Energy repeatedly fails to prevent its asphalt storage tanks from emitting harmful gases and potentially volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding community.

Additionally, Sims Metal Management received the state’s heaviest sentence ever for violations of the Clean Air Act, after being found guilty of shredding automobiles and releasing plastic, rubber and other carcinogenic materials from its Johnston plant into the lungs of its employees and neighbors. Sims operates facilities in Johnston and on the Providence waterfront.

These environmental crimes are compounded by proximity to some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities. The industrial nature of the area literally suffocates its neighbors, with South Providence having some of the highest concentrations of airborne diesel particles in the state, in addition to the highest per capita population of young asthmatics in Rhode Island, according to data. of RIDOH. Any political leader who endorses the continued function of the Providence waterfront without modification also endorses the environmental racism that plays out there every day.

In addition, before leaving, polluters must be held responsible for the damage they have caused during their operation. We cannot afford to clean up tomorrow after polluters who know full well the damage they cause today.

Cities on lakes and oceans across America are realizing that their waterfronts are their most valuable assets. After burying a freeway and restoring connection to downtown, Boston’s Seaport district has transformed from a vast wasteland of abandoned docks and parking lots to one of Boston’s prime residential areas, a hotspot for Fortune 500 companies and startups, and a top destination for world travelers. Milwauk at an economical cost: done correctly, it will bring great gains.

I understand that local businesses support local jobs. Workers displaced by the relocation of polluting companies should be connected to similar employment at the growing port of Davisville, which runs on 100% renewable energy and is just 20 minutes south, or elsewhere in the area. growing Rhode Island manufacturer.

Providence has officially codified the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Unfortunately, the truth remains that we can’t just build solar panels and wind turbines to achieve that goal. We cannot allow waterfront polluters to operate and expand, and we cannot allow our leaders to choose political expediency and profit-driven myopia over transformational politics. We must act decisively to reclaim Providence’s waterfront from a handful of dirty businesses for the benefit of all who live here.

Providence needs leaders who both understand the urgent need for climate justice and have the political courage to advocate for it. Until then, Providence’s waterfront solutions will be locked away, buried under a pile of jagged cars and rusting metal.

Bradly J. VanDerStad is running for Providence City Council.

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Ukraine-Russia War News: Live Updates

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – The quick, thud of outgoing Ukrainian artillery echoes through the heavily fortified City Hall building here in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, a sign of the closeness of Russian forces in their march towards west along the Black Sea coast.

The city’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, dressed in army green with a pistol in his pocket, barely notices him marking Russian positions on a map. With him is Dmytro Falko, the secretary of the city council, dressed in a light body armor and carrying a Kalashnikov rifle in a tennis racket holster on his back.

The Russians are coming from the north, east and south, he said. The same forces a few days earlier had captured the town of Kherson, which lies about 40 miles east of Mykolaiv.

By mid-afternoon, he said, some Russian forces had pushed into outlying areas of the city – killing a local school principal, among others – although Ukrainian soldiers held them at bay to the moment.

After a battle on Friday evening, Ukrainian forces recaptured Mykolaiv airport, which had previously been captured by Russian troops, and raised the Ukrainian flag there, according to the Ukrainian military, which released a video of the flag and cheering troops on Twitter.

“The enemy surrounds us,” Mr. Senkevich said. “Today they are gathering troops and I think they want to attack us as soon as possible.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Russian forces in northern Ukraine have bogged down and are largely immobile near the capital, Kyiv, and the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. But the troops in southern Ukraine are on the move.

When Russian President Vladimir V. Putin issued the order to invade last week, Russian forces left the Crimean peninsula, which the Kremlin annexed in 2014 and turned into a huge military garrison. From there they spread east, where they defeated the city of Melitopol, and converged on Mariupol, which, despite a nearly week-long siege, remained under the control of Ukrainian forces.

To the west, Russian troops pushed into the port city of Kherson, where the Russian commander informed the mayor, Ihor Kolykhaev, that he planned to establish a military administration.

On Friday, Kolykhaev said, it emerged that Ukrainian forces positioned outside the city were blocking aid trucks despite an agreement on Thursday to open a humanitarian corridor, which he attributed to poor communication. between troops in the field and their commanders.

In the meantime, he said, the Russian troops who now occupy the city – “the nice liberators”, he said sarcastically – were using the delay for their own propaganda message, publicly promising to deliver a assistance.

“First they create a critical situation, then they heroically save us in order to show the camera how everyone is thanking the ‘benefactors,'” Mr Kolykhaev said in a text message. “I give you my word, I do what I can, but I don’t know how long I can last.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

While the ultimate goal of Russian troops in the southern theater is unknown, the likely goal is to take Odessa, a large city of one million people on the Black Sea. There, residents and officials are preparing day and night for an attack, building barricades of sandbags and old steel tramlines, while scanning the horizon for Russian warships approaching by sea.

But to reach Odessa by the easiest route, Russian forces will have to cross Mykolaiv and cross the single drawbridge that spans the Buh River. For safety reasons, the city ordered that the bridge remain in the raised position for most of the day, giving residents only about an hour to evacuate. On Friday, a line of cars stretched deep into the city, some of which had signs reading “children” taped to their windshields.

At the entrance to the bridge, Ukrainian troops, equipped with bulletproof vests and armed with automatic weapons, stood guard. In army green boxes next to hastily erected cinder block and sandbag bunkers were shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles supplied by Britain.

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

If these fail to stop the Russian advance, Senkevich said, the troops have orders to blow up the bridge.

“For now, it’s not as scary as in Kharkiv or other cities,” said a woman named Nadezha, as she prepared to cross the bridge on foot. “Our guys are protecting us well and all our hope is in them,” she said, adding that her son was also a soldier.

In the early days of the fighting, a meteoric advance of Russian troops pushed into Mykolaiv but was repelled by Ukrainian forces in a fierce exchange of fire. Now the streets are largely empty except for Ukrainian troops and a few lone pensioners walking with shopping bags. Most of the city’s approximately 500,000 residents appear to have fled.

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Across the Buh River is a neighborhood of well-appointed houses whose residents prepare to defend their property. One, who invited a reporter for tea on the condition that only his first name, Vadim, be published, showed gruesome videos friends had sent him of fights in the city. He said Russian soldiers in the area appeared to be going in groups when they came under fire. The Times could not independently verify its claim, but observers elsewhere in the country have reported similar scenes.

“People are still not completely angry,” said Vadim, who had a shotgun on his table and said he was ready to defend his property if necessary. “But if they are pushed to the limit, no one will take any more prisoners. We’re just going to shoot them.

Mr. Senkevich, the mayor, said he and his team were also ready to fight, if and when Russian forces passed. In addition to the pistol in his pocket, several automatic rifles lay in his office.

The only other things City defenders needed, Mr Senkevich said, were body armor and helmets.

“That’s the only plan, to fight until the end,” he said. “The captain leaves the ship last.”

Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
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The downtown development mess | Mail boxes

Glenn Stewart, Livermore

In a July 7, 2016 letter to The Independent, former Mayor Marchand said: “Our greatest successes come when we work together.

In 2016, the city council chose Lennar Multifamily and Presidio to develop 8.2 acres of land without inviting the community.

The city council had already decided to build a hotel to the east (Presidio) and high-rise condominiums (Lennar) next to Blacksmith Square on the 8 acres of prime real estate without input from residents of Livermore.

The City was moving forward without a master plan and, for most of us, without consultation with planners. I assume that our former and current members of the city council have experience in urban planning.

Council member Bob Woerner proposed in June 2017 to the Town Center Development Steering Committee that a hotel and its parking lot be separated from the planning of the rest of the Town Center development site.

This is exactly what the city council approved 5 years ago.

The City has hired three consultants regarding the feasibility of a downtown hotel. Consultant #1 said they work with a hotel developer on parking needs. Consultant #2 said a hotel should engage and activate the community, have character and a fit that reflects community consensus. Consultant #3 said a 125-room hotel would need a 2,000 square foot conference room, as meeting space to fill the rooms. Rakesh Patel of Presidio said a hotel in the west or east is doable. He was asked if timing (to build a hotel quickly) was not an issue, if a hotel on the west side would work. He said yes.”

At several council meetings, residents urged the council to increase public participation through workshops. Community workshops for the downtown redevelopment began in September 2017.

The results of the workshops indicated that the majority of residents preferred a hotel on the west side, were concerned about increased traffic congestion, lack of parking, community character, open spaces, new commercial uses, facilities cultural with housing last.

In 2018, the City Council approved a massive 5-level L-Street conventional parking lot, 4.5-story Eden Housing on the west side, and a 4.5-story boutique hotel on the east side of Livermore Ave.

Did you know that openness and accountability go hand in hand with local government transparency?

How many of you reading this letter think there has been transparency from our past and present city councils?

Residents should put in place public servants, who work in the best interests of the community.

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Adams must not let New York council derail promising Queens development

Astoria, Queens is a charming, historically rich, multilingual community known for its human scale, great food, and concentration of artistic talent. That is, except for a small section at the south end of Steinway Street which is mostly given over to parking lots, empty lots, and old, underutilized industrial buildings.

Nothing could be less in tune with the environment. But a proposal called QNS Innovation by a partnership of three developers — Silverstein Properties, Kaufman-Astoria Studios and Bedrock Real Estate — would bring the backwater to life with a $2 billion mixed-use resort.

But, hey, progress is hard to come by in “progressive” New York City. Mayor Eric Adams, who has yet to address the plan, must speak out strongly in favor of it. Otherwise, its stated commitment to enlightened new development will be exposed as a scam.

As is the standard form, QNS Innovation faces resistance from local eccentrics worried about “gentrification” (in an area that was gentrified long ago), “off-scale” (a pair of 26-storey buildings might as well be Billionaires’ Row cloudbusters, right?) And other evils that inhabit the minds of diehard NIMBY types.

The word “complex” suggests gigantic companies like Hudson Yards and Manhattan West. QNS innovation is a pygmy in comparison. It would consist of 12 mostly low-rise buildings spread over five sprawling blocks, with apartments, shops, cafes and cultural facilities.

It would also bring more than two acres of new public open spaces to a neighborhood that, for all its pleasures, has some of the least open spaces in the city.

Mayor Eric Adams must stand up to the city council if they try to stop QNS Innovation from being built.
Mayor Eric Adams must stand up to the city council if they try to stop QNS Innovation from being built.

Out of 2,845 apartments, an impressive 25% would be permanently affordable. A sensible complement to Astoria’s vibrant urban mix and requiring no public subsidies or evictions, the project should be a no-brainer to bless and build.

But in New York, what’s a boon to anyone with eyes and brains is anathema to reactionary “progressives.”

Since the plan requires rezoning for buildings larger than what is currently allowed under outdated age of manufacture rules, it must go through the torturous process of uniform land use review. from the city. The seven-month public hazing, which is expected to begin in March, will be a barometer of City Hall’s vision.

It will mostly be a test of the city council, some of whose far-left, defund-the-cops members are obviously bonkers. Unfortunately, a tradition known as “member deference” gives the council member who represents a district the ability to single-handedly torpedo a sound proposal that would benefit the city as a whole.

It happened in 2020 when far-left councilman Carlos Menchaca’s pledge to vote against a microscopic rezoning of Brooklyn’s Industry City prompted developers to pull the plug.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca was able to prevent the rezoning of Industry City to Brooklyn in 2020.
Councilman Carlos Menchaca was able to prevent the rezoning of Industry City to Brooklyn in 2020.
William Farrington

The anti-development fervor has also killed Amazon’s dream of a new campus in Long Island City and snuffed out other laudable dreams before they begin. Why should developers invest fortunes in planning new projects, knowing that they could fall through on complaints of insufficient trees?

Newly elected Astoria Councilor Julie Won has yet to state her position on QNS Innovation. But despite widespread support from businesses and arts organizations in the neighborhood, the plan is under attack from a predictable array of NIMBY types, including members of Queens Community Board 1.

“I think most people in the community are concerned about heights,” the head of CB1’s land use committee cried. Of course, the “concerned” locals are mainly the handful of activists who have free time and monopolize the agendas of community councils. Many would raise a stink if the buildings were 26 feet high.

Astoria City Councilwoman Julie Won has yet to announce her position on QNS Innovation.
Astoria City Councilwoman Julie Won has yet to announce her position on QNS Innovation.
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Projects that incorporate affordable apartments are often attacked for not being affordable enough to suit critics. The same moan arose about QNS Innovation. In fact, the lower-cost 725 units would be for those with an average annual income of $50,000. Nearly 300 are reserved for those earning just $33,000 a year or families of four with an annual income of $47,000.

Short of donating space in a city with the highest construction costs in the country, it’s hard to imagine how developers could be more generous.

The development team has gone the extra mile, and more, to liberate the community. He hosted meetings and presentations with local groups for more than two years — including one with CB1 last week — before the project even began the official city review process. Developers listened and responded, making changes to the size and design of several buildings.

QNS innovation deserves a quick green light. Pray that opponents of NIMBY fail to derail it for no other reason than to fulfill their own peekaboo agendas.

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Sandy Springs is looking to spend more on trees

Sandy Springs expects to have over $1 million in its Tree Fund, so staff have proposed planting and education ideas to the city council to improve the city’s tree canopy.

Sandy Springs could increase educational activities, tree plantings and possibly hire an urban forester according to recommendations on how to use a tree fund that has reached $920,000 and is expected to generate an additional $300,000 in revenue this year . Typically, $150,000 is spent annually from the fund.

Kayaks on the Morgan Falls Overlook Park Trail next to the Chattahoochee River

The city’s Tree Fund was created to replace the tree canopy or for its preservation, Catherine Mercier-Baggett, the city’s sustainability officer, said at a February 15 city council meeting.

Councilman Andy Bauman asked if the city should review its tree conservation ordinance and system of fines for violations.

The clearcut is affecting his district, council member TIbby Dejulio said. He said more education, enforcement and review by an arborist might be needed.

The tree discussion comes just weeks after residents spoke out at a council meeting in January, saying the city did not have a strict enough tree ordinance.

Current uses of the fund include planting trees in city projects, parks and facilities. The funds also pay for a survey of all public trees.

Additionally, a program with Trees Atlanta plants trees on the right-of-way and front yard of residents’ homes. Trees Atlanta provides three trees per property.

“There are some restrictions, but in general most homeowners can get up to three trees planted by Trees Atlanta for free, thanks to Tree Funds. So if you have any interested neighbors let us know,” she said.

As part of a maintenance plan, the city also uses funds for the maintenance of public trees.

“The latest initiative we’re paying for with the Tree Fund is invasive species control in our public parks,” Mercier-Baggett said.

A dedicated person visits the parks and tends to English ivy, kudzu and other invasive species.

She presented several pilot programs recommended by staff:

  • Property acquisition
  • Maintenance of emblematic trees
  • Plant on private property
  • Educational activities

Mayor Rusty Paul, Councilman John Paulson, and other members of council have found it useful to adopt educational activities such as those in Atlanta and Decatur.

The staff recommended a dedicated educational program including seminars on tree selection and care, pruning classes, invasive plant removal workshops and volunteer events, activities with children and a celebration of the Arbor Day.

“The education project, I think, is crucial. A lot of people don’t understand how important it is to get rid of these invasive species,” Paul said. “Not only do they damage trees, but here we have a real problem with copperhead bitten pups because English ivy is just a breeding ground for snakes.”

Sandy Springs could copy the way Atlanta, Decatur, and Peachtree City acquire properties with at least 75% canopy cover, old growth forests, or sensitive habitats such as wetlands, steep slopes, or habitats for endangered species. Endangered.

“They would not be developed as an active park. But there could be light recreation that has a light footprint, like trails,” Mercier-Baggett said.

Under cost-sharing with landowners, the City could manage the upkeep of signature trees, either hardwoods 27 inches in diameter at breast height or pine trees 30 inches in diameter. The city would provide 25% of maintenance funds to a maximum of $1,000 every four years and the owner 75%. The maintenance plan for each marker tree would be based on the treatment plan of a certified arborist.

The board was a little less enthusiastic about cost sharing for planting on private property.

In this pilot program, the city would provide trees, soil and plantings, with the owner responsible for site preparation. Equity planting would concern multi-family units whose households earn less than 80% of the area median income (AMI). Single-family properties with less than 80% AMI would also be part of the program.

Non-residential properties such as legal and non-compliant parking lots would be included.

Councilor Melody Kelley asked what kind of guardrails would be in place to ensure the homeowner does their part and doesn’t just remove the trees later.

Mercier-Baggett said those details have been ironed out, but the city could enter into a contract with the owner that if the tree is damaged in any way through the fault of the owner, he will have to then repay the funds or replant it.

“I would need to hear a lot more about private ownership initiatives because I think it’s a slippery slope. And especially the apartments are bought and sold for crazy sums, ”said council member Jody Reichel.

In order for the city to come in and plant trees, she hoped the new owners would maintain the property.

Mercier-Baggett also said staff recommend hiring an urban forestry coordinator to oversee and manage all Tree Fund programs. The position could also provide the arborist for the Community Development Department.

“Right now, our community development arborist is working full-time on permit review, which means there is a gap. There is a need for our public projects,” she said.

Staff will continue to develop details of pilot projects to bring back for discussion.

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Stroud’s parking fee hike plans prompt calls for rethink

Conservative councilors are calling on municipal leaders in Stroud to reconsider plans to increase parking fees. The Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat led administration of Stroud District Council (SDC) is proposing several increases as part of the budget proposals for the new financial year.

One-hour rates are expected to rise by 10p (12.5%) at four of Stroud’s six car parks, and three-hour rates are expected to rise by 20p (11.1%). The board says that means modifying charges for a total of eight delays and freezing 19 charges.

They say that using the global rate structure, the increase is just over 3%. But opposition group leader Stephen Davies (Con, Severn) called on council leaders to reconsider given that many people are already feeling the impact of the cost of living crisis.

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“I am extremely concerned that you have taken the decision to dramatically increase parking prices in Stroud District Council car parks by 12.5% ​​or 10p in the first hour,” he said. he stated in a letter to the other group leaders.

“When you tried to add parking fees to our free car parks in 2018/19, it became very clear that parking fees are a trade barrier for our street businesses. This was even before our retailers do not suffer the economic shock of the foreclosure closures.

“Your plans also come at a time when beleaguered families are already feeling the impact of many rising costs due to the global pandemic. We should encourage people in our cities to spend locally and away from online services, not discourage them by increasing parking fees.

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“I have been informed that part of your decision is to penalize the use of cars in the interest of saving the environment. As you know, however, in a predominantly rural district, the majority of our residents are vehicle dependent and will be for many years to come.

“Furthermore, Stroud District Council should honor its own environmental initiatives before penalizing residents. We are still waiting for you to increase the number of electric charging stations in the municipality’s car parks in accordance with the motion passed two years ago.

“In the 2021 local elections, the Tories made it clear that if we were in charge of council we would introduce a free parking period. As this was a fully costed proposal, we know the council can afford not to implement an above inflation parking increase, and that is also not cost effective.

“It is imperative that Stroud District Council work harder to be business-friendly and aware of the unintended consequences of your decisions.”

But alliance leaders say they are surprised by the open letter which they say is intended to mislead and alarm the public. Councilors Doina Cornell (Lab, Dursley) Catherine Braun (Green, Wotton-under-Edge) and Ken Tucker (Lib Dem, Wotton-under-Edge) released a joint statement and explained that the hourly rate has not changed at over the past five years. .

“In the six SDC chargeable car parks, the proposed change now is just over 3% in total. The proposal is to freeze charges in the six Stroud car parks for two-hour stays or any four-hour stay and more. ,” they said.

“No increases are offered in Church Street and Rowcroft. DDC’s increases are also in line with inflation. And Cllr Stephen Davies voted for those increases in the budget strategy last year.

“They are exactly the same as those proposed for Gloucestershire County Council’s budget meeting next week, and Cllr Davies is a cabinet member so is likely to be supporting his own budget and not launching a petition against it.

“The revenue generated supports a range of areas, for example the maintenance of Stratford Park, car park maintenance and management and town center improvements.

“The council’s new plan prioritises the environment and climate change and, within this, mobility and transport, as well as economy, recovery and regeneration – we are proposing this week a budget that is committed to supporting the local economy, our towns and shopping streets, and sustainable transport for all.

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King County social worker on wheels brings housing to the homeless via the street

The Seattle Times Homeless Project is funded by BECU, the Bernier McCaw Foundation, the Campion Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, Starbucks, and the University of Washington. The Seattle Times maintains editorial control over the content of Project Homeless.

There’s so much more than parking and riding at King County Metro Park and Ride lots.

At least, that’s what Tina Lewis found out. There are student drivers slowly navigating the gaps, kids rollerblading between traffic cones, even barbeques and car clubs leaving tire tracks on the sidewalk.

But Lewis is looking for more subtle signs of life: missing license plates, rusty windshield wipers, condensation on the glass, broken taillights or outdated labels. Signs that someone is living in the vehicle.

King County estimated that between 2,100 and 3,300 people lived in cars each night in the four years before the pandemic, although this population was one of the hardest to count due to their ability to escape in the public eye.

Cities and even charities have spent little, if any, resources to the population living by car because of this invisibility. Residents are generally considered to be more capable of helping themselves and they have generally not been homeless for as long.

But in recent years, it has become clearer to policymakers that parking lots like these are teeming with people who could become chronically homeless without intervention. If their poverty can be eradicated quickly, the government can save a lot of money in 911 responses, hospital visits, and camp cleanups in years to come.

This is where Tina Lewis and the program she works for, Salvation Army’s Street Level, These programs are proliferating and spreading to new parts of King County this year and being copied across the country.

It’s a pretty simple approach: a Salvation Army outreach worker like Lewis knocks on a car window, talks to the person, and helps with everything from getting a new ID from repairing vehicles to obtaining a telephone.

Lewis returns weekly to check on them, possibly helping to find housing and a job, or social benefits.

In 2019, Street Level’s first year of operation, Lewis and his team housed 142 people, more than six times the 21 they had guaranteed, with a return to homelessness rate of zero that first year.

King County funded personnel for two more vans last year, which will be deployed this month. A fourth will hit the sidewalk in June.

Lewis is currently training new employees and exploring new territory to explore in North King County.

If there’s a secret sauce to this approach, it might be Tina Lewis herself, because she knows what it’s like to live here.

“A lot of people like to ask what motivates me,” Lewis said last Wednesday, driving through South King County. “A big part of what drives me is the fact that if just one person came to me and did what I do for all these people here, then I probably wouldn’t have gone through all the things that I’ve been through. lived in my life.”

The caravan is coming

Auburn’s Park-and-Ride is exceptionally quiet on a gray Wednesday morning. It’s not lunchtime yet, when the workers from the aerospace parts factory or the casino next door sit in their cars and watch the small planes take off from the Auburn airport, and it’s the beginning of the month, so there aren’t as many homeless people around as usual. People with Social Security or welfare checks probably rent nearby motels; they will come back as the month drags on and the money runs out.

The Salvationists arrive with a trailer: two King County subway sheriffs in their patrol vehicles, then Lewis in his black Ford Explorer, then the “Street Level” van full of supplies like socks and clothes, a point of Wi-Fi access, a printer, a scanner and even a fax. Lewis jumps in dressed in black, a red “Salvation Army” shield over her shoulder and a red mask over her face.

His Wednesday started productively. Earlier, Lewis met an undocumented man who had been living for eight months in a white Ford sedan with no license plate. Lewis and her team got her a new ID and connections to a landlord she knows who doesn’t ask about citizenship status.

The Street Level program grew from the work of Major Phil Smith, who started rolling out a backpack-shaped coffee dispenser on the streets of Seattle in 2017. Smith thought it would be best to bring social workers to people on the street rather than asking people on the street to come see the social worker.

“As it grew, we realized we needed to bring case managers in here and we needed to get people to areas of the county where people in vehicles tend to congregate,” said Lt. Col. Cindy Foley. “What if we designed a vehicle that had everything a case manager needed on site?”

Even when it’s not crowded but there are cars that look inhabited, Lewis will lay down his card. Her cell phone rings constantly — the ringtone is the theme song from her favorite movie, John Carpenter’s “Halloween” — and many of the callers are new people who need help.

In this batch, some people already know Lewis. She has already secured jobs for a couple living in a truck who just need to fix the truck so they can get to work.

“A boon”

The approach first appears as a vehicle-focused version of Seattle’s now-defunct Navigation Team, which used police alongside outreach workers to clear tent encampments.

Subway sheriff officers often respond to complaints from commuters or parking lot neighbors and sometimes tell people who don’t want Salvation Army help to leave.. But Lewis’s approach is much less focused than that of the navigation team on directing people to shelters. She also doesn’t use the county’s slow waiting lists for supportive housing, only her own relationships with landlords who have cheap apartments or sometimes even rooms in shared housing for rent.

The navigation team was axed in 2020 by a Seattle city council that had always been widely skeptical of its effectiveness in getting people to safety.. The council has since replaced that team with only outreach workers, although the police still show up when camps are moved.

Lewis considers local police and county sheriffs a key part of his outreach: they are often the first knockers on windows.

“This is by far the most successful outreach program we’ve worked with,” said officer Bryan Rose, who accompanies Lewis weekly. “These guys have been a godsend.”

Rose introduced Lewis to a new face in the park-and-ride: Christiano Reyes, 22, who slept in a parking spot last night, but not in a car – right next to his shopping cart with his clothes and his food on the floor. He’s been homeless since he was 12, and while he seems resolute and even a little more alert as they talk, it’s obvious he’s jaded.

“The homeless community – it’s changed a lot, actually, over the years,” Reyes says. “We looked out for each other, you know? We made sure we had everything we needed. He has changed so much now. It’s like you can’t even fall asleep anywhere. So I’m at the park and ride because you can’t fall asleep anywhere else.

Lewis nods.

“Once upon a time here too. And you are absolutely right. It’s different now,” she said.

Lewis grew up between Chicago and a Seattle Housing Authority development in Northgate called Cedarvale Village – although residents simply referred to it as “the village”. She went to Nathan Hale High School, where she got into the wrong crowd, she said, and ended up using crack at a party.

Today, Lewis has a long list of drug-related felony convictions and has spent years in jail and jail. After losing her children to the state in the late 90s, she went through the process of regaining custody while incarcerated, learned to work the complicated legal system and eventually got a job teaching. workshops for other parents on how to do this.

She thinks all of this was preparing her for the day in 2018 when the Salvation Army called, asking if she wanted to help lead a new program.

Growing role

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Seattle since its inception. They had “a large following” in the area in 1895, according to early issues of the Seattle Daily Times, and they and other “religious workers” played a key role in “relieving the needy”. In the decades that followed, the Salvation Army served as the backbone in the backbone of Seattle’s social services.

The non-profit religious organization’s William Booth Center in Sodo, perhaps the town’s foremost shelter for veterans, is named after English evangelist William Booth, who founded the organization in London in 1865 on the vision of a Christian army whose main battle is to relieve poverty and end vice.

Despite attacks over the years from LGBTQ+ advocates that the military discriminates against gay people, the military has grown the most under Seattle’s last two mayors, both of whom are gay. In 2010, the Salvation Army had only about 150 state-funded housing beds in King County, according to the federal housing inventory count. In 2020, just before the pandemic hit, they had almost 500.

According to Art Langlie, who sits on the board of the local Salvation Army and whose father and grandfather, The 12th Governor of Washington, has also been involved with the Salvation Army since 1922.

When Langlie saw how many people the Street Level program had housed the first year, he phoned. He said he was able to raise $300,000 in less than two hours for the program.

The vans were noticed by other branches of the Salvation Army and nearly two dozen were deployed across the West to places like Los Angeles.

Of course, connections can still be made the old fashioned way. Genna Walker, 41, was in a Seattle day shelter last year when someone gave her Lewis’s number. Walker and her three children had come to Seattle in November to get out of Fresno, Calif., where she had struggled with drugs, and to live near her father, who had been released from prison and was living in a halfway house.

Lewis and another Salvation Army staff member hooked her up with a job unloading trucks at a warehouse two days later, and in a new three-bedroom apartment – ​​with a voucher for the first month rent before Christmas.

“That’s when it all started to work,” Walker said. “That’s when it all started to fall into place.”

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A row over ‘£20,000 a year’ in cash for matchday parking

A community group has raised concerns about the management of matchday parking facilities at a park in north Liverpool.

Alt Valley Community Trust (AVCT) began managing the Walton Leisure Center in 2013 after the council granted them a 30-year lease.

AVCT then began providing match day parking for fans attending matches at nearby Goodison Park.

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However, Friends of Walton Park grew concerned about the way the parking arrangements were handled.

The community group complained about cars that were parked on grass and flower beds.

In response to this, Liverpool Council introduced bollards to prevent this from happening.

The community group recently contacted ECHO and accused the AVCT of not returning the money it earned from game day parking to the park.

The group of friends claimed the AVCT took around £20,000 a year in cash from the car park.

In response, the AVCT said revenue from parking fees had always contributed to the costs of running the Walton Sports Centre.

Last week ECHO revealed how Liverpool Council paid £2,231,065.00 to AVCT from 2013 to 2020. The largest single payment was over £600,000 in 2018. The trust says the monies were used to pay for community activities and services.

A Friends of Walton Park spokesperson said: “Alt Valley Trust manages the park’s sports center and has an informal agreement with Liverpool City Council to manage the car park on match days.

“They’ve run this for many years, earning thousands of pounds each year, but have never given money to the park for its upkeep or the damage done on match days when park attendants allowed cars to park on grass, community rose beds, and in front of gates and entrances, making it unsafe for park visitors.

“We have contacted Phil Knibb (General Manager of AVCT) and staff at the center on several occasions over the years to resolve parking issues, but unfortunately this has continued.

“Then in 2017, the city council paid for the installation of bollards to stop the damage to the park.

“We feel it should have been Alt Valley’s responsibility to install the bollards as they take money for parking.

“We believe that this money should be reinvested in the park.

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A community group has raised concerns about the management of match-day parking facilities at a park in north Liverpool.

“Funding for parks is not compulsory and this money could have been used to benefit the community. We have asked Liverpool City Council to investigate this.”

An AVCT spokesperson said: “The Walton Sports Center was suffering significant losses and was due to be closed by the City Council as part of the 2013/14 budget proposals.

“Following a competitive bidding process, management of the center was transferred to AVCT under a thirty-year lease agreement.

“Since 2013, AVCT has successfully managed and developed the centre. We have invested heavily in and renovated the building so that the Walton Sports Center is now a vital and thriving community resource.

“The AVCT has continued to follow the City Hall’s car parking arrangements. Income from parking fees has always contributed to the centre’s operating costs.

“AVCT responded to parking complaints and took action to address the issue by reducing parking capacity. Liverpool City Council erected bollards to assist with these improvement plans.”

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: ‘The Walton Sports Center lease was granted in 2013. We have been made aware of complaints about damage to the park and the matter is under review.

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Pinnacle of his life: Former Nevada City mayor Conley S. Weaver, 88, dies

Conley S. Weaver left the building.

On October 18, Weaver died peacefully at his Nevada City home, the Red Castle, with his wife, Mary Louise, by his side. Conley was 88 years old.

As one of 16 children, he was born and raised in Sacramento. He attended Sacramento Junior College, then earned a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957. He worked his way through college working three jobs. A favorite saying was “Go bears!” He loved architectural drawing and excelled in this field. He honed this skill at Berkeley, long before the days of CAD (computer-aided design) drawings. He often said, “Architecture starts right here in the brain, then it goes down to your arm, then down to your fingertips and onto paper.

After Cal, he attended the Naval Officer Academy in Rhode Island. As a Navy Lieutenant JG, he served at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1957 to 1960. There he designed and supervised the construction of facilities to build and repair nuclear submarines and naval vessels.

In 1956 Conley married Mary Louise Holland. It was a good match, which lasted 65 years. They loved living in Oakland. Conley enjoyed golfing at Claremont Country Club. He was a great golfer all his adult life.

Another passion was singing. He had been singing bass since his college days with a jazz quartet. More recently he sang locally with the New Orpheum Jazz Quartet with Allan Haley, Steve Tassone and John Darlington.

He was licensed to practice in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and Texas, and was based in San Francisco. Conley once said, “When I assume room temperature, the only thing I want to take with me is my architect’s license.”

In San Francisco, he designed and supervised the construction of the Foremost McKesson Tower/Crocker Plaza, One Market Plaza, Pacific Gateway Tower and Fifty California Street Tower. This is the super short list.

With its own firms, Primiani-Weaver AIA, and the Weaver Architectural Group, their footprints are major and numerous. They designed and supervised the construction of office buildings, public buildings, shopping malls, large bank stores and parking lots. His work features prominently in the San Francisco skyline, with nine major skyscrapers among them.

He was the main architect of the reconstruction of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. It was built for the 1916 Panama-Pacific Exposition to house and display works of art. Designed by Bernard Maybeck, it was only to last a few years. Conley commissioned sculptor Beniamo Bufano to make molds of the intricate features of this structure, to accurately and perfectly replicate its stunning, delicate detail and beauty during reconstruction. He oversaw this project from 1964 to 1974. It is the only remaining building from this exposition.


He and his wife Mary Louise made many forays into Nevada City while living and working in the Bay Area. A favorite lodging place was the Red Castle. Eventually they purchased this Gothic Revival style brick building and continued its operation as their first bed and breakfast until 2001. In retirement, they used it simply as their home.

Conley served as Nevada City Planning Commissioner and was elected to the Nevada City Council in 2002. His extensive professional experience and knowledge have made positive differences for this small gold rush town of 3,000 inhabitants.

One example: Then-City Manager Beryl Robinson eventually acquired a former Forest Service equipment yard on Commercial Street to build a sizable parking lot. Robinson thought there were a few spaces missing. Weaver redesigned it overnight, adding needed spaces and amenities. He has served the city very well ever since.

“Conley was a major asset to Nevada City,” Robinson said. “The combination of his architectural expertise and love of history made him an excellent fit for our city.”

Nevada City Hall is a WPA Modern Art project built in 1937. When it needed major upgrades, Weaver stepped in as the coordinating architect. Together with their fellow architects, Bruce Boyd and Gary Harr, they designed it and oversaw the reconstruction. In 2004, Nevada City won the prestigious Historic Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California.

He was also the coordinating architect for the Nevada City Railroad Museum and served as mayor when the city acquired Sugarloaf. He guided the construction of Union Street’s Robinson Plaza, a major public gathering space.

In 2002, a significant 1800s building on North Pine Street was completely destroyed by fire. It housed a large business, Friar Tucks Restaurant and Bar. Weaver became the town’s liaison to expedite plans, approvals, and construction while retaining its character and historic authenticity. In just 14 months it was completed, historically accurate and reopened for business.

Conley considered his final career, the contribution of his service as mayor of Nevada City, to be the pinnacle of his life. He proudly drove a car with license plates, “Alcalde”, Spanish for mayor, and loved people asking him what it meant.

Conley is survived by his wife, Mary Louise, and their daughter, Sydney Weaver.

Paul Matson lives in Nevada City. He is a member of the editorial board of The Union

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Transport parking discussion now heads to council

The Elliot Lake Bylaws Committee discussed transit parking at a meeting Thursday, concluding that transit parking on public land is not an option

It will no longer be “ok” to park your 18-wheeler in the streets of the city.

It never really was; a practice tolerated in Elliot Lake, but not sanctioned.

Although City Hall acknowledges that owner-operators and drivers are prohibited from parking their vehicles on residential streets, there remains a local problem with people using public land for truck parking.

The issue received particular attention during a meeting of the municipal committee on Thursday afternoon.

Fast forward to next Monday evening, Elliot Lake City Council will consider the Bylaws Committee’s recommendation to notify large truck operators that a piece of former city-owned land on Oakland Boulevard is no longer the place to park their tractor-trailers.

During Thursday afternoon’s virtual meeting of the Bylaws and Planning Committee, Economic Development Manager Steve Antunes apologized for the short notice.

He explained the need to prevent the use of the land on Oakland Boulevard adjacent to the Mont Dufour ski resort as a parking area for large trucks.

“The city recently sold 22 and 33 Oakland Boulevard, the base of the ski resort road, where there is excess truck parking,” Antunes said. “They parked there to avoid a violation.”

This car park, now private, has been banned.

Chairman of the Cons. Ed Pearce said council members should share the blame for any inconvenience caused to truckers by the announcement.

The committee was told that local property owners have shown no interest in getting into the parking business.

Other city-owned land, such as the Elliot Lake Airport property and vacant parking spaces adjacent to the Centennial Arena, were also excluded as suitable parking alternatives, for various reasons.

Pearce said there had to be an alternative,

“I notice we have a lot of commercial vehicles, especially large tractor-trailers, parked on the lawns here in Elliot Lake,” Pearce said,

“I know there’s one on Hutchinson that seems to do that on a regular basis,” he added.

“So I hope and pray that our staff will make sure this doesn’t become the norm,” Coun said. Perforated.

Although she agreed that parking regulations must be enforced, Councillor. Sandy Finamore was in favor of giving truckers some slack.

“Hopefully we’ll use a little discretion for about a week until they can figure it out,” Finamore said.

“And where they’re going to park and there aren’t a lot of options.”

The big issue of truck parking will go to City Council at its next virtual meeting next Monday.

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SLO representative changes plans for new theater and asks for money amid rising costs | News | San Luis Obispo

Skyrocketing construction costs have put San Luis Obispo Repertory Theater’s long-discussed plans for a new downtown performing arts center out of reach.

Now, SLO Rep is revising his project design and asking the City of SLO for a $3.94 million boost to help him get to the finish line.

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  • Courtesy of SLO Representative and City of Slo
  • RISE IN COSTS The price of a new SLO Repertory Theater in downtown SLO has doubled in recent years, prompting design changes and a new fundraising plan.

“We were determined not to abandon the project,” SLO Representative Senior Artistic Director Kevin Harris and Board Chair Pam Nichter wrote in a joint letter to the city last month. “We are seeking your approval for a $3.94 million challenge grant from one-time funds to ensure the construction of a new SLO Performance Theater.”

At its February 15 meeting, the SLO City Council will consider setting aside funds for the SLO Representative, whose proposed theater is on city property and has been planned in tandem with a new city parking lot at the corner of Palm and Nipomo streets, which will soon sprout.

The $3.94 million is available as part of a “fund balance” — or year-end savings from the prior fiscal year, according to city officials.

“The city sees this as a great opportunity to support the downtown economy, and it’s another way to move forward on economic recovery and resilience,” said Whitney Szentesi, SLO’s public communications manager, in an e-mail of February 9 to new times.

Originally planned as a three-story, 22,000 square foot building with two theaters, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, offices, and more, SLO Rep is narrowing its vision after a recent study showed the price had nearly doubled from $9.5 million to $18. million, due to “various delays”. The cost is “beyond the fundraising ability of SLO Rep,” according to Harris and Nichter.

“This price represents a cost per square foot that would likely set a record for downtown construction,” reads the SLO representative’s letter to the city.

In December 2021, the SLO Rep Board approved a new design for the theatre, which preserves the goal of building a 205-seat main theater and a 99-seat “black box theatre” downtown, but moves offices, costume and set construction facilities, classrooms and off-site rehearsal spaces to a building on Empleo Street, at the former headquarters of People’s Self-Help Housing.

The cost of this project is currently projected at $14.3 million, and SLO Rep says it has raised $5.6 million to date, with assurances that it can eventually reach $10.4 million. dollars in fundraising. The city grant would make up the difference, Harris and Nichter said.

“This plan presents a clear path to completing a critical pillar of SLO’s Cultural District at a cost significantly less than $18 million,” their letter read. “It also offers significantly more functionality and programming. … Notably, it will allow SLO Rep to exponentially expand its educational programming at least two years earlier than originally planned.”

Appealing to the city, SLO Rep argued that its new “two-site” plan is embraced by the project’s donors and that the theater will be an economic and cultural engine for the city “for decades to come” once ended.

“Once fully operational, the new theater would deliver 324 shows per year on 176 dates, generating an economic impact of more than $3 million per year,” Harris and Nichter said. “For a relatively modest investment, the city would be able to complete a large central portion of its downtown concept plan.”

The letter also pointed out that the city will ultimately own the theater as a community asset. If it advances on schedule, the theater will open to the public in 2027. Δ

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Wellington.Scoop » Hundreds of protesters and a convoy blocking the streets in Parliament

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Hundreds of vehicles from a convoy protesting against Covid-19 restrictions arrived on the streets outside Parliament this morning. Many stopped in the middle of the road. And hundreds of protesters entered the precincts of parliament carrying flags and placards saying their rights were being violated.

They were demanding an end to the Covid-19 mandates and restrictions, and what they are seeing is media censorship of their opinions.

RNZ reports an increased number of vehicles were on SH1 north of Wellington this morning. Waikanae resident Tim Costley said there were “a few thousand” vehicles from Ohau to Waiterere Beach that all but stopped southbound traffic near Levin.

“They’re bumper to bumper all the way to Levin, you just can’t drive south on Oxford Street, the main road, at all. They all have flags and signs – it’s big.

Wellington City Council said commuters should avoid the CBD if trying to drive across town.

The council then tweeted: We cannot refuse the right to protest, but we will monitor and assist the police if necessary if there is a problem.

The police did not seem to have any problems, despite the roads blocked by the convoy and the threats made by some demonstrators.

Metlink announced at 11:55 a.m.:

We are experiencing service disruptions due to protest actions near Parliament. Route 14 services are being diverted and the 5111 – Molesworth Street stop at Houses of Parliament is closed.

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The DomPost reported that protesters left Palmerston North for Wellington at 6 a.m. At 10 a.m. he said the crowd outside Parliament was around 300 and Molesworth Street was blocked, with vehicles parked in the road and on the pavements. Wellington City Council’s Richard MacLean said the protest was ‘difficult to predict’ but the council recommended adding at least an hour to travel across the city.

At noon, Stuff reported:

A man on a microphone addressing the crowd in Parliament said much of the convoy was still up to Hutt Rd and Porirua. He reminded the crowd that the protest was peaceful and said speeches would not begin until the whole group arrived. … Convoy organizers were ordering protesters to block as many roads as possible in Wellington. Their objective seemed to be to block the traffic of the city.

The NZ Herald reported that the convoy caused traffic jams on the Kapiti coast. He said a large group of vehicles pulled up on the streets outside Parliament at 11 a.m.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Ardern told RNZ morning report she would not meet the protesters. She said the lockdowns meant people were sacrificing some of their usual rights and abilities to keep others safe.

The protest came at a time when the government was changing its way of doing things due to additional protective vaccines being provided, she said.

National Party leader Christopher Luxon also said he would not meet with protesters.

Ottawa paralyzed for 11 days by truckers’ protest.

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Café Streets: from pandemic response to permanent program

Outdoor dining areas for La Carte de Oaxaca, Skål and Hot Cakes at the north end of Ballard Ave. Not pictured: Growlers filled with Skål. (Photo by Ray Dubicki)

The Seattle City Council is considering a bill to extend street cafe and outdoor dining permits through January 2023. The popular program sprung up during the pandemic to accommodate dining and shopping in outdoors during closings. Although Seattle has always allowed the use of sidewalks and parking spaces, high costs were a barrier. In the 18 months since the implementation of the free permit program, the number of outdoor spaces used for dining and retail has grown from 400 to nearly 700 locations.

The bill is sponsored by council member Dan Strauss (District 6), who spearheaded efforts to allow cafe streets. One of the most popular and extensive locations for outdoor dining is in its neighborhood along Ballard Avenue. The planner followed the story of Ballard’s unique pergolas that boosted the vitality of the neighborhood during the closures.

The extension of free permits gives the Seattle Department of Transportation time to complete drafting new rules allowing businesses to open or continue to use the streets for outdoor dining and retail. According to Strauss, the new rules represent “a shift from crisis response to citywide adoption and understanding that coffeehouse streets are part of the fabric of Seattle.”

The numbers confirm Strauss’ observation about the program’s popularity. At the recent meeting of the Council’s Transportation Committee, SDOT presented the results of its street retail and restaurant surveys of business owners and the community. Of the 10,000 responses received in their general survey, 90% of respondents supported sidewalk and sidewalk cafes as well as street closures for restaurants and shops. Over 80% of respondents supported food trucks and food carts.

SDOT presented the results of its survey of 10,000 respondents examining public opinion on outdoor dining and retail rules. (Credit: SDOT)

There was a drop in support for retail, with only around 60% supporting merchandise displays in sidewalks and sidewalks. It could be argued that curbside retail stores have been much rarer, with fewer well-made examples. Still, that’s well above majority support.

The move to a permanent coffee street program will begin in the spring when SDOT releases a set of legislative and regulatory changes based on these surveys and community outreach. SDOT has detailed a work program that would raise community awareness and feedback over the summer, with legislation being considered in the fall. If passed, the legislation will come into force before the end of the extension in January 2023.

In its presentation, SDOT said the overall aim of the outdoor dining legislation will be to create more permitting tools, including seasonal permits. The Department emphasizes safety and mobility with licensed structures that people can use year-round. The Department is also looking for flexibility in retail merchandise displays, potentially allowing them based on guidelines rather than permits.

While there appears to be general consensus around extending the current permits to January 2023, two issues were raised by council members who were looking forward to a permanent program. Councilor Lisa Herbold (District 1) raised concerns about accessibility for anyone using the street. She asked SDOT to consider testing the accessibility of some sites, citing an example in New York.

Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Alex Pedersen (District 4) raised a question about lost permit revenue. SDOT calculated that the lost permit revenue would be $420,000 for the 8-month extension to 2023, or an annualized cost of $630,000. This is based on the traditional calculation of permits costing between $200 and $4,000 depending on specific demand and location. This higher number corresponds to the use of a parking space, the high cost offsetting the parking revenue.

In a later conversation, Strauss expressed his understanding of the matter, but pointed out that revenues cannot be compared between parking and activating a street. “It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Just trying to say something else costs x so it should cost x lacks nuance. The rapid increase in permitted outdoor spaces since the abolition of fees suggests that these traditional fees were indeed a barrier, especially when considered in addition to the costs of structures and furnishings to create outdoor space.

Strauss also pushes back against the idea that Seattle’s wintry weather is a drag on outdoor dining. “I was in Hattie’s Hat during the cold snap and peak of Omicron. The people I was with were more comfortable eating out. It was 37 degrees and we bundled up. The exterior was completely full and the interior completely full. Regardless of what the naysayers suggest, it was complete.

While that might sound a bit Seattle Process-ish, the extra time to develop responsive and nuanced rules is probably for the best. The area has seen the issues where a town like Edmonds moves too quickly and charges thousands of dollars in outdoor dining fees. Strauss points out: “Jurisdictions that have problems are rushing to get answers without doing the necessary analysis. Having instinctive reactions rather than taking the time to find the right answer.

A little extra time, according to Strauss, allows “SDOT to create the right size policies for businesses to operate successfully, everyone can use the sidewalk, park if needed, and those don’t have no need to compete. Extend to ensure we are applying the correct policies.

Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and on-call parent to take care of general school and neighborhood duties around Ballard. This allows him to see how city planning is working (or not) during the hours when most people are locked in their office. He is a lawyer and urban planner by training, with experience in nut soup planning, from code enforcement to university development to drafting zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly requirement.

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Proposed land for Safe Ground at Sutter’s Landing Park sparks new criticism

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular Sacramento park could become a place to stay for people living in RVs and cars, at least temporarily.

It’s a new proposition initiated by City Council member Katie Valenzuela. The details are still being worked out, and while some people say they want to help, they also say there is a better solution.

The “Safe Ground” parking lot would be located in part of Sutter’s Landing Park.

“They have to find a place, I understand. But here, no,” said Ana-Maria Sanchez, a nearby resident.

For people living near the park, it’s a tough sell.

But if the city continues, Valenzuela said the site would be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It would also be surrounded by a fence and guarantee access to toilets, garbage collection, food, water and case management services.

Only motorhomes and cars will be allowed – no camping.

I totally agree, but it should be monitored properly,” said Andy, who lives in his car.

Andy has been homeless for three years and currently lives in his car. He said it has been difficult to find the resources he needs.

The city’s first Safe Ground parking lot has opened near a portion of Highway 50, allowing homeless people and their families to park without the risk of being towed away.

Andy said if the offered lot was going to be like that, then no thanks.

“If the mayor wants to do something, open a free and safe space for us. Not a tweaker’s paradise like on Broadway,” Andy said.

“The camps around him seem disorganized. The way people live is pretty inhumane,” said Nick Kufasimes, vice president of the East Sacramento Improvement Association.

The ESIA is also concerned about unwanted camps that car parks may attract.

“If it worked there, I would be all for it. I see what’s going on there and maybe I’d say it’s perfect, then come back to us,” Kufasimes said.

The goal is to provide parking for the homeless population at the recently purchased Job Corps site in the Meadowview area, but Valenzuela said it could take several months before that location is ready.

” Help. Help us. I want a safe place to park,” Andy said.

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The City of Bayonne sets up PILOT agreements with developers

Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.


Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.

Bayonne City Hall has issued a number of ordinances that would grant PILOT agreements to developers for new developments in the city. However, two councilors voted against their introduction, citing their length.

Under a PILOT agreement, municipalities give developers exemptions from traditional property taxes for a set period of time to encourage them to make improvements to the property or locate a project in a distressed or “deteriorated” area. Instead of property taxes, developers make an annual payment to the municipality.

The payment is usually much lower than traditional taxes and is structured so that the municipality receives more benefits than it would with regular property taxes, although the school system is usually not included. These exemptions allow the developer to save property taxes, but they allow an increase in the fair market value of the property due to a higher net operating income.

Financial agreements support redevelopment

The first ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 22nd Street Partners Urban Renewal, LLC for 25 East 22nd Street. The agreement would support the approved adaptive reuse of the former Mt. Carmel Schoolhouse into a multi-family residential building containing 31 residential apartments and 31 on-site parking spaces.

The second ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and Ave E Dev Mile High AMS Urban Renewal, LLC for 132 and 140 Avenue E. This supports the proposed 18-story Silk Lofts skyscraper with 250 residential apartments, 1,975 feet squares of commercial space and 389 mechanical parking spaces on site in addition to the use of an adjacent surface parking lot with 20 parking spaces.

Another ordinance introduced would enact a second financial agreement between the city and this redeveloper, this time for 157-163 Avenue E. This is a proposed six-story Silk Lofts building on Avenue E with 36 units , 1,530 square feet of retail space and 39 off-site parking spaces. The proposed building is part of the same application as the aforementioned 18-storey building.

Additionally, an ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 218-220 Broadway Urban Renewal, LLC for 218-220 Broadway. This agreement supports a six-story multi-family residential project containing approximately 40 units and related site improvements at the former Delta gas station.

The latest order would allow a five-year tax holiday on the assessed value of new improvements only for the new six-story, 18-unit multi-family building with a 21-unit enclosed garage at 172 Avenue F.

PILOT length is a matter of discussion

The council voted 3-2 to introduce the ordinances, with First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll and Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa voting against them and City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, the Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace neighborhood and Alderman At- The great Juan Perez voted for them.

La Pelusa first opposes the ordinances, citing the length. In 2020, the council passed an ordinance limiting PILOT agreements to 20 years. Following its adoption, the board committed to reviewing the matter in the future with the intention of possibly lowering it in 2021 to 15 years.

Although there have been periodic discussions about lowering it to 15 throughout the last year, nothing has been substantiated. In the meantime, La Pelusa has continued to defend its position on the issue, only supporting PILOT agreements of 15 years or less. And at the Jan. 19 meeting, La Pelusa reiterated that he would not vote for any PILOT deal longer than 15 years and that the board should take steps to limit financial deals to that length.

Carroll agreed with La Pelusa, objecting to the length of agreements. Meanwhile, Perez was in favor of union labor that could be used to build the redevelopments, as he and the rest of the council were not concerned about the duration of the agreements.

A discussion will surely ensue again regarding the duration of the agreements at the next council meeting when the ordinances will be put to a public hearing and vote.

City Council will then meet Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. Residents can attend virtually or in person. For more information, go to and click the link on the calendar webpage.

For updates on this story and others, visit and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at [email protected]

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Council pledges $1.5 million for low-income housing

by Steven Felschundneff | [email protected]

On Tuesday, Claremont City Council voted to authorize a $1.5 million payment to the Jamboree Housing Corporation to partially fund the construction of a 33-unit “permanent supportive housing project” on the Harrison Ave.

The council voted 4 to 1 to approve the resolution, with council member Corey Calaycay casting the only negative vote. Calaycay expressed a number of reservations about the deal, including the apparent coupling of financial commitment to architectural design. He also felt that the proposed four-story structure was too tall.

Council member Sal Medina and Pro Tem Mayor Ed Reece expressed reservations about the process, being specifically asked to approve funding for a project before the council had seen the plans. Mayor Pro Tem Reece also asked city staff why this particular project was moving so quickly through the process when other land use decisions were taking much longer.

The rushed process was driven by the developer’s schedule, including applying for tax credits through Los Angels County with a deadline of a few weeks. Jamboree requested monetary commitment from Claremont to strengthen its request for future funding.

“Typically, an Affordable Housing Agreement would be negotiated and presented to City Council for approval, but Jamboree first requested a funding commitment to demonstrate public financial assistance. Jamboree is in the process of applying for capital funding through the Los Angeles County Development Authority and the application is due in early February. The proposed commitment of $1.5 million from the Successor Housing Fund will make the project more competitive for LACDA’s next funding cycle,” according to the staff report.

This development is quite unique to Claremont as it will feature 100% public housing, which qualifies the project for a density bonus under current state law. By ordinance, the Jamboree receives an 80% density bonus which increases the number of units from 17 to 31. The promoter has requested two additional units to “operate a facility of this type efficiently”, including the manager and on-site services. The development also qualifies under state law for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required.

The proposed supportive housing project will provide on-site resident services “for people who are previously or currently homeless,” according to the staff report. Housing would be limited to people whose income is at or below 30% of the region’s median income, also categorized as extremely low income.

The property at 731 Harrison Avenue between Larkin Park and the Friends of Quaker’s Claremont meeting place is currently owned by Pilgrim Place, which is selling the property specifically for use as a very low-income development.

The project will consist of a four-storey building that will be designed to “integrate and enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood”. The unit configuration will include nine studios approximately 373 square feet each, twenty-three one-bedroom units ranging from 455 to 485 square feet, and a two-bedroom management unit. Additional facilities will include a 781 square foot community hall with a kitchen, 547 square foot rental space, laundry room, dog park, outdoor barbecue and 18 parking spaces.

If built, the apartment building would be managed by Housing with Heart which “provides the high quality support services needed to help residents successfully stay in stable housing, as well as overseeing the multiple agencies, partners and volunteers who will also be engaged with residents,” according to the report.

Claremont’s $1.5 million contribution will take the form of a loan from its Successor Housing Fund, which will be secured by a deed of trust and will have a term of 55 years. The loan will be funded when construction begins and will be disbursed in “scheduled payments”. The money will not need to be repaid if the developer honors the agreement to build the affordable housing and maintain low-income status for the 55-year term.

The city will now provide the Jamboree with a funding commitment letter, however, no money will be released until the developer and the city reach a successfully negotiated project agreement which requires further approval from the city council.

The approximately half-acre lot is zoned institutional and has been identified by the city’s housing component in the general plan as an ideal location for low-income housing.

On Wednesday, the Claremont Architectural Commission reviewed the project, including a number of concessions demanded by the Jamboree, such as reducing Harrison’s setback from 25 feet to 19 feet; increased batch coverage from 60% to 75%; increased floor area ratio from 2.0 to 1.12 and increased number of units allowed from 31 to 33.

“Affordable housing is a high priority for the City Council and the State of California. Providing affordable housing to low-income households is a particularly urgent need throughout the region and this project represents an effort by the city to meet its fair share of this type of housing which is identified by the regional housing needs assessment. and mandated by state housing law. said community development manager Brad Johnson.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is a 31-year-old non-profit community development organization that builds, acquires, renovates and manages permanent affordable housing for the rental and sale markets. Jamboree currently has $320 million in affordable housing projects and an asset portfolio of $1.1 billion, including development projects and an interest in 7,500 homes across California.

Jamboree partnered with the city to build the affordable housing complex, Courier Place, located in the former Claremont COURIER office at 111. S. College Ave. This project was completed in 2011 and was partially funded by the city’s former redevelopment agency.

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Parking prices in Dublin will increase by up to 30 cents per hour from next week

THE PRICE OF PARKING in Dublin is expected to rise by an average of 10% from next Tuesday.

Parking in the capital is zone-based with different charges for different zones.

The cost of parking in the most expensive area, the yellow area, should go from €3.20 per hour to €3.50 per hour.

In the Red zone charges go from €2.70 per hour to €3. In the green zone they go from €1.60 per hour to €1.80 per hour.

Orange area the charges increase from €1.00 per hour to €1.10 per hour and blue area charges range from 0.60c€ per hour to 0.80c€.

In the Blank Zone – a small part of the yellow zone which operates from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays – the rates go from €1.40 per hour to €1.60 per hour.

The zones are materialized by the colored band on the sign of the parking spaces as well as on the street parking meters.

Fees for people who use parking beacons are 10 cents less than the spot rate, except in the orange zone where it is 5 cents cheaper.

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Speaking about the parking charge hike, Dublin City Council’s Parking Enforcement Officer, Dermot Stevenson, said: ‘The hourly parking charge is being increased to ensure there is an appropriate deterrent to the long-term parking in the city and to encourage a high turnover of users of these parking spaces.

“We also want to encourage reasoned parking in the city and ask motorists to consider alternative modes of transport to the private car”.

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Lenexa to review plan for Vista Village off Prairie Star Parkway

LENEXA, Kan. — On Tuesday, Lenexa City Council will vote on a revised site plan for a 46-acre mixed-use development near Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road.

Plans for the Vista Village project include seven retail buildings, 119 townhouses and a five-story, 207-unit condominium.

In 2019, the city approved a plan that included a flexible use option for the property, which meant it could include offices, retail, business parks or light industrial space.

Now the developer is seeking approval for a revised site plan to redistribute commercial and residential space on the western half of the property and create townhouses on the eastern part of the property.

The proposed change would reduce the amount of commercial space on the site by approximately 5,900 square feet.

The eastern half of the proposed site would include 119 townhouses and a 6,600 square foot retail building. The townhouses would be distributed among 25 buildings in groups of two, four, five and six units. Each unit would include two parking spaces in a garage.

Developers plan to create a plaza at the prominent corner of Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road. The project also includes plans for a public amphitheater near the center of the property.

The western half of the property would include six commercial buildings and a 207-unit condominium. Once built, the condominium will appear as three separate buildings, but it would be connected by a parking garage on the lower level.

The space between the upper levels will include yard space and a dog park. Residents of the condominium would also have access to a swimming pool and a patio overlooking the amphitheater.

Council will review the revised site plan on Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.

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San Mateo downtown parking lot changes | Local news

Parking availability in downtown San Mateo garages is easier to determine with the addition of real-time signs showing vacant parking spaces at the garage level, with city staff touting increased efficiency for the public.

“We are making parking in the city center more efficient by directing users to available parking spaces and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting the need for drivers to walk around the available parking lot,” said said Kellie Benz, spokesperson for San Mateo Public Works.

According to a staff report, the city first approved parking technology upgrades for the city center in October 2019 for around $ 1.45 million in partnership with entrepreneur IPS Group. Called the Downtown Parking Technology Project, it creates technology upgrades throughout downtown to improve public information about parking and payment structures. Improvements include new parking kiosks, single-place parking meters for on-street and off-street parking, real-time parking data for downtown garages, and orientation signs for on-time parking availability. real. Parking availability options include mounted electronic signs showing current occupancy levels and available spaces in downtown garages at different levels. The new terminals and meters include cash, credit and mobile payment options. Meters now use a car’s license plate to determine identification and payment. Instead of manually setting meters, a new parking management system also allows city staff to manage parking stations and pay off-site meters. City staff expect the changes to improve parking downtown and reduce greenhouse gases by reducing the number of cars. The city’s 2020 climate action plan calls for reducing greenhouse gases in order to meet the state’s reduction targets and take action to reduce them.

San Mateo has five city-owned parking garages downtown, including Central and Main Street garages, with varying levels of on-street parking throughout downtown. Benz said a real-time parking occupancy sign can be found outside the entrance to the five downtown garages and on each floor of each garage.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC, a regional agency tasked with helping improve the Bay Area’s transportation system, provided funding to San Mateo for the project in 2015. San Mateo received $ 1.5 million. MTC dollars and an additional $ 500,000 congestion alleviation and air quality grant. Improvement Funding, a federal program to reduce emissions from transportation-related sources. The city also provided $ 500,000 to bring the total funding to around $ 2.5 million. San Mateo searched for an acceptable contractor’s offer for several years before accepting the IPS Group offer. The project is largely complete, with minor items to complete.

Benz said it was too early to know how much the changes have helped reduce traffic jams or made it easier for drivers. However, she noted that the city is still looking to improve the downtown area for residents and visitors. She cited the city’s recently approved low-income parking permit program for all downtown parking garages. Eligible individuals can purchase a parking permit for $ 40 per month to park daily. Applicants must submit applications online and provide verification of their income. City council approved the permit program on October 18.

“We will monitor all options and bring all possible recommendations to city council,” Benz said.

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U-Pass transport system never got a pass in Colombia | Local

MU junior Chloe Myska is up and ready for class 30 minutes earlier each day. Not for homework or a cup of coffee, but for taking the bus from his apartment complex to campus.

This is the norm not only for Myska, but for a large population of MU. The extra time and stress of taking the bus is a small indication of a bigger void in Colombia – a lack of public transportation that serves the entire community.

Columbia’s transit system, GoCOMO, has nine bus lines. Six pass through the city of Columbia, while the other three pass through the MU campus and focus on the overflow lots for students. But the MU and General Columbia lines do not intersect.

This is a problem which annoys many and which sparked a suggestion several years ago which has never been successful.

In the late 2010s, Council member Ian Thomas attempted to create a system in which the university enters into an agreement with the city’s Department of Transportation to pay a flat annual fee and allows ID card holders academics to use the system for free. This system – used elsewhere in the country – is called U-Pass.

Thomas suggested that each student be charged $ 50 to $ 100 per year in exchange for essentially free use through U-Pass.

“I just thought, my God, what a wonderful system. We have (approximately) 30,000 students in Mizzou; if everyone paid $ 100, that’s $ 3 million, “he recalled in a recent interview.

“This would increase the state’s budget for the transit system by more than 50%,” Thomas said. “We could put a lot more buses with longer hours and new routes.”

According to Thomas, these routes would connect the students of the MU campus to the rest of Columbia, allowing for cheaper and more sustainable transportation.

“It would be so beneficial for the students at Columbia without a car,” he said. “It would solve the university’s parking space problems on campus, it would drastically reduce the university’s carbon footprint, and it would improve people’s health as they walk to the bus.

The University of Missouri system campuses in Kansas City and St. Louis have both successfully implemented the U-Pass program. Here is how it works:


The UMKC student card works like a bus pass and is as useful for getting around Kansas City as it is for accessing sporting events, viewing books in the library and purchasing a meal, according to the website. of the UMKC,

UMKC student cards are also good on suburban roads in Johnson County, Kansas, as part of an effort to create a transparent and easy-to-use regional transportation network. UMKC students who live on the Kansas side of the State Line can take a bus from Overland Park directly to the UMKC gate by simply swiping their ID.


UMSL is partnering with Metro, the regional agency that provides public transportation services in Saint-Louis, to offer students, faculty and staff access to Metrolink and Metrobus at a reduced rate. The Metro Pass program offers unlimited access to Metro services during the fall, spring and summer sessions.

U-Pass at MU

Dylan Cain, who received his Masters of Public Administration last year, was a senator for the Missouri Students’ Association when Thomas presented the proposal on campus in the late 2010s. After deciding to support U-Pass , Cain drafted a bill designating an MSA transit week.

“We were able to make a deal with CoMo where, during that week, students only had to show their student ID to take the bus for free, no questions asked,” said Cain, now an auditor of performance at the Illinois attorney’s office. General. “It was part of a larger effort to involve students in public transport. “

MSA released these results from a survey conducted after Transportation Week in 2018:

  • Most of the students had never used public transit before;
  • Students who used public transit had positive experiences;
  • Younger students are more likely to use public transportation than older students;
  • Students are more likely to take the bus to save money, help the environment, and for convenience.

Cain believed that implementing a U-Pass system could also help solve the campus parking problem.

“It’s not secure in a lot of ways, and it’s not a very user-friendly system,” he said of the situation. “Every day you drive away from campus to park, then you take shuttles to campus.”

Cain refers to the three shuttle routes that cover the campus. They depart from overflow parking lots, where students are assigned, and travel to various locations on campus.

Where he is

Despite its success during MSA Transit Week, U-Pass did not take root in MU. Cain believes the administration did not deem this necessary.

“There was just a lot of apathy towards the issue,” he said.

MU administrators also raised questions about the barriers that charging students an additional cost would bring, he added.

“I can say, definitely, that there has been a kind of setback. Tuition fees are always a concern, ”Cain said. “No one wants to be charged a higher price than expected because of the new tuition fees that are being enacted. “

According to Karlan Seville, director of internal communications at MU, the university is unable to increase funding for transport.

“If students show an interest, the campus would have to submit it to the board for approval,” Seville said.

Cain believes the need for public transit is rooted in something bigger than college life. It is a question of fairness.

“If we’re talking about cities that have real access to the community, cities that have disabled access, cities that are more food secure and environmentally conscious, these cities envision a lot of different things, but transportation audiences can play a role in all of this, ”he said.

And after?

Thomas has been the main advocate for the U-Pass in municipal government, but he is not running for re-election when his term ends in April. Still, he hopes current and future leadership will keep him alive.

Fourth Ward candidate Nick Foster addressed the issue of public transportation at a recent meeting of the Muleskinners, made up of Democrats from Boone County.

“Transportation for low-income people is an ongoing issue, so it’s definitely one of my concerns,” said Foster. “In general, I am in favor of a more robust transit system.”

Third Neighborhood Council member Karl Skala, candidate for re-election in April, said the city had missed critical opportunities to improve public transport.

“As we grow older I think some of these ideas are fertile and should be more funded,” Skala said. “It’s important to include the ‘when’ in all of this, in terms of climate change. ”

The key to moving towards a better system is to educate the public, Thomas said. But after his term on city council ends, will anyone take over the U-Pass?

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San Antonio exceeds target of housing 500 people by year-end

Sylvia Becerra has at least four Christmas trees in her cozy apartment near South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio. The larger fake tree shines in the corner of his living room, and a group of several smaller ones can be found in the opposite corner, surrounding a manger.

Crosses and angels dot its walls. The shelves are filled with knick-knacks and family photos.

“Guess who it is,” asks Becerra, 64, pointing to a photo of a smiling man next to a young boy.

“Garth Brooks! ” she said. When his young nephew met the country music star, he just had to seize the moment.

Last Christmas these valuables and decorations weren’t neatly displayed on the shelves. They were crammed into Becerra’s car, where she lived for two years.

Originally from Kingsville, she followed her two children to San Antonio in 2008. An argument with someone she lived with caused her to leave her home. His disability checks alone couldn’t cover the rent, especially with a bond. So she found refuge in her black Kia sedan, often sleeping in parking lots.

Her eyes fill with tears when she remembers that time – and when SAMMinistries was able to give her vouchers to pay her rent.

“They have been a blessing… so wonderful,” she said.

Becerra was one of more than 500 homeless people the Bexar County network of government and nonprofit agencies have been able to house since the local “housing push” initiative began on August 1. As of mid-December, 565 permanent housing placements were reported.

“We are grateful for [the agencies’] unmatched commitment, compassion and courage to help our most vulnerable neighbors during another difficult year – but [these agencies] need our support, ”Katie Vela, executive director of the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless, said in a press release. “We need to increase the availability of housing, including permanent supportive housing, to meet the present and future needs of our homeless residents. “

SAMMinistries and dozens of other agencies, including the city’s Department of Social Services, were able to find housing for an average of more than four people a day, about double their previous rate.

These agencies would gladly continue at this pace, but it’s a question of funding, SAMMinistries President and CEO Nikisha Baker told the San Antonio report. “There was a federal collective [coronavirus relief] resources that have poured into the partners involved in this push. When these resources go missing in February or March for most of us… it impacts how many people we can accommodate – individually as an organization but also collectively as a community.

A housing spree, in some ways, will continue as Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined more than two dozen U.S. leaders in November in pledging to house thousands of homeless people by the end of the year ‘next year.

The local objective, set by the city’s social and neighborhood and housing services departments, is to subsidize permanent housing for 1,500 homeless people and to start building 860 additional housing units for the population of by the end of 2022.

Additional funding for homeless mitigation and prevention services could come from the next round of US city or county bailout allocations, which have not been finalized.

Another funding opportunity is a $ 150 million housing bond that voters will see on the ballot in May. The housing bond, as proposed by a citizens’ committee (pending city council approval), includes $ 25 million for permanent supportive housing. This is housing for the homeless that includes comprehensive services such as physical and mental health care.

“We know that as a community we need around 1,000 units to meet the needs of chronically homeless people right now,” Baker said. “An allocation of $ 25 million means we can add 250 units to the inventory, which is big and substantial. It doesn’t get us here. We must continue this fight. “

SAMMinistries President and CEO Nikisha Baker, left, kisses Sylvia Becerra in her apartment. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

SAMMinistries has the largest inventory of permanent supportive housing in San Antonio, with 175 active units and 60 in the pipeline.

“Whether it’s real estate surety, or whether it’s taking advantage of public-private partnerships, tax credit opportunities – whatever that sounds like, this is the job we do. have to keep doing to increase inventories, ”she said – and that includes affordable housing.

This month, city council approved a 10-year, $ 3 billion plan to meet the community’s affordable housing needs, and the housing bond will play a role in that plan in producing and sustaining affordable housing. .

“I think this is going to be a time of transformation for our community because I think we can do so much for so many people,” Baker said.

For people like Becerra.

During winter storm Uri – which dumped 6.4 inches of snow on San Antonians in February, many without water or electricity for days – she was able to leave her car and stay in a house with friends for most nights single digit.

“I was not the only one there,” she said, remembering the other people she met who had no homes. “I don’t know how people do this. “

This winter, she’s happy to have her own roof over her head, the names of her five grandchildren on her door, and her trusty car parked outside.

“He went through it all with me,” she said. “It’s a great little car.”

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Businesses near NE Bend homeless camp express frustration; city ​​audit site, schedule garbage cleanup

(Update: added video, business comments, current, former city councilor; cleanup planned)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Mary Donnell, owner of Bend Lock and Safe, still couldn’t believe someone had placed 12 grocery carts full of disturbing content in front of her business in the 200 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue.

“A dozen caddies, full of stuff, dung, rotten food, garbage,” Donnell said Tuesday.

She said it may have been retaliation for unplugging an extension cord that fed a heater in the homeless camp a few hundred yards away on Sunday night. The cord was plugged into their commercial sign. She discovered that the carts were lined up outside her store on Monday morning.

But that’s not the only incident she’s had this week.

At around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, she contacted NewsChannel21 to report another incident, in which a homeless woman stole a customer’s car, which Bend Police quickly found intact near Sixth Street and Greenwood Avenue, near a Chase Bank.

After looking at the camera footage, Donnell said a homeless woman left her tent and got into the client’s car. The customer and the technician were working on the vehicle’s programming, checking it periodically from inside the store.

Donnell said the presence of homeless people on the streets deters businesses and creates health and safety concerns.

“Disturbing” is how she described the things she and her employees had to clean up.

“It’s not just about Bend Lock and Safe. These are our neighboring businesses – Campfire Hotel, Platt Electric, Paulson’s Flooring, 7 Eleven, ”said Donnell.

With the increasing homelessness situation in Bend and a variety of government and private sector efforts underway, frustrated owners of several businesses near the growing homeless camp on Second Street are speaking out and call on the city to find solutions more quickly.

Other businesses in the area have talked about how homeless people sleep in their parking lots and cause various problems.

Samir Dean, an employee of Paulson’s Floor Coverings, said he tried to help them as we head into the cold winter, but there has to be a stronger, coordinated strategy to get them off the streets . He estimated that 42 tents and 50 homeless people occupy the corridor.

Dean expressed his compassion for the homeless, but also noted the risk to public health and safety that their tents and camps create on sidewalks and streets. He wrote a 13-step plan outlining this need for shelters, vocational education, and city and state funding.

“We’re trying to help them, you know, with blankets, gloves, food, whatever we can do,” Dean said. “But it’s a human crisis.”

Bend resident Chip Conrad said after noticing the homeless campsite where he and his colleagues usually park for work, he contacted social services and agencies that could help him.

Tackling the root of the homelessness problem, he said, requires strategic planning and empathy.

“It’s really easy to try and put a bandage on it,” Conrad said. “For example, let’s give homeless people our cans and bottles, so they can go and get money to spend it on whatever they need to spend it. But I think taking the time to really spend it. understanding how a few little things can happen to me, putting me in one place, really made me want to not take the easy way out, but rather ask the more difficult question: how do we start to solve this problem at the root, as opposed to a bandage? ”

Former city councilor Chris Piper shared an incident where a driver had to get out of his semi-truck to move the tents off the road, just to get through. He stressed the importance of having a plan and being proactive to prevent the homeless situation from escalating.

“What I’d like to see – just me as a private citizen contacting the city and hearing from the city – they’re going to post cleanup notices here in the next few weeks,” Piper said.

“The city has an opportunity under a right of way policy, and this right of way policy means that if there is a sidewalk that is obstructed and without access, the city has the option to come and clean it up and to release him, “he said. noted. “We have people with disabilities who are in wheelchairs or walkers. We have blind people who have to walk on the sidewalk. They shouldn’t have to walk on the road, which I witnessed two weeks ago. “

Businesses around the corridor are asking for long-term solutions when it comes to tackling homelessness.

“We would just like to get some kind of help for the town of Bend,” Donnell said.

Councilor Megan Perkins said she understood the frustrations and that the city had come together to do the garbage cleanup, sanitation work, more police patrols in this area and that she was working with suppliers of services.

“It’s important for people to understand that first of all, for legal reasons, it’s very difficult to remove a camp,” Perkins said. “There has to be some sort of myriad of things going on for a camp to be closed. But second, there’s the human aspect to it. If you clean up a camp now, and you have no place to go. as folks go, you’re just throwing the box down the road. “

Joshua Romero, Deputy Director of Communications for the City of Bend, then made an official statement:

The Town of Bend understands that the activities that can accompany unmanaged campsites on public rights-of-way can be difficult for businesses, community members and the traveling public. The City has an administrative policy for the management of the City’s rights-of-way and the removal of campsites established in the rights-of-way (ADM 2021-1). The policy guides the City’s response to these campgrounds.

The policy requires the City to “attempt to mitigate or resolve health and safety issues that create unsafe camping conditions.”

In accordance with policy, City staff are now assessing the Second Street and Greeley Avenue area to see if it is possible to remove the waste from the City right-of-way. The garbage collection should take place tomorrow afternoon. If a further response is required in this area, it will follow the procedures outlined in the administrative policy.

Bend City Council aims to provide 500 shelter beds for homeless community members in Bend. This year, the City purchased two properties for temporary housing. One of the locations, at 275 NE Second Street, is open as an overnight shelter. The City is currently identifying operators and potential outdoor shelter locations. Community support is needed to help provide these housing options and give homeless community members a safer place to sleep than on the streets of Bend.

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Zoning approved to allow home to serve as a group care facility | News

A group care facility last week received approval from Norfolk City Council to operate in South Norfolk.

Following a public hearing, council voted unanimously to approve the three readings of a zoning order at the request of Richard J. and Kathy A. Sullivan of R-2 (residential district at one and two families) at R- 3 (multi-family residential district) for a house at 306 Indiana Ave.

On November 16, the Norfolk Planning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the zoning change. The board’s decision to approve the ordinance helps pave the way for the therapeutic home environment to help women re-enter the community.

It will be operated by Women’s Empowering Life Line (WELL), which will provide 24/7 staffing at the facility.

Norfolk city planner Valerie Grimes said the area has R-3 zoning about 2 ½ blocks to the west and C-3 zoning about a half block to the south. The house is just north of Omaha Avenue in South Norfolk.

Donielle Larson, executive director of WELL, said the goal is to make the home a 3.5-level adult treatment center. This means that it would be used for residential treatment and drug addiction, as well as mental illness.

Mayor Josh Moenning and council asked Larson about the change, including how the parking lot would be managed.

Larson said the house has lane access, so there will be parking in the lane, as well as additional parking in another lane behind the house. The center could accommodate up to 10 residents, she said.

“There will be adequate parking without us having to use the street,” she said.

No one spoke out against the zoning change during the public council hearing. Norfolk has several of these types of homes for residents to return to the community.

These types of treatment facilities are permitted out of the box with R-3 zoning, but require a conditional use permit in R-2 zoning.

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Parking lot operator “regrets” three-hour delays for shoppers trying to leave Ilac Center

The operators of a Dublin city center car park are looking for ways to stop long delays during peak periods as Christmas approaches.

Above-normal traffic volumes saw some motorists stranded for more than three hours as they attempted to exit the Ilac Center parking lot over the weekend, it was claimed.

Frustrated Christmas shoppers have been reported to be abandoning their cars due to long delays.

Heavy traffic jams on Parnell Street are believed to have seriously restricted the number of cars that can exit the multi-story parking lot.

The parking lot belonging to Dublin City Council is leased to Park Rite, who said they regretted the inconvenience caused.

Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) said higher-than-usual traffic levels near central Ilac only tend to occur on weekends in December.

When asked about plans to address the problem of parking lot users in the future, the company said it was involved in discussions with the Dublin Town group of companies and all relevant traffic management.

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Welcome the mayor of Danville Arnerich + Lafayette Grandma Accused

Happy Monday, neighbors! Let’s start this day. Here’s what’s going on around Concord today.

First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Windy with periods of rain. High: 55 Low: 45.

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Here are today’s top 5 stories at Concord:

  1. Richard Clayton, the husband of Contra Costa County supervisor Diane Burgis, committed suicide on Saturday morning, the supervisor said. “Like many of us, Richard’s mental health has been severely affected by the pandemic. I would ask anyone with a mental health crisis to seek help, and I respectfully ask you to respect my life. privacy and the privacy of Richard family at this difficult time, “Burgis said in a statement. ( & Contra Costa Herald)
  2. Person Killed in Multiple Vehicle Crash on Eastbound Highway 24 near St. Stephens Drive early Saturday. Orinda’s accident was reported around 1:33 a.m. An unoccupied Dodge Challenger was parked on the right shoulder of the SR-24 eastbound and a Toyota Avalon, driven by an unrestrained adult male, was traveling eastbound on the SR-24 when, for unknown reasons, the driver let his vehicle leave the roadway on the shoulder. The Toyota collided with the rear of the parked Dodge. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. (News 24/680)
  3. The Office of the Public Prosecutor of Contra Costa has filed vehicle manslaughter offense against Phyllis Meehan in the death of Stanley Middle School crossing guard Ashley Steven Dias. On September 8, 2021, Phyllis Meehan was picking up her grandson from Lafayette College when she collided with a vehicle and sped into a crosswalk. Witnesses saw Mr. Dias push a student out of the way of the GMC Yukon before the crossing guard was fatally struck by the driver. (News 24/680)
  4. At the city’s 40th annual Community Service Awards on Tuesday, Danville council members have appointed Deputy Mayor Newell Arnerich as the town’s new mayor for the coming year. In Danville, the mayor is chosen from among council members for a one-year term starting on the first Tuesday in December. Arnerich, who was deputy mayor last year, was named the next mayor by council member Robert Storer, and elected by the municipal council unanimously, without other candidates. (
  5. At their meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the The Antioch city council voted for the conditional hiring of Cornelius “Con” Johnson as interim city manager. “This is a conditional appointment based on a successful background check,” said Nickie Mastay, director of administrative services. “As soon as the interim city manager is hired, council will begin the process of recruiting a city manager.” The motion to appoint Cornelius Johnson with a proposed start date, following a successful background check, passed a 3-2 motion with Barbanica and Ogorchock voting no. (Herald of Antioch)

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  • Celebrate the winter holidays with Bel de Bel’s and Bunna’s books as she shares some of her favorite vacation stories with you at Lafayette Library and Learning Center. (9:30 AM)
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  • A winter storm warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Lake Tahoe Sunday marks the start of a series of five-day storms in the Sierra, according to the National Weather Service. Snowfall on Monday is expected to be heavy and continue through Tuesday. The weather service advises motorists to avoid travel if possible and be prepared to be stuck for hours. People who need to travel are advised to bring an emergency kit with additional food, water and clothing.
  • Grant applications are open for public bodies and private companies in order to mitigate the costs of the purchase and installation of public charging stations for electronic vehicles. Funds can go to all facilities in workspaces, transit parking lots, multi-unit residences and along major roads. The Air District will specifically seek projects in multi-unit residential facilities, such as affordable and below-market housing complexes, to reach communities with limited e-vehicle resources. The application period will be open until March 1, 2022.
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Edinburgh Morrisons will see Costa’s drive-thru built in parking lot despite huge objections

An Edinburgh Morrisons is expected to see a new Costa drive-thru built in the parking lot despite a wave of local objections.

The plans are expected to be granted by city council next week after the initial proposals were submitted in the summer of this year.

According to plans, the supermarket at 102 Pilton Drive will see a section of the parking lot transformed into an easy-access café, which will have both walk-in and drive-thru facilities.

Drawings have shown that the drive-thru will be located next to the entrance to the Morrisons parking lot, across from the gas station.

In addition to the main building, a few disabled parking spaces will also be created alongside a few outdoor rest areas.

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The new building will see around 50 parking spaces lost for Morrisons, with local residents complaining that the move will cause further congestion in the area.

Logging into Ferry Road and sitting near the Crewe Toll roundabout, the plans saw 58 objections out of 60 public comments, with residents warning the area is already prone to long traffic jams.

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A resident said: “There is no legitimate reason to encourage more people to drive on Pilton Drive, the current traffic light sequences are already not suited to the level of traffic entering Morrisons.

“Encouraging more people to come into this parking lot just to have coffee ‘driving’ is a bad idea, they will create more traffic at the junction and only increase road rage and blocked junctions.”

However, the board’s development and sub-management committee submitted a report this week suggesting the proposals should be allowed to go ahead.

The review indicated that an impact on congestion was not as likely as locals claimed, adding:

“In terms of the impact on climate change, pollution and the incentive to travel by car, the proposed development will be accessible on foot, by bicycle and by public transport.

“Transportation information has shown that most trips to the cafe and drive-thru will be existing trips of those already going to the supermarket or gas station or those passing by the application site.

“While not entirely sustainable development in terms of travel, the proposal provides for sustainable access and is within walking distance of nearby residential development. “

The plans have been recommended to be granted, but a final decision will be made on Wednesday, December 8.

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Tabletop dog park and disc golf course for the former Keene campsite | Local News

After two groups set their sights on space in the old Wheelock Park campground – one looking to build a dog park and the other looking to create a new disc golf course – Keene crosses a new step towards a solution that could integrate the two ideas.

The city council’s municipal services, facilities and infrastructure committee voted on Tuesday to use the city’s capital improvement program funds to develop a plan that includes both proposals. Parks, Recreation and Facilities Manager Andy Bohannon, who worked with the two groups to determine if the campground is a good fit for their plans, asked the committee to recommend that City Manager Elizabeth Dragon be allowed to spend those funds, which he said were free to be reallocated.

“I imagine we’ll have a public input process; both groups are going to be heavily involved in this design, ”Bohannon said of the plan. “And that’s really the best way to move forward with these two groups, and the city is going to have a win-win.”

Bohannon said in a note to the committee, included in the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, that the money could be used to hire a landscaping consultant. He said this would help better understand the combined needs of the city and groups wishing to use the campground space, and give stakeholders an idea of ​​the cost of the projects.

The push for a dog park in Keene is not new, and the initiative has been going on for years, led by different people at different times. Last month, Rebecca Lancaster, a member of Keene’s board of directors who currently runs the dog park project, told the MSFI committee that a petition supporting the project has garnered more than 600 signatures.

The Park Avenue location is ideal for a dog park, she said, as it is close to Wheelock Park amenities such as restrooms and parking, but far enough from the nearest house to avoid any problems for property owners in proximity, which has been a concern in previous conversations about a dog park in other locations.

“The advantages of having a dog park are that there really aren’t any others locally in nearby or adjacent towns,” Lancaster told the committee. “In fact, I was surprised, when I moved here, that there isn’t an established dog park in a town of this size. It is therefore a safe space for community members to exercise and socialize their dogs. It’s a great convenience … something else Keene could offer to attract families and young professionals and others to the area.

Meanwhile, Robert Johnson of the Keene Disc Golf Club said last month that the goal of their project was to build a course that would be a bit more accessible than the more advanced course the club operates at Otter Brook. He said a disc golf course would be a great fit for other park activities and that the group would take care of any ongoing maintenance required at the facility, as it does at Otter Brook State Park.

Otter Brook’s course has performed well, Johnson said, attracting players from all over New England. But he said it’s not always suitable for young players or those just learning the game.

“As successful as Otter Brook has been, one thing that is not suitable for beginners,” Johnson said. “The lack of off-season access, elevation changes and sometimes rugged topography can be overwhelming for new players, and that’s where Wheelock comes in.”

In addition to helping establish the feasibility of both the dog park and the disc golf course, Bohannon said the concept plan would also give the city a roadmap for using the space for generations. future.

Councilor Bobby Williams suggested that if the dog park was not functioning in the old campground, a fenced area near the Robin Hood Park Amphitheater might also be a suitable location. He said it wouldn’t take a lot of work to create a small dog park there.

At last month’s meeting, Lancaster told councilors she would be willing to come up with a plan to share space with space with the disc golf course. On Tuesday, councilor Randy Filiault asked Bohannon if this would be possible.

“There’s a good chance that will happen,” Bohannon told the committee. “There’s also another chance it won’t. But we’ll find out.”

The committee’s recommendation will then go to the full board for further consideration.

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No guarantee that the new Nenagh car park will be open before Christmas

There is no guarantee that the new Emmet Place parking lot will be open before Christmas, Nenagh advisers said.

The contractor has been informed by the Nenagh District City Council that the ongoing work must be completed so as not to interfere with the Christmas trade and that no further work will then be done until mid-January.

Emmet Place is part of the city’s new traffic management plan under which the council will create a new streetscape and install 17 additional parking spaces.

Work has been disrupted over the past two years due to lockdowns caused by Covid-19.

Cllr Hughie McGrath asked council officials at the Nenagh MDC’s November meeting to get a guarantee that the parking lot would be open for Christmas.

However, District Manager Marcus O’Connor said he couldn’t say it would be finished and open before Christmas.

“We have lost time because of Covid but the entrepreneur is working to make up for this time,” he said.

Cllr McGrath said traders on Mitchel Street would be “disappointed” by the news.

“Businesses have been dealing with Covid and they can’t wait to have Christmas and a parking lot,” he said.

Councilor McGrath said the work should be completed within a short period of time and the contractor should be able to give the council a final opening date.

“I don’t think it will take a lot to put it on the line,” he said.

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Newport Beach City Manager Update: New NBPD Website, Redistribution

Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Over the past few months, staff at the Newport Beach Police Department have worked hard to provide our residents with a new updated Police Department website with an improved look, designed and formatted to fit all devices. digital. I think you will agree, the results are very impressive!

You can access the new site at the same web address,

All of the key features from the previous website are available on the new website, and many have been improved. As the site has been reorganized, these features may be in different locations. In addition, website visitors may have bookmarks or favorites saved for certain pages on the previous site that are no longer active.

One of the most popular pages on the site, the Service Calls Dashboard, can be accessed directly at this link:

For a video tutorial on using the Service Calls Dashboard, click here:

You can visit the Crime Statistics page for current and historical trends, or the Services page to report, schedule a vacation check or home security inspection, request a recording, and more. On the new program pages you will find information about our crime prevention programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Citizen’s Police Academy and volunteer opportunities.

The new website reflects the mission of our police department and the city to provide our residents with important information and access to essential services in easily accessible formats. I encourage you to take a moment to visit the updated site at

COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach

As of November 18, the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach was 5,242, an increase of 52 cases from November 12. The total number of cases in Orange County as of November 18 was 309,969, an increase of 1,981 cases from November 12. The number of COVID-19 patients recovered across the county as of November 18 was 297,972. These figures are provided to Orange County by the California Department of Public Health.

Take part in the redistribution of the board with your own card

As part of the council redistribution process, the public is encouraged to help balance the population within the council’s seven districts using the latest data from the 2020 US Census. Mapping tools are available at https: // www / redistricting that will allow the public to create their own maps and submit them as public comments for the city council’s ad hoc district committee to consider at its next meeting on December 13. 2021. All cards are due before December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Roaming Update

  • 20 people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now staying at the Costa Mesa Bridge shelter.
  • City Net, the city’s homeless service agency, has helped several clients obtain emergency housing vouchers. Emergency Housing Vouchers are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and allow people to pay affordable rent based on their fixed income. Nine homeless people in Newport Beach received vouchers. The voucher program is administered by the Orange County Housing Authority. City Net helps Newport Beach clients complete necessary paperwork, obtain bank statements, visit potential rental apartments, and more.
  • A woman participating in the Trellis Community Impact Team, a program contracted by the city to develop professional skills, is now staying after reuniting with her mother and son in Montebello. The women entered the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter in May after living in her car near Newport Pier for more than a year. Trellis International is a Costa Mesa-based non-profit organization that provides volunteer opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to acquire and / or rebuild professional skills and a path to stable employment and housing. . Through volunteer projects managed by Trellis’ Community Impact Team (CIT), participants develop and refine the professional skills needed to re-enter the workforce and keep their jobs. Projects may include cleaning up beaches, hiking trails, parking lots, jetties and other public spaces, removing graffiti, pruning and removing vegetation, etc.
  • A 77-year-old woman who had lived in her car for several years has been placed in permanent accommodation in Indio. During the transition, City Net staff helped her stay at Grandma’s House of Hope, a crisis-ridden women’s housing provider based in Santa Ana. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter temporarily cared for the woman’s dog and two cats during her move.
  • City Net enrolled a family of three living in their car in wards and helped them move into an apartment in Yorba Linda. Both parents continue to work in Newport Beach and their child attends a school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
  • City Net helped place three clients who were staying near the Newport Pier in the Yale Navigation Center in Santa Ana. The Yale center accommodates up to 425 homeless people and provides case managers who find suitable accommodation, help with job searches and provide other on-site services.
  • City Net has enrolled a family staying in their car for services. The family has received an emergency housing voucher and is looking for rental accommodation.
  • City Net has registered a customer staying in his car in their services.
  • City Net has completed two housing reviews with people staying near Newport Pier.

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New inflatable boats added to the Marina Park fleet

Marina Park Sailing and Boating Center has added two Zodiac Pro Classic inflatable boats to the fleet. The purchase of the vessels was made possible by the Aquatic Center grant through the California State Boating and Waterways Division. The safety boats are coming at a good time, with the resumption of programming at Marina Park. The boats will be used for safety and instruction on the water for camps and sailing lessons.


As a reminder, City Hall and most of the city’s facilities will be closed on November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving. This newsletter will be on hiatus for a week and will return on December 3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

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New Orleans City Council Supports Uptown Parking Restrictions Aimed at Reigning Student Housing | Local politics

New Orleans City Council on Thursday backed rules to slow conversions from modest homes to massive dorms in Uptown neighborhoods, ending a nearly two-year debate that highlighted the need for more affordable housing and off-street parking in this area.

The council’s rules, which were unanimously approved, would see the developers provide new off-street parking space for every new room they add to converted or newly built homes near Loyola, Tulane and Xavier universities.

The off-street parking requirement will not apply to renovated or newly built homes with fewer than three bathrooms, an exception meant to allay concerns from affordable housing advocates that the rules unfairly weigh on developers of small homes. .

In response to complaints that recent dormitory-style housing renovations have caused traffic jams on the streets, New Orleans City Council agreed on Thursday …

The parking requirement also does not apply to affordable housing projects that maintain affordability for 20 years, restrict sale prices, and reserve half of their units for very low-income tenants.

The rules, sponsored by District A council member Joe Giarrusso, are now permanent after a temporary version was passed in March 2020. Although the details were adopted without much public discussion on Thursday, Giarrusso argued that the rules makeshift dorms, with per-room rates that sometimes match what it costs to rent a two-bedroom shotgun. The result is a rise in prices in an area that would otherwise be affordable for long-term residents.

“These dorms increase rental rates, decrease affordability and ensure that the prices of homes purchased in the area are higher, which also results in higher taxes,” Giarrusso said during an October discussion of rules.

New Orleans City Council on Thursday passed rules to stop conversions from modest homes to massive dorms and remedy …

Giarrusso first urged council to look into the matter in 2020, after receiving complaints from residents who said the conversions were out of step with the character of the neighborhood and that having multiple drivers living in a single house reduced an already limited amount of street parking.

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Council ended up asking the Planning Commission to look into the matter. It also temporarily required the developers to build an off-street parking space for each room they built near Tulane and Loyola as the study progressed.

But after several neighborhoods united in their opposition to the conversions, that initial and temporary plan was eventually changed to include Hollygrove, Leonidas, Carrollton and other neighborhoods near Xavier University.

The final version of the rules also exempts small developments from the requirement, an attempt to address concerns from Planning Commission staff and housing advocates that a warrant would lead to increased housing costs. The exemption “removes most of the damage we saw in the original proposal,” said Maxwell Ciardullo, a policy advocate at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.

Still, Ciardullo said on Thursday the rules remain fundamentally flawed. “We still don’t think parking requirements are the best way to regulate development,” he said.

New Orleans City Council moved closer on Thursday to permanently changing parking rules in the University District Uptown, a move designed …

On Thursday, public comment was limited to Ciardullo and a comment submitted online by resident Anna Stanicoff, who called the order a “destructive solution to the very real problem of student encroachment in neighborhoods.”

In the October meeting, by contrast, speakers said the new trend was destroying their neighborhoods.

“In the four blocks around my house, we have 13 houses where families have been relocated to allow investors to come in and change the structure of these houses into something they weren’t intended for,” said Ken Gelpi, who lives near Lusher. Charter school.

Developer comments were missing from the last two meetings. The person who led the conversions of several properties near Broadway Street, Preston Tedesco, declined to comment when reached on Thursday, as he has done before.

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Provo city council changes parking permit program | News, Sports, Jobs

Courtesy of the City of Provo

Graphic on parking permit information and meetings.

Provo City Council is approaching a parking permit program for certain areas of the city. The city is asking residents for help on the proposals that are currently being studied.

The draft city code of Provo, Chapter 9.90, will be considered at the council meeting on Tuesday. On-street parking management, if adopted, will create a new management tool for the city. This would be in addition to the current parking management tools the city is already using, such as authorized parking zones, according to Karen Tapahe, spokesperson for the council.

“Chapter 9.90 creates the structure for future parking management zones to be created and enforced through a paid parking system,” Tapahe said. “Charging parking is certainly not a popular idea, as public commentary in a recent Open City Hall poll showed, but active management of on-street public parking is necessary to preserve the benefits and discourage abuse of this public resource. “

Key elements of Chapter 9.90

Parking on a public road in OSPM areas may be restricted by any of the following parking management strategies:

  • Paid parking
  • Paid parking with optional permit
  • Vehicles that are parked in an hourly parking zone must pay the established rate.

Timed fares will be market determined – high enough that parking spaces are regularly released, but not so high that on-street parking is not fully utilized.

Payment would be made via a mobile application. City staff are working on options for drivers without a mobile device.

Vehicles with valid permits would be exempt from the timed parking fee in this OSPM zone.

Licensees pay for one year of access to an OSPM area rather than paying the timed tariff.

To obtain a parking permit, the permit holder must prove ownership or residence of a building with a facade bordering the OSPM zone with a maximum limit of two permits per property / occupant.

The boundaries of all OSPM zones must be shown on an official map of the on-street parking management zone adopted by the city council.

What Chapter 9.90 does not do

Create the actual OSPM zones. The process of creating an OSPM zone is detailed in Chapter 9.90, but the actual designation of a zone will need to be submitted to the council for a vote of approval.

Chapter 9.91, creating an OSPM zone in the Joaquin neighborhood (just south of the BYU campus), is in preparation.

Tapahe said a town hall on the proposal will be held on November 18 at 6 p.m. in the council chamber for the public to share their views in person.

The discussion will focus on the regulation of parking on private property and the guarantee of a specific parking space for OSPM permit holders.

Tuesday’s meeting to review the structure of the proposed program will be broadcast live on the Council’s Facebook and YouTube.

Council has scheduled the parking ordinance to be voted on at Tuesday’s meeting as the final item on the agenda. However, residents and university students who might have concerns about additional changes or specific areas for the permits or permit program are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting on Thursday.


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Williamsburg City Council met at the new sports complex and more

(Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG – This month’s Williamsburg city council meeting consisted of major public hearings that included the city stepping forward with the regional sports complex, medical marijuana dispensaries and a colonial expansion of Williamsburg.

Recreation Facilities Authority

City council voted unanimously in favor of resolution 21-28: a concurrent resolution with the counties of James City and York to form the Historic Triangle Recreation Authority. This is considered a formal step as all three localities have to go through the same step before future works.

James City County had previously voted to pass their resolution at their November 9, 2021 meeting. York County will vote on its resolution later this month, but it is expected to vote in favor of it as well. the resolution.

The resolution establishes a board of directors called the Recreational Facilities Authority. As discussed at the November 10 meeting, there are six members who will be elected to the Regional Facilities Authority and the group will consist of two members from each locality. The member who will make the appointment to the board of directors will be the appointed chief official.

“We have been working on this since 2014 as a region. It wasn’t until our city council and our tourism grant process generated funds to pay for half the construction of the facility that it really started to move forward in earnest, ”City Manager Andrew Trivette told the November 10 from the city of Williamsburg. Board meeting. “A regional working group has been formed to review the locations as well as a programming plan for the facility. This group examined several sites in the city and ultimately decided that the best site was the Colonial Welcome Center in Williamsburg. At the same time, the directors of parks and recreation in the three localities worked on a programming plan to meet the needs of the community. Once this was planned, we entrusted it to the consultant who was hired to determine the competitiveness of the market and the attractiveness of such a facility as well as the economic impact. This produced a sort of final version of the programming plan that represented both the needs of the community as well as what we would need to attract sports tourism to the facility.

If York County passes its resolution, the next step would be for all localities to nominate members to the council so that the authority can begin organizing its meetings. These meetings are where all of the organizational work will be done.

Medical cannabis distributors

The counted city voted unanimously in favor of the examination and the approval of the PCR n ° 21-010: amendment to the text of zoning to modify the article III. District Regulations, Division 10.1 Economic Development District ED *, Section 21-362 to license medical cannabis dispensaries licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This was a request to amend a zoning ordinance to authorize Commonwealth of Virginia licensed medical dispensaries under the Virginia Code in the Economic Development District (ED) and to amend additional regulations of the district to handle the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products. or extracts.

The city ordinance code was written that if it is not listed in the ordinance, it is not allowed. This is why the city council voted to amend the code to deal with the retail sale of cannabis and other cannabis products.

The emergency department contains Riverside Hospital, an apartment complex and multi-family homes.

Prior to the vote, it was recommended that these medical dispensaries be located near hospitals since cannabis is classified as medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis products. This means that clients and users of dispensaries are required to have a medical prescription before purchasing cannabis. City council has made it clear that this zoning change does not include the retail sale of recreational cannabis within city limits.

There are currently four medical dispensary licenses issued by the state of Virginia. Any medical dispensaries that would be found in the city must be licensed by the state and must follow all state regulations.

Williamsburg Colonial Expansion

City Council voted unanimously to review and approve PCR # 21-015: A Request of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to rezone approximately 1.86 acres of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area (CW) to Museum Support (MS) at 400 South Nassau Street. This included PCR # 21-016: a request from the CW for a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the Downtown Parking District for the construction of the Colin G & Nancy N. Campbell Archaeological Center at 400, South Nassau Street.

The proposed rezoning will include a portion of the northern lot, 202 West Francis Street, which will be combined with the property at 400 South Nassau Street.

The proposed expansion project should showcase a large part of the Foundation’s archaeological collection. The CAC will also have a space for processing museum-quality climate control artefacts, laboratories for the acquisition and analysis of artefacts, documentation laboratories as well as a research office and a storage space. meeting.

In addition, the design of the proposed archeology center includes guest arrival services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways leading to public washrooms.

CW has a five-year plan to create new land in the Botetourt / Lafayette Street neighborhood to provide 469 additional parking spaces for guests and visitors.

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Catch Up Quickly: New Columbus Capital Improvement Budget

Catch up quickly: new capital improvement budget
Illustration: Brendan Lynch / Axios

Investments in local policing, community swimming pools and affordable housing are among the top priorities in Columbus’ latest capital improvement budget.

Driving the news: City council recently approved the $ 1.26 billion plan through 2026, which includes the postponement of the last budget and $ 766 million in new spending.

Remarkable elements:

?? Over $ 125 million for road infrastructure, from street and sidewalk repairs to pedestrian safety projects.

?? Over $ 63 million for the improvement of parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

  • This includes $ 12 million for planned renovations to the Glenwood and Windsor pools.

🏘️ $ 35 million to affordable housing projects across the city.

?? About $ 30 million to the police, including a new police station in Hilltop and a “Real Time Crime Center” in Linden.

  • This includes $ 4.5 million for a new 911 call center.

?? $ 3.5 million to a mental health and addiction crisis center.

?? $ 2 million to a parking garage to serve the Gravity 2.0 mixed-use neighborhood in Franklinton.

?? $ 59,370 for public art projects.


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The Delhi settlements clear trees to make room for cars. A forestry official thinks this is a bad idea.

New Delhi: Environmental activists have warned that widespread tree cutting in Delhi to make way for new buildings or overwater parking lots permitted under the provisions of the Delhi 2021 master plan poses a serious threat to the city’s ecology. and could end up leaving most of the colony’s roads treeless within decades.

Parking lots on stilts are partially covered spaces for cars.

The question has been raised several times by architects and lawyers before the authorities. One of the plaintiffs, architect Shilpa Malik, who has repeatedly approached the Forestry Department to demand the conservation of Delhi trees, said The Cable that the problem of felling mature trees in colonies has reached alarming proportions.

“These trees are being cut both outside and in the setback area of ​​buildings being renovated or rebuilt. In addition, many of these trees are cut down in the name of access to the stilted parking area which is now permitted on the ground floor.

The architect who is a plaintiff in several of these cases said it was surprising that although people were willing to pay a premium to reside in settlements that have a lot of greens, builders or even landowners who renovate their buildings prefer to cut down trees rather than hold them back.

Malik warned that if tree cutting was allowed at the current rate, in a few decades there would be no more trees inside the settlements. “The only trees you will find then would be in the parks,” she said.

Forestry officer warns all trees on public land could end up being cut

Last month, Amit Anand, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Head of Trees (Southern Forestry Division), wrote to the heads of the four civic bodies in Delhi – the municipal commissioners of North, South and East Delhi and the president of the city council of New Delhi – for State:

“Whenever a construction / reconstruction activity takes place on a plot, trees located in the setback area of ​​the plot and trees outside the plot boundaries on public land / streets are almost always offered for consideration. be culled by applicants under the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994 (hereinafter referred to as DPTA). ”

He cautioned: “This will eventually lead to a situation in the future where all trees on public land outside of any parcel would be felled, leaving no avenue trees inside residential settlements. “

The official said that “since no construction is allowed in the setback area, existing trees there should not be made unnecessarily vulnerable to felling.” He also urged the heads of the four municipal bodies to “rationalize the number of trees to be affected” by any project by “realigning the design to the existing trees in the region”.

Trees are also cut to create several gates for the plots.

Often times when a land is in the construction phase or when a building is being rebuilt, Anand said, applicants request not only the cutting down of trees that are clearly interfering with construction, but also for trees that are found. in the withdrawal area. .

Another aspect of tree felling that was highlighted in the letter involved cutting them down to create multiple access gates to any land or building. Anand wrote:

“In almost all cases, in front of this office there are several doors / entrances approved in the site plans. So this inevitably has the consequence that at the end of the day, when an applicant makes a request to cut trees, they cite the approved site plan and state that the tree (s) obstruct the barrier (s). This puts the tree officer in front of a fait accompli.

Photo: Raina / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Parking on stilts also threatens trees outside residential plots

Anand also explained how the authorized stilt parking for the new plots creates a situation where more and more colony trees are cut down. He wrote:

“Trees which are located just outside the plot but on the street are also exposed to unnecessary dangers as more often than not the design / layout of the site plan is such that these trees interfere with the entrance (s) / door (s)) which give access to the parking lot on stilts inside the plot.

The manager added:

“We often see that several doors are constructed in such a way as to provide exclusive and direct access to almost any parking space in the stilted area of ​​the building. This in turn requires an unencumbered approach to the outside of the plot. Therefore, the tree manager is again faced with a fait accompli when applicants apply for permission to fell trees on the basis of approved / approved site plans with multiple entrances / gates. “

MPD Rules

Anand’s letter to civic bodies also mentioned how, as part of Delhi’s new master plan, the provision of stilted parking had been planned for the residential plots.

The new law provides that:

“Parking spaces must be provided inside the residential plot as follows: b) 1 DHW per 100 m² in built-up area, on plots of more than 300 m², provided that, if the eligible cover and the FAR are not achieved with the aforementioned parking standards in a plot, the parking standards of the previous category are allowed.

The forestry official had stated that this provision clearly reflects that it is not mandatory to provide each parking space with separate and dedicated access to the road by sanctioning several barriers along the front or rear facade or the wall of pregnant. He therefore said that only a minimum number of gates or entrances should be approved in the site plan, keeping in mind the trees standing outside the plot, to allow access to parking spaces. .

“Impact on people’s health”

Reacting to Anand’s letter and the general problem of tree felling, Delhi-based environmental lawyer Aditya N. Prasad said, “The first thing that comes to my mind is that the officer concerned would be transferred for taking such a position. Nonetheless, the letter raises important questions. Cutting down every tree outside of newly built homes is already showing its disastrous effects in the city, with one in three children showing symptoms of asthma, according to a recent study by the Lung Care Foundation.

Prasad, who in the past has challenged the courts against attempts by various civic and construction agencies to undertake logging of trees on public land, added that recently the Delhi High Court had also ordered the Forestry Department to investigate the revelation that 77 trees were found missing. in the Sarvodaya enclave when residents undertook a tree census.

“Delhi,” Prasad said, “has felled one tree per hour over the past decade. The focus needs to shift from energy-guzzling smog towers to preserving existing trees. I don’t expect the Department to do so. des Forêts takes a firm stand as they have no manpower despite court orders, but the letter is a welcome respite amidst senseless logging.

Incidentally, data shared by the Delhi government on its website following instructions from the Central Information Commission (CIC) and Delhi High Court revealed that between 2005 and February 2018, a total of 112 169 trees had been cut in the city. This showed that an average of 24 trees were officially cut each day.

A woman ties banners to trees during the “Save The Tree Campaign” in New Delhi, India on June 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Adnan Abidi


The issue of efforts to build parking lots on stilts causing large-scale logging was also brought up by the Forestry Department to the municipality of the neighboring satellite commune of Gurugram in June this year.

As in Delhi, Gurugram’s deputy forest conservator’s office had also written to the district municipal commissioner to state that more trees were being felled due to the civic body’s decision to increase the land area ratio ( FAR) which allowed the construction of four floors with parking on stilts on residential plots.

There too, the head of the Forestry Department had urged the civic body to ensure that “the officer concerned assesses the authorization to cut trees applied by the residents and examines whether the request to cut trees is in tandem with the approved plan for green coverage along the taxiways. of the residential sector. The letter also stated that “the granting of permits for access to several gates to the same residential premises would result in a loss of tree cover along the roads and would also constitute a violation of the development plan of the said area”.

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New ordinance helps minimize loitering through city fleets | Winchester Star

WINCHESTER – A new ordinance designed to prevent people from loitering through the four downtown car parks appears to be doing its job.

Winchester’s facility and parking maintenance division manager Corey MacKnight said on Thursday that authorities have only had to use the order once so far, and that he is ‘acted to take care of certain minors who were particularly obstinate in leaving the garage where they were hanging out.

New ordinance, enacted May 12 by City Council, gives Winchester Police Department the power to charge someone with a trespass for loitering through one of the car parks – Court Square, George Washington , Loudoun and Braddock – if the person refuses to leave at the request of a police officer or an employee of the Winchester Parking Authority.

“The order states that if you are not walking to or from your vehicle within a reasonable time, you could be charged,” MacKnight said.

In Virginia, trespassing is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $ 2,500.

While no one is eager to throw a stack of trespassing summons, MacKnight said the ordinance was needed as a deterrent to keep people from doing things in garages – especially on the rooftops of multi-story structures. – that they shouldn’t do. .

“We’ve had a constant problem with people of all ages going up to rooftops, especially George Washington, and taking Instagram videos and photos of them walking on the ledge, sitting on the ledge, fooling around. on the ledge, ”MacKnight mentioned. “We wanted to put all the measures in place to prevent that from happening because the last thing we want is someone to fall off the roof of a garage.”

Beyond security concerns, MacKnight said some people were inappropriately using garage roofs to socialize and organize special events.

“We found a lot of trash, debris and broken glass up there on Monday morning,” he said.

The problem has become so serious at the George Washington Fleet that last week the Parking Authority installed bollards and chains to permanently bar vehicle access to the garage roof. MacKnight said the rooftop spaces of that garage were rarely used for parking, but officials frequently found evidence of other activities taking place there, including birthday parties.

“Yesterday I had to go up to the roof four times [of the George Washington Autopark] and four times I had to ask people to leave, ”MacKnight said. “If I go up there and confront people, and they are reasonable with me and leave, no harm, no fault. The prescription is really for people who cause problems or cause us grief. “

Pedestrians can still access the roof of the George Washington via stairs or an elevator, MacKnight said, but since there is no more parking on the garage’s upper deck, anyone who decides to stand there could be charged. intrusion.

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Weekly planning requests: October 28, 2021

The following planning requests have been received. You can view them online in by clicking on the request number below or via our search page.

Copies can also be viewed on appointment at Exeter City Council, Civic Center, rue de Paris, please call 01392 265223 to arrange a viewing time.

Letters from objection, comment or support can be done through the app on our website, or directly to the case manager listed on the app, before the expiration date shown on the “Important Dates” screen.


Exeter Cathedral, cathedral courtyard. Extensions and modifications, including a new cloister gallery, new toilet facilities for visitors, 20th century roof modifications and associated works. 21/1586 / FULL (CA & LB)

St Lukes Quad, Heavitree Road. Temporary installation of a marquee (Renewal of application 20/1163 / FUL). 21/1512 / FULL (CALIFORNIA)

14, rue Mary Arches. Change of use of the land behind 14, rue Mary Arches to be used in connection with the authorized premises (Class E (b) use) and the construction on the site of a bar / store (Revised retrospective) Re-consultation for 14 days. 21/0514 / FULL (CA & LB)

86 Regent Street. One-story rear ground floor expansion project. 21/1582 / FULL (CALIFORNIA)


Unit 32 Higher Market Guildhall, Queen Street. Display signage including 1no. facade panel above the main entrance to the store, 2no. internal hanging panels, 1no. menu sign, 2no. vinyl glazing signs. 21/1492 / LBC


Existing parking B, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive. Temporary installation of a marquee. 21/1528 / FULL*

Lopes Hall, rue St Germans. Temporary installation of a marquee (renewal of the request ref. 20/1161 / FUL). 21/1527 / FULL*

The Ram Quad, University of Exeter, Stocker Road. Temporary installation of a marquee (renewal of the request 20/1162 / FUL). 21/1529 / FULL*

University of Exeter Forum, Stocker Road. Temporary installation of a marquee (renewal of the request 20/1167 / FUL). 21/1526 / FULL*

21 Wreford Drive. Front extension on one level. 21/1605 / FULL*

27 Broadfields Road. Removal of the veranda and replacement with a one-story rear extension. 21/1609 / FULL*

108 Cowick Lane. Provision of hard ground in the front garden and access to the motorway. 21/1614 / FULL*

353 Topsham Road. Demolition of the existing rear extension and veranda; construction of a one-story rear extension and storm porch to the side elevation. 21/1604 / FULL*

Exit from the Development Plan

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Land north of Exeter, Stoke Hill. Outline Planning Application for the development of up to 150 residential dwellings, community center, access and associated infrastructures. (All subjects reserved except access). 21/1291 / EXIT

* Identifies candidates not advertised in the press.

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Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee (PABAC) – City of Palo Alto, CA

What is PABAC?

Palo Alto receives technical advice from its Volunteer Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee (PABAC). PABAC is a citizens’ advisory committee reporting to the transport manager. Members have an interest in or knowledge of cycling issues. The role of the Committee is to examine all matters related to cycling in the fields of engineering, application, education and encouragement. The types of activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Review and comment on the design of capital improvement program projects, street improvements, traffic light projects and parking facility projects.
  • Review and comment on changes and updates to Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Municipal Code, and other policy documents relating to cycling and walking.
  • Review and prioritize the City’s Transportation Development Act (LTD) Section 3 annual list of pedestrian and bicycle projects and report the Committee’s recommendations to City Council.
  • Liaise between the City and the community and community groups on issues related to cycling and walking.
  • Promote the bicycle as a viable means of transport.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of bicycle safety awareness and education materials in the community.
  • Review and comment on private development plans, which include cycling facilities or impact the safety and access of bicycles and / or pedestrians.
  • Initiate requests to City staff on issues of concern to the Committee regarding cycling and walking.

To see the PABAC statutes(PDF, 72 KB).

What’s going on now?

Update of the bicycle and foot transport plan
The City of Palo Alto Bicycle and Pedestrian Transport Plan was adopted in July 2012. The plan identifies targets for expanding bicycle and pedestrian goals for the city. With the Plan in place for almost a decade, it is time to reassess it. Read the current plan to find out more.

As a first step, PABAC members and staff developed the framework for updating the bicycle and walking transport plan (BPTP update) in early 2021. The framework is an overview that will eventually be developed into a plan. The development of the plan is expected to begin in winter 2021 pending the recruitment of staff.

Your feedback is important in helping shape the BPTP update. You can provide your comments in two ways: (1) submit written comments via email and (2) provide oral comments at a PABAC meeting. Please refer to the BPTP Update Public Comment Instructions for more details and instructions on how to provide your feedback.

To learn more about the BPTP update, visit the BPTP update web page. (Currently under construction)

2021 agendas and minutes



November 2, 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Sign up online :
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 953 2856 6408

Agenda and minutes(PDF, 547 KB)
October 5, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 931 3963 9579
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 7 MB)
September 7, 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Sign up online :
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 976 2450 5881

Agenda and minutes(PDF, 623 KB)
August 3, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 938 3027 4930
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 787 KB)
July – no meeting

June 30, 2021

– special joint meeting with MV B / PAC

Virtual via Zoom
Register in advance:
Call: (669) 900-9128
Meeting number: 939 8230 0948
Agenda(PDF, 504 KB)
June 1, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 997 5223 8671
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 1 MB)
May 4, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 959 1915 6143
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 2 MB)
April 6, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 978 1164 3326
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 751 KB)
March 2, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 996 5757 4509
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 840 KB)
February 2, 2021 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-683
Meeting number: 918 0531 4002
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 1 MB)

January 5, 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 926 0425 7435
Agenda and minutes(PDF, 3 MB)

2020 agendas and minutes

2020 agendas and minutes




December 1, 2020

special meeting

Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 969 2721 5326
Agenda and minutes
November 3, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 969 2721 5326
Agenda and minutes
October 6, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 912 7235 0109
Revised agenda and minutes
September 1, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 915 6969 7977
Revised agenda and minutes
Aug 4, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Register online:
Call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting number: 951 0112 6947
Agenda and minutes

July – no meeting

June 2, 2020 Virtual Revised agenda and minutes (from March)
May 5, 2020 CANCELED
April 7, 2020 CANCELED Minutes (from March)
March 3, 2020

El Palo Alto West Room, Mitchell Park Community Center -3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
February 4, 2020 Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library

1213 Newell Road

Agenda and minutes
January 7, 2020

Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library

1213 Newell Road

Agenda and minutes

2019 agendas and minutes

2019 agendas and minutes



December – no meeting
November 5, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
October 1, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
September 3, 2019 Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
Aug 6, 2019 Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
July – no meeting
June 4, 2019

Community meeting room, ground floor, town hall,

250 Hamilton Avenue

Agenda and minutes
May – no meeting
April 2, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
March 5, 2019 Adobe North Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Revised minutes

February 12, 2019

Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes
January 15, 2019 Matadero Room, Mitchell Park Community Center,

3700 Middlefield Road

Agenda and minutes

Previous agendas and minutes (2012 – 2018)

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Construction begins on the Arena 2 of Le Porte De La Chapelle in France

Construction on the $ 141 million Le Porte De La Chapelle Arena 2 development located in Ile-de-France, France began in the fourth quarter of 2021. It was announced in the first quarter of 2018.

The project consists of the construction of the second sports arena at Porte de la Chapelle, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, ÃŽle-de-France, France.

The project includes the following elements:

1. Construction of basketball courts
2. Construction of leisure and retail spaces over an area of ​​2,600 m²
3. Construction of VIP lounges
4. Construction of a fitness center
5. Construction of 3,000 m2 of outdoor relaxation areas
6. Construction of administrative offices
7. Construction of food courts
8. Construction of glass walls
9. Construction of wooden structures
10. Construction of an Olympic events area
11. Construction of a covered sports field
12. Construction of a large green terrace on an area of ​​1700m2
13. Construction of a roof garden of 6000 m2
14. Construction of a sports arena with a capacity of 8,000 seats
15. Construction of access roads and parking lots
16. Installation of lighting and security systems
17. Installation of electrical installations

Construction of the project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2023.

The owners of the project include the French Olympic Games delivery company SOLIDEO.

NP2F Architects, based in France, is the architect and technical design consultant for the development of Arena 2 at Le Porte De La Chapelle, while the Paris City Council is the planning authority.


Carmen is a robot, or rather an algorithmic journalist, who creates valuable automated content for our audience. Carmen’s goal is to provide in-depth, factual articles and to free our human journalists to interpret, analyze and explain developments.

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Broad Marsh car park needs £ 1.8million extra budget due to intu collapse and post-Covid usage forecast

The parking lot is scheduled to open on November 1st.

In its decision released on October 25, Nottingham City Council explains that the development of the Broadmarsh Parking Lot (BMCP) is now virtually complete and has been handed over to council.

Adding that “the works of the surrounding public domain being almost finished, we will work on a gradual opening of the installation over the coming months, with the first phase – the opening of the real car park scheduled for November 1”.

BMCP’s initial business case for developing, which was approved at the Board of Directors meeting on December 18, 2018, was based on a number of forecasts for annual revenues, expenses, and debt repayment once development has become operational.

Following a significant change in the operating environment, a review of operating costs and revenue forecasts identified a significant variance from the originally approved operating budget.

– Advertising –

The changes in income and expenses are as follows;

1. The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic and the associated collapse in intu development has led to a reduction in parking revenue forecast from £ 2.6million per year to a 10-year gradual estimate of 1, £ 4million in the first full year to £ 2.7million by the 9th year.

The new assumptions are associated with both the planned redevelopment rate and the recovery from Covid.

2. Revenues from digital screens approved by the Board of Directors in December 2018 amounted to £ 0.2million.

Due to a reduced market for this type of marketing facility, this income was removed from the model and digital displays were removed from the building design so as to retain the possibility of reintroducing them at a later date if the market for this type of advertising recover.

3. The contribution of a partial income model linked to the redevelopment of Angel Row was supposed to generate £ 0.3million.

This development has been scrapped and the building is now in the process of being divested, with £ 5.0million of capital income realized from Angel Row, mitigating this loss by reducing the associated debt within the model.

4. A review of facility management costs identified additional costs related to security and cleaning that were not previously included in the operating model.

This means that the last position in the operating budget is a £ 1.8million deficit for the five months up to March 31, 2022.

The revenue assumptions are based on the best information the board currently has in terms of behavior, requirements and demand for parking in Nottingham after Covid.

Parking Services has already implemented a major marketing program for the opening of the car park both to the public and to potential business customers.

• The new Broadmarsh car park could be ‘used in different ways’ if there are not enough people to park there

• Opening date announced for the new Nottingham Broad Marsh car park

In addition, due to the impact that opening the parking lot is likely to have, the dynamics of the city’s parking supply are expected to change significantly.

This will be closely monitored and will be part of a strategic review of park assets across the city with a view to maximizing council revenue.

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Berkeley Marina ferry plan worries recreational users

A windsurfer cruises near the pier at Berkeley Marina in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

David Fielder tries to be on the water at least 100 days a year at the Berkeley Marina. Now, with the prospect of a new ferry service crossing the bay, he and other windsurfers fear it will turn the marina from a recreation area into a hub for commuters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of Berkeley Marina stories written by UC Berkeley graduate journalism students in partnership with Berkeleyside.

The combination of rough currents and high winds that hit about 200 meters after leaving the entrance channel has made the marina a favorite with windsurfers.

“It’s no exaggeration to say this is one of the best spots in the world,” said Fielder, who has been windsurfing for over 40 years.

But concerns about the terminal surfaced more than a decade ago when ferry service was first offered, including concerns that the terminal would block windsurfing launch points. Recreational users are also concerned about congestion and parking and the feasibility of such a project.

In 2019, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and Berkeley City Council agreed to jointly fund a planning study on the feasibility of a dual-use ferry and leisure pier at the marina. WETA, also known as the San Francisco Bay Ferry, would cover a substantial portion of the costs of the ferry terminal, while the city would cover the costs of recreational use.

The new structure would replace the nearly century-old municipal pier, which was declared unsafe and closed for repair in July 2015. Without a ferry component, the city would have to cover the full cost of a recreational pier, with estimates ranging from $ 20 million to $ 55 million.

This year, an online petition asking Berkeley officials to “not sell the marina” by prematurely committing to a full-scale ferry service has garnered more than 400 signatures.

“We would like to distribute the petition to a wider range of the Berkeley community with more of this information available and have a meaningful community engagement process,” said the petitioner, Camille Antinori, who chairs the Cal Sailing Club (CSC) Marina Planning Committee.

While the petition is not entirely opposed to a ferry, it calls for the project to be carefully planned and funded while improving the recreational value of the Berkeley Marina. “We are concerned that the current planning effort is focused on the ferry and not achieving such a result,” the petition says.

According to a 2016 strategic plan study, WETA predicts that 1,500 passengers per day would use a ferry service by 2035. The ferry would link the marina to downtown San Francisco and could include other destinations for ferry service. regular or special event, such as Oracle Park, Chase Center, South San Francisco, Mission Bay, South San Francisco, Redwood City and potential North Bay destinations.

But plans for a ferry first depend on deciding the fate of the existing 3,000-foot municipal jetty. The three renovation options presented by the city council are either to rehabilitate, or to seismically reinforce, or to completely replace the pier.

Rehabilitation would cost between $ 22 million and $ 48 million, while earthquake-resistant reinforcement would cost between $ 41 and $ 65 million. The recommended replacement option, based on the structural assessment of the Berkeley municipal pier, would cost between $ 32 million and $ 44 million and $ 500,000 per year to maintain.

Currently, four replacement concepts are under consideration, with different layouts for jetty design, mobility and ferry use.

City council “has certainly asked a lot of questions about which of these ferry alternatives we want,” said CSC member Gordon Stout. “They never asked the question, ‘Do you want a ferry?’ They don’t want to answer that question.

One concern raised is the potential lack of ridership.

“We are offering the ferry as a solution that can provide new capacity that makes BART train congestion a little less serious when you leave North Berkeley during rush hour,” said Mike Gouerthy, senior planner at WETA.

Expanding ferry service would require three round trips during travel periods, as well as mid-day, late-evening and weekend trips as part of WETA’s pandemic recovery program.

Marina users are also concerned that commuters will increase congestion and demand parking spaces that recreational users need.

When the City of Berkeley first authorized small-scale ferries to offer service from the marina in late 2016, Stout noticed a dramatic reduction in parking available for the Cal Sailing Club and the playground for children Cal Adventures. He is concerned that an expanded ferry service will further restrict recreational users.

According to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), a ferry terminal in the marina may only be permitted if it “does not interfere with current or future uses of the park and recreation” or “disrupt continued access. to the shore ”. The described standard also states that parking “should not be spoofed by ferry customers” and that “shared parking arrangements should be made to minimize the amount of shore area required for parking”.

Gouerthy said WETA is confident that the ferry project will meet BCDC’s permit requirements, as it already operates several facilities within BCDC’s jurisdiction, such as the Richmond ferry terminal.

And while Berkeley’s windy climate makes it ideal for windsurfers, Parks and Waterfront Commissioner and Coastal Engineer Jim McGrath predicts it will lead to bumpy rides for passengers and require a breakwater that is tall enough and long enough to handle. shelter ferries when loading and unloading.

“It’s the toughest place in the bay to try and put a ferry,” he said.

People enjoying the water near Berkeley Pier in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan
Rowers enjoying the water near the pier at Berkeley Marina in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

Julietta Bisharyan is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism studying economic development.

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Dallas Curb Management Could Reduce Street Parking – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Dallas edge lane management study is underway that may reduce on-street parking in favor of other uses of this space.

The study currently includes Downtown, Uptown, Deep Ellum, and Bishop Arts, but may expand in the future.

It shows the changes taking place in the urban core of Dallas, where thousands of residents now live in large new apartments and fewer people just drive around town.

“I think Dallas has really changed over the last five years I would say,” said resident Quenita Fagan.

She was eating outside a Starbucks on the corner of Commerce and Akard Street on Thursday, across from the new AT&T Discovery District.

Drivers cannot just stop and park there on Commerce. Roadside restrictions include drop-off areas and bus lanes. With cycle lanes, these are the kinds of restrictions that could be extended to many other places with the study on curb lane management.

Fagan said visitors from outside the city center are drawn to many attractions, but that she uses public transportation and would prefer to see fewer cars.

“The attractions are here, but how do you make it work for everyone, letting them know there are people living here. And we don’t want cars everywhere, ”Fagan said.

The curb lane management study was a topic of the Dallas City Council Transportation Committee meeting this week.

Council member Cara Mendelsohn said businesses could suffer from the reduction in on-street parking because she and other residents rely on using it. Mendelsohn said public transportation would take three to four times as long, so she was driving from north Dallas.

“Frankly, there are times when I have pulled over and there is no parking. Can’t get into the valet parking, and you know what? I’m going home. So we can’t give up parking, ”Mendelsohn said.

Other committee members supported the changes, including transport chairman Omar Narvaez.

“I want to do this. I think we need to put this infrastructure in place for the lanes reserved for buses, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles. If we don’t add this infrastructure, the people of Dallas won’t get used to it. not. And we will never get there. And I think we as the ninth largest city are probably 10 to 15 years behind the other big cities that implemented it a long time ago, ” Narvaez said.

Deep Ellum, where large new apartment structures were recently completed, is an example of change that is already happening.

A few years ago Elm Street was recently widened, landscaped sidewalks replaced some parking spaces.

The “The Stack” office building recently opened with ample parking that is available to visitors to Deep Ellum at night, helping to eliminate the need for street space.

Commerce Street will soon receive a rebuild, which will include the first dynamic loading zones in the streetside space of Dallas.

“At night they are used for carpooling customers and during the day they are used for large business needs such as FedEx and food supplier deliveries. And that’s because we know we need to maximize and share the use of the sidewalk. It’s a great asset, ”said Stephanie Keller-Hudiburg, Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation.

Dallas is also considering a return of the shared scooters which became an issue when they were banned in 2020. The scooters will have dedicated curbside parking areas to limit nuisance when they are re-authorized, Keller- Hudiburg.

” We are learning. We have to adapt to changing needs. For example, carpools, scooters, all those things that require the use of the sidewalk and we have to be able to adapt to those needs, ”she said.

Some drivers are not convinced. Juan Garcia secured one of the few curbside parking spots on Elm Street, near the triple underpass tourist area.

Garcia said he supports public transportation, but it is not used much in Dallas and more bus lanes are not needed.

“We don’t have that culture, like in Europe or elsewhere,” Garcia said. “I think they’re trying to create a culture where there isn’t one.”

There will be public comment on the results of this study before any changes are made.

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From flat to four floors southeast of downtown

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The Town of Sioux Falls just added a six-story parking ramp with approximately 525 spaces downtown in 2020

Now it appears to be on track to do away with a flat surface parking lot at 400 S. 1st St. in the downtown core of the city.

City council on Oct. 18 approved stopping use of the parking lot to make way for a $ 28 million mixed-use development project on the site.

Flat-surface parking is generally not the best use of downtown properties, said Dustin Powers of the city’s Planning and Zoning Department in an interview with KELOLAND News.

“We like to see more density in the downtown area,” Powers said. This means increasing residential development like apartments, he said.

The parking lot at 400 S. 1st St.

It is also important to add business and commercial development to further stimulate the economy of the inner city, town and county, Powers said.

If the city removes the 50 spaces from the 400 S. 1st St. lot, there will still be parking available for those renting spaces in the lot, Powers said. The lot is around 70% occupied, he said.

Lot license holders would move to another lot, Matt Nelson said at the Oct. 18 council meeting. Nelson is the manager of the city’s public parking lots

In the parking pattern, “it’s not a lot of spaces,” Powers said of above ground parking.

According to Downtown Sioux Falls and the City of Sioux Falls, the downtown area has over 1,000 on-street parking spaces and 2,500 off-street parking spaces. Many of these off-street spaces are in ramps such as the new ramp. In addition, in general, there is a charge for parking in off-street spaces Monday through Friday until 5 p.m.

As of May 19, the 2020 parking ramp for the failed Village on the River project “was performing exactly as expected,” Nelson said in a KELOLAND News article. “We were planning to have over 300 leases and we have about 300 leases.”

The proposed development for the above ground parking would include 150 apartments and 5,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, Powers said.

Renter parking would be underground, Powers said.

The development would be a major addition to the south-eastern part of downtown. By comparison, much of the recent development has taken place north near 8th and Railroad Center and towards Falls Park.

“We are delighted to have other developments close to our store,” said Zane Hoffelt, manager of Norberg’s Ace Hardware downtown. Ace Hardware is across from the 400 S. 1st St. parking lot.

Norberg’s Ace Hardware downtown store is across the street from 400 S. 1st. Street parking.

The additional retailers will be good for Ace but also for other businesses nearby, Hoffelt said.

“If there are 150 residents across the street, that’s exciting for us,” Hoffelt said.

Powers said metered off-street parking is available in the proposed development area along with a parking ramp.

Hoffelt said Ace has his own parking lot, but shoppers come all day to get change for the meters.

“They are already using the metered parking spaces and the parking ramps,” Hoffelt said.

He does not expect the proposed development to insist on available parking.

“I realized there were people renting spaces but there was a parking ramp a block away,” Hoffelt said.

The town has a second lot for sale at 301 N. Main St. downtown.

The parking lot at 301 N. Main St. Town of Sioux Falls photo / graphic.

The decision to try to sell the two parking lots stems from the Downtown 2025 plan, the 2014 parking needs analysis by Walker Parking Consultants and a 2014 downtown market study.

The 2014 Walker study identified nearly 3,000 unoccupied parking spaces during peak weekday needs in the city’s downtown core. “Many unoccupied parking spaces are located in areas with low development density and beyond what some people may consider an acceptable walking distance from the central core.
Business district, ”says the study.

The 2014 market study predicted that at least 1,900 new homes, at least 190,000 square feet of retail and restaurant business, and at least 1 million square feet of office space would be added downtown over 20 years.

Walker’s study also indicated that if the projected 190,000 square feet of retail space and 1.0 million square feet of office space were added downtown over the next 20 years, parking needs would also increase. The study recommended adding spaces to meet future needs.

Powers said at the Oct. 18 meeting that elements of the expected growth are occurring and the city is meeting parking needs.

The Downtown 2025 plan was developed when Mike Huether was mayor. It identifies specific areas of attention and potential growth.

The Downtown 2025 plan called for three distinct neighborhoods “to add to the vitality of downtown over the next ten years.” These neighborhoods are Falls Park, Phillips Avenue and River Greenway.

The plan also identified the Railyard and Weber corridor and several other areas as potential areas for development.

Powers said the proposed four-story project over an existing parking lot meets the needs and goals identified in the Walker study and the Downtown 2025 plan.

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RMIT-Monash car park number supports driving for more wines and sidewalk meals in Melbourne

“Only with the support of the state government can Yarra continue to meet the expectations of subsidizing outdoor dining.”

Yarra advisers will vote on Tuesday on whether to reconsider the fee structure, at least until state government funding becomes clear, under a motion by independent socialist Stephen Jolly.

Neighboring councils are also expected to introduce fees once capacity restrictions on indoor trade loosen significantly, with parklets remaining even beyond the pandemic.

Chris De Gruyter, lead researcher for the discussion paper Street Space Allocation and Use in Melbourne’s Activity Centers, said street parking should be converted where appropriate, as parked cars are the least efficient use of shopping streets .

Looking at 56 locations in Melbourne at the end of last year, researchers said there was a lack of space for pedestrians. On average, pedestrians made up 56% of all road users, but were allocated only 32.2% of the streetscape.

Parked cars represented only 12.8% of road users but occupied 21% of road space, while general traffic (cars, motorcycles, trucks and cyclists) accounted for 18.4% of the population of the street but used 29.1% of the space.

The numbers were more striking in some places. In Puckle Street stores in Moonee Ponds, pedestrians made up more than 80 percent of road users, but only had 35 percent of the streetscape.

Melbourne City Council has already pledged to expand trails and discourage motorists in parts of the CBD.

Dr De Gruyter said there is no one-size-fits-all solution and the changes will not suit all places, but the way we use our streets is set to be turned upside down and parklets will always offer more space to walk for pedestrians than a parked car.

“It gives even more room to cross. This gives more buffer to traffic, which is more pleasant as a pedestrian walking in a safer and more pleasant environment, ”said Dr De Gruyter, of the RMIT Center for Urban Research.


He said it was “amazing” to see the normal, and often unnecessarily, space reserved for parked cars reallocated since the start of the pandemic.

Yarra’s independent adviser Herschel Landes is keen to consider policies for retailing on parking spaces, saying the council prematurely decided to freeze costs from April.

A state government spokeswoman said the boards should encourage hotel businesses to operate safely against COVID.

“Opening up our streets and community spaces will be of huge benefit to businesses and councils, and we will soon have more to say about our plans for the outdoor economy. “

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LAX and Mayor Garcetti announce opening of $ 294 million economy parking structure – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Lox Angeles International Airport officially unveiled the airport’s new economy parking structure – LAX Economy Parking on Friday.

Part of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), a $ 5.5 billion program aimed at decongesting people traveling through LAX, LAX Economy Parking is equipped with electric vehicle chargers, parking space availability monitors, an online pre-reservation system, ceiling indicators. of open or occupied parking spaces and more. LAMP’s other components include more transportation options to LAX, relief from traffic jams inside and outside the airport, easier access to rental cars, and more convenient locations for pickup and drop-off. disembarking of passengers.

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The state-of-the-art structure rises over four floors and includes approximately 4,300 new parking spaces – nearly 500 of which are electric vehicle recharges – covering more than 1.7 million square feet. This is the first major part of LAMP that has been completed and opened to the public. It is also the first structure to be completely modernized at LAX, above all in the modernization plan for each parking structure at the airport. The plan foresees that more than 1,600 stalls will be equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles over time.

As part of the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) sustainability plan, called “Boldly Moving to Zero”, LAX Economy Parking is a fully sustainable facility. Additional sustainability efforts include low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving lighting controls, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

“As the third largest airport in the world, LAX is our gateway to the world – where dreams take flight and we welcome the future of our city with open arms,” said Garcetti. “LAX Economy Parking is a historic marker of progress amid a one-in-a-generation transformation at the airport – providing travelers with a state-of-the-art facility that will help reduce congestion, allow our airport to realize its full potential, and continue to create a smoother travel experience for millions of Angelenos and visitors. “

Along with Mayor Garcetti, many familiar figures attended the inauguration, including LA City Council members Mike Bonin (District 11) and Joe Buscaino (District 15). Bonin was happy with the progress, noting that this is just the beginning of what will happen to LAX:

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“Today, we begin a series of inaugurations that will transform LAX into the modern and sustainable transit hub that our city deserves. This step is possible because we have brought together airport neighbors and airport officials to modernize LAX, reduce its impacts on local communities and make it a first-class neighbor, opening the door to great improvements in transport, job creation and environmental benefits. I am delighted to see this promise fulfilled for my constituents, Angelenos and future visitors to our vibrant city.

Buscaino added that by proposing that one of the many benefits includes a reduction in costs in the overall travel experience: “With the new terrain, as well as the connection to the Metro rail system, the Automated People Mover and the Revamped FlyAway, residents of all income levels will have options to get to and from the airport, and no longer have to choose between convenience and affordability. “

The Automated People Mover, or APM, will connect passengers to the rail system on the second floor of the Economy Parking building. There will also be a shuttle, with a designated lane that departs from regular traffic and takes passengers to the central LAX terminal.

The facility was inaugurated on July 11, 2019 and during that time, more than 3,700 artisans participated in the construction, earning more than $ 54 million in wages over 848,501 hours.

Additional amenities include pet relief areas, vending machines, and views of airplanes flying directly over the open-air rooftop.

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New York City to Switch to All-Electric School Buses by 2035

The New York City Council voted 44-1 to require all city-owned school buses to be battery-powered by September 1, 2035. Currently, the city operates 885 school buses that operate on diesel. The council’s action was spurred by a new law signed by Governor Hochul last month that bans the sale of light gasoline and diesel vehicles in New York state after 2035.

There is a caveat in the new electric school bus policy. It is “subject to the commercial availability and reliability of all electric school buses, as well as the technical and physical availability of related planned infrastructure”. Given the state’s interest in having a zero-emission transportation sector, it is likely that the required infrastructure will be built over the next 14 years, says We Go Electric.

The city estimates that converting its school bus fleet to electric buses as well as purchasing the necessary electric charging stations and electrical infrastructure will cost a total of $ 367.3 million by 2035. In addition to the bus mandate, the city has also already decided that non-emergency fleet vehicles must be electric by 2040. The new law also requires that all parking lots in the city’s 5 boroughs include chargers. electric vehicles for a minimum of 20% of available parking spaces.

Up in smoke

We are dedicated advocates of the electric vehicle revolution here at CleanTechnica, but that doesn’t mean we have to bury our heads in the sand. This week, worrying news from Germany concerns a number of fires involving electric buses in Düsseldorf, Hanover and Stuttgart. The Stuttgart fire occurred recently and all electric buses in that city were taken out of service until the cause of the fire was known. The first bus to catch fire was being loaded.

The resulting fire destroyed 25 buses – 23 conventional units and 2 electric batteries – according to Algulf. Six people were injured in the Stuttgart fire, two of them were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Losses from the fire run into millions of dollars.

On June 5, a fire at a bus depot in Hanover destroyed five electric buses, two hybrid buses, a diesel bus and a coach. The city’s electric buses were later taken out of service, but are expected to return to service on November 1.

Last April, a fire at a bus depot in Düsseldorf destroyed 38 buses and the depot building, causing millions more damage. Experts from the Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office concluded in June that the fire had an undetermined technical cause. The depot had only recently installed charging equipment for electric buses.

Did you know about these fires? No? We neither. 12 Chevy Bolts battery fires made headlines around the world and will cost LG Chem nearly $ 2 billion. More than 70 buses have caught fire in Germany this year, but there has been virtually no report of it. And why only in Germany and not in other countries? There are so many more electric buses in China than the German total would seem insignificant.

Clearly, battery makers need to tackle the problem of battery fires as quickly as possible to avoid a major obstacle to the electric vehicle revolution. LFP batteries may not have the energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries, but they have a much lower fire risk (BYD blade battery reduced this risk to almost zero.)

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New Cornell Scott site in West Haven to improve care by leaps and bounds

WEST HAVEN – A newly opened health center on Campbell Avenue can make breathing easier, literally.

Officials have welcomed the opening of a new Cornell Scott Hill Health Center at 410 Campbell Avenue, which they say will dramatically improve health outcomes in the city. The community health center offers sliding scale rates for medical services to uninsured or underinsured people, so that health care costs do not place a huge burden on residents.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the New Haven-based nonprofit, between 10.5% and 13.5% of adults in West Haven had asthma in 2018, according to the place where they live in the city, but in the neighboring neighborhood. As a wealthier city of Orange, asthma rates among adults ranged from 9.5 percent to 10.5 percent in all census tracts.

The location isn’t the first for the city – the center has operated a location for years on Main Street – but system CEO Michael Taylor said the new site would improve the quality of care at “no cost.” giant ”. The old location, he said, has been converted from a three-story house to a doctor’s office, and it has become “untenable.”

“Not only is it obsolete, but it was inefficient for our operational needs, there was no parking for patients unless you were considering two spaces, there were stairs that patients had to face, which was impossible for any patient with a physical challenge because of three sets of stairs and the capacity of the examination room was limited: five examination rooms and one consultation room, ”he said. “We couldn’t have more than two providers in the building comfortably for medicine and couldn’t accommodate specialties at night. The exam rooms were undersized so we couldn’t put in services like an OBGYN or podiatry, and those services are needed in West Haven.

Taylor said the wait time between appointments at the Main Street location was often 10 to 12 weeks; he said West Haven residents often had to visit a New Haven Cornell Scott Hill Health site to be treated in a timely manner.

The new location, he said, is considerably larger.

“Now we have 14 examination rooms, two of which are oversized to accommodate procedures such as gynecological procedures and podiatry. they choose – and we’ve expanded the behavioral health capacity, ”he said. “We now have 50 parking spaces on the new location. All the things that were missing from the old facility, we now have them at the new location at 410 Campbell Ave., and on top of that, we’re located literally across from the pharmacy, where people can fill their (prescriptions).

According to the DataHaven report, there are considerable racial gaps in health care in the city, including gynecology: for every 1,000 live births, there is an infant mortality rate of 12.4 for residents of Black West Haven compared to 7.4 for white residents of West Haven. West Haven’s average death rate of 6.9 per 1,000 live births is higher than the state average of 4.6 per 1,000 live births, the report notes.

Mayor Nancy Rossi said her office receives calls from residents seeking medical services and not having insurance; she said her office is trying to refer them. From there, she said she knows gynecological services are in high demand in the city and there is a relative shortage.

“I’m very, very excited about this,” she said. “They have a sliding scale (payment structure) and they take some uninsured patients, and that’s really very, very important because if you’re sick you have to be treated.”

City council member Bridgette Hoskie, D-1, whose district includes the new center, said she recalled going to a place in New Haven several times while growing up – something she thinks she was. of great help to his family.

“Growing up with a single mother, health insurance and medical care were not always readily available,” she said. “These medical insecurities were real life for us.”

Hoskie said she believes the easy and accessible location would be of great benefit to underinsured or uninsured residents.

She believes the expansion of behavioral health services will be crucial for city residents as they deal with the effects of an unprecedented pandemic on the lives of residents. She said she has a friend who seeks mental health services for her child, but has to pay thousands of dollars before she can reach her deductible. Hoskie said she was able to recommend the center to her friend.

“There has always been a need for behavioral health services everywhere, but now there is an extraordinary demand that was really triggered by the experiences people have had with the pandemic: isolation, depression,” Taylor said. “So now we have an increased capacity in the facility and the staff to respond to it. “

Neil Cavallaro, principal of West Haven schools, said the district was “excited” about forming a partnership in the new facilities at the center.

“It is a first-class health center that will be able to deal with physical and mental health issues,” he said.

Cavallaro said that although the district has a school health center in its high school, the district has external health partners to provide additional services.

“Given the stressful times we live in, they often need support that in many cases schools simply cannot provide,” he said.

Anthony Santella, acting chair of the University of New Haven’s Department of Health Administration and Policy, said community health centers such as Cornell Scott Hill Health “play a very important role in promoting health. ‘equity in health’.

“Often laypersons don’t really recognize them for their contributions because they think it’s another clinic or doctor’s office, but the power of community health centers is that they can do so much more than they do. it seems, ”he said, as“ promoting access to high quality and affordable primary care, behavioral health, specialized care – including dental care, vision – which is often put aside and which are an equally important part of maintaining good health and well-being.

Santella said that despite this, the pandemic could draw more attention to the role of these centers.

“COVID has really caused us to reimagine the role of health and healthcare in our lives. Now more than ever, people have come to appreciate the role health plays in their overall success and well-being, ”he said.

Santella said the “real test” of the centre’s long-term success on Campbell Avenue will be its relationship with the community.

“It will be determined by who they hire, what type of community partner they are, how friendly their services are to the public in terms of language, culture, hours and menu of services,” he said. declared. “As someone who works in West Haven, I will be delighted to see the good service they provide to the community.”

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New Orleans City Council OK Rules Against ‘Double Dorm’ Conversions Uptown | Local politics

New Orleans City Council on Thursday passed rules to stop conversions from modest homes to massive dorms and address parking issues that have long plagued Uptown.

The motion that council approved Thursday requires developers to provide one off-street parking space per bedroom in new or renovated homes with more than four bedrooms. The rules exempt properties that have received homestead exemptions, as well as commercially zoned properties and affordable housing developments.

Parking spaces must be constructed of permeable materials and properties cannot have more than two and a half bathrooms. The rules apply to the Hollygrove, Leonidas, Carrollton, Black Pearl and Audubon neighborhoods, among others.

Joe Giarrusso, chair of the public works and quality of life committees, speaking at a city council hearing on July 8.

Council member Joe Giarrusso said the changes would help keep neighborhoods affordable. The move makes permanent a temporary requirement for developers to provide parking for each new room, something the council adopted last year.

“These dorms increase rental rates, decrease affordability and ensure that the prices of homes purchased in the area are higher, which also results in higher taxes,” Giarrusso said.

His proposal, unanimously approved by council, went against the recommendation of the planning commission, which had studied the matter for months at the request of council. Commission staff said the off-street parking requirement would increase housing costs and discriminate against tenants.

New Orleans City Council moved closer to permanently changing parking rules in Uptown University District on Thursday, a move designed …

At issue are the conversions of single and two-family homes to multi-bedroom developments near Tulane and Loyola universities. These developments are then marketed to students who wish to live off campus.

Instead of charging $ 1,100 per month to rent a two-bedroom shotgun, a common practice in the Uptown area, developers turn these homes into multiplexes, then rent them out for up to $ 1,100 per month per bedroom. , said Giarrusso. This represents up to $ 96,000 in income per year.

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Students between classes at Tulane University in New Orleans on the first day of school during the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

The practice has crowded residential streets in the area, as many university students living in these properties have little off-street space to park their cars. The city’s infrastructure is also under stress with so many people living in one space, supporters of the council’s decision said.

“In the four blocks around my house, we have 13 houses where families have been moved to allow investors to come in and change the structure of these houses into something they were not intended for,” said Ken Gelpi, who lives near Lusher. Charter School and Tulane University.

A representative from the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, one of the early critics of the rules, welcomed the amended rules more warmly on Thursday, though he urged the council to ensure that onerous parking requirements do not drive up the prices of houses.

In response to complaints that recent dormitory-style housing renovations have caused traffic jams on the streets, New Orleans City Council agreed on Thursday …

“It’s a neighborhood that is already not affordable, and I understand that the units that are created by these opportunistic developers are even more expensive,” said Maxwell Ciardullo. “But if you need any new development to include parking spaces, that will increase the cost of the development and… of housing as well.”

Still other affordable housing advocates have bluntly criticized the effort. Andreanecia Morris of HousingNOLA and the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance called it “bad policy that does not address the fundamental problem … it wants to solve, while discouraging the development of affordable housing in the process.”

The council’s rules would not apply to affordable housing projects that reserve 50% of their units for families earning 60% of the area’s median income or less, or up to $ 42,060 for a family of four. These units are to remain affordable for two decades, the rules say.

The board will draft the details of the motion approved Thursday in an ordinance, which board members will approve at a later date.

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Chelmsford Council chief gives way to Hylands parking fees a bit

Parking in one of Essex’s beautiful large parks will be cheaper than initially offered.

Chelmsford City Council Chief Stephen Robinson said he had listened to residents’ concerns about a planned increase in parking fees at Hylands Park and would cut costs slightly.

But Cllr Robinson (LibDem, St Andrews) insisted that some payment is needed to help balance the council’s finances damaged by COVID.

A new one-hour rate, annual subscription options for non-residents and a seven-day-a-week subscription option for Chelmsford residents have been added to the plans following two separate rounds of consultations.

This means that the proposals currently on the table include a one-hour charge of £ 2 for residents and £ 3.35 for non-residents for those wishing to stay for up to an hour.

Parking for more than an hour will cost £ 3 for residents and £ 5 for non-residents.

The five- and seven-day annual subscriptions for Chelmsford will cost residents £ 4.50 and £ 6 per month respectively.

Five-day and seven-day annual subscriptions for non-residents at £ 6.75 and £ 8.25 per month respectively.

Residents of Chelmsford can also add a second car for £ 1.35 per month for 5 days (£ 16.20 per year) or £ 1.80 per month for 7 days (£ 21.60 per year).

There has been strong opposition to plans to introduce parking fees at the 231-hectare park – with a petition calling for the plans to be removed signed by 7,500 people.

But Cllr Robinson said a fee needs to be introduced on the one hand to improve the council’s budget which has been badly damaged by the Covid restrictions and on the other hand to make it fairer to Chelmsford taxpayers who end up paying. full maintenance costs even though many people use it from out of town.

The proposals must be voted on during the Council of Ministers on October 12.

Cllr Robinson said: “We took the public’s responses to the consultation into account and lowered the fees we were offering for subscriptions and non-residents were very vocal that they wanted a subscription as well. we are also introducing a reduction on subscriptions for non-residents.

“We are introducing one hour parking only because originally there would be a flat rate, so what we do is a one hour parking charge and then the original proposal of £ 3 is there for over an hour. “

Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood costs £ 2.20 up to 1 hour and over 3 hours £ 5.50. Notley Country Park in Braintree costs £ 2.20 for up to an hour. More than three hours costs £ 6.50.

Cllr Robinson said: “It’s still cheaper than many other national parks. If you go to Notley or Thorndon for two hours or more, Hylands will always be cheaper.

“There are reasons why we are offering fees.

“The first is that it is not fair that all costs of maintaining Hylands fall on the taxpayers of Chelmsford, given that many non-residents use the park.

“Then there is a shortfall in the budget, pressures that continue.

“Overall, the budget is progressing well, but the budget assumes income from Hylands.”

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Yarra town wants to charge $ 5,000 for outdoor roadside restaurants after lockdown

A city council in downtown Melbourne is accused of stealing money by charging thousands of dollars to restaurants for outdoor eating spaces.

After 18 months of closure, many roadside restaurants have saved restaurants from going bankrupt, but advice could put that at risk.

The city of Yarra charges the highest rate in Victoria for outdoor spaces.

He wants sites on busy streets, like Rathedowne in Carlton and Smith in Collingwood, to pay $ 5,000 per car space.

For residential streets, it is between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000 for spaces.

“It really feels like giving with one hand and taking with the other with the advice,” Katie Marron of Katie’s Crab Shack told Fitzroy to 7NEWS.

A city council in downtown Melbourne is accused of stealing money by charging restaurants thousands of dollars for outdoor eating spaces. Credit: 7NEWS

“Being on a main street, I’m going to fetch $ 10,000 a year. “

On Tuesday evening, council voted in favor of the motion.

Fees will be waived until April, then a reduced rate will be applied before full payments start in October.

“They just managed to survive the lock by the skin of their teeth and we’re trying to push them underwater. It’s just madness, ”Yarra adviser Stephen Jolly said.

The restrictions will limit the number of patrons restaurants can have inside and many rely on parking spaces.

Melbourne City Council plans to remove the fee until March, then it will cost $ 2,000 per space. Stonington Council has also removed the fees for the summer and they are generally $ 1,200 each. Darebin City Council does not charge any fees for the use of the spaces.

The city of Yarra charges the highest rate in Victoria for outdoor spaces.
The city of Yarra charges the highest rate in Victoria for outdoor spaces. Credit: 7NEWS

The town of Yarra says it will not derive any income from the payments, but they are needed to help recover some of the money lost during the lockdown, including parking fees.

Yarra town mayor Gabrielle De Vietri said this also means the taxpayer would not have to subsidize businesses in the future.

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The former Kogarah communal parking lot becomes a guesthouse | County Chief of St George and Sutherland

The former Shaw Street public parking lot, Kogarah, sold by Georges River Council last year, is slated to become the site of a guesthouse.

Georges River Council sold the 14-space parking lot at 2 Shaw Street, Kogarah last October, despite calls from local business owners and traders that the sale would hurt their businesses.

The companies sent an SOS – Save Our Shops – after the council decided to sell the public parking lot behind their premises on Rocky Point Road.

The parking lot was one of many sites the council described as surplus and decided to sell.

According to the development application filed last week with Georges River City Council, the 344 square meter site will become a “small guesthouse designed to fill an isolated site that was previously land owned by the local government.”

The plans submitted by Rockeman Town Planning are for a two-story, six-bedroom boarding house with three parking spaces.

If approved, the two-story pension will feature six self-contained boarding lounges ranging from 21.7 square meters to 24.6 square meters and each will include a bed space, bathroom, kitchenette and laundry room.

There will be an indoor common area at the rear of the ground floor with an area of ​​21.7 square meters and an outdoor common area along the west-southwest corner of the site.

The common areas will not be used after 10 p.m. in the evening, according to the DA management plan.

There will be three parking spaces accessible from the driveway along the eastern boundary.

“The proposed pension is a small contribution to the achievement of housing goals in an area that achieves urban quality of life by providing inclusive and affordable housing in a typical low-density residential area ‘with three bedrooms’,” says declaration of the environmental effects of AD.

“The proposal will provide a choice and diversity of affordable housing while maintaining the local character and residential objectives of the area.

“The proposed pension development is a prime example of low density infill development that provides additional housing in a strategic area for key workers.

“Overall, the request does not pose any negative impact on the surrounding neighbors and locality and approval of this request is considered to be in the public interest.”

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Durham seeks to create permanent outdoor dining spaces ::

Durham is looking to make permanent its outdoor dining spaces created to adapt to COVID-19 regulations.

Restaurants and bars have been able to install outdoor seating in city-owned parking spaces from July 2020. These restaurants will need to return indoors unless Durham City Council votes to designate these. permanent outdoor dining spaces.

“Under current regulations, businesses can apply for an outdoor seating permit up to 25% of their indoor capacity, on an adjacent sidewalk. This amendment allows these restaurants and bars to provide outdoor seating up to 50% of the indoor capacity, ”the document said.

Most Durham residents and business owners say they would like to make these outdoor dining spaces permanent. A recent survey of Durham residents and visitors, conducted by Downtown Durham., Inc., showed that over 80% of them support the use of parking spaces for activities other than parking.

Elizabeth Turnbull, owner of Copa restaurant on Main Street, said having the extra space, all the time, would help her business and create jobs.

“If we can keep something similar to what we’ve put in place now, hopefully a little bit nicer visually, that means the world of difference to us,” she said. “It can be the difference between surviving and not.”

Durham Mayor Steve Schwel said he hopes the city can continue to eat al fresco.

“We have heard from many people who want outdoor dining to be permanent in Durham,” he said. “And I want alfresco dining to be permanent in Durham.”

The city plans to discuss alfresco dining during its next working session on Thursday.

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Parts of Waikato to upgrade to level 3 after two new positive Covid-19 cases

Thousands of Waikato residents will wake up to a Level 3 lockdown on Monday, as the region grapples with an incursion of the Delta strain of Covid-19.

Parts of Waikato, including the City of Hamilton, will go into Level 3 lockdown starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

In Hamilton, the city’s mayor, Paula Southgate, pleaded with anyone eligible who was not vaccinated to get one, and quickly.

Long lines formed outside the test centers at the Claudelands Event Center and Founders Theater as crowds of anxious shoppers marched to supermarkets and hardware stores to beat Sunday’s deadline at midnight.

* Two new positive cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Waikato
* Covid-19: the food court of the shopping center among the places of interest related to the case of border workers
* Covid-19: case of the community of Hamilton probably historical infection, non-infectious, according to the Department of Health

The move comes after the Department of Health reported two new positive community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato on Sunday morning. Containment would be reviewed in five days.

Level 3 would extend from Raglan in the north to Te Kauwhata, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Hamilton City.

One case is in Raglan and the other in Hamilton East. The cases are not linked to the Auckland outbreak, but there is a link between the two new cases.

All initial testing of household members from Covid-19 cases in Hamilton East and Palmerston North on Sunday evening yielded negative results, the Department of Health said.

Results were received for two household members of the Auckland-based truck driver who isolates in Palmerston North, and eight members of the case household in Hamilton East.

The results of three household members from the Raglan case, who have now all been moved to an Auckland quarantine facility, are expected to return later that night and will be announced tomorrow.

Waikato DHB said there had been a strong response to calls for people with symptoms in Hamilton to get tested. The Founders and Claudelands test centers reached full capacity on Sunday and the DHB wants anyone who has not been tested on Sunday to be tested on Monday.

People start to line up at Raglan's Rugby Sports Club.

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People start to line up at Raglan’s Rugby Sports Club.

Testing opportunities in Hamilton and Waikato available on Mondays starting at 8 a.m. include some GP clinics, and these will be listed on the Healthpoint website.

The DHB said Hamilton residents who show symptoms should self-isolate and get tested on Monday. They can also come to the Victoria Clinic & Urgent Care at 173 Anglesea Street, Hamilton, before 8 p.m., after first calling 07 834 0333 to make an appointment.

Get vaccinated – Jacinda Ardern

During a press conference in Wellington, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged unvaccinated people to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

“Get vaccinated today if you want to avoid level 3 in your community. “

Ardern said that in Hamilton, 1,500 vaccination reservations were available on Sunday and 2,800 would be available on Monday.

She said the government was taking a similar approach in Waikato as it did with the recent lockdown in the upper Hauraki region.

PM Jacinda Ardern urged residents of affected areas to work from home, if they can.


PM Jacinda Ardern urged residents of affected areas to work from home, if they can.

“In terms of border management, the Auckland border will remain in place. There will be spot checks at the Hamilton borders, but it will not be a strict border. Unfortunately, it is simply not possible to establish a hard and viable border in such a highly networked area. “

Raglan’s case is self-isolating at this point and will be moved to a quarantine facility.

The Waikato District Health Board is currently conducting further interviews with this person.

The Raglan case was tested on October 1 after the person started to feel unwell. Their infectious period is determined from September 27.

This person has three family contacts who are also in segregation.

A pop-up testing center will operate at the Raglan Rugby Grounds car park on Cross Street from 1 p.m. and anyone in Raglan with symptoms is encouraged to get tested.

The second case in Hamilton is a known contact of the Raglan case and was tested after discomfort.

This person has been safely transferred to Waikato Hospital where they are being treated for symptoms related to Covid-19.

Their family contacts are currently in self-isolation.

Anyone in Hamilton who shows symptoms of Covid-19 is urged to get tested and self-isolate until the test results come back.

Walk-in vaccines are also available in Hamilton at the Te Awa – The Base super site, as well as other sites around the city.

People awaiting their Covid-19 tests in Raglan were shocked while others were not surprised that a positive case had been identified in their city.

In Raglan, Merren Tait and his mother Janine Cushing were among those waiting at the pop-up test center in the Raglan Rugby Grounds parking lot.

Reiki Ruawai, left, and Hamish Ahern line up to be tested.

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Reiki Ruawai, left, and Hamish Ahern line up to be tested.

Tait said her reaction was “nothing you can print,” but wasted no time getting to the test station on Sunday morning.

“We were about 8th in the line, but some people turned away when they found the test station wasn’t going to open until 1pm.

“My feeling is shock and dismay and anxiety, that probably sums it all up.”

Tait, who had lived in Raglan for about 12 years, said vaccination rates in the town were good. A local marae held an open house for people to get vaccinated and there was a “massive crowd”.

“But there is a strong group that opposes vaccination and the impression I get is that they do not recognize the seriousness of the situation.”

Sitting further in the line were Neve Masters, Lennox Reynolds, Hamish Ahern, Reiki Ruawai who worked locally and attended college. Roommates heard the news of the positive Covid-19 case in Raglan and jumped in the car to drive to the testing station.

Merren Tait, left, and Janine Cushing line up to be tested.

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Merren Tait, left, and Janine Cushing line up to be tested.

Reynolds said he had felt ill, so getting tested and staying in isolation would be the priority now.

“I read on the group chat that there had been a case of Covid and I thought, not at all, you are laughing, then I looked and of course,” he said declared.

They weren’t surprised by the positive case given all the visitors to Auckland that the city normally attracts.

The change in alert level would mean more time working and away from college.

“We’re just going to do the right thing and relax at home,” Ruawai said.

Meanwhile, University of Canterbury math professor Michael Plank said Sunday’s developments were of concern for the whole country.

“The fact that the Waikato cases do not have a clear link to the Auckland epidemic and that they have been infectious in the community for several days is concerning. This suggests that there could be other community cases. Undetected Moving this area to level 3 for five days saves time for testing and contact tracing to establish the extent of transmission in Waikato.

“These events show that even with a relatively low number of cases in Auckland, it is difficult to contain the virus in a city.

“If the Auckland epidemic spreads much further, it will become even more difficult to prevent the spread of Covid to other parts of New Zealand. The message is clear: the Covid is here and it is only a matter of time before it spreads across the country. “

Hamilton City Council has indicated that garbage, recycling and leftover food collection will continue and essential services will be maintained. However, all Council facilities, including playgrounds, will be closed to the public.

Inspections of buildings, construction activities and other services that can be carried out safely in accordance with public health guidelines and border controls will continue.

Thirty-three new community cases of Covid-19 were reported on Sunday, 32 in Auckland and one in Waikato. The other Waikato case would be included in Monday’s Covid tally.

For a list of all testing centers open today, please visit Health point.

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Council threatens beer garden, says pub must provide parking

“We are surprised that there have been obstacles to the approval of the beer garden,” she said.

“We want the beer garden to become a permanent fixture in Vic on the Park, so that we can continue to provide a COVID-safe outdoor environment for our customers.”

The Merivale spokesperson also said the pub has little need for parking. “Most of our customers are locals so they can walk, cycle or hop in a carpool, which makes beer garden a much better use of space for the community,” she said. declared.


Former West Interior Mayor Darcy Byrne was stunned by city council resistance to the pub’s beer garden.

“At a time when we need to convert as many parking lots as possible into outdoor dining spaces, I don’t understand why council would demand the reverse at Vic on the Park,” he said.

With just eight days to go before the lockdown is eased, Cr Byrne said the council’s highest priority should be encouraging alfresco dining in council parking lots and on private properties in the western interior.

“We don’t want people driving to the pub and now is not the time to proactively bow to noise complaints about long-standing places like the Vic,” he said. “I really have no problem with making the pub beer garden permanent. “

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Berkeley to open first secure parking lot, leaves some residents displaced

Berkeley opened the city’s first secure parking lot as part of the Horizon Transition Village on Wednesday to provide 40 secure parking spaces for those living in RVs and other large vehicles for 11 months.

The land will not provide parking spaces for families with children, small vehicles that do not meet size restrictions or unusable vehicles. According to Friends on Wheels organizer Yesica Prado, this leaves few options for residents of vehicles that are not eligible for a Safe Parking shelter.

According to a press release from the National Lawyers Guild, families who will be displaced will be directed to a family shelter bed, while others will return to the streets and continue to struggle with parking restrictions.

“The secure parking lot is quite exclusive,” Prado said. “It’s not really going to prioritize the people who really need it, which is the people who live in smaller vehicles like cars and vans, and then families.”

Residents of the lot will have to return to the street after an 11 month parking lease. This is not suitable for most of the 161 motorhomes and 157 cars and vans serving as housing for residents, according to the press release.

Residents of vehicles that do not obtain parking spaces will be subject to towing and will be required to adhere to parking restrictions starting October 7.

Four-hour parking spaces were imposed on Wednesday as a trial parking restriction on neighborhood streets, according to Berkeley City Council member Rashi Kesarwani. Berkeley City Council also established a vehicle weight restriction in the area, banning vehicles weighing more than three tonnes, the press release added.

“It’s a bit unfair to use this social program to enforce parking. On the contrary, it just throws people back into chaos, as they now have to search every three days for a place to be, ”Prado said. “If you don’t provide help to our neighbors who live in vehicles, at least let us help ourselves. “

Prado said she would prefer the city to provide a map showing safe streets with unlimited parking and provide trash and repair services for vehicles. Instead of taking vehicles off the streets, Prado noted that she would like to see changes that would help these residents find housing if they needed it.

Prado added that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for residents from vehicles to access amenities such as showers, but a temporary disruption in parking restrictions has given many community members a “reprieve” from worry about losing their vehicle.

“People are going to lose their homes and the only property they have in their name are their vehicles,” Prado said. “If they’ve been through the eviction process already, it’s traumatic enough, and then when they take to the streets, there’s all this other harassment.

Contact Emma Taila and Lauren Cho at [email protected].

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Celebrating National Coffee Day! – Casper, WY Oil City News


National Coffee Day has arrived the best day of the week! It’s a great time to go out and get A coffee. With how quickly the weather has changed, I definitely feel like a nice hot latte. What’s your favorite coffee drink?

Find out what the The breeze has blown today: read the story about the Christmas parade, get all the details on Art in the park, and check details regarding Casper’s new head coach for the baseball team.

Casper should see a maximum of 48 ° F today with cloudy skies and a 100% chance of rain. This Broken come from NE at 10 to 15 mph.

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(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Christmas parade?

Is it too early to be talk about Christmas? Casper City Council doesn’t think so! At their meeting last night, they agreed to cover the costs of the Christmas Parade for the use of city services. We I love to talk about Christmas, even if it’s a bit early.

See the story here!

Art Market, Pleine Aire Painting (Shutterstock, Casper Artists’ Collective)

Art in the park!

Saturday is Art in the Park day! There will be more than 30 suppliers representing woodworking, painting, jewelry, pottery, and more. It’s time to start your art and buy some local arts and crafts!

See the story here!

Dan Cepeda

Horseheads Hires New Head Coach

Take me to the ball game see the new head coach! Casper’s baseball team is recruiting Strong luck. This next season will certainly be interesting!

See the story here!

What is the event?

do you like to The painting? What would you say sipping wine? If you do, then this will be the perfect event for you! Join DIY Arts at Beacon Club on October 13 from 7 p.m. for an artistic evening. It sounds like a great opportunity to bring your friends and family for an unforgettable night out, and you keep what you paint!

Get the details!

They will lead a guided season to paint a cute scarecrow gnome. To join the class, it is $ 35 per person. And the best part is that the wine is half price for this event. I don’t know about you, but it looks like a perfect way to spend the evening!

Breeze jobs

NEW! – Senior tax accountant

True Oil LLC is seeking a full time Senior Tax Accountant who will be responsible for help with time and accuracy filing federal, state and local tax It is up to the various companies and individuals of True to comply with the requirements of the various tax authorities

Network specialist

St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School is hiring a Full-time, year-round network specialist who will provide supervision, management and support for the network and other technical systems. The successful candidate will be able to minimize technical downtime, as well as keeping the school technologically up to date.

Market manager

Wyoming Food for Thought Project is looking for a Part-time market manager. They will be responsible for promoting and managing all Farmers Markets Wyoming Food for Thought Project manages – in particular the mobile market, the winter market and the online market. The Market Manager will be directly supervised by the Executive director and the Director of Horticulture and will work closely with all staff!

Program coordinator

Wyoming Reflection Project is looking for a full time Program Coordinator who will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for programs such as food bags, summer activities for children, community engagement events like community dinners etc. I mean, who doesn’t want to help the community?

Bulk Equipment Operator

Rock Hard Cementing is looking for a full time Bulk equipment operator who will be able to rig and maintain the equipment and assist the operator in daily functions. Someone who is reliable and available to work when called, and most importantly is a team player who cares about the vision of Rock Hard Cementing!

Administrative Assistant – Personal Trusts

Hilltop National Bank is looking for a Full-time Administrative Assistant – Personal Trusts who provides administrative support to the designated trust agent, including the preparation of investment portfolio reviews, investment portfolio research and realignment as requested. Prepares data for operation Processing. Retrieves and compiles data for accounts.

Check out MORE jobs (and find out how to post your vacancies) on the Oil City job board here!

Check out the latest Breezy events happening this week in our personally curated community calendar! This week we have Jeff Dunham, the Ta-ta trot, Art in the Park, Car Racing and Craig Johnson! Discover these events HERE!

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Coffee time!

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Portland General Council candidates share their positions on housing, shelter and other priorities

The four candidates vying for general seat on Portland City Council in the Nov. 2 election have similar perspectives on prioritizing the city’s shortage of affordable and available housing and the need to provide services to the homeless , but they differ in their approaches.

Travis Curran, candidate for mayor in 2019; President of the Planning Council Brandon Mazer; member of the Roberto Rodriguez school board; and attorney Stuart Tisdale Jr. are running for the seat vacated by Nick Mavodones, who has served on the board for nearly 25 years.

Curran focuses on housing, in part by applying the city’s cap on short-term rentals, he said, as those rentals take homes off the market.

The city has already capped Airbnb rentals and rentals of owned and investment properties, ”Curran said. “There is very little oversight on the application of these policies. WWe must enforce them. Wi need those houses and we don’t need small hotels, and there is way more than the ceiling.

Curran would also like to see zoning reform to allow more apartments and multi-family homes in the city suburbs, further away from the city center.

Mazer said the supply of housing in the city must be increased. Changes can be made to allow more multi-unit housing projects, such as relaxing parking requirements and providing developers with incentives to build in ways that allow for greater density.

“Wi need incite more family housing, ”said Mazer. “We need to look at our main corridors, like Brighton Aplace, Forest Aplace, the corridors adjacent to the peninsula where there could be more density to lighten the peninsula pressure.”

The housing problem must be solved, Rodriguez said, but he would rely on experts to solve it.

“YouCandidates don’t need to have the idea or plan that will solve our problems. There are a lot of very good proposals and people doing this work in the city and the state, ”Rodriguez said.

Tisdale also said housing solutions are best left to experts, but argues those efforts should focus on the middle class.

“If teachers who teach young people in a community can’t afford to live there, I don’t agree with that,” he said. “YesYou have the people who are assisted in finding housing by the housing authority, which helps eligible people, and then you have the people who live in the luxury condos, but you don’t have an average population.

Candidates differ on whether the 200-bed homeless service center planned for the Riverton area or smaller shelters would be best for the city.

Curran, who said he has experienced homelessness in the past, said the large shelter is a start, but smaller shelters are also needed.

“IF There are a problem in a shelter, you may be the victim of a criminal intrusion, and you are beautiful not allowed entry for a full year, ”Curran said. “Melder wthe inters are rough. If there is only one installation and it affects you, then what is it? “

A large facility provides good quality services, Mazer said, while the city may struggle to staff many small shelters.

“Have four or five emergency shelters offering the services that the Riverside shelter will provide.” goi am difficult because of staff and funding perspective,” Mazer noted. “From that perspective, I think a centralized shelter that can be open 24/7 with onsite services makes more sense.

Rodriguez, too, focused on quality rather than size.

We need this waiting this side centralized objective, which means high quality services to members of our homeless community, ”said Rodriguez.

Tisdale said he supported the large shelter rather than the small facilities “if there is to be a shelter,” noting that many shelters in the neighborhoods would be “impossible” to pass for advice.

At the same time, Tisdale would like to see proposals to reduce the number of “beggars” in the city, especially those who might be able to work.

“The proliferation of begging… makes a bad impression,” Tisdale said. “There is no need for that. Shops around can not find enough people work, social services are numerous. When beggars are in front of a business, it discourages people from entering the business. This‘s allow a group of people to that are not helped by being activated. “

The candidates also cite a number of other priorities.

Curran said he would like to see a local option of sales taxes for tourism services to ease property taxes, such as cruises; more work done in harm reduction to address the opioid epidemic, such as supervised injection sites; the expansion of public transport at night; and an increase in the number of municipal parking lots.

Mazer said he would also like to focus on improving transit options.

Rodriguez highlighted the collaboration and representation of all his constituents. He would focus his efforts on getting marginalized groups, whose views might otherwise be ignored, to speak at board meetings. He cited as an example a group of loud activists who wanted to remove police from schools and succeeded.

If I see that there are a handful of privileged people defend for something, I have to ask myself who is not in the room and for whom we are not hearing a plea, ”Rodriguez said. “What we lack is the political will to move these things forward.”

Tisdale said he will also focus on collaboration. He said there was a lack of moderate votes in the city, and although he was an “embarrassed Republican” after the Trump presidency, he would often vote regardless of party, he said.

The election takes place on November 2. Polling stations, which can be found online at the city clerk’s website, open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

For more information on the election, including how to apply for a postal ballot, visit

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Happy national good neighbor day!

Hi neighbor,

Did you know that today is National Good Neighbor Day? Find your neighbor and do something special for them. I think it’s important to remember that of Robert Frost poem “Repair wall”. He says “Good fences make good neighbors. “

Find out what the The breeze has blown today: read the story on the famous pig races at Green Acres corn maze, get all the details on the Engage Summit is happening, and consult live music that will be at Casper tonight.

Casper should see a 85 ° F high today with sunny sky in the morning, but clouds in the afternoon. This Broken come from SSW at 10 to 15 mph.


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Stacey Schmid standing next to her sign with a piglet in front (Tayler Stephenson, Oil City)

Pig races!

Outside at Green Acres Corn Maze they have all kinds of events. But the cutest event is the pig races! We love to see these animals and kids running around and having fun!

See the story here!

Brian Harrington- Laramie City Council, Natalia Duncan Macker and Lucia Vigneria (ENGAGE Wyo, Facebook)

Build Wyoming’s Future!

The third annual Engage Summit it’s this weekend! He brings everyone from the ages from 16 to 35 together to encourage and talk about both the future of the individual and of Wyoming. support Wyoming Youth!

See the story here!

Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black (courtesy ARTCORE)

Solo artists come together

western artists Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black will perform together tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyric Theater in downtown Casper. I know where I will be tonight! Hope to see you there!

See the story here!

Breeze jobs

NEW! – Network specialist

St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School is hiring a Full-time, year-round network specialist who will provide supervision, management and support for the network and other technical systems. The successful candidate will be able to minimize technical downtime, as well as keeping the school technologically up to date.

Market manager

Wyoming Food for Thought Project is looking for a Part-time market manager. They will be responsible for promoting and managing all Farmers Markets Wyoming Food for Thought Project manages – in particular the mobile market, the winter market and the online market. The Market Manager will be directly supervised by the Executive director and the Director of Horticulture and will work closely with all staff!

Program coordinator

Wyoming Reflection Project is looking for a full time Program Coordinator who will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for programs such as food bags, summer activities for children, community engagement events like community dinners etc. I mean, who doesn’t want to help the community?

Bulk Equipment Operator

Rock Hard Cementing is looking for a full time Bulk equipment operator who will be able to rig and maintain the equipment and assist the operator in daily functions. Someone who is reliable and available to work when called, and most importantly is a team player who cares about the vision of Rock Hard Cementing!

Administrative Assistant – Personal Trusts

Hilltop National Bank is looking for a Full-time Administrative Assistant – Personal Trusts who provides administrative support to the designated trust agent, including the preparation of investment portfolio reviews, investment portfolio research and realignment as requested. Prepares data for operation Processing. Retrieves and compiles data for accounts.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Registered Therapist

The office of Dr Stephen L. Brown and associates is looking for a Psychiatric physician assistant or nurse practitioner to fill a full-time position, seeing both inpatients and outpatients. The office is also seeking to fill the therapist position with a dismissed child / adolescent.

Check out MORE jobs (and find out how you can post your vacancies) on the Oil City job board here!

Check out the latest Breezy events happening this week in our personally curated community calendar! This week we have Jeff Dunum, the Ta-ta trot, Art in the Park, Car Racing and Craig Johnson! Discover these events HERE!

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“Good fences make good neighbors. ”

The best of your Windy girls,
Tayler and Kelly

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The Suffolk Theater offers an extension of 28 apartments and five floors

The Suffolk Theater is proposing a 59-foot-tall addition to the rear of its building that will create approximately 2,970 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 28 apartments on the second through the fifth floor.

A render of the expansion’s exterior shows large murals of music legends like Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

Former Riverhead city councilor Vic Prusinowski, working as a consultant on the project, said 20 of the market-priced apartments will be studios and eight will be one-bedroom units.

The owner of the Suffolk Theater, Bob Castaldi, discussed the project during the city council working session last Thursday, with Mr Prusinowki and architect Ric Stott.

“Mixed use guarantees income for the future operation of the theater,” Mr. Prusinowski said. “The performing arts part of this business is a business of ups and downs, subject to weather conditions, pandemics and so on. We were closed during the pandemic and only reopened on August 27. “

Income from rentals will help secure a source of income, he said.

The proposed addition also includes an expanded backstage area for the theater, with a new “green room,” new changing rooms, restrooms, kitchenette, laundry room, showers and a new mechanical room, according to Greg Bergman, assistant to planning for Riverhead Town.

Mr Castaldi bought the theater from the city in 2006 and has always intended to expand it, he said. A number of high profile acts have happened there, including the Rascals, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins and Art Garfunkle, he said.

The proposal is located in the Downtown Riverhead Parking District, which means the theater pays a parking fee which, in return, allows it to use the city’s land for parking.

Mr Bergman said the parking lot shown in the sitemap appears to be based on the zoning of the parking lot behind the Suffolk Theater ahead of an $ 800,000 reconfiguration of that lot earlier this year.

He stated that the drawings submitted by the applicant seem to indicate that 28 parking spaces will be lost, while 14 will be gained, even though the drawings show only 12 spaces. He said it is not clear and needs to be clarified.

Mr Bergman said the city has never had a request that resulted in the loss of parking spaces.

City Councilor Tim Hubbard, the City Council’s liaison to the parking district, said the district had just bonded about $ 800,000 for various parking space projects at this location and others in the downtown. city. He asked if Mr. Castaldi would be ready to reimburse the district.

Mr Castaldi said these parking spaces were lost when he bought the property in 2006.

Mr. Hubbard said there will be fewer spaces once this expansion is complete.

“I don’t think that’s correct,” Mr. Castaldi said.

“If you do a tally of what’s there now and then again when your project is finished there will be less parking,” Hubbard said.

Mr. Prusinowski said they would look into this issue in more detail. But he said the theater pays the parking taxes and also posted the $ 800,000 bond.

Mr Prusinowski pointed out that the Suffolk Theater also pays property taxes, but noted that it plans to seek tax breaks from the Industrial Development Agency on sales tax for building materials for the addition.

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Plans for four apartments in Woodston, Peterborough withdrawn

A planning application to convert a parking space into four one-bedroom apartments at Toll Bar House in Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston has been withdrawn by the applicant.

The proposal was validated in June 2021 with Peterborough City Council.

In addition to the four apartments, the proposal also included plans for four parking spaces, a private amenity area, garbage and bicycle storage and two additional parking spaces for Toll Bar House.

The application was filed by a Mr. Fagan of East West Holdings Ltd.

According to plans, the development would have resulted in the loss of five existing parking spaces at Toll Bar House.

But as early as Monday (September 27), the planning officer confirmed that the applicant had withdrawn the proposal.

Previously, the highways department had raised objections to the plans and said, “The proposed development would not provide adequate facilities within the perimeter of the site for parking and turning of vehicles.

“In the opinion of the Local Highway Authority (LHA), there will be no resulting increase in site usage in terms of increased traffic generation. However, the development of the proposed indoor parking does not meet the parking standards in force as set out in the Local Plan.

“At the moment, the site consists of 10 apartments and there is space on site to park 20 vehicles. After the development there will be four additional apartments = 14 units. A total of 18 parking spaces, including visitor spaces, will be required as the provision of on-site visitor parking is part of the minimum parking standard set for residential use class C3.

“A number of parking spaces will be lost due to the proposed development. The proposed development provides for 15 parking spaces, which represents a shortage of three, which could lead to an overflow of vehicles parked on the public road.

“This is unacceptable. Hence the recommendation of the LHA.

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Ketchum considers improvements to YMCA recycling site | Environment

The town of Ketchum is moving forward with a plan to improve its cardboard and glass recycling facilities next to the YMCA.

City Council on Monday ordered City Manager Jade Riley and staff to pursue a plan that will maintain service at the city-owned parking lot on the south side of the YMCA, where it was moved over the summer of a land on the north side. The site offers recycling of cardboard and glass but no other recyclable materials.

Riley offered city leaders the option of moving the location to city-owned land on Lewis Street.

As part of the plan, the existing recycling dumpsters at the YMCA site will be replaced with a glass receptacle approximately 20 feet long and an electric cardboard compactor 20 feet long. City officials had already decided to install a single cardboard compactor because the many cardboard dumpsters were misused, creating horror and management issues.

Riley told board members that use of the YMCA site would not violate an agreement with the YMCA to provide a specific number of parking spaces for the fitness and aquatic center. The YMCA is operated under a long-term ground lease from the city.

Clear Creek Disposal, which handles garbage collection and recycling in Ketchum, informed the town that it preferred the YMCA site to the one on Lewis Street.

Meanwhile, the city is working to renew its franchise agreement with Clear Creek Disposal for waste and recycling services.

The city conducts its due diligence activities before finalizing a new 10-year franchise agreement with the company. The current deadline for contract renewal is October 1.

The city is also studying price adjustments. Earlier this year, Clear Creek proposed a 14% rate increase for existing services. New services could result in additional costs.

The cost of improving the YMCA location, estimated at around $ 75,000, will be incorporated into the new franchise agreement, according to a report from city staff.

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Phoenix approves additional $ 10 million for community wireless network

Phoenix City Council voted today at its official public meeting to pass an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Phoenix Union High School District, 13 public elementary schools as well as the Maricopa County Community Colleges District to approve $ 10 million to continue building the Community Wireless Network Project in Districts 4, 5, 7 and 8.

The project was first proposed in May 2020 and was approved for $ 2 million. These funds were intended to help students during the COVID-19 pandemic and their families who are struggling with economic barriers to provide them with Internet access for their schoolwork.

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Online learning was difficult for many students, and several households reportedly struggled to find reliable internet connections during school closings, which made matters even more difficult. The program seeks to support families during the blended learning process as schools slowly reopen this 2021-2022 school year.

Members of the City of Phoenix, Phoenix College, the Phoenix Union High School District, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have been working together since the schools closed in 2020 to discuss more permanent and long-term solutions for the digital divide. happening in the valley.

“I am very excited about this project and will proudly vote yes to approve the $ 10 million ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to expand our community wireless network in partnership with Phoenix Union and Maricopa Community Colleges,” said District 7- City Councilor Yassamin Ansari. “The need is urgent in my neighborhood.

Requests to modify the existing IGA to add the $ 10 million in funds will help continue the next phase of the digital divide project to expand the existing Wi-Fi system to an area of ​​4 square miles that will allow access. to the Internet to over 1,000 needy students who normally do not have reliable connections at home to study.

“We know that the digital divide will continue to be a persistent problem even after the pandemic. Whether it’s our local businesses in South Central, our farms and mountainside homes in Laveen, the seniors and parents of West Phoenix, there are many communities that stand to benefit. [project]”Ansari added.” Even though in-person learning is well advanced, we need to make sure that everyone has access to it. “

After the approval of the initial $ 2 million, several beta test sites were successfully installed, collecting useful information during the process that turned out to be positive feedback and user experience data. . The tests included the campus and offices of Phoenix College and the PUHSD. The data collected will be used to move the project forward to its next step of increasing the capacity of the Wi-Fi system and reaching communities in Districts 4, 5, 7 and 8.

“This project started with the elementary school districts of Alhambra and Cartwright and it’s a big deal; I’m really happy to support this, ”said District 8 vice-mayor Carlos Garcia. “I think the use of ARPA and COVID relief funds are some of the best investments we can make, especially with the permanence of this program and the fact that its infrastructure will be there for a long time and for future generations. , so I’m excited to vote yes.

Funding for this project is available through the city’s allowance from the American Rescue Plan Act which was received from the federal government. The project will have no impact on the General Fund and the total funding would not exceed $ 12 million.

“These items will help increase our Wi-Fi accessibility. When the pandemic hit, students were asked to continue their education digitally from their homes and many students did not have access to the Internet and some did not even have access to the Internet. ‘computer for their schoolwork,’ said District 1 Councilor Ann O’Brien. “These are the natural next steps to bridge this digital divide between our students and our residents and turn our municipal government to 21 years technologies of the century and I fully support this article.

Phoenix City Council all appeared to agree with the project, but members of the public also made their voices heard at the meeting.

“I am concerned about the health effects of installing wireless radiation in more places in the city and 24/7 radiation without the ability for them to opt out of this technology,” said Shaina Cinnamon said. “5G towers are already all over the city and just seeing more of them popping up doesn’t seem right when there are other alternatives like fiber optic and other things we can do besides shine people. . “

Jason Paul, who opposes wireless frequencies, explained at the meeting that his wife, who worked in a location where a cell phone tower was present for 10 years, was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. in August 2020. “The World Health Organization in 2012 declared that radiation from cell phones and towers may be carcinogenic to humans and can cause gliomas, a type of brain cancer. The towers are more dangerous because they emit a greater intensity of radiation 24/7, ”he said.

The arguments for and against the community wireless network project were heard and taken into account when making the final decision on the program. The article was put to a vote and was reduced from 8 to 0. For more information on where to find locations offering free Wi-Fi in Phoenix, just visit the website. According to the site, the city of Phoenix has extended its wireless network coverage outside of nearly 50 libraries, community centers, senior citizens’ centers and recreation centers to ensure that every student can access the Internet for complete schoolwork. This public service is offered to residents who can sit in car parks and public spaces outside participating establishments to connect their devices from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Phoenix City Council has approved this installation of Wi-Fi antennas on municipal and public facilities through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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Nation’s longest-running Bay Area Park Service ranger celebrates 100th birthday

Betty Reid Soskin, the nation’s oldest active ranger with the National Park Service, turned 100 on Wednesday.

The centennial ranger leads tours and public programs, sharing her experiences and observations at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond. For the past fifteen years, Soskin has educated park visitors about the efforts and sacrifices of women from diverse backgrounds, who lived and worked in factories on the home front of WWII.

To celebrate its milestone anniversary, the Passport for your national parks program at East National – a non-profit organization that supports the educational and science programs of the National Park Service – has created a special ink stamp in her honor, available at the Richmond Park Visitor Center.

Soskin celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday in a ceremony for the new Betty Reid Soskin Middle School in El Sobrante, renamed in her honor on her 100th birthday.

Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest full-time National Park Service ranger in the United States, looks at a birthday cake during a ceremony for the new Betty Reid Soskin Middle School on September 22, 2021 in El Sobrante, California. Soskin had the school renamed in his honor on the occasion of his 100th birthday. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Soskin grew up in an African-American Cajun-Creole family who moved to Oakland after a 1927 flood that devastated New Orleans, she says Biography. His family “followed the pattern set by the Black Railroaders who discovered the West Coast by serving as sleeper carriers, waiters, and chefs for the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads: they settled in the western end of their course where life might be less affected by hostility from the south.

In a interview 2015 with the US Department of the Interior, Soskin said his great-grandmother was born into slavery in 1846 and lived to be 102 years old.

During World War II, Soskin worked in a separate union room as a records clerk. In 1945, she and her husband, Mel Reid, founded one of the first black-owned music stores, Reid’s Records, which closed in 2019.

Soskin has also served as a staff member for a member of the Berkeley City Council and as a field representative serving West Contra Costa County for two members of the California State Assembly. .

In the early 2000s, she participated in scoping meetings with the City of Richmond and the National Park Service to develop the overall management plan for Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historic Park. She worked with the Parks Department on a grant funded by Pacific Gas & Electric to uncover untold stories of African Americans on the Home Front during World War II, which led to a temporary position working with the department. at the age of 84.

National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid Soskin poses for a portrait at Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historic Park on October 24, 2013, in Richmond, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

In 2011, Betty became a permanent employee of the National Park Service and has since directed public programs and shares her personal memories and observations at the park visitor center.

Later, in 2015, she was selected by the parks service to participate in a national tree-lighting ceremony at the White House and to feature President Barack Obama in the national television broadcast.

Soskin suffered a stroke in 2019 and spent months in physiotherapy. She returned to work in 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She has worked intermittently throughout the pandemic and recently started weekly hour-long virtual tours.

Soskin says she hopes to return to regular programming at the reception center when conditions permit.

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Local residents and civil servants react to Mermell’s retirement – Pasadena Now

Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell. (File photo)

[UPDATED] The response to City Manager Steve Mermell’s resignation began pouring in early Tuesday morning.

Pasadena now first reported Monday night that Mermell announced his retirement on Dec. 2 to city employees in an email shortly after a closed-door city council meeting.

“Steve Mermell has served Pasadena for over 30 years with distinction, during a time of great challenge and change,” said former Mayor Bill Bogaard. “As City Manager, he has provided strong and consistent leadership on the many difficult issues facing the city, including housing and homelessness, public safety, fiscal management, planning and economic development. He has the right to be proud, as a partner with the city’s public health official, of the city’s response to the pandemic and its high level of COVID vaccination. I wish him good luck in whatever the future holds.

Mermell arrived in Pasadena in 1989. He began his career as an administrative analyst in the Pasadena Department of Water and Electricity. Within the finance department, he held the positions of purchasing administrator, budget administrator and deputy director of finance before being promoted to deputy general manager.

“We have been exceptionally fortunate to have a highly skilled and highly tenured staff in the City of Pasadena,” said Vice Mayor Andy Wilson. “Running a city is never an easy job but has been particularly hard in recent years given the challenges of the pandemic, racial awakening, police reform, climate change, homelessness, for to name just a few.

“We are always sad to see key leaders retire, but we understand how exhausting their roles have been, especially recently. We are grateful for the many decades of good service and now we need to bring in a new generation of capable leaders who have the skills and stamina to move this beautiful city forward.

The city council hires the city manager who enforces the policy and compiles the city budget each year.

“It will always be a great source of pride for me to have been your city manager,” Mermell said in Monday’s email. Mermell said he is committed to helping with the transition to a new city manager.

The city manager oversees 14 departments and is one of three city employees, along with the city clerk and attorney, reporting to city council.

Mermell made headlines earlier this year when he announced that the city would require all employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly tests.

Last year he made headlines when he denounced CalPERS for its lack of transparency on questionable investments.

Mermell drew the ire of some local residents when he refused to give them an explanation after reassigning then-fire chief Bertral Washington to the city manager’s office.

Washington had several battles with the firefighters association and eventually left the city. Some have claimed Washington was the target of a demotion for being African American, which Mermell has firmly denied publicly.

“Steve did very well during a very difficult time for the city,” said local lawyer Richard McDonald. “From dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, the city budget, development, crime and the ever-increasing number of state mandates, Steve has served city council diligently and diligently. faith, tirelessly implementing their visions and desires. I will miss him but I am happy for him as he moves on to the next chapter of his life. Hope it will be more relaxing.

So far, it’s unclear who will serve as interim city manager or how the search and selection process to replace Mermell will be conducted.

“I wish Steve the best of luck and appreciate his in-depth knowledge of the city as well as his balanced, non-partisan problem-solving style,” said Felicia Williams, board member. “It can be difficult to recruit more high-quality staff in the toxic environment of Town Hall due to rudeness and unwarranted attacks on staff. I understand that there is anger and frustration, but we cannot reduce ourselves to what we condemn.

In 2016, the city hired an executive search company to find other qualified candidates for the permanent position through a nationwide search. However, that search seemed moot as Mermell, who served as interim city manager, had previously publicly announced that he wanted the job and several council members openly supported him.

This has been perhaps the most transparent selection process for the job in decades.

A nationwide search was also conducted in 2008. As part of this research, then-mayor Bogaard commissioned three council members to visit the sites of the best candidates for the post – Jacque Robinson, Sid Tyler and Margaret McAustin.

During that process, only two of the 60 candidates were identified – Acting City Manager Bernard Melekian and San Diego CFO and former Pasadena CFO Jay Goldstone.

In 1991, when city manager Don McIntyre resigned, city council members identified two highly qualified African-American candidates from North Carolina and Richmond, California. It sparked public resentment when it was announced that Phil Hawkey, who is white, had been cast.

Seven years later, Cynthia Kurtz quietly became the city’s general manager. Melekian, the city’s former police chief, served as interim city manager after Kurtz resigned.

Mermell’s critics took a victory lap on Tuesday.

Those critics called on city council to fire Mermell for his refusal to get rid of Police Chief John Perez and officers involved in the August 15, 2020 shooting against Anthony McClain.

On August 15, 2020, McClain was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police on Raymond Avenue North near La Pintoresca Park for failing to display a front license plate.

After the driver and McClain were asked to get out of the car, McClain ran away from the police. Police said McClain removed a handgun from his belt as he fled, prompting Officer Edwin Dumaguindin to open fire. McClain continued to run a short distance before throwing the gun across the street and collapsing, police said.

Some local residents say they don’t see a gun in video footage from the event. Police said a gun was found at the scene.

Investigators say McClain’s DNA was recovered from the gun.

Perez, who will be retiring and leaving town early next year, congratulated Mermell on Tuesday.

“I am very happy and excited for our city manager to have chosen his retirement date,” said Perez. Pasadena now. “We could not have achieved the police reorganization or the difficult reform changes without his insight and guidance. From my travels across the state as a police chief, Steve is highly respected and one of the best city managers in the country. ”

However, the arrival of a new city manager does not guarantee more transparency or the dismissal of these agents.

It took a court order to force the release of the report into the shooting death of Kendrec McDade, involving an officer. Although the city changed its tone in court and said it supported the release of the documents, then city manager Michael Beck initially refused to release the report, which his predecessors did when shootings involving officers.

“The current city manager receives high marks in my class on his report card. He was a pretty good student of Pasadena, ”said Council member John Kennedy. “He’s made up his mind to retire and now city council must take action to seek out City Manager Steve Mermell’s replacement.”

These are exciting and difficult times for our city.

It would be wise for the Council to have national research. The compensation package will be as attractive as almost any US city can offer.
I hope the Board will retain a well-known executive search firm to help fill the vacant position.

Residents, business leaders, the ecumenical community, and internal staff should be seated at the table in the selection process. No doubt, this time around, the community must be engaged every step of the way.

So a “assessment center” process is a model that would be a smart solution.

The person will have to face difficult and intimidating problems.

Kennedy listed the Rose Bowl debt, the city budget, police reform and oversight, aging infrastructure, building affordable housing, recovering the 710 stub, upgrading the central library, securing the Colorado Street Bridge and ensuring the city of Pasadena has a safe and clean environment. and affordable drinking water.
“So you have it here,” Kennedy said. “Pasadena needs a highly skilled and trained person

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Commissioner Graham will not stand again | News, Sports, Jobs

STEUBENVILLE – As longtime Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas “Bo” Graham had to make a lot of tough choices.

Perhaps one of the most difficult was the one he just created.

“It was very hard, but I made the decision not to run again next year,” he added. Graham said Friday.

His tenure will last until the end of 2022, but Graham said he is making his decision known now to allow others who may be interested in the job to make plans for the May primary. The deadline for filing this election will come early next year.

“It gives them time to put everything in order and to run if they wish” Graham explained.

A longtime Democrat, Graham will have more than 40 years of public service under his belt when his term expires. This will include 20 years as a County Commissioner, 10 years as a member of the City of Toronto School Board, eight years on the County Behavioral Health Board, eight years on the Salvation Army Board of Directors and two years on Jefferson County Council. Common vocational school.

He said he had mixed emotions, but felt it was time to retire as commissioner.

“I didn’t want to be one of those people on the job who hears other people: ‘When is that old man going to leave? “” Graham said. “I think it’s time for new ideas and new blood to come along. It’s time for young people to give their best to lead Jefferson County.”

Graham was involved in many changes during his two decades as Commissioner. They all add up, he said, to keep the county in pretty good shape. One of his greatest accomplishments during this period was the overhaul of the health insurance plan that covers county employees. Graham helped lead changes that saw a $ 10 million deficit grow into a $ 6 million surplus.

“It changed our entire bond rate and was a big lifeline for the county,” he said.

Other highlights include the construction of the County Animal Shelter, the growth of the Jefferson County Industrial Park, the improvement of the courthouse and the consolidation of services in the towers.

“When I became commissioner, there was only one store in the industrial park”, Graham said of the facility that is along County Road 43. “Now we have seven. They aren’t big companies, but they are there, and that’s good.

“The redevelopment and renovation of the courthouse was desperately needed”, he added of the project, which cost more than a million dollars. “Everything was falling apart. Even the statue of Lady Justice was patched up and her head fell. We have done all the necessary work. “

Graham said the relocation of the elections board to the towers demolished the old annex that stood next to the courthouse, allowing for the creation of additional parking. He added that the sale of the War Memorial Building on North Street to Urban Mission Ministries in July 2015 allowed Veterans Services to move into the towers.

“It’s really a one-stop-shop for Jefferson County, and that’s what we wanted – we wanted the board of health, regional planning, the board of elections and other services to be all in one place. This makes it very practical ”, he said of the building at 500 Market Street.

The commissioners completed the purchase of this building on May 16, 2013. They paid $ 750,000 for the structure and an additional $ 100,000 for four adjacent parking lots.

“When we bought this building it was about 30% occupied, now it’s about 80% occupied.” Graham said.

He said he had watched the growth of two of the county’s biggest assets, the Geary Bates Jefferson County Industrial Park and Airport.

“We now have private jets going to the airport” he said. “These are business leaders and people involved in the oil and gas industry who come and watch Jefferson County. This airport has come such a long way – this council has done a great job and the Commissioners have always supported them. “

This facility, he said, has an important role to play in the economic development of the region. And, while there is a lot of growth in the county, it may not always be easy to spot, he added.

“In a lot of areas you can really see the development”, Graham said. “Like in Weirton, where the development is right next to the freeway, you can see it. In Jefferson County, you don’t see this development to the same degree. Our industrial park is somewhat remote from easy observation. You can’t easily see what’s going on there, and I think it hurts us in some ways. “

Graham added that the county’s education system was in good shape, with each of the school districts experiencing new construction or extensive renovation projects. This has led to state of the art facilities for students in the area.

“We have a large, internationally renowned school at the Franciscan University of Steubenville – it is one of the best in the country. And then you have Eastern Gateway Community College, which has over 50,000 students across the country. They are two leading establishments in the field of education ”, he added.

Graham said he was the only Democrat on the three-member council of commissioners for around 16 years, but added that none of the commissioners had ever let party differences hamper service to county residents. . This includes fellow Commissioners Dave Maple and Tony Morelli, both Republicans, and Morelli’s replacement, Tom Gentile, who is also a Republican.

“We do not have the right to vote, except on Thursday”, he said “But we have the right to talk to each other. For the most part, we run Jefferson County like a business. We’ve all had businesses, so you try to run them that way – you don’t have to, but when you don’t, you have disasters. Every once in a while we won’t agree on how to spend the money or what priorities are there, but overall we run it like a business.

It hasn’t always been that way.

“When I walked in, the commissioner’s office was like a zoo”, Graham said. “People were screaming and screaming, and you had to have guards there. “

Graham, who holds a doctorate. in sociology from Kent State University as well as a master’s degree in sociology and clinical social work, said he saw the county’s budget grow from $ 11 million to $ 16 million during his tenure. He said he was proud that the riding had always been able to balance its budget.

That’s not to say there haven’t been headaches – including concerns about the county jail, which he calls a poorly designed building. Problems with the design and construction of the facility led to the county being awarded $ 14 million, of which only around 800,000 was paid, he said.

“It’s a demanding job” he said. “The hardest part of the job is when you can’t solve a problem. This is when you feel bad. It is either because you are only a commissioner or because the law does not allow you to solve the problem. For example, we cannot make decisions on roads or bridges, it is the job of the county engineer. We don’t have a say in it.

Graham said his interest in public service dates back to lessons learned from his father, Ellsworth “Pickles” Graham, who served on Toronto City Council and School Board. Elder Graham was one of the founders of the Toronto Lions Club and its first president.

“He’s always been a leader and always tries to get things done”, Graham said.

While leaving Commissioners Square will free up more time to spend with his wife, Diane, and daughter, Kayla Whitlatch, who is the treasurer of Steubenville Municipal Schools, Graham says he has no plans to retire from his position as Dean of Students at EGCC. .

Helping people, Graham said, has always played a major role in his life.

“I have always had this desire to fight for the underdog and the taxpayer, and to try to do things the right way”, he said. “I’m definitely not a perfect person, but I really want to keep trying, trying to do things that are right for people. It doesn’t always work, but you have to try.

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GAA refused the building permit for the redesign of Páirc Uí Chaoimh

The GAA has been denied a building permit for a controversial renovation of Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork City.

It included contentious plans to build parking lots on two plots of public land in an area identified as part of Marina Park’s new linear infrastructure, which is expected to open before the end of the year.

This is believed to have played a key role in the decision of the planners.

In a statement to Irish Examiner, the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium Board of Directors and Cork GAA said they made the decision with “surprise and extreme disappointment”.

A CGI image of the proposed redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork.

“Despite the decision, there remain serious security concerns and infrastructure deficits which could hamper the development of the stadium in the future,” they said.

“The intention of the Board of Directors and of Cork GAA has always been to improve the functioning of the stadium and to improve its interaction and integration with Marina Park.

“We submitted this planning request in good faith following extensive prior consultations with Cork City Council, and we have sought to engage positively and constructively in the process.

“As applicants, we expected a request for additional information from the planning department and we would have fully engaged in this process, as is common practice in most applications of this size and size. this scale.

“No such request has been received.

“The categorical refusal raises serious and immediate questions about the security of the existing vehicular access to Páirc Uí Chaoimh via the pedestrian marina.

“Cork GAA has serious concerns about this current situation.

“The problem of the lack of disabled parking spaces near the stadium, which was highlighted in the bid, remains a critical deficit.

“The board will continue to seek an appropriate solution to the problems described and will now consider all options.

“We will continue to seek to engage with resident groups and all interested parties in meaningful ways as we work to realize the stadium’s full potential for all residents of Cork. ”

Another CGI image of the proposed redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork.
Another CGI image of the proposed redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork.

They said they also plan to request an urgent meeting with Cork City Council to discuss the denial of the planning request.

Just four years after the 90 million euro renovation of the sports field, Páirc Uí Chaoimh CTR applied to Cork City Council in July for a building permit for a series of improvements to the stadium and around the stadium.

It included proposals for internal reorganization and redevelopment of the south stand in order to provide, on the ground floor, a new GAA museum, an exhibition, a reception center and a café, improvements to the second floor of the stand. south for use as a conference venue with office hub facilities and relaxation areas, for construction of new sheltered entrance porches at the town end and the Blackrock end, as well as layouts for ‘access and exit revised.

But it was their proposal to build two public parking lots – one on the town side and the other on the Blackrock side – that sparked the controversy.

Local residents called the decision to build parking lots on public land intended to be part of a public park a “land grab”.

The request prompted more than 120 submissions on the planning request.

But the stadium’s management team said the new parking lots were a key part of the overall project, essential to ensure the stadium’s long-term commercial viability.

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Two-tower development on former YMCA Ann Arbor property awaits city approval

ANN ARBOR, MI – After several months of planning, the Ann Arbor Housing Commission has submitted a formal plan to the city to breathe new life into a downtown parking lot.

Where the city’s attempts to facilitate private redevelopment have failed in recent years on the former YMCA property at 350 S. Fifth Ave., the Housing Commission now has a plan for two 14- and 20-story towers. .

This includes 370 housing units, of which around 145 are dedicated to affordable housing for people earning up to 60% of the region’s median income, and the market rate for others.

Together with design consultant SmithGroup, the commission has officially submitted a Conceptual Planned Unit Development (PUD) area plan to the city in recent days. The project has been reviewed by the city’s Design Review Board and must now go through the Planning Commission and City Council for approval, and it appears to have strong support within the council.

“We have wanted to have affordable housing on this site for years and this is the way to do it,” said Mayor Christopher Taylor. “I am really excited that we are moving forward. People who work downtown should be able to live downtown, and we need to expand the choice of housing in the city, we need to increase the number of affordable units.

The tallest tower would rise to almost 250 feet, making it one of the tallest buildings in the city.

The Housing Commission is expected to team up with a private developer who has yet to be chosen to make the project a reality, while also tapping into the city’s new funding for affordable housing.

Plans call for 113 bicycle parking spaces and no on-site car parking, but up to 90 off-site car parking spaces could be rented in nearby public parking lots.

The site measures nearly 35,000 square feet, or 0.8 acres, and the proposed development amounts to over 283,000 square feet of construction.

The PUD zoning will allow for the development of affordable housing, while enhancing the operations of the adjacent Blake Transit Center with a new mid-term bus lane, according to plans.

The project includes two towers in two phases with about 40% of the units dedicated to affordable housing.

The first phase will provide 90 rental apartments in the 14-story tower, all affordable, and the second phase will provide 280 housing units in the 20-story mixed-income tower, of which approximately 55 are affordable. The ground floor accommodates expanded bus operations, a service lane and ground level activation possibilities, according to plans.

The project is expected to be developed in coordination with the Downtown Development Authority and improvements along the streets and sidewalks surrounding the lot on Fourth Avenue, Fifth Avenue and William Street. The plans include improving the William Street sidewalk and improving the tree canopy.

“The PUD zoning allows the activation of William Street with a ground floor accessible to the public, welcoming and meeting the needs of downtown residents, public transport users and visitors”, indicate the plans, adding that the first floor may include commercial or community spaces with outdoor seating.

There could be 5,685 square feet of retail space and 7,348 square feet of office space, according to a note attached to the plans.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority currently has 15 off-street and on-street bus loading areas. With development, four of those currently located along Fourth and Fifth Avenues are expected to be moved to new bays along the proposed mid-block bus lane.

This will create a “double-sided Blake transit hub” and the space will serve as a public plaza, including lighting, seating and other elements to enrich the experience of tenants and transit riders. , according to plans.

“The new William Street cycle lane provides convenience to the building, creating an unprecedented development opportunity focused on transit, but it also has a significant impact on the ability to service the building,” the plans state. “Due to the cycle path, the site requires access to fourth and fifth avenues for loading, delivery, service and garbage. “

To help achieve the city’s sustainability goals, the Housing Commission is proposing, at a minimum, full electrification of the building without any gas appliances. Rooftop solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling are among other measures the city may eventually decide to fund.

The site housed the YMCA of Ann Arbor from 1960 to 2005, when it moved to Washington Street. The old YMCA building was demolished in 2008, including 100

affordable housing associated with the old building.

The city has attempted to facilitate the private redevelopment of the site on several occasions over the years, but these attempts have failed.

“The site is ideal for new affordable housing to close the large affordable housing gap by restoring units that were previously provided on site,” the plans say.


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Springfield City Council Approves $ 2.2 Million in Local Tax Fund for Park Improvement and Historic Preservation

SPRINGFIELD – City council on Monday approved about $ 2.2 million in public funds for projects ranging from park improvements to historic improvements.

Approvals were for 10 of the 15 projects recommended by the Community Preservation Committee. The remaining five drafts were forwarded for consideration at a later date.

“I’m glad they’ve been approved,” said Robert McCarroll, chair of the Community Preservation Committee. “Much of what was approved was significant neighborhood parks – all of the recreational facilities that Springfield residents will enjoy along with the improved quality of these sites. “

The committee received 27 requests for funds, reducing them to 15 recommended projects. Any recommended project requires Board approval.

Under the Community Preservation Act, passed by city voters in 2016, earmarks city taxpayer dollars for historic preservation projects, improving parks and open spaces, and helping with community housing. .

The city levies a 1.5% surtax on residential and commercial properties in Springfield each year to fund projects. The first $ 100,000 of real estate valuation is exempt from the surtax.

The following projects have been approved by the city council:

  • Cottage Hill Square Grove, Indian Orchard: $ 250,000 for upgrades to the retaining wall flower bed, water pipe, tree replacement, driveway repairs, new trash cans, benches and to landscaping
  • Blunt Park Tennis Courts, Bay: $ 250,000 to renovate six tennis courts
  • Exterior renovations to the Kilroy House on Edwards Street at the Quadrangle Museums, Metro Center: $ 250,000 to repair and protect the stucco exterior of the historic Renaissance Mission house
  • Stone Soul Memorial Gardens, 1800 Roosevelt Ave., Bay: $ 248,000 to create a memorial garden, renovate picnic and play areas, create new trails and improve the existing pavilion
  • Forest Park Picnic Grove: $ 242,000 to renovate the grove, including design and construction, picnic tables, a wood-frame pavilion and a new accessible walkway
  • Magazine Park, McKnight: $ 210,000 for a master plan, ball field and playground equipment
  • Spray structure Marshall Roy, rue Carew and boulevard St. James, East Springfield: $ 209,300 for the installation of a projection area and a spray structure
  • Drama Studio, 41 Oakland St., Forest Park: $ 170,000 for repairs to the exterior of the historic old All Saints Church
  • Hubbard Park Tennis Courts, Parker Street, Indian Orchard: $ 164,979 to rebuild tennis courts, fences and parking lots
  • City of Springfield Down Payment Assistance: $ 160,000 to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to income-eligible households

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Reserve parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients

Military veteran Jerry H. Ferrell (left) searches for parking spaces reserved for Purple Heart recipients in towns and villages across Ohio. He presented one of the signs to London Mayor Patrick Closser (right) last month. On September 2, London City Council voted unanimously to reserve a parking space at the Madison County Courthouse for the project.

(Posted on September 8, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Editor-in-Chief of Madison

Jerry H. Ferrell, a disabled military veteran and resident of Fairborn, Ohio, is on a mission to honor Purple Heart recipients. London City Council recently voted in favor of this mission.

Ferrell’s quest is to have designated parking spaces in each of Ohio’s 88 counties for use only by Purple Heart recipients.

“It’s a way for the community to say ‘Thank you for your service’ and a way to make the lives of these veterans a little easier in their own town,” said Ferrell, whose uncle was a recipient of Purple Heart during WWII. and whose father served in the army.

The Purple Heart is a combat medal awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin on behalf of those killed in action or die of injuries received in action.

Ferrell came up with the idea for the parking spaces through his involvement with state and regional veterans organizations. Members challenge each other to choose a goal or project each year. For his Purple Heart parking project, Ferrell takes care of all the promotion and logistics and personally covers all expenses.

So far, he has managed to reserve around 25 locations and put up signs in various communities. The spots can be found in government offices, businesses, churches, schools, and medical facilities. The first sign was installed at the Fairborn municipal building. One of the latest will be at the Madison County Courthouse in London.

Ferrell attended the London City Council meeting on August 19 to brief city leaders on his plan. Several expressed their support.

“I am a Vietnam veteran and I appreciate what you are doing. There are too many of them that are being forgotten, ”said Rich Hays, board member.

“I think it’s very important that we recognize our veterans at every opportunity. I come from a family of many veterans… It is close to my heart, said Carla Blazier, board member.

Hays sponsored a law to officially designate the southernmost parking space on the west side of North Main Street, between High and Fourth streets, for the exclusive use of Purple Heart beneficiaries. The place is located near the war veterans monument on the courthouse lawn. The bill went to council for a vote on September 2. The council adopted it unanimously.

Ferrell has created a Facebook page, “Ohio Patriotism,” to document his progress as he works to install signs statewide.

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Rochester Street Café, the parklet policy to review

Rochester City Council will discuss a potential policy outlining when and where patios can extend onto the street, for both private business and public use.

“I think the pandemic and the use of the streets for outdoor seating has helped us see what kind of atmosphere we can create if we work more in that direction,” said Molly Patterson-Lungren, coordinator of the preservation of the city’s heritage and urban development.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city implemented a temporary program allowing bars and restaurants to expand outdoor seating to meet operating requirements established by the state. The program has been extended until October of this year.

The new proposal will ask city council if they want to expand the practice and establish more defined parameters, including requiring extended patios in parking lots to have floors built at sidewalk level to ensure a smooth transition.

While no fee is expected for Monday’s review, the report to council suggests setting a cost for businesses that wish to have dedicated patios that will occupy parking spaces.

Sidewalk decks are subject to permit fees, but Will Forsman, owner of Cafe Steam, said the costs of using parking spaces have been high in the past.

“They are very expensive to rent even for a month,” he said, acknowledging that the city had to recoup some of the lost parking fees.

Matt Monsoor, of La Crosse, performs on the downtown terrace of Cafe Steam on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Rochester.  (Joe Ahlquist /

Matt Monsoor, of La Crosse, performs on the downtown terrace of Cafe Steam on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

At the same time, he said the past two months have shown the benefits of downtown spaces when businesses can set them up without heavy expense.

Raelynn Chase, chief executive of Potbelly, also said the price could determine whether additional outdoor seating goes to the First Avenue Southwest restaurant.

“It would depend on what kind of cost we are looking at,” she said.

The city’s proposal offers the possibility of creating public spaces on the street at no additional cost, but the site would have to be public, which means that the sponsoring company or organization would not have exclusive rights to the space.

Holly Masek, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance, said the organization, along with Destination Medical Center, had already started adding new downtown seating options, Peace Plaza chairs and tables to the new benches. in the redevelopment of the heart of the city.

She said it was part of an ongoing effort to make the downtown area more attractive to residents, downtown workers and visiting patients.

“I just think it adds so much for the community,” she said.

The city council will discuss the proposed program at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chamber of the city-county government center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The in-person meeting will have a limited number of seats due to distance requirements, but it will also be webcast online at and will be available on the Spectrum 180 or 188 cable channel and the Metronet 80 channel.


Meetings scheduled for the week of August 30 include:


• Study session of the City Council, 3:30 p.m. on Monday. The meeting will be webcast live at and will be available on cable channel Spectrum 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

• City Council, Monday at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber of the City-County Government Center. The meeting will be webcast live at and will be available on cable channel Spectrum 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

• Régie des services publics, Tuesday 4 pm. The meeting will be webcast live on

• Council on Ethical Practices, Wednesday at 10 am. Login information is available at Video of the meeting will be posted the next day.

• Police Public Service Commission, Thursday at 3 pm. Access information for the online meeting is available at

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BMW dealer parks plan to pave nearby forest

After months of retreating from the community, an Ottawa car dealership parked its expansion project in a nearby forest.

Otto’s BMW had requested to extend its parking lot to approximately 1.57 hectares of nearby forest at 400 Hunt Club Rd. Because the dealership was facing space issues and needed more space to store and park cars.

The concessionaire has now voluntarily withdrawn its zoning by-law change request, which was due to be presented to Ottawa city council on September 9, and the request is temporarily on hold while the company evaluates other options.

Com. Riley Brockington, whose neighborhood includes the dealership and the nearby Hunt Club Forest, says he’s grateful the plan has been cut short.

“I think you could have had a solution and not created this significant tension and conflict during a pandemic,” said Brockington, who has been in talks with Otto’s since their request was made public in June.

Locals protested, petitioned and posted signs opposing the paving of the Hunt Club Forest. (Christophe Elie / Facebook)

“Struck in people’s hearts”

He says other options have been on the table for a few months and are now being seriously considered.

“When I met them, I made it clear that there were city plots nearby. There are other private plots in the vicinity which would meet their needs and which would not require the cutting down trees for this purpose, ”he said. .

“I see public opposition all the time, but this time it was different. It really hit people’s hearts how offensive it would have been if it had happened.”

Community members organized protests, created online petitions and posted signs in the Hunt Club forest advocating for the saving of trees.

In an email, a spokesperson for the dealership says Otto’s is committed to taking appropriate action with respect to community and environmental processes, and that they are exploring all available options.

The original plan would have seen over a hectare of trees cut down for parking. (Carolyn Marie Evers / Facebook)

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Peterborough Civic Society comments on Northminster plans

Northminster’s potential new development is “dominant,” the Peterborough Civic Society said.

And the group, which seeks to safeguard Peterborough’s heritage, says removing the market would harm “vitally important aspects of downtown planning and regeneration.”

He said the plan should be refused on a number of grounds, including a lack of parking for potential residents and no mention of the future of the market, unlike LP6 in the local plan.

A town planning application was submitted to council last month by the Peterborough Investment Partnership (PIP), after consultation, to demolish the town’s market and build 335 residential units.

There will also be two commercial units on the ground floor and a one-story catering pavilion, parking space and, if approved, the amount of free and open public space would increase by 65%.

But the plan, which will be 12 stories tall at its highest point, is viewed as controversial by market traders, nearby residents and some readers of Peterborough Matters.

In a response submitted by the company to the plans, Peterborough Civic Society spokesperson Kem Mehmed said: “An above ground parking lot has been opened (100 spaces) but the overall loss of around 650 spaces and the units Retail sales have significantly reduced pedestrian activity here and damaged the vitality of the Northminster area.

“The permanent removal of the market would exacerbate this situation, and if the market were closed before a replacement site was operational, a significant blow to the viability and vitality of the city center would be likely to be suffered.”

Another concern was the “dominant scale” of the proposal compared to neighboring buildings, and “even Bayard Place and the ABC (embassy) cinema are overshadowed by it,” Mehmed said.

“The volume of the building is of particular concern. Not only is it taller than any other building nearby and seven stories taller than the recommended maximum, but it stretches 100 meters north to south and 60 meters east to Where is.”

The nearly 40m tall building is said to be 10 meters taller than the roof of the cathedral nave, although the response indicates that the council “chose to dismiss this concern when it decided to approve the block of eight floors of the Solstice, which is a real pushover compared to this one. “.

The company has calculated that the site could be about twice as dense as the four residential blocks at Fletton Quays.

And he said he envisions problems for those wishing to park to watch events at the New Theater if a show sells out, now that the 750-seat multi-story parking lot has been removed and temporarily replaced.

Mr Mehmed said: “The proposed 50-space parking lot is for development residents and their visitors. At an occupancy rate of, say, two people per apartment, which equates to 670 people, the vast majority of whom are will be adults.

“It is not credible that 50 places are enough, and we must assume that dozens, even a few hundred, will look for a place to park a car not too far away.

“All residential conversions near offices to apartments and the approved Solstice program include a generous on-site parking offer. The closest public parking lots to the site are at Brook Street and New Road, which together have 285 spaces. In a recent survey, the average number of vacancies turned out to be four. ”

Howard Bright, Senior Director of Development at PIP, said at the time: “We see the redevelopment of Northminster as a fantastic opportunity to bring a new identity to this part of the city. Our ambition is to provide high quality housing, as well as improved public space and more green space that the community can enjoy in this part of downtown.

“Following our public consultation, all comments provided were taken into account in finalizing our plans. We understand the concerns of the local community regarding the future of the City of Peterborough market and have forwarded any specific inquiries to Peterborough City Council for response.

“The other main point of feedback was about the height of the building. After careful consideration, we have reduced the proposed number of residential units from about 355 to about 330, reducing the east wing by two storeys from the 12 storeys originally proposed.

“We are delighted to have taken another step forward in the project, having submitted our planning application on Friday July 23, 2021. We look forward to continuing to work with Peterborough City Council and expect the proposal be submitted to the committee later this year.

Few people dispute the fact that the neighborhood is now quite run down and seen as a key part of downtown revitalization.

Last week the Solstice – which received the building permit for demolition – re-applied for its permit which will come into effect in September, while in addition Coyotes and 2020 World Buffet will soon be joined on New Road by a nightclub by the name of Rhythm Rooms.

But Peterborough MP Paul Bristow wants more progress and yesterday shared details of a letter he wrote to Deputy Local Government Minister Luke Hall to raise the issue of funding.

The letter says: “As you know, your department has taken a program-by-program approach to providing an affordable housing subsidy to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, following some concerns about the housing program.

“I am concerned about the proposed Northminster regeneration plan. This historic part of Peterborough is in urgent need of regeneration and investment. I have met with Peterborough City Council Chief Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald on this issue and he shares my impatience to get the ball rolling with this proposal.

“The development offers the opportunity to provide affordable housing on site for young professionals, key workers and low-income people. My constituents deserve this housing opportunity, which government funding can make possible. The CPCA has asked £ 14million for Arangez to make this happen.

“The Northminster redevelopment is being proposed by Peterborough City Council. The head of the council is also committed to securing a new future and a new location for the city’s market.

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The city center sees development migrate to its east; the Catalyst Campus plans major expansion | New

Started barely six years ago, the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation is jam-packed, triggering an ambitious expansion plan that will cost $ 68 million for infrastructure and redesign of part of the downtown area.

While the American Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Weidner Field sprang up in the southwestern part of downtown, and bars and restaurants lined Tejon Street with apartments popping up all over the heart of the city , not much happened on the east side of the heart.

But this sector could soon take off with hundreds of apartments under construction or in the pipeline, a parking lot under construction and plans taking shape for vacant housing. Gazette building and the former Saint-François hospital.

Now, a proposal from the Catalyst Campus, located in the historic Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe rail depot and related buildings, will further strengthen the east and southeast sides of downtown, said its founder Kevin O’Neil.

Owner of The O’Neil Group Co., O’Neil is an entrepreneur with interests in residential and commercial real estate development and aerospace and cyberspace technology. He also says he is trying to integrate a community development component into his projects, and the Campus Catalyst expansion will do just that.

“We are a community builder instead of a developer,” O’Neil tells the India. “We are trying to improve and clean up the neighborhood. We see a lot of transient behavior there.

The city council was to be informed on August 23, the day the India went to press, but City Council Chairman Tom Strand is excited about the project, and Councilor Bill Murray says via email: “This proposal could help the city expand its technological footprint, which is still weak by compared to most cities.

Catalyst Campus features program areas, executive offices, research and development facilities and meeting spaces. These include the Catalyst Space Accelerator, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directorate of Space Vehicles, which promotes commercially augmented technological progress. It has hosted nearly 50 companies around the world and secured more than $ 48 million in follow-up funding from government and private investors. Another is Space CAMP, a software factory focused on the development and deployment of Space Force mission applications for the fighter.

Nestled at the confluence of Pikes Peak and Colorado Avenues on the east side of downtown, the campus has gradually overtaken its facilities, leading O’Neil to propose the creation of two metropolitan districts and a business improvement district. totaling 15 acres.

If approved, the Catalyst BID would be one of the city’s 16 business improvement districts; two more are awaiting approval, according to city records. The city has about 46 metropolitan districts and approvals for 16 more are pending.

Catalyst Districts would tax up to 50 vintages on property tax bills to fund expansion and 10 mills for operations and administration. Districts could also adopt a public improvement charge, which is essentially a sales tax.

O’Neil plans to add executive office suites, research and development labs, residential units and, perhaps, a parking garage, increasing the footprint from 220,000 to 1 million square feet.

The work includes upgrading utilities and high-speed fiber to the east side of downtown, an initiative that would benefit surrounding properties, he said, as well as the continuation of the Legacy Loop public trail.

O’Neil said former President Donald Trump’s decision to locate the headquarters of the new space force at Peterson Air Force Base in Huntsville, Ala. – a decision contested by businessmen and local officials – did not will not hinder the development of the aerospace contingent in Colorado. Springs, and the Catalyst Campus plays a key role in this regard.

“We see new programs evolving every day,” he says. “You can’t all go to Huntsville when we’re the space capital. We have the industrial base. With the current workforce working under Space Force that would be redirected to Huntsville, we believe 75 percent of those employees will not be leaving Colorado Springs. We’re fine anyway.

It is because the demand is so great. “We are full and our request is to build something new for customers here and others who want to settle here. “

While the proposal asks for permission to issue up to $ 90 million in bonds to fund the project, it estimates the actual cost to be around $ 68 million. O’Neil says that, assuming Council approves the service plan and the creation of the districts in mid-September, he hopes to market the bonds in November and begin construction next year. (O’Neil admitted he would buy some, if not all of the bonds, although he expected other investors to step in.)

The districts would cut a strip through the old rail yard and stretch from Colorado and Pikes Peak Avenues in the north to Costilla Street in the south, and from Wahsatch Avenue in the west to Shooks Run in the east. It wouldn’t immediately integrate into the adjacent Transit Mix site, although O’Neil says he’s working on buying it. O’Neil’s project would lead to the old Gazette St. Francis Building and Hospital, which are located in the 23-acre GSF Business Improvement District and GSF Metropolitan Districts 1 and 2, controlled by Norwood Development Group.

These three districts plan to issue up to $ 100 million in debt to fund utilities, two parking garages, improved drainage, parks, streetscapes, landscaping and public art. . The redevelopment would bring in townhouses, apartments, a hotel, retail and office space and other commercial uses. Districts have formed and an election is slated for this fall to exempt BID income caps imposed by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Chairman of the Strand Board says the formation of subways and business districts has been an effective tool across the state, in terms of funding, as they create a source of income that allows development to be self-financing.

He notes that the Catalyst campus is “exploding,” so an expansion makes sense and would provide space for defense contractors and create jobs for local college graduates with technical degrees.

UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College recently adopted programs to nurture graduates of the high-tech and aerospace industries, and on August 20, the US Space Force and the University of Colorado announced a new partnership program.

City Councilor Murray said that regardless of the location of the Space Force, O’Neil’s plans could help the city expand its technological profile while, combined with Norwood’s plans, “help anchor that side.” from the city “.

But the project won’t necessarily solve the city-wide lack of cheap broadband, which has made the city a “postal mail destination,” says Murray. That said, he is in favor of the creation of neighborhoods.

Strand says the project and other new developments will force the city to further study its ability to provide municipal services, from transit to police protection.

“In terms of public safety, I am concerned about the Colorado Springs Police Department as we are about 100 less sworn officers than we need,” he says, adding that 80 recruits will be starting an academy this month. this.

“It’s going to create more demand, more businesses, more people, more business, and I’m very worried about that,” he says. While the fire department is “well positioned” in the city center, Strand questions transportation, from the suitability of roads to public transit.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “We’ll have to look at this. ”

From the City of Champions The sightseeing package has started to take hold in recent years, bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Museum to the southwest side, along with Colorado College’s nearly completed football stadium and Robson Arena, the downtown area has seen a boom.

Several new tax districts have been created, particularly near the museum, to finance offices and apartments in height. The city renovated Vermijo Avenue to encourage pedestrian traffic, and the city recently won a $ 1.6 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that is intended for Phase 1 of a project to beautify the street. Tejon Street from Colorado Avenue to Boulder Street. The first phase will focus on two blocks going from Colorado to Kiowa.

Despite the closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have opened, bars are buzzing and apartments are growing like weed. Multi-story apartment buildings have been built or are underway throughout the city center, bringing thousands of units to what was once a housing shortage, despite the Citywalk built in 1962 at 417 E. Kiowa St .

333 ECO Apartments in Colorado and Wahsatch have opened in the past two years, while Pikes Peak Plaza Apartments are under construction on three acres at the northwest corner of Prospect Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, including a multi-story parking lot. .

Now, O’Neil’s plans will advance development in this neighborhood.

“We have been following the plans of the O’Neil Group company closely for a long time,” Downtown Partnership CEO Susan Edmondson said via email.

“With O’Neil Group, it’s a win-win because not only are existing properties going to be improved and new spaces built, but with it all comes a highly talented workforce – high paying jobs and growing businesses. growth. This is an incredible opportunity for Downtown, ”she said.

Edmondson adds that his agency planned the transformation a few years ago, thanks to O’Neil’s investment. She says some 1,500 apartments in the downtown southeast quadrant – all east of Nevada Avenue – have recently been completed, under construction, or about to open. She estimates that 3,000 units are completed, under construction or under construction next year across the city center.

Greg Dingrando, public information officer for the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, said at least 1,000 apartments have been built or licensed since 2016.

“What we see now is the east side of Colorado Springs [Downtown] becomes the cool place, ”says O’Neil. “The number of vertical apartments is more than anywhere else in the city center. The [Catalyst Campus] is doing its part to bring that economy, those jobs and the quality of the streets there. If you go there and see what we’ve been up to over the past five years, you would be amazed.

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Concerns about public toilets in Mold

Concerns have been expressed that a town’s public toilets are about to be demolished, which has been called a “mistake”.

It was previously reported that plans to demolish a block of public toilets on New Street in Mold had been backed to make way for more parking.

Last year, the Chief reported that Flintshire Cabinet had agreed that the New Street Public Convenience would shut down – if City Council did not wish to take over management of the facility, which City Council chose to do. do not do.

City and county councils worked closely on the project and devised a plan to improve the facilities at the King Street bus station and expand parking availability at the New Street parking lot, facilitated by the demolition of the facility. existing public convenience.

However, a local worker, who declined to be named, said the toilet is expected to be demolished this year.

He told the chief that this was an “error” and that it would likely affect the town’s commerce.

He added: “I see the number of people using the toilet on a daily basis. Coaches park there during the summer months to visit the market and the first place they go is the toilets.

“I think the public will be disappointed to lose them because the toilets near the bus station are a bit out of the way.

“With all the new businesses opening in the city and the coaches coming back to the market, I personally think the board is making a mistake.”

Katie Wilby, Flintshire Managing Director for Streetscene and Transportation, added: “In keeping with our local toilet strategy, isolated facilities such as the New Street facilities regularly attract antisocial behavior, which deters people from using them. As a result, we have taken a more empowering approach by encouraging the use of existing toilets in municipal buildings such as libraries and Connects centers, which people feel more comfortable and comfortable using.

“Following a review of the sanitation facilities in Mold, the costs identified for reconditioning and improving the quality of the New Street parking facilities were not economically viable.

“Therefore, improved facilities have been developed in the bus station complex, which is the same distance from the city center as the facilities on New Street. The improved facilities at Mold Bus Station will provide an alternative improved site within the city’s transport hub.

“Additional washrooms are also available for the public to use in the Mussel Library and the Daniel Owen Center.”

Flintshire’s local toilet strategy is available on the website at:

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Springdale Council Supports Plans for Downtown Park and Farmers Market

SPRINGDALE – Springdale City Council has agreed to match funding for grants that will benefit Luther George Park and Springdale Greenway Market, a farmers’ market.

The council, meeting in committee of the whole on Monday, agreed to put the measures to a vote by the whole council at its regular meeting on August 10.

Both grants would come from the federal outdoor recreation matching grant program administered by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, said Jill Dabbs, executive director of the Downtown Springdale Alliance, who spent a contract with the city to create a dynamic city center for commerce. and recreation.

Last year, the council committed $ 2 million to the Luther George project. The city’s money and an additional $ 4 million raised privately for the park will represent the matching money without additional funds committed by the city, Dabbs said.

“I’m trying to turn your $ 6 million into $ 10 million,” Dabbs told the board.

The second grant would help design and create a farmers market along the Razorback Greenway at the southwest corner of Meadow Avenue on the Arkansas and Missouri railroads.

The city would commit up to $ 250,000 to match this second state grant.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Colby Fulfer, told council that the city’s parks and recreation department account included $ 500,000 available for the project. The money was returned to the city from tax money paid to the state by residents of Springdale.

Bank of America in September 2019 donated to the city of approximately 2 acres facing Emma Avenue, which included the lobby, offices, drive-thru and parking lots of its Emma Avenue branch. First State Bank of Springdale was a predecessor of Bank of America at this location.

The lobby and offices of the bank were demolished. The city kept the building behind the wheel with the idea of ​​providing toilets, storage and a public meeting place.

Luther George Park will benefit from the sale of industrial land in the city.

In May 2020, council approved the 2018 Bond Fund spending $ 1.7 million for road upgrades to extend and improve Kendrick Avenue to North Jefferson Street in the industrial park. from the city to the north of the city. This money was added to a March 2020 grant of $ 1.5 million earmarked for the US Department of Commerce and Economic Development Commission Kendrick Project.

In exchange for improving the road, the Public Facilities Board, owner of the industrial property, pledged to use $ 2 million from the sale of lots in the industrial area to work with the city on a future project. . The council has allocated these funds to Luther George Park.

The Downtown Springdale Alliance led the efforts of the $ 642,000 Design Excellence Grant from the Walton Family Foundation for the design of Luther George Park.

New Orleans-based landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels unveiled their conceptual design for a redeveloped park in August 2019, which was created with public participation sessions.

The following month, city council hired Milestone Construction Co. as the general contractor for the park.

Dabbs said she expects the $ 10 million park project to be inaugurated before the end of the year.

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Four apartment buildings planned for the old McIntosh College in Dover NH

DOVER – Portsmouth-based developer Todd Baker, president of Baker Properties, plans to build four apartment buildings on the former McIntosh College property at 23 Cataract Ave.

Baker said each of the four multi-family apartment buildings is expected to have four floors with a total of 156 units. After purchasing the property in 2018, Baker and his team became involved with the city’s zoning committee when it assessed the rezoning of certain areas, like the old McIntosh College plot, to better meet the needs and to changing community concerns.

“Many people have told us that Dover needs affordable housing,” Baker said. “We have designed this project with this in mind and hope to build 156 new residential units to help meet these needs.”

Baker has been involved in commercial real estate for two decades. His company owns more than a dozen commercial real estate developments in the area, including Bowl-O-Rama Square in Portsmouth, Exeter Crossing Square and Hampton Airfield.

“What we’re trying to do is find properties that we think can be improved to meet the needs of the community,” Baker said. “This is an important project for us, and we are looking forward to it.”

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The apartment development by Baker in Dover is planned for part of the 12.1 acre property. He noted that the existing buildings have been recently renovated and are leased to several local businesses and organizations like Great Bay Services, Great Bay Calvary Church and Rising Phoenix Martial Arts. The existing building, along with two existing residential units in the college’s former administrative offices at 61 Rutland Street, will remain intact, he said.

McIntosh Commons should be located near the Spaulding Toll Freeway, between Exits 7 and 8 of Rutland Street.

The vision of the McIntosh Commons apartments

One of the things that drew Baker to the Dover property was the visible frontage location on Route 16, where the property’s large parcel of land has a relatively small building footprint. Since most of the property is paved, there are parking areas for more than 300 spaces, where only 80 parking spaces are needed for existing buildings, he said. Baker said his team needed to reinvent the way to redevelop unused space.

McIntosh Commons Apartments are rated to vary in size. It envisions one-bedroom and one-bath units of 776 square feet, as well as two-bedroom and two-bath units of 1,168 square feet and three-bedroom and two-bath units of 1,554 feet. squares. About 28%, or 42, of the 156 units offered would be rent-limited to meet the definition of affordable housing in Dover, and the rest would be market value, he said.

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These apartment complexes are designed to have individual patios, underground parking and roof terraces. A clubhouse is proposed to feature a fitness area, club room, administrative office, conference room and mail room, with a nearby pavilion that will have grills, as well as a golf course. health and a dog park.

“I think these amenities will be really appreciated by our future residents,” said Baker. “It is an extremely convenient place with a lot to offer.”

The McIntosh Commons Apartments would be located next to the Spaulding Toll Freeway, between Exits 7 and 8 on Rutland Street. It is a short walk from the Route 108 commercial corridor and about a 10-minute walk from Dover town center.

Dover moves to meet housing demand

In 2020, Dover City Council and Town Planning Council passed provisions to incentivize developers by allowing greater density if affordable HUD restricted rental units are included in a development.

Christopher Parker, deputy city manager and director of planning and strategic initiatives, said there is great promise to see a developer reap the benefits of the policy, as demand for housing and especially affordable housing continues to grow. to augment.

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“The mix of units that Mr. Baker and his team are proposing is very positive,” Parker said. “Housing diversity is important on many levels, and the staff are very happy to see this element of the plan. Dover can only benefit from these additional units, and the fact that some are aimed at meeting the need for affordable housing is all the more important. “

The project is still in the early stages of the planning process and will be submitted to the city’s technical review committee on August 12, when it begins a thorough review before moving to planning board review.

“The demand for housing in Dover continues to grow and Dover is a much sought after community,” said Baker. “This property had not been fully appreciated and no one has really done anything with it in a while. We saw a large plot in a great location and thought it would be a perfect place to add more accommodation to the community.”

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Petoskey begins talks on public charging stations for electric vehicles

PETOSKEY – Petoskey could make new public charging stations for electric vehicles available as early as next year.

At their meeting on Monday, Petoskey city council members heard about the possibility of installing up to three hookups in the city allowing hybrid and electric cars to refuel. In particular, the infrastructure would benefit local residents who do not have the parking space or amenities to charge at home.

One of these circumstances earlier this year was a major factor in the city’s efforts to implement the new public facilities. A citizen, who lives in a neighborhood without a garage and requiring the use of on-street parking, bought a hybrid vehicle and wanted to know if he could get permission to either connect an electric wire to his car on the street, or install a station that would allow him to access the power supply to his home from the street, said Mike Robbins, director of public works at Petoskey.

“We discussed it at length and rejected the request, at that time, to put this unit in a public right of way”,

Using a cordon or building a private charging station on the public right-of-way was not both logistical and legal, but Robbins said the request was “not without merit” and that ‘it corresponds to the city’s long-term sustainability objectives. possible public spaces where charging stations could go. Earlier at the same meeting, city council members adopted their “Petoskey habitable” master plan, which contains multiple references to encouraging electric vehicle installations in the region and shifting the city’s fleet to electricity.

Electric vehicles are coming… which means there is a need for infrastructure in our city. There are charging stations around, there are places these people can go, but we’ll see what we can do to meet that demand, ”Robbins said.

Currently, there is a public electric charging station in the city, located in the Darling Lot, the parking area at the corner of Petoskey and Michigan streets. This was installed in 2017 in conjunction with the city’s Green Corridor Project which built a non-motorized trail along a former rail corridor.

The plan to study and possibly install new stations should be included in both the capital improvement plan and the city’s budget for 2022.

Depending on what the city finds in its preliminary explorations, the objective would be to add a “level 3” charging station in a practical and walkable part of the city, with the possibility of a few “level 2” stations. .

These levels refer to the energy potential of the stations and the usable load range, with level 1 providing 140 volts, level 2 providing 240 volts and level 3 providing a three phase power system ranging from 208 to 480 volts. Level three stations are only compatible with certain high-end vehicle models and can charge vehicles powerful enough in 20 minutes to travel up to 80 miles, compared to 20 miles in 60 minutes for level two stations. But Robbins said the efficiency is getting higher and higher. A Level 3 station would cost approximately $ 40,000 and a Level 2 station would cost approximately $ 7,000.

City officials were not expected to take action on the matter at their Monday meeting, but most city council members spoke positively about the idea.

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Bangor City Council approves ordinance allowing more housing units

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – The city of Bangor voted on Friday to approve an ordinance that will result in the construction of more housing units in the city.

The updated ordinance reduces the lot size for each unit, including a drop from two parking spaces per unit to one.

City council members say the additional parking space is not needed due to the pedestrian nature of the affected neighborhoods.

The ordinance is a first step in helping meet the city’s goal of creating more housing units near the Bangor business district.

“So really what we’re trying to do is encourage the redevelopment and construction of new buildings in dense, pedestrianized neighborhoods,” said Tanya Emery, director of community and economic development for Bangor. “We are grateful to see a continuous and constant flow of these small redevelopment projects, and then we have engaged with the developers on a number of larger housing projects, which we hope will come to fruition here in Bangor,” and provide some of that much needed housing inventory that we know people are clamoring for.

One of these projects could include adding new units to an existing building on Ohio Street. These proposals flow from the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Task Force.

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Huntington Beach Launches Free Shuttle Program to Downtown

Those coming to downtown Huntington Beach can now worry a little less about finding a way to get from point A to point B.

The city launched a free shuttle pilot program on Tuesday. It will operate seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The program uses the Circuit’s five low-speed electric vehicles, each of which can carry up to six visitors and residents at a time.

Circuit director of operations Daniel Kramer took turns to shuttle Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Delgleize and other local politicians around Pier Plaza on Tuesday morning when the service kicked off.

Kramer kept speeds low, despite Delgleize’s joke that they were going to make donuts in the Pacific Coast Highway parking lot.

“It’s a very special day for us here at Huntington Beach,” said Delgleize.

“I think a lot of us thought how cool it would be to have something like that, and it’s really there. I just can’t believe it… We are confident this pilot program will help improve the quality of life in our city, from micro-mobility to the environment, while adding another convenience to downtown Surf City to help it stand out as one of the favorite summer destinations.

Huntington Beach Pro Mayor Tem Barbara Delgleize, center, and Daniel Kramer with Circuit Cars, cut the ceremonial ribbon.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Visitors to downtown Huntington Beach can request a ride through the Ride Circuit app – a large QR code to initiate the download is located near the back of vehicles – or simply hail them like a cab.

If requested through the app, a driver should arrive within eight to 10 minutes.

The pilot program is expected to last five months, said Huntington Beach Public Works Director Sean Crumby. The serviced downtown area stretches north and west to Goldenwest Street, then intersects Adams Avenue to its eastern limit, Beach Boulevard.

“This will make it easier for our residents and our local community to access our downtown area,” said Crumby.

“Second, it’s going to improve our parking lot and help our visitors… come to our downtown area and take a trip like that to one park and multiple destinations. I’m super excited to start this.

Originally launched in New York in 2011, Circuit now serves locations in California, including Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and San Diego. In Newport Beach, she also manages the Free Ride Around Newport Center (FRANC) program.

The low-speed shuttles, which are Polaris GEM e6 vehicles, run on lithium batteries that can travel around 80 miles on each charge. Four will be standard shuttles and one is an ADA accessible shuttle.

The net cost of the program is estimated to be approximately $ 145,000 over the five month period.

It is expected to be paid for with District Air Quality Management funds, Crumby said in a presentation to city council on June 15.

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City of Billings leaders move closer to purchase of Stillwater Building

BILLINGS – With a 10-1 vote on Monday night, Billings City Council gave the mayor the power to sign a buy / sell agreement, signaling the city’s intention to purchase the Stillwater building with possible plans to build the space of a center of law and justice.

“This idea is a long-term investment. It’s not just about kick-starting another problem that another board will have to address in 10 or 15 years,” said Kendra Shaw, member. of the council, which represents district 1.

Alaska-based WC Commercial LLC currently owns the building, walkway, and nearby parking across North 26th Street.

Once Mayor Bill Cole officially signs the document, the city will have 60 days to do their due diligence to inspect the building for any issues that may cause city staff or council to reconsider their decision. . September 15 is the date scheduled for the city to close the deal.

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Members of Billings City Council are discussing the possible purchase of the Stillwater building to add more room to city services at their Monday night meeting.

The city negotiated a price of $ 17 million for the building and its land. Construction was estimated at an additional $ 10 million and could take between three and four years. The construction price does not include the cost of furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Part of the money to buy the building would come from $ 20 million of money freed up from the general fund. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city paid for part of its public safety services using federal COVID-19 relief dollars from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, freeing up money from the general fund to spend on other things.

The Stillwater Building was originally built in 1960 and was once a federal courthouse. The building has five floors, a basement with parking and an underground access for the transport of prisoners.

The idea of ​​the purchase is to have a central location for all of the City of Billings services. The Planning and Community Development Department, Zoning Department, Code Enforcement Department, Building Division, Public Works, City Court, and Police Department could all be located under the roof of the Stillwater Building at over the next few years if the city agrees to buy the property.

City services are currently spread over three sites in the city center. After a tour of the current city hall, council member Mike Boyett said everyone was too crowded for space.

“It is not (handicapped accessible). When I broke my ankle, I had a hard time walking through this building. There are people in the cupboards. There are people in the boiler room. Yes, there’s another building in Billings, but let’s let all the kids play in one place. Let’s make room for expansion, “Boyett said.

City administrator Chris Kukulski said the plan would first be to address the immediate need for a legal and judicial center. Then other departments could move in as leases expire on their current spaces over the next two years.

“We are also renting out several different spaces in the city center. We are tenants today of several of our office services and this is money that taxpayers are paying and will not pay anymore,” Kukulski said. .


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The front side of the Stillwater Building in downtown Billings which is connected to the Stillwater Parking Garage across North 26th Street via an overhead bridge.

The city would occupy only about two floors of the Stillwater Building and would have the option of leasing the remaining space. Kukulski said the goal would be to get state or federal law-related services located in the building.

“My interest is not to go out and compete per se and try to book retail operations or other operations in this building. It is to put other local government departments or state departments or federal services that complement the local government services we provide, ”Kukulski mentioned.

The Yellowstone County government already occupies 7,000 square feet of office space on the third floor of the building. The county pays approximately $ 365,000 per year to lease space at WC Commercial. The lease ends in 2025.

Kukulski mentioned that the Yellowstone County Council of Commissioners recently took a 2-1 vote to sign a buy / sell agreement to purchase the Miller Building at 301 N 29th St.

“They are one of our most likely tenants. If they determine that they are going to move out after 2025, long before we know that answer,” Kukulski said.

The need for more space for municipal government was first identified after the completion of a facilities master plan in 2015. Over the past 18 months, the city has entered into negotiations regarding the Stillwater Building. As a price was not agreed, negotiations turned to evaluations.

Jessica Iverson, City Construction Manager and Facilities Manager, provided the background to the assessments. Elkhorn Appraisal valued the building at $ 22 million and NVC Appraisal at $ 12 million, Iverson said. An evaluator-reviser was then called upon to analyze the methods of the other evaluators. Review appraiser Dave Thomas valued the building at $ 13.5 million.

“What determination of market value the review appraiser seeks to find is based on a typical buyer or investor in the market. This does not take into account the value of the specific benefits that the city has. The negotiating committee took this into account during negotiations to determine the price with the seller and concluded that the building has greater value to the city than the review’s assessment suggests, which is why a price The higher purchase price was offered to the seller, ”Iverson said.

With the price tag of $ 17 million, the city would purchase the building for $ 85 / square foot. Much less than the $ 375 / square foot it would cost to build a new building.

Council member Shaun Brown said he was concerned that the city was paying more than appraised value and disliked the possibility that a majority of the building would remain vacant if the city could not find space. tenants.

“Is this going to sit empty for years? I’m struggling with this, but I’m working really hard to support this as an opportunity we wouldn’t have had otherwise, but it’s still $ 4 million So I’m fighting with that, but I will support it, ”Brown said.

Ward 4 representative Penny Ronning, a council member, was the only one to vote against approving the buy / sell agreement. Ronning said she supported the move to the Stillwater Building, that there was not enough public commentary on how the city should spend the money freed up thanks to the federal government.

“I don’t think that’s good government the way this process has worked,” Ronning said.

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Penny Ronning, a member of Billings City Council, who represents Ward 4, shares her position on the Stillwater Building buy / sell agreement with council.

“Not a single request to the public on how the public wants to use this money. Not a single presentation on our options for using this money. Could we build an 8 fire station, where 40,000 Billings Heights members could actually be? served with additional fire departments? What else could we use this money for in terms of public safety services where our crime is so high it’s unbelievable. I don’t dispute that we need it? ‘additional space for the town hall. I do not dispute that we need the space of the center of law and justice, I do not disagree with that at all, but I do not agree with the fact that it is the only option that is even given to us and presented by our municipal administration for the use of these funds, ”Ronning added.

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Dog friendly parks classified in the national survey. Why is Fresno in the niche? – GVwire

Fresno has landed in the Top 50 of a new list of the best dog park cities in the United States. But, digging a little deeper into the investigation, we discover that the news is not all “legs”.

According to a report from the LawnStarter lawn care website, Fresno ranked No. 36 on the “Best of” list of 97 cities with dog parks across the country.

That puts Fresno near the middle of the pack overall, with a score of 57.3 based on factors such as number of dog parks per 100,000 population, average dog park quality scores and climatic factors. local.

Unsurprisingly, California cities have conducted the climate metric survey, with San Diego, Anaheim, San Francisco and Sacramento among the Top 15. While not “off the chain,” Fresno’s climate rating suitable for dogs ranked No. 18. on the list.

But the city’s dog park quality rank earned it a bit of a scolding, with Fresno squeaking a single spot from the bottom at No. 96 – just ahead of Laredo, TX.

How do other cities in California and the United States rank?

The best quality dog ​​parks were in Buffalo, NY, which ranked first, and Corpus Christi, TX, at second place in that metric.

Most of the dog parks in both cities have extensive facilities offering picturesque views near beautiful beaches for the enjoyment of pet parents. However, the top ranking for the quality of their parks could be due to design and cleanliness. Several parks in Buffalo offer gravel trails on the ground, while another dog park offers a clay base area to help keep Fido clean.

San Francisco and Oakland ranked among the top dog park cities, ranking 1st and 2nd, respectively. Other towns in the valley ranked at the top of the overall list include Sacramento which lands in 15th place, Bakersfield which lands at No.22 and Stockton at No.27.

Yet several Southern California cities like San Diego and Chula Vista, which were high on the list for their enviable year-round climate, also scored poorly in terms of quality and access.

How did Fresno end up in 36th place?

These cities across the United States were rated by weighted metrics, such as the average monthly rainfall a city receives, the average monthly percentage of sunshine, the average number of very cold days, and the average number of very cold days. hot. Fresno’s overall score of 57.3 was based on its climate rating of 18, accessibility rating of 35, and rating of 96 for dog park quality, placing the city with an overall position of 36 out of 97 U.S. cities. .

For the most part, dog parks or neighborhood parks around Fresno appear to be free and accessible to the public. There are over 10 dog friendly parks to choose from and only the Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park at the local Valley Animal Center requires membership.

Membership-based park

The paid membership park offers a whole list of amenities that a normal park would not offer, such as: a key card for parking, separate runs for dogs under 25 pounds and over 26 pounds, a 2000 gallon canine paddling pool especially for dogs, several water points that are filled with fresh water daily, a canine agility course with a variety of obstacles, toys of all kinds and bag dispensers for doggies throughout the park.

“Our membership-based Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park is different from other Central Valley Dog Parks,” said Alisia Sanchez, Marketing Director of Valley Animal Center. The dog park gives pet owners the opportunity to exercise and socialize their pets any day of the week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and they feel safe knowing that all members canines have met the same requirements, and it truly is a fun time for all parties involved to see their pets run so freely, and it brings so much joy to pet owners.

Photo provided by Valley Animal Center

To join the membership-based fee park, canine applicants must be at least six months old, provide up-to-date vaccination records, be sterilized and pass a temperament test. Parents of animals must sign a liability waiver and confirm their understanding of the park rules.

The monthly fee for the Valley Animal Center Dog Park is $ 10, while the annual fee is $ 100.

Dog parks in Fresno open to the public

Facilities at the Fresno Public Dog Park include a fenced area at Woodward Park providing space for small and large dogs as well as a ‘first meet’ place to test your pooch’s temper with other doggos. They also have several walking or running trails, perfect for taking your puppy with you on a leash.

If you may be looking for more open spaces to take your dog, Basin AH1 Dog Park also offers a large open space with plenty of shaded areas for your dogs to run around and rest in during the hot summer months. .

How can Fresno improve the quality of its dog parks?

Fresno’s, Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department says it is planning improvements and improvements to local dog parks. The city has applied for grants to renovate two existing dog parks and build two new ones.

There is currently a plan to relocate the dog park located at Roeding Park within the park to increase accessibility to shading and parking. We welcome all feedback and ideas from the community as we explore ways to create interactive park spaces for everyone to enjoy, ”said Sontaya Rose, city communications director.

Cinnamon Grooms, founder and CEO of nonprofit Tiny Paws Fresno, said she would be happy to see some additional amenities added to parks around Fresno. His organization holds events to get small dogs to play together while teaching them etiquette and behavioral skills.

She attended city council meetings to discuss changes to the Roeding Park Dog Park, where she was actively involved in sharing ideas on how to improve Fresno’s facilities.

“I think there should be more to offer and I would love to see more agility classes to keep dogs active and maybe small sprinklers to keep dogs cool,” Grooms said.

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Blaise Castle and Oldbury Court parking pricing plans could be scrapped

It is hoped that proposed parking fees at two Bristol beauty spots, which have weighed on residents for three years, will be dropped.

Mayor Marvin Rees said City Council “was doing everything in our power” to avoid cutting free parking at Blaise Castle grounds and Oldbury Court.

He says no timetable is in place to introduce a fee of up to £ 3 for leaving cars in parks and that they will continue to be overhauled, but the authority faces a “financial need really urgent “.

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And Mr Rees has pledged to work with curator Chris Windows of the Henbury & Brentry neighborhood, who raised the issue at the Bristol City Council Members Forum on Tuesday, July 6.

Plans for drivers to pay a flat rate per day of £ 2, along with ‘no wait’ restrictions and double and single yellow lines on nearby roads, were first revealed by the local authority in June 2018 .

Despite two public consultation exercises, nothing happened until a year later, when Conservative group leader and colleague Cllr Mark Weston learned that traffic control orders would be introduced in October 2019.

But they never have been, and another consultation was launched in November on a different range of charges, with drivers to be charged £ 1 for an hour maximum, £ 2 for up to two hours and £ 3 for maximum 5 a.m., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

At the time, the council said the changes would allow a “rotation of spaces” in the estates, including the Snuff Mills parking lot, and allow the authority to invest more in its heritage assets and green space. .

But then, Covid-19 turned plans upside down.

In a written question to the town hall meeting, Cllr Windows said there was “considerable local opposition”.

“This opposition depends on the impact it will have on the surrounding neighborhood as park users seek to avoid accusations,” he said.

Cars parked at the Château de Blaise estate where it is currently free to park

“Users will try to park on the road outside if charges are incurred and, as has already been seen, this will lead to unsafe parking as well as difficulties for local residents to get in and out of their homes.

“Can the mayor confirm whether he is moving forward with these unwanted proposals and, if so, what is the timeline for presentation?”

In his response, Mr Rees wrote: “The proposal to introduce parking fees for Blaise Estate and other sites was a principle adopted to help build a financially resilient and sustainable future for parks and green spaces in the city.

“We have not introduced these parking fees, there is no agreed timeframe for doing so and we will continue to review them.”

Speaking at the meeting, the mayor added: “No one wants to come in and start introducing parking fees in parks unless there is a really urgent financial need and that’s what. we are facing.

“We are doing everything we can to avoid charges. “

Oldbury Court Estate in Fish Ponds

Mr Rees also said further traffic calming measures were being developed for the Kings Weston Road crash hot spot in Hallen Road.

Cllr Windows said, “The cars go too fast to turn the corners and this has led to devastating accidents.

“It is a miracle that no one was killed.”

He said a zebra crossing proposal would be considered by the local city council committee, but that was only part of the solution and officers “were developing a broad road safety program for strategic funding.” .

When asked if this would be viewed favorably and if funding is a priority, the Labor mayor told Cllr Windows: “Officers are looking at options to address concerns here and have shared some initial ideas with you to show how this is done. could correspond to your crossing request.

Damage to a house in Hallen Road after a car hit it in July 2020

“Work to date includes: a new chevron turn sign has been installed; improved lining – updated slow hatch and markings; examination of collisions and causes completed; is currently working on the feasibility of a pedestrian crossing approaching a turn with an extended limit of 20 mph and new holding restrictions.

“Once the program has been costed, they will explore the relevant funding options to complement whatever the regional committee allocates. “

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Boise, Id envisions the future of an expanded dining room on 8th Street

Boise restaurants have taken to the streets – literally – at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what’s next?

Last summer, Boise City Council and the Ada County Road District relaxed regulations around the right-of-way to allow restaurants and bars to take over. parking spaces in the city center to allow more socially distant meals. The city also closed 8th Street to vehicular traffic, and restaurants moved their patios to the curb to make more room for outdoor tables when indoor capacity was limited.

[Portion of Boise’s 8th Street will get a makeover: bikes, sidewalks, patios]

Ongoing improvements to come

Customers and 8th Street businesses have widely embraced the change, reveling in the increased space to sit outside and space to stroll around the two blocks of Restaurant Row. from 8th street. But now that the pandemic is abating, Boise’s director of economic development Sean Keithly said the city was considering how to move forward with the downtown area filling up.

“Going back to how it happened, it was done quickly and in a somewhat organic fashion and we don’t want to lose any of those benefits, but since this was an emergency response, we didn’t have time to really dig deep with stakeholders and companies and think about how we would do it in a way that could consider longer term implementation, ”Keithly said.” C ‘what we want to do is think about what we have learned and be more intentional. “

Visitors stroll 8th Street in July 2021. Photo: Margaret Carmel / BoiseDev

Keithly said Mayor Lauren McLean and other city leaders have yet to decide what the next phase of 8th Street will look like. The city is currently taking the feedback into account and examining its options, including how to plan for traffic in the area, accessibility for deliveries, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and access to lanes.

8th Street is currently bordered by temporary bright orange traffic barriers to ensure traffic stays off the closed street and visually impaired pedestrians know where the pedestrian street ends. The city is currently looking for a company to offer permanent ADA improvements at intersections.

What about parklets?

The expanded restoration has occurred in more places than 8th Street.

Around Boise, restaurants and bars have been granted permission under a new ordinance to place diners in parking lots or on sidewalks outside their restaurants to make more room. Idaho’s Alcohol Beverage Control also gave them permission to serve drinks in these new right-of-way dining rooms.

This ordinance allowing the changes will expire in April 2022, but in the meantime, companies that have grown to trust it are wondering what will happen when the rule is renewed.

Molly Leadbetter, one of the co-owners of Meriwether Cider Company, said the extra space gave her the boost she needed to get through the pandemic. But, she said, until the city and CDHA make a firmer decision on what to do next, her company is reluctant to invest a lot of money in improvements.

A parklet outside Barbarian Brewing. Photo: Margaret Carmel / BoiseDev

“If we could make these parking spaces ours all the time or just for the hot weather, we could invest in real construction so that we can build parklets and make it really nice,” Leadbetter said. “For that, it’s like we don’t want to spend too much, too much money because when that is done, we’ll have all the material, but if we can get some direction, maybe we can make it really pretty. . “

Nearby Barbarian Brewing also benefited from three parking spaces for a parklet, but co-owner BreAnne Hovley said she was not counting on that option in the future.

“People love the extra seats downtown and the fact that it’s in a parking spot doesn’t deter people from sitting down and enjoying the action,” Hovely said. “But, we know that our park situation is not a viable option in the long term due to the orange barriers and the need to rent the equipment to block them.”

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Shad Khan’s Iguana Investment Considering Jacksonville Fairgrounds Land

The development company of Jaguars owner Shad Khan is interested in purchasing the land that the Jacksonville Fairgrounds may vacate for a future move to the Westside.

Preliminary budget documents released this week show the city could set aside $ 27.2 million over two years to help move the exhibition center from the downtown sports complex to an area around the equestrian center of Jacksonville off Normandy Boulevard.

Meanwhile, the Greater Jacksonville Fair Association will work over the next few months to negotiate the sale of the land it owns in the sports complex where the fair has drawn crowds for farm shows and halfway rides since 1955.

“There are still a few hurdles we need to overcome, but in all the years we’ve been talking about this and dealing with a possible move, this is the closest we’ve come to getting there,” said Bill Olson. , CEO of the association of non-profit fairs.

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The Greater Jacksonville Fair Association is considering offers to sell its land in the sports complex and move the fairgrounds to the Westside.  The annual fair, pictured here in this archive photo with one of the rides halfway through, would continue at his longtime downtown residence until a new site is built.

He said the current site was “somewhat enclosed” by the Arlington Freeway, the sports complex parking lots and the stadium. The Westside site would not have these constraints.

“I think the move is going to be great for the fair,” Olson said. “We can grow up, we can get bigger, we can do a lot more things that we want to do.”

Iguana Investments, the company Khan uses for his development, said in a statement that the potential for a “private purchase of fairground property is, and has been, of interest to Iguana.”

“Iguana will continue to speak with representatives of the fair and explore a potential transaction, which would represent an additional investment by Shad and Iguana in the future of downtown Jacksonville,” the company said in a statement.

Iguana said a sale transaction would allow for the creation of more parking lots for people going to sports complex events and “much needed flexibility” for carpooling for major events.

Iguana said relocating the fair would lead to a better experience for those attending football games in the fall, because when the annual fair is in action, Lot P is closed to the parking lot so it can be used. half-way.

“It would also provide additional options as we consider what is potentially possible for the sports complex and bring benefits to the fair and the constituencies it serves,” the Iguana statement said.

Hosting participation in the fair, which is one of the most important in the country, on the same days the Jaguars play at home, is a topic of discussion between the team, the city and the fair association. since the 1990s.

Olson said for the fair’s association, a move to the Westside would benefit the annual fair by giving it additional space in a more rural part of town and fitting into the agricultural education mission of the association.

Future Farmers of America Councilor Karyn Chester (right) photographs Camden County College members Janaya Bradford (left), 14, Ashlyn Moore, 12, and Kiyah Morris, 11, with their rabbits on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Show in Jacksonville, Florida.  [Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union]

He said the compromise of a decision is that the fair association should find a way to replace rental income from events using the fairground facilities the rest of the year, as well as parking income from people using the exhibition grounds when attending games and concerts. .

He said the association had received “a few offers” for his property. He declined to comment on who made the offers. He said the association might be able within a few months to have an agreement in principle with a buyer.

If that comes to fruition and city council agrees to spend money on the relocation, the fairground could relocate whenever new construction is done in the Westside. Until then, the annual fair will continue to take place at the sports complex.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a cancellation last year for the first time in the history of the Greater Jacksonville Fair, but this year’s fair is scheduled from November 4 to 14.

Jacksonville could move Veterans Memorial Wall

The Jacksonville Fairgrounds isn’t the only long-standing part of the sports complex that could move to another location.

The city is also examining the possibility of relocating the veterans memorial wall by moving it to a new park that could be located on the downtown riverside.

The relocation of the Veterans Memorial Wall, located between the football stadium and the baseball park, is only in the first phase of study. The Downtown Investment Authority is working with the Jessie Ball duPont fund on a plan for what a new park would look like in a vacant strip of city-owned land known as The Shipyards.

The Veterans Memorial Wall, located in the sports complex, is the second largest memorial wall in the country.  The city is considering whether plans for a new city park on the downtown shores could include a relocated memorial wall.

The idea is “purely conceptual” at this point, Lori Boyer, CEO of Downtown Investment Authority, said at a recent DIA board meeting.

She said the idea of ​​placing the monument in the park was whether this riverside site would be “more respectful or more appropriate” for the memorial.

The Veterans Memorial Wall was built in 1995 and honors more than 1,700 service members who had ties to Jacksonville.

The duPont Fund’s study on the shipyard is part of a larger examination of how the city can bring more activity to the downtown riverside. The study has solicited public comment and will have a meeting via Zoom on July 13.

The study “conceptually examined” the creation of space for a range of memorials and the duPont Fund has discussed these concepts with groups who have an interest in it, spokeswoman Melanie Cost said.

She said “the details of the actual design of the park” will be defined later by the owners of the waterfront land.

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Construction of a parking garage and community space has started as part of the Kew Gardens prison project

A render of the parking garage and community space (NYC DDC)

June 28, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Workers have opened a community space and parking lot near Queens Borough Hall – the first major step in building a prison in the Kew Gardens borough, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

The new facility, which will be 105 feet high, will include a 25,000 square foot multi-use community space and over 600 public parking spaces.

The facility is being built next to the future site of a 195-foot-high jail – where the disused Queens Detention Complex is located at 182-02 82nd Ave. The detention center will be demolished while the garage is being built.

The garage / community space will be erected on the west side of an existing parking lot at Union Turnpike between 126th Street and 132nd Street. The future 886-bed prison will eventually expand both on the site of the former Queens detention complex and on the east side of the parking lot.

However, the east side of the land, with 140 parking spaces, will remain open to the public during construction of the parking lot – which is expected to be completed in early 2023.

The facility is under construction ahead of the new prison – whose earlier proposals design and construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Queens Detention Center decommissioned in 2002. The building will be demolished and redeveloped for Borough Prison (Photo: QueensPost)

The future prison is part of the city’s largest $ 8.3 billion plan to close Rikers Island prisons by 2026 and replace them with four smaller prisons in every borough except Staten Island.

“Today we are one step closer to our goal of a fairer and more equitable prison system for all New Yorkers,” de Blasio said in a statement. “The closure of Rikers Island will make our city stronger and fairer, and I am proud to propose a system that better reflects the values ​​of this city. “

The city council voted to approve the district’s prison plan in 2019, despite the rejection of the four community councils where the prisons will be located.

Queens Community Board 9 voted unanimously against the jail plan, arguing that large prisons should not rise in residential areas.

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How could a 12-story building collapse?

Rescuers search the rubble for survivors.AP. picture

Video from a nearby security camera shows what happened Thursday night last week: Much of the complex, on the north side, is going downhill. Eight seconds later, another room collapses. In eleven seconds, there is nothing but emptiness in a place where hundreds of people lay down a few hours ago.

“Structural damage”

On Saturday, it emerged that an engineer had already warned three years ago of the discovery of “significant structural damage” on the property. Newspaper New York Times Watch a report describing the extensive damage to the concrete foundation under the pond. The report also notes a large number of cracks and collapses in the columns, beams and walls of the parking lot beneath the complex – damage likely caused by years of exposure to salty sea air.

At the time, architect Frank Morabita urged the building management to make quick repairs. A multi-million dollar refund has been developed and will be launched soon – after more than 2.5 years of warning from management.

Investigators to determine the cause of the disaster do not have full access to the site. Experts say it would take months to explore all possible scenarios: examining the individual components of the building now buried in the rubble, testing the concrete, and examining the ground to determine if there was another ditch or subsidence that might be. linked to the collapse.


Rescue teams are working on unstable mounds of concrete and steel still on fire, in the hope of finding survivors. It is a delicate job to do in the heat and in heavy rain. Heavy machinery carefully lifts large pieces of rubble to provide rescuers with new entrances into the rubble. Human remains have been found, but DNA tests are needed to identify the victims.

Rescue teams are working on unstable hills of cement and steel in the hope of finding survivors.Image via Reuters

In American media, the resort is referred to as “the microcosm” of multicultural Miami. Among the missing are residents of several Latin American countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela and Paraguay (including the sister of the country’s first lady), as well as several Israelis. According to locals, every December there was a Christmas tree and a menorah (seven-armed candelabra) in the hallway. “It was a model of an open-minded society in these towers,” Rabbi Elliot Berelson said of one of the five synagogues within walking distance of the building. Washington post. Israel sent an army search team to Florida over the weekend to assist US rescuers.

Faded away

Meanwhile, hundreds of people await news of their loss at a center created for them. To date, four deaths have been recorded. Most people still don’t know if their fathers, mothers, children, brothers, sisters or friends who live in the 55 destroyed apartments are still alive.

Zulema Perez prays for the victims of the apartment complex collapse.  Reuters photo
Zulema Perez prays for the victims of the apartment complex collapse.Reuters photo

The neighbors are also panicking. At an emergency city council meeting, officials said they were called in by residents wondering if their apartment building was still safe and called for a further investigation of all apartment complexes in the area further. six storeys old and 40 years old. Like a collapsing building.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said there was no immediate evidence other buildings were in danger, but people were being considered for the evacuation of surrounding complexes – although many residents chose to go alone.

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Parking studio, Mayfair project on the agenda of the city of New Braunfels | Community alert

New members of Braunfels city council will discuss on Monday a review of the ordinance that would define efficiency and studios and identify vehicle parking standards for these types of housing units.

Jean Drew, a senior planner with the city’s development planning and review department, told members of the planning committee last month that city staff had identified the need to determine a parking standard suitable for efficiency and studios which consist of a common room for living, with a separate room allowed only for the bathroom.

“Recently at various development meetings we have been approached by a number of different projects with an interest in making efficiency apartments, some are new developments and some are redevelopments,” said Drew. “We discovered during the process that New Braunfels does not have parking standards for efficiency apartments, and we also do not define this use in our ordinance.”

Drew said owners of several existing hotels have expressed interest in the possibility of converting their use of a hotel into efficient apartments, meeting both a national trend and the need for single-family housing.

The proposed ordinance would define an apartment or efficiency unit as “a living unit consisting of a single room for cooking, eating, sleeping and living, and a separate room for bathrooms and toilets, also called studio or unit ”.

The proposal would set the parking standard at 1.1 spaces per unit.

Also on the agenda, items that will govern Mayfair’s development, a 1,900-acre proposed project along Interstate 35 just north of the city limits is expected to add thousands of residential housing units and commercial and light industrial development, as well as additional parks and school spaces.

Items council members should consider include the creation of Comal County Water Improvement District No.3 and the adoption of a development agreement with the SouthStar communities of New Braunfels.

Council members will also issue a proclamation recognizing the International Year of Caves and Karst.

Also at Monday’s meeting, board members are expected to:

  • Consider an amendment to an existing MoU with New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) for the payment of funds for a temporary part-time Watershed Educator position at Headwaters in Comal.
  • Consider the investment report for the second quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Consider a purchase through Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, LLC for a new original fire truck built by Pierce Manufacturing for an amount not to exceed $ 725,000.
  • Consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning the request to abandon a 0.366 acre portion of the right-of-way of rue Tolle, located between avenue Gilbert Sud and the terminus of rue Tolle.
  • Consider the second and final reading of an ordinance establishing the number of positions in each classification within the New Braunfels Fire and Police Department, as well as an increase in the budget passed for fiscal year 2021.
  • Consider second reading of an ordinance granting the right to members of the board of directors of New Braunfels Utilities to waive annual compensation and revoke that waiver and reinstate annual compensation at any time.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance regarding the proposed rezoning at 46 Guada Coma Drive, from the single-family district “R-1A-6.6” to the single-family and two-family district “R-2A”.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an order regarding an approximately 60.1 acre rezoning project located east of the intersection of FM 1044 and Michelson Lane, in the agricultural / pre-development district ” APD ”to lot zero“ ZH-A ”Reception area of ​​the line.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning a proposed rezoning to apply a type 2 special use permit in order to adopt a site plan and establish development standards for a center of resort located in the 700 block of North Walnut Avenue.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of a revised ordinance defining functional apartments / studios and identifying parking standards for functional apartments / studios.
  • Discuss and consider the possible action of a sponsorship program for the new West Branch of the New Braunfels Public Library.
  • Hold a second public hearing and consider possible guidance to staff regarding the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual block grant action plan and its associated funding recommendations for the 2021 program year.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance modifying the project plan and the financing plan of the reinvestment zone of reinvestment zone No. 1; consider a second amendment to the economic development agreement with AL 95 Creekside Town Center, LP
  • Discuss and consider a derogation to allow another pedestrian access plan adjacent to the existing Zipp Road for the Highland Ridge Subdivision.
  • Hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning a rezoning project to apply a special use permit to allow the short-term rental of a single-family house in the commercial district “C-3” at 218, S. Peach Avenue.
  • Discuss and consider a resolution to remove a segment of the secondary artery identified in the city traffic plan which is the future extension of County Line Road from FM 1044 to Engel Road associated with the proposed 1845 subdivision located at 1890 FM 1044 .
  • Hold an appeal hearing for relief from the allocation of municipal infrastructure costs associated with the proposed 1845 subdivision located at 1890 FM 1044.

The meeting will also include time for residents to address Council on issues and areas of concern that are not on the agenda.

Monday’s council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at New Braunfels Town Hall, 550 Landa Street, and via Zoom at .

Those wishing to join the meeting without video can call (833) 926-2300 and enter the webinar ID number, 893 3200 4990

The meeting will be televised live on the government’s Spectrum Access Channel 21, AT&T Access Channel 99 and streamed live on the city’s website,

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$ 816 million budget helps create a safer, more secure future on the Sunshine Coast

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Creating a more secure and secure future for our community remains at the center of attention, with the Sunshine Coast Council approving its $ 816 million budget for 2021/22.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the budget will continue to support the region’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 by investing $ 268 million in job-creating local infrastructure projects, supporting retirees through concessions increases and by increasing spending on front-line services for our community.

“We delivered a thoughtful budget focused on local recovery without an increase in the general minimum rate, which is good news for the majority of taxpayers,” said Mayor Jamieson.

“COVID-19 has caused the most severe global economic crisis in over a century and we are not out of the woods yet.

“One only needs to look at the recent interstate lockdowns and our own experience earlier this month to understand how vulnerable communities can be during the recovery process.

“Thanks to our board’s track record of disciplined financial management, we entered the pandemic last year with a strong budget position with a disaster rehabilitation reserve of $ 5 million.

“This reserve allowed us to respond when we needed it, and we gave each taxpayer a one-time COVID rebate of $ 35 last year.

“This year, the board looks to the future once again as we balance our investments in our environment, community and economy and continue to support our region’s recovery efforts.

“In keeping with our role as stewards of our community’s well-being, we will restore the $ 5 million Disaster Rehabilitation Reserve that will be set aside to help us recover from a future major disaster.

“Our council also responds to what matters most to our community by increasing our investment in services on the ground, such as the maintenance of parks and gardens, community facilities, sports arenas and the provision of health and wellness programs. of well-being – that will help all people, more often.

“The reestablishment of the $ 5 million disaster rehabilitation reserve and increased field services will be funded by removing the 5% discount for on-time rate payment.

“It’s a financially prudent approach to support our growing community, while avoiding a widespread increase in the general rate.

“The Council, however, remains committed to assisting taxpayers who cannot pay in full by the due date and will continue to suggest payment terms.

“Anyone experiencing financial difficulties need only contact the city council before their tariffs expire, to arrange payment over a six-month period, without interest. “

Mayor Jamieson said council also recognized the financial hardships faced by retirees in our community.

“All retirees will benefit from a 14% increase in their preferential retiree rate,” said Mayor Jamieson.

“Sole proprietors with full board will receive a grant of $ 262, an increased benefit of $ 32.

“Those who receive a partial pension will also benefit, ranging from $ 9 to $ 25, bringing their concession to between $ 74 and $ 205, depending on whether they own the property alone or jointly.”

Mayor Jamieson said the council will continue its commitment to carry out a substantial capital works program, investing $ 268 million in the area, which would help support a stronger local economy, create jobs and give access to new services and facilities for our community.

He also reaffirmed the board’s commitment to prioritizing local businesses as part of its sourcing agreements wherever possible, having spent $ 241 million with local suppliers in the current fiscal year to to June 1.

“While our budget is focused on helping our community and local businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19, we have not neglected our enduring commitment to protect our environment and our natural assets,” said Mayor Jamieson.

“The environmental tax will increase from $ 4 to $ 80 and raise $ 11.9 million to continue to support our environmental partnerships and grants, education and other incentives, the purchase and management of land for conservation purposes.” , coastal catchment and rehabilitation projects.

“It is important to note that this year’s $ 4 royalty increase will bring in $ 600,000 which will be allocated to improving the region’s response to weeds.

“This will involve targeted weed management demonstration programs, building partnerships with the community, industry and other agencies and a focus on exploring and testing new technologies to improve the identification and management of weeds.

“The heritage tax will remain at $ 13 and raise $ 1.9 million to continue to support a wide range of initiatives to promote the heritage stories and assets of our region.

“It will also support community museums, historical societies and cultural heritage projects developed in collaboration with Kabi Kabi, Jinibara and the descendants of the Australian peoples of the South Sea Islands.”

The transportation tax will remain at $ 44, allowing $ 6.5 million to be directed to many projects, including finalizing the options analysis for the Sunshine Coast transit project; the implementation of the five-year travel behavior change program; improving the possibilities of safe walking and cycling to selected bus stops; support and monitor the new Ridescore Active Schools trial program in selected schools; support the Council Link service for eligible people going to the nearest center; continuation of Flexilink services; and the Kenilworth Community Transportation Service.

To account for the increase in contractor expenses, the cost of collecting a standard 240-liter household garbage can will increase by $ 7.70, from $ 309.10 to $ 316.80.

The Council’s $ 816 million budget includes:

  • $ 24.6 million for Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Modernization: Stage 2 – Brisbane Road to Kyamba Court, including the new Mayes Canal Bridge (including funding of $ 12 million from the Australian government through the $ 4 billion urban congestion) and Stage 3 – Brisbane Road / Walan Street / Hancock Street intersection
  • $ 23.3 million to seal and rehabilitate the council’s sealed road network, including Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains
  • $ 13 million to build a new multi-story parking lot in downtown Maroochydore
  • $ 5.7 million to continue waterproofing the council’s gravel road network, including Zgrajewski Road, Yandina Creek; Oyster Bank Road, Bli Bli; Citrus Road, Palmwoods
  • $ 3.6 million to build a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge on Stringybark Road, Buderim
  • $ 2.1 million in funding for the $ 2.32 million Citrus Road upgrade, Palmwoods
  • $ 1.5 million (jointly funded with the Ministry of Transportation and Major Roads) for the detailed design of the corridor modernization from Nicklin Way to Omrah Avenue in Caloundra.
  • $ 840,000 to modernize the intersection of Queen Street and Bower Street in Caloundra
  • $ 620,000 to build a curb and pipeline between Conebush Road and Coolibah Street, Mudjimba
  • $ 575,000 to upgrade the entrance road and parking lot at Mooloolah Valley Sports Complex, Mooloolah Valley
  • $ 359,000 to design and begin construction of on-road parking along Obi Lane South, Maleny
  • $ 300,000 to upgrade the intersection of the Coolum Sports Complex on David Low Way
  • $ 190,000 to widen the road joint and rehabilitate the bridge on Kings Road, Glass House Mountains
  • $ 150,000 to design the enlargement and resealing of Obi Lane, Maleny
  • $ 50,000 to widen a narrow section of Burnett Lane between Maleny Kenilworth Road and Engle Lane, Reesville
  • $ 50,000 to widen road seal along Annie Street, Landsborough
  • $ 50,000 to widen Burys Road, Beerwah


  • $ 5.25 million for Northern Parkland upgrades as part of the Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalization Project
  • $ 700,000 to advance space creation activities in downtown Eumundi
  • $ 450,000 for the construction of the Woombye Cityscapes Project
  • $ 200,000 for Eudlo cityscape works
  • $ 200,000 for Maleny cityscape work
  • $ 50,000 to design the next phase of the Landsborough Place creative master plan

    Sports and hobbies

  • $ 5 million to advance the first leg of the new Honeyfarm Road sports complex in Meridan Plains
  • $ 1.1 million to build the extension of the Nambour Petrie Creek Parklands quota park
  • $ 1.1 million to design and build a District Recreation Park in downtown Sippy Downs – Forest Park West Sippy Downs
  • $ 1 million for the refurbishment of equipment at the Nambour Aquatic Center, the pool enclosure and the renewal of infrastructure.
  • $ 750,000 to design and build the Dicky Beach Park Coastal Path at Sir Leslie Wilson Park, Dicky Beach and $ 220,000 to extend the Bokarina-Warana Coastal Path to John Hotton Park, Bokarina
  • $ 1.1 million to continue the cob replacement program at Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore
  • $ 405,000 to renew retaining walls in the region
  • $ 380,000 to renew access to beaches along coastal areas

    Waste and recycling

  • $ 16.86 million to advance the design and construction of the Landfill Expansion and Resource Recovery Center at Nambour Waste City, Bli Bli,
  • $ 11 million to start up new materials recovery facility, Bli Bli
  • $ 4.5 million to design and build infrastructure such as roads, utilities, utilities, storm water and a weighbridge to enable further development and land use in the waste area by Nambour, Bli Bli

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Four-bank syndicate grants $ 94 million loan for Newark mixed-use project – Commercial Observer

J&L Companies, a private, family-owned and operated real estate investment company based in Newark, New Jersey, has incurred $ 94 million in construction debt from four banks to finance a mixed-use multi-family development to be located on the company’s preferred terrain, Commercial The Observer has learned.

National Bank of the Valley, Hapoalim Bank, Abanca United States, and TriState Capital Bank combined to provide debt on the 12-story, 403-unit multi-family property, which will also include more than 3,000 square feet of retail space and a parking garage of nearly 200 spaces.

Greystone Capital AdvisorsDrew fletcher led the team that arranged the construction debt on behalf of J&L. Matthieu hirsch and Steven Bridge teams up with Fletcher to close the deal.

“As a local developer, long-term practitioner and property owner for over 40 years, J&L is deeply committed to advancing the revitalization of downtown Newark by developing projects that will create a thriving and vibrant neighborhood for residents and local businesses, ”Fletcher said. .

Development – designed by Minno and Wasko – will be located at 55 Union Street in Newark’s central business district, a few blocks from the Prudential Center, Newark Penn Station and the Passaic river.

The developer’s plans for the property include a roof garden; a fitness center; an entertainment area; and an outdoor courtyard with barbecue stations, fire pits and lounging areas, according to Greystone.

founder of J&L Jose lopez stated that the project “add to the rich fabric of Ironbound [District] by offering local and future residents new housing that perfectly complements the neighborhood.

The company strives to elevate the property above what was once a parking lot for over four years. He began construction on the property, after working to lay the foundations, according to local reports.

Earlier this month, the Newark City Council introduced a bill that would reward developers with a 25 years property tax allowance. J&L should pay an annual service fee. The ordinance including the tax deduction was to be put to a vote this morning.

Several years ago, in 2017, when J&L first filed plans with the City of Newark to build the skyscrapers, zoning restrictions prohibited mixed-use high-rise developments from being housed in the region. A zoning change that would allow it to be built soon followed, as well as some opposition from local community organizations. In early summer 2018, the project proposal reappeared and was approved through Newark Central Planning Council.

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Disrespecting Election Results – The Amarillo Pioneer

By Thomas Warren III, Editor-in-Chief

Last year, Amarillo voters largely defeated Proposition A. And yet our local leaders seem ready to push for the civic center projects included in the tie anyway.

On Tuesday, Amarillo city council will vote on approving a pre-development services agreement with Garfield Public / Private LLC. According to the meeting’s agenda, this $ 494,200 item appears to relate to many of the same projects that were offered to voters last year in Proposal A. Here is a look at the description of the deal. on today’s agenda :

This position for June 22, 2021 is to consider entering into a pre-development services agreement with Garfield Public / Private LLC for their advice and guidance in the planning, design and construction of ” a project consisting of a modern arena, the rehabilitation and expansion of the Amarillo Civic Center complex, the rehabilitation of the Santa Fe depot and associated parking facilities to serve the citizens and businesses of the city and the General public.

The scope of pre-development services includes multiple areas such as assessment of existing conceptual design; update construction cost estimates; analyze the current operations of the civic center; third party review of environmental, geotechnical and market studies; public and stakeholder engagement and preparation of a public / private financing plan for the project. A final report will be presented to City Council at the end of the pre-development services phase.

Now, it should be noted that this element does not mean that a new Civic Center or “modern arena” will be built, that the Santa Fe depot will be rehabilitated, or that additional parking lots will be built. However, it should also be noted that we have been less than a year since the failure of Proposal A and our municipal leaders still appear to be focused on making these projects a reality, despite the sentiments expressed by voters in the election of. November.

Earlier this month, Amarillo city council voted 4-1 to move forward with a new city hall project, paid off by debt that was tied to the backs of taxpayers. This project was also included in the spending program that the November bond was offered to fund. Now we see this deal on the agenda, less than a month after the city council disrespected the voters’ wishes and pushed ahead with the town hall project anyway.

Amarillo should be grateful that Amarillo city councilor Cole Stanley stepped up and voted in favor of taxpayers on the point of town hall, and hopefully he will do so again on that point. However, taxpayers should also remember that Cole Stanley is just a voice, and the Ginger Nelson-led majority on city council has repeatedly shown it has no problem going beyond the will of voters.

If I were a gamer, I would bet my last dollar that this item will be approved on Tuesday, despite voters rejecting the Civic Center Project, the Santa Fe Depot Project, and last year’s parking lot project.

It is a real shame given that our city council cannot respect the will of the voters enough to at least wait more than a year before pushing the project again.

Unfortunately, because Amarillo voters did not come out and vote for Michael Hunt and the Save Amarillo PAC team, voters will be stuck with the Amarillo Matters PAC shenanigans at city hall for yet to come. two years. And I’m sure this is just the second of many actions you’ll see over the next couple of years where election results are broken, taxpayers are ignored and our community is increasingly plunged into the abyss. debt.

Buckle up, Amarillo. It’s going to be a bumpy race.

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Could people working from home prevent a full recovery of Charlotte’s transit system? | DFA 90.7

In April 2019, the Charlotte Area Transit System processed 1.8 million passenger trips.

A year later, in the first full month of North Carolina’s stay-at-home order as the coronavirus raged across the state, the number of users fell to just under 594,000 .

In April 2021, ridership started to increase again, to 721,500 trips. That’s a 21% increase from a year ago, but still a 60% drop from 2019.

“What we are seeing is that ridership is growing slowly,” said Paul Skoutelas, CEO of the American Public Transportation Association.

He said it might take two years for ridership to rebound, but he’s optimistic that will happen.

Labor Day, he said, will be the real start of the recovery. That’s when companies with a strong presence in downtown US cities, including Charlotte, said they would start bringing workers back to their offices.

“We are social beings, we have to get out,” Skoutelas said. “It’s already happening. People go out to restaurants and retail stores. People can’t wait to get out. “

In Charlotte, the stakes are high as to the full return of the runners, if they ever do so.

The city wants Mecklenburg County voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax increase to help fund an $ 8 billion to $ 12 billion transportation plan known as the Charlotte MOVE. Most of the money would go to a new light rail line between Matthews and the airport and possibly into Gaston County, a commuter train line to Lake Norman, and expanded bus service.

The big question: will working from home stay?

If office workers are only in the office three days a week, that doesn’t just mean they don’t take public transportation two days a week, said Steve Polzin, who was a senior advisor at the US Department of Transportation. the Trump administration.

“If the roads are less congested then you are more likely to drive,” Polzin said. “If there is less competition for parking spaces, it will definitely encourage people to drive. “

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Many parking lots in downtown Charlotte are still empty more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic sent many employees home. Office workers are expected to return after Labor Day.

He said after the pandemic, the share of people working from home could double or triple at about 15% of the work force.

“There is even speculation that these changes will cause people to move further away and be prepared to commute longer because they are only doing it a few days a week,” Polzin said. “Which could mean that (people) are moving beyond traditional market areas for transit to areas of lower density. There is certainly some evidence that this is also happening. “

Ron Tober was the first CEO of CATS. He’s one of Charlotte’s biggest public transport advocates, but even he’s concerned about the impact of people working from home.

“You know, a lot of places are talking about going back to the office this fall,” Tober said. “Is a year long enough to see how this ride pattern sets in, how much red do you see on the highway in the afternoon rush hour?” I do not know.”

When Tober was interviewed in May, Duke Energy had recently announced that it was reducing the total footprint of its Charlotteby office by 60%, in part because some employees would have hybrid work schedules.

Tober said delaying the Charlotte MOVES plan was “not (his) preference.”

But, he added: “Frankly, I would be hard pressed to argue against that.”

The 86-page Charlotte MOVES pPlan was published in December, nine months after the start of the pandemic. The trend of working from home is mentioned once in the report, but without any projection or reflection on whether people could do more in the future.

Earlier this year, when the Charlotte MOVES plan took center stage, little was said about what post-pandemic displacement would look like. Because Charlotte is growing up so fast, many city council members, like Malcolm Graham, feel that public transit is necessary no matter what is happening with the people working from home.

“No matter where we are today in terms of data, the data also suggests that more people are moving to our community and we will need to provide a viable option other than cars for people to move,” Graham said.

Michael Smith of Center City Partners said the city should move quickly to implement Charlotte MOVES.

“We shouldn’t dwell for a second on our aspirations for the 2030 transit plan,” Smith said. “I can tell you that when we encounter economic development prospects, it is a key differentiator like our airport. It’s the same type of trump card.

If you look at the transit ridership in Charlotte, there really were two crises.

The first took place from 2014 to 2019.

That’s when ridership fell nearly 20%, despite CATS opening the $ 1.1 billion LYNX Blue Line extension in 2018. During this period , the bus system has seen the biggest declines in traffic, possibly due to people turning to carpooling services or buying their cars.

Then came COVID-19.

In Charlotte, regional express bus ridership for commuters was almost completely wiped out, down 90%.

Ridership on the light rail, which is also dependent on commuters, is down nearly 70%. The local bus service, which serves essential workers, is only down by half.

Polzin says the pandemic could cause transit systems to focus less on preferred passengers who can now work from home a few days a week.

“We have driven out the users of choice (with the tram) and in the meantime we have reduced the bus service and have not helped the market segments that really need public transport,” he said. declared.

Charlotte was hoping to put the transit tax on the November ballot, but a delay with demographics from the US Census Bureau means the vote can only take place in 2022.

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City of Bloomington’s cash reserves exceed $ 23 million amid COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the pandemic-induced recession and millions of dollars in economic stimulus spending, the City of Bloomington ended 2020 with plenty of cash and held over $ 23 million in reserves in its major operating funds, parks and of rainy days.

City comptroller Jeff Underwood expects these reserves to decline somewhat over the next three years as the community tries to protect itself from the post-pandemic fallout. However, he predicts that reserves will remain well above the minimum recommended by public finance experts.

Bloomington City Comptroller Jeffrey Underwood is seen in 2017.

“I think the photo is beautiful,” Underwood told the Herald-Times.

This may, indeed, look even better than expected, as Underwood’s forecast excludes any benefit the city departments could derive from the $ 22 million the city received under the American Rescue Plan Act. While city leaders, including Mayor John Hamilton, have said they plan to use the COVID-19 stimulus money primarily on one-time spending to fix problems and prepare the city for growth, some of the dollars could be used to offset revenue from the declining pandemic.

In a recent presentation to Bloomington City Council, Hamilton said that as city leaders prepare for the 2022 budget, they need to think about how best to balance needs and opportunities, including housing, employment, public safety, infrastructure and quality of life while focusing on building a more inclusive and prosperous community.

The city won’t hold budget hearings until August, but will get important tax information as early as this month, including how much the state will allow the city to increase spending next year.

Underwood said that among all of the city’s departments, parks and parking lots saw the biggest drops in revenue from the pandemic as more people stayed home and didn’t have to pay for parking. or participate in sports events and tournaments organized by the parks department.

Despite these declines in income, the city has remained in a strong financial position thanks at least in part to its frugality since the 2007-2008 recession: in nine of the 10 years between 2009 and 2018, the city received more revenue. in general. funds he has not spent. The general fund pays for most of the city’s basic services, including the mayor’s office, engineer, animal control, and police and fire departments. About 77% of the dollars spent in this fund are spent on personnel costs, including salaries and wages.

In some years during this decade, the city spent almost $ 3 million less in its general fund than it could have done. In total during that decade, he spent about $ 16 million less than he received in income.

General fund spending has increased almost every year during this period, from just under $ 29 million in 2008 to just under $ 40 million in 2018. Spending has increased by an average of 3 , 7% per annum for the period, but income grew an average of 5.2%. It’s like a worker who gets an annual raise of $ 500, increasing his annual expenses by $ 300: the end result is a larger balance in the savings account.

The state does not allow government units to spend more than they generate, unless they can cover the extra expenses with reserves. However, doing it on a regular basis can backfire and put cities, towns, or counties in a bind. For example, overspending over time left Owen County officials with a $ 1.9 million deficit.

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Cash flow, disaster buffer

Public finance experts recommend that governments keep reserves for cash flow reasons and to prepare for possible income shocks from recessions or natural disasters.

Mike Mucha, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Public Finance Officers, said the organization recommends that cities keep reserves of at least two months of spending, or 16.7% of annual spending, although cities prone to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes or fires forest should consider a larger buffer.

On average, Mucha said, organizations keep reserves between 20% and 30% of their annual spend.

Underwood said that while the city has not formally adopted a minimum reserve balance policy, it has targeted 33%, essentially four months of general fund spending.

He said these reserves not only provide a buffer for recessions, but are also needed for cash flow reasons. The city is funded primarily by property taxes, but it only receives those dollars twice a year, right after people pay their property tax bills. At the start of the year, for example, government units have to wait several months before receiving their next property tax allowance. This means governments need to keep enough reserves to pay their bills before they get more property taxes.

According to a recent Underwood presentation to city council, the city’s reserves have remained above the minimum of 16.7% each year since 2013 and above the target of 33% each year since 2015. In fact, since 2017, the city’s reserves have hovered around 40% and in 2019 reached 44%.

Mucha said it’s certainly better to have too many reserves than not enough, but if cities provide adequate services, they shouldn’t just be hoarding money either. If the balance grows well beyond the city’s stated minimum recommendation or stated target, the city should use those dollars to improve services, fund capital projects, or lower its tax rate.

Underwood said he understood the concerns.

“We don’t want to have excessive reserves,” he said.

Hamilton recently told the county that while department heads hadn’t spent any money at the end of the year, half of that surplus usually went to reserves, with the other half going back, with approval. from the board, to the department for it to be spent on projects they otherwise could not afford.

Underwood said this approach encourages managers to spend their money sparingly, but also helps them benefit their savings.

“It worked out well,” he says.

Underwood said the city this year will likely end somewhere near 25% to 30% in reserve, although COVID relief dollars may push that number a little closer to its 33% target.

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While some of the effects of the pandemic are likely still unknown, Underwood said economic indicators made him more optimistic compared to last year. Property taxes don’t appear to be going down, he said, and income taxes will likely be flat or slightly higher than the year before. Suppressed consumer demand is also pushing food and beverage taxes up, and some economic segments have done very well over the past year.

Underwood said at the recent council meeting that the city’s tax plans could also be compromised by factors such as weather, state or federal law, rising material prices and rising health insurance costs. and fleet maintenance. Vehicle replacement, for example, could cost more than usual this year: USA Today, a partner of The Herald-Times, reported that a global shortage of semiconductor chips has contributed to soaring prices of second-hand cars.

City of Bloomington 2022 Budget Calendar

August 23-26: Council budget hearings

September 19: Deadline for submitting a notice to taxpayers of the proposed budget

September 29: First reading by the Council of budgetary and salary orders and official public hearing.

October 13: Final adoption of the budget and salary ordinances.

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New homes approved in two Scotts Valley projects

A render shows the Bay Village subdivision in Scotts Valley. It should include eight houses, two duplexes, a private road and a protected environmental zone. (Render – David B. Zulim, Inc.)

SCOTTS VALLEY >> On Wednesday evening, Scotts Valley City Council approved two projects to add a total of eight new homes and two new duplexes.

The Bay Village subdivision is expected to include six single family homes and two duplexes. The site is now a vacant lot between MacDorsa Park and the Scotts Valley Fire Department on Erba Lane. The land is owned by Larry Abitbol, ​​CEO and President of Scotts Valley-based Bay Photo Lab. Due to environmental concerns, owner Abitbol has designated part of the property with large oak trees and a stream as a protected area which will not be developed.

The development will include a private road for access. To meet the requirements of public art in the city, a retaining wall will feature a large fresco.

The project is in an area where the city requires 15% of new construction to be affordable housing. To comply, the development must have at least one unit available at rent or affordable for low income people. Another unit may be available at a lower market price, for people with moderate incomes, or the developer may pay a fee. Income ceilings are set by the state.

Some residents of Erba Lane have expressed concerns about increased traffic on their street and restricted access to MacDorsa Park with new housing development. Scotts Valley firefighters had used the site for training. Firefighters plan to train in their parking lot and do larger-scale training elsewhere. (City of Scotts Valley)

The municipal council is consider expanding the mandate of affordable housing throughout the Scotts Valley.

Several residents of Erba Lane have raised concerns about the impact of the development on traffic and parking on their streets. Although the development includes two-car garages and ten guest parking spaces, residents were concerned that visitors would use their street for overflow parking. Residents were also concerned about losing a footpath to adjacent MacDorsa Park, accessible through the vacant lot.

“You’re essentially cutting off access,” said one commentator who identified himself as Eric. The meeting was held online only. The planned development contains an easement for the city to develop public access to the pedestrian park.

Responding to the concerns, Board Member Donna Lind said, “We are limited in what we can do to maintain the status quo. The state has forced new construction in the city, she said, and the lack of housing has forced many people who work in the Scotts Valley to live elsewhere.

The site has been used frequently by the Scott Valley Fire District for training. Battalion Commander Chris Stubendorff said in an interview that the formation will be downsized or moved to other facilities. “We always knew it was going to happen,” Stubendorff said. “It has never been our property, and we are grateful that we have been allowed to use it for as long as we have.”

The development was unanimously approved by the city council.

A second, smaller development has been approved at 4303B Scotts Valley Drive which will add two new homes on land that currently contains one home. No public comments were raised.

Scotts Valley law does not require affordable housing to be included in proposals of six units or less.

City Councilor Jack Dilles has raised concerns about the impact of new construction on parking in the surrounding area. The proposal was adopted with Dilles as the only vote against.

Low- and very low-income housing is rarely built in Scotts Valley. As of July, Scotts Valley had not licensed any very low income units and three low income units in about five years. State requirements require Scotts Valley to license 34 extra low income units and 19 additional low income units by the end of 2023.

Wastewater tariff increase approved

The board also approved tariff increases for wastewater treatment. Rates will increase by 9% each year for the next five years. The new rate will take effect on July 1.

City manager Tina Friend said the increases were needed to fund crucial upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. Even after the hikes, rates would remain “well below the region’s average,” Friend said.

The rate increases will fund a $ 4.5 million loan that will be used for facility upgrades. The rates had not been adjusted since 2019, in part because of the 2020 pandemic.

Source: City of Scotts Valley

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Taxi locket owners ask for debt relief from Blasio

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UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan – Taxi drivers lined up outside the Manhattan mayor’s home on Friday to demand debt relief.

Homero, a driver and owner of a taxi locket, says they need it.

“This was going to be my retirement because we don’t have a retirement plan, we don’t have 401k,” he said.

Long before the pandemic, crowds of yellow taxi owners were in debt. With the added stress of a health crisis and empty streets, things are even worse.

“The yellow taxi business is in real danger of shutting down all together at this point,” said Bhairavi Desai of the NY Taxi Workers Alliance.

PIX11 News learned on Friday that more than 50 drivers have died from COVID-19. Some taxi owners like Homero have said they haven’t worked since April because of the pandemic.

Outside Gracie Mansion on Friday, taxi drivers stopped to ring the bell.

Their protests began when the city council’s transport committee put the mayor’s administration on the spot. The Taxi and Limousine Commission explained how they have adapted to COVID-19.

“We gave them health and safety advice, reminding drivers to wear masks, to clean vehicles frequently,” TLC commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk said.

The TLC has also linked some drivers to jobs delivering food to hungry New Yorkers. But the drivers said there was still no solution to their most pressing problem.

Owners of yellow taxi medallions still face crushing debt after the drop in the value of their medallions. At the hearing, the drivers shared personal stories.

In January, the city’s Taxi Medallion Task Force said it was time to take urgent and bold action. But the 6,000 locket owners are still waiting for a plan as the city focuses on the pandemic.

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Mayor Lightfoot Launches Signature Chicago Utility Billing Relief Program

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined City Comptroller Reshma Soni and Harold Rice, CEO of the Cook County Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) to launch the Chicago Utility Billing Relief (UBR) Program. The initiative builds on Mayor Lightfoot’s commitment to dismantle the city’s historically regressive structure of fines and fees and will help Chicago’s most vulnerable residents comply with city utility bill payments. The program is designed to reduce the cost of the water and sewer portions of the City’s utility bills, making them more affordable and preventing residents from having to make difficult choices between paying for utilities and paying them. other essential goods and services. Debt relief will be provided to residents who demonstrate an ability to handle low rate bills for one year.

“The Chicago Utility Billing Relief Program is our final step in providing long-awaited financial support to residents who are struggling with their bills, forcing them to choose between paying for their water and other essentials, and in many cases succumbing. debilitating debt, ”said Mayor Lightfoot. “We can no longer afford to hold back their potential or ours. Through this program, Chicago families and communities will now have a path forward to meeting payments, as well as the possibility of full debt forgiveness, helping us build a more equitable, inclusive and better Chicago. optimistic for generations to come. “

The program works in partnership with the Cook County CEDA, which manages the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It draws on the expertise and experience of CEDA leaders and uses its extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach activities and register owners. Owners of single-family homes and two-apartment units in Chicago must have LIHEAP-eligible income to be eligible for the Utility Billing Assistance Program. In addition, the participant must be the owner, reside at the address and have their name on the invoice as a customer. It is important to note that the Utility Billing Relief Program will not require residency documents in accordance with our Welcoming Cities Ordinance. It offers low-income residents of the city of Chicago:

  • A reduced rate on the water, sewer and sewer tax;
  • No late payment penalty or debt collection activity;
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.

“CEDA draws on more than 50 years of experience in operations, education and engagement in its partnership with the City and through its work to ensure the continued delivery of high quality services to residents.” , said Harold Rice, CEO of CEDA. “We are committed to working with the City to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower residents more than ever before, especially during the unprecedented time we are currently facing. “

The amount of debt related to water utility billing has increased nearly 300% since 2011 with more than $ 330 million in total debt today. This trend parallels the recent increase in water prices, which rose 166% over the same period to account for deferred investments in infrastructure over 80 years old on average. With much of the debt concentrated in many communities in the south and west, Utility Billing Relief is focused on helping these communities.

In late April, the city launched a soft launch of the Chicago UBR program, which focused specifically on residents already enrolled in the LIHEAP program. In the past two months, the City has enrolled 3,315 residents in the UBR program after sending communications to nearly 8,000 homeowners. Chicagoans already enrolled in the program are eligible for $ 2.9 million in debt relief if they remain in compliance with payments for the following calendar year. To carry out this smooth launch, the City worked with CEDA to create a call center to serve residents, send targeted emails to residents, and identify partner host organizations to help residents with questions. ‘enroll in the program.

“The UBR program is another example of our search for solutions to reform regressive policies that have disproportionately impacted our most vulnerable residents,” said Reshma Soni, City of Chicago Comptroller. “We have made progress in relieving the debt burden resulting from antiquated practices that have led to income inequality, and the UBR program builds on those efforts, especially now when so many Chicagoans are crushed by the economic tensions of the COVID-19 crisis. . “

With this program in place, the City will be able to focus its collection efforts on those who can most afford it, and homeowners will continue to be held accountable for paying water bills. In line with other fine and fee initiatives, for those who do not qualify for the reduced rate, residents can choose from multiple plans from a 6, 12, 18, 24, 36 month plan, accessible in line. Whenever a resident stays up to date on payments, they avoid being subjected to debt collection efforts.

The launch of UBR follows Mayor Lightfoot’s efforts to dismantle the city’s regressive fine and fee system and nefarious enforcement practices that have historically had a disproportionate impact on financially troubled communities. Last year, Chicago City Council approved a first fine and fee reform package that included input from dozens of advocacy groups and city departments, all of which were members of the Fines, Fees Collaboration and Access, formed in December 2018 and headed by City Clerk Anna. Mr. Valence.

The City has already brought critical relief to many residents through new practices, including: eliminating municipal sticker debt for those who can least afford it; reduction of excessive late fees on the City Sticker program; the elimination of license suspensions for non-driving offenses; launch of a series of new payment plans that expand debt repayment options; and new avenues to compliance to help eligible residents avoid a number of the devastating consequences of onerous municipal debt – including water cuts, towing and flooding, and more.

Those who may need help settling their debts are encouraged to visit for more information on payment plans, hardship qualifications, and other information related to fines and fees. Residents can sign up for flexible utility bill payment plans online at and those looking for more information about UBR or to register can visit


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Los Angeles leads in reducing consumer utility debt

Co-written by Yeshi Lemma, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

The city of Los Angeles is taking action to address crippling debt accumulated by low-income utility customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It plans to pay $ 50 million in COVID relief funds to some customers to cover debts incurred during COVID.

Energy load in Los Angeles

While the city’s moratorium on water and power cuts was a critical first step in maintaining Angelenos’ access to water and electricity during this public health and economic crisis, it this is only a temporary measure. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Angelenos are out of work and unable to pay their bills. Los Angeles County Unemployment Rate peaked at 20.6 percent in May, and although it has since declined to 15.1%, people of color in California disproportionately affected by COVID 19 layoffs.

While 27% of white workers in the state have filed for unemployment insurance since March, 28% of Latinx workers and 31% of Asian workers have done the same. For black workers, the number was a staggering 46 percent. With such disparate unemployment, low-income communities and communities of color will likely bear the heaviest burden from high utility bills and unpaid balances.

But Los Angeles is trying to provide relief. The city will use funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) to fund a utility subsidy program that will provide cash assistance that up to 100,000 low-income customers can use to pay their water and electricity bills.

The RePower THE Coalition, (over 30 community, labor, environmental and environmental justice organizations) have called on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Electricity (LADWP) to start planning when the moratorium is lifted. Without a plan, a wave of disconnections and indebtedness would be imminent for many low-income Angelenos at a time when water and ar electricitye more important than ever.

LADWP’s Council of Commissioners and staff understood the unprecedented opportunity to give Angelenos a fresh start by providing much-needed relief to low-income clients.

Long-term energy load

Although the grant program is a direct response to the pandemic, Angelenos needs more innovative solutions to address the long-standing problem of utility debt and the “energy burden” for Angelenos. Energy load, which refers to the total share of income a household spends on electricity bills, is a racial and economic justice issue that has disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color before even the pandemic.

A study found that the median household energy load in Los Angeles was 2.75%, but 40% of black households and 30% of Latinx households paid more than double that amount. During the pandemic, these inequalities were exacerbated, with 28 percent of Angelenos facing serious problems paying their utility bills.

How is the City taking additional steps to settle the debt?

Until recently, there were no plans to offer debt relief to low-income customers, many of whom have accumulated more since the start of the pandemic and they have had to choose between paying for utilities or for food. and drugs.

The Low Income Discount Program (LIDP) and LADWP’s Lifeline programs, both of which offer discounts on bills to eligible customers, will not be enough to help households whose financial situation has worsened during the pandemic. Information on how debt affects customers is not readily available, but there is currently a proposal at the National Water Board that would require some water utilities, including DWP, to report total arrears. customers and individual customer debt ranges to the government in November. Assuming that new unemployed low-income customers couldn’t make their payments in the five months, LIDP and Lifeline participants likely racked up at least $ 18 million in unpaid bills (based on LA County Unemployment Rate March-September 2020 and the average costs of LIDP / Lifeline invoices as estimated by the LA City Controller).

Concerned about the situation, the city council adopted by an overwhelming majority a movement through Chairman of the Board Nury Martinez ask LADWP to report on a debt relief and cancellation program for low income clients.

His motion also included bill stabilization measures for low-income customers, where payments will be based on a percentage of monthly income, helping to prevent debt from increasing on their utility bills.

Utility Subsidy Program

The city of Los Angeles has received more than $ 694 million from the CARES Act, which Congress passed in response to economic hardship caused by COVID-19. To direct the funds, the Council created an ad hoc committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment, which has allocated $ 50 million for LADWP client bill relief. Due to federal restrictions, CARES Act funds cannot be used to make up for lost income and can only be used for direct relief. Therefore, the utility subsidy program will provide cash assistance directly to clients. Eligible customers who register for the program will be entered into a lottery. Those selected will receive a check for $ 500 to cover their debt. Customers will have to receive these funds by the end of the year or the funds will disappear.

While this program would provide much needed relief, the LADWP Board of Directors recognizes that more is needed, we look forward to hearing how DWP will rise to the challenge.

Give the example

Municipal electric utilities don’t have as many tools and resources to manage debt as their investor-owned counterparts. As such, municipal utilities across the country are struggling to find creative ways to deal with the growing debt created by customers facing unprecedented financial hardship due to COVID-19. Managing municipal utility debt means leadership must think outside the box and create new ways of dealing with it.

There are approximately 3,300 electric utilities in the country. Through courageous and creative leadership, we hope the biggest in the country can lead the way and show other utilities how to put customers first and find more innovative ways to deal with customer debt than they do. they serve.

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