Council AM Recap 12/15/16: Street Vacation and Independent Investigation Scope
One of the major items at our last meeting of the year involved the closure of Madison between 3rd Avenue and Freeway Avenue on behalf of Larry H. Miller, who has been engaged in substantial work to turn the current car lots into a campus. The resolution failed on a 4-3 vote. I was one of the Councilmembers who voted against. My concern with the request from day one was what it would do street connectivity in West Downtown. Losing even a small portion of our streets could create a significant impact on our system. Council also voted 5-1 (with Councilmember Fagan voting against) to approve the terms and scope of the independent investigation that will look in to how the administration handled the situation regarding Cotton and Straub. Councilmember Stratton abstained from voting due to the fact that she was selected by Council to be a part of the committee that will oversee the investigation.
Items that were passed unanimously at the Council meeting included a resolution setting a hearing for the vacation of an alley between Boone and Gardner Ave, a resolution formally appointing councilmembers to boards and committees for 2016, an ordinance that amends Golf Cart Zones to include alternative vehicles and an ordinance that made changes to the city’s foreclosed property process to ensure the city has a greater ability to handle foreclosed properties before they become a blight. The Council also unanimously approved two emergency budget ordinances for the Parks Department for windstorm expenses and a contract, and two Fire/EMS emergency budget ordinances for overtime pay and HazMat training.
Council does meet for the next two weeks due to Christmas and New Year’s. Our next meeting will be January 4, 2016.