Mayor’s eBulletin: September 18, 2015

Course set to Resolving Bullard Avenue Roadway Issues, Enhancing Citizen Notification on Future City Projects

Earlier this week, City Manager Bob Wingenroth reported to the Council that he is forming a Bullard Avenue Task Force to study workable solutions, while maintaining public safety, along the roadway. The task force, comprised of residents, school officials and a local business representative, will be considering several options, including going back to two lanes in each direction. The task force will have its first meeting on September 24 at City Hall.

In addition, at this week’s Council meeting, I made a recommendation to the City Manager that money be set aside to implement the Bullard Avenue Task Force’s final recommendation. Money recently became available to fund the task force’s recommendations as a result of City staff keeping expenses under budget during the past fiscal year.

After my colleagues on the Council concurred with my recommendation, I directed the City Manager to begin the process of setting aside these funds to pay for any roadway changes to Bullard. A timeline for resolution for changes to the street will be determined based on the final option selected by the task force.

With these recent developments, I feel confident that a resolution will be made to the satisfaction of the majority of residents who live near as well as motorists who use Bullard Avenue.

Finally, on a related manner, I will be placing an item on next month’s Council Work Study Agenda to discuss the development of a new Citizen Notification Policy. The purpose of the new policy will be to develop a more consistent and uniform method in the way City departments notify residents on various City projects. With so many different departments involved in the siting and development of various projects throughout the community – from parks and utilities to streets and public safety – it’s important that citizen notification be handled in a more formal and structured manner.

Although there may be a budget impact to implement such a policy – in order to cover the costs of printing flyers and other collateral material, postage, meeting costs, etc. – it will be money well spent in order to have better informed and engaged residents.