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Episode 10 · 1 month ago

Mayor's Spotlight - CIP Update

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The November 2022 Mayor’s Spotlight Newsletter has been released. And this month, Mayor Margolis is providing a CIP update!

Read the November 2022 Mayor’s Spotlight Newsletter here: rowlett.com/mayorsspotlight

Visit: Rowlett.com/CIP for an interactive map allowing you to keep up with the latest information.

Episode takeaways :

- In May of 2021, residents of Rowlett voted to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of almost $22 million for two bond propositions to fund streets and public safety capital projects under the Community Investment Program (CIP).

- Mayor Margolis provides a summary of what the Community Investment Program Task Force and why they want YOUR Input! Take the survey here: https://bit.ly/3FzKbM4

- Mayor Margolis provides brief updates on some Paving & Drainage Projects and Parks & Public Safety Projects.

- Mayor Margolis briefly also talks about the Capital Improvement Plan.

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Welcome to the Mayor Spotlight podcast episode. I'm your host, Hannah Rabelais, and every month we're sitting down with your Mayor, Blake Mark Golis to discuss what's in his monthly Mayor Spotlight newsletter, and for November, we are provided with a c i P update. Thank you so much, Mayor for taking the time to discuss what's in your November newsletter. My pleasure. I'm happy to be here. Before we go any further, i just want to provide our listeners with some context, and we love acronyms and government, So can you first just tell us what c i P stands for and what is it? C i P stands for Community Investment Program Basically, okay, Rhodes sewer, water waterlines, major projects, you know, parks, facilities, those are considered, you know, we would cover in our Community Investment Program through general obligation bonds. So that's what we've done for the last several bond initiatives. Oh wow, And you also mentioned the Community Investment Program Task Force in this newsletter, So what also is that and who is involved in that?...

So that is a committee of citizens who have been appointed and applied to be on this this group who are helping us figure out different projects in the city that should be prioritized, how they should be prioritized, and helping us gather additional citizen input. And currently the c i PTF has been putting out and and pushing for people to complete a survey for facilities because we are council is looking to possibly May to have a facilities bond. Oh okay, and you can definitely that survey is still live and we're still encouraging. We've had several responses, which I'm really excited about. But please if you have not taken that survey yet, it is on ralet dot com. Of course, will always have the links in the show notes, so you know, don't worry about that, but please take that survey. That is, you know, so May that would happen potentially potentially May is what the city Council has has given some interest to. We still have to look at, you know, the interest in all of at but you know, we're definitely looking at at...

...least an animal shelter that will be on the May bond election if we choose to go from May, and potentially a public safety building. So yeah, multimillion dollar projects and so community input is critical, and you know it's it's not going to be without a tax rate increase on those facilities, and that's not you know that this facilities bond does not include the traditional projects we usually have every three years. We are still going to have the bond election, which will include many projects roads, neighborhood roads, sewer, water, public safety. Those projects will still be there in four and will not result in a rate increase, but the facilities bond is likely going to we'll stay tuned for that and take the survey. So why did you pick this topic for November? Well, I think it's important to keep the community informed on what's happening citywide with the CP projects. You know, for the last three bond elections, the citizens have approved a significant investment in our capital projects and so...

...providing a status update I think is is pretty important making sure that people know where their dollars are going. So you mentioned several of those in your newsletters. So you kind of broke it down into let's see, we have paving and drainage, parks and public safety projects. Do you want to talk more in depth about any of those? Maybe, I know the outdoor warning system installed was a big one just a couple of weeks ago. But is there anything else you want to kind of touch and touch on in this episode? Sure? Yeah, so we you know, we separate these out in different propositions when the voters go to vote for it. So paving and drainage projects, you know, several of the projects I I identified, you know, Merit interconnector is a big one, and I continue to get questions on that frequently about you know, what's the status. The good news is is that we also received a federal grant last year. It is the gosh STBG and I'm trying to remember what that acronym stands for, like we'll put in the show notes as Yeah, I think it's the State Transportation Block Grant, That's...

...what it is. And we received about fourteen million dollars. However, however, so that's the good news. The bad news is is that that that grant utilizes federal funding, meaning that there are additional federal studies that are required that will that will extend the timeline of the project for several more years. So we will have to just be patient. But it's you know, we can't pass on a great opportunity grant of fourteen million dollars. So also Miller Road reconstruction from the road tracks to do Rock Road was another pretty important project that's currently underway, and that will include turning that road into a country two lane asphalt blacktop road into a four lane median sidewalks, storm drainage, street lights, trees, all of that, so it will be a very nice set for the city. That also goes to chiefs A Road which will be...

...reconstructed from Miller to dow Rock as well after the Miller Road project is near completion, So we're currently working on land acquisition right away acquisition for that chief A Road project. Now, you know, you have other projects like Aller reconstruction. We continue to put you know, do a lot of different alley projects every year, not just through general obligation bonds but through UM cash c I P out of the general fund, so we put in a lot of money there as well. Right turn lanes is a big one. People want right turn lanes, so we are also under the right away acquisition process for the right turn lanes and we have uh several different areas that we've identified to put these right turn lanes in. So people are going to be excited when that starts. Yes, paving, sorry, we've talked about paving, drainage, parks. Public safety really public safety is also a separate proposition that was approved by the voters that included the outdoor warning science system that you mentioned before and the joint police and fire station at Safire Bay, which included the design...

...of that fire station. That design is currently underway. Not quite sure when the status is of that design completion. We may or may not have that as a facility a bond and the facilities package. This may we My understanding is we do currently have the bonding capacity to do that, so we will, we will accouncil. We'll be looking into that. More parks was not approved. There was the trail construction. There was some miscommunication that you know, we we weren't as effective in communicating and so we will fix that next time, and we will be more clear with what we're trying to do and making sure that we consider all citizens input. Yes, so yeah, lots of exciting things, you know. Please go read my newsletter. There's more about it and you can find more detail and see where the status is of these projects. Yes, and it's so nice to see there is a website that you mentioned, So we encourage everyone to visit um ralt dot com slash c i P and it's an interactive map allowing you to keep up with the...

...latest project info and another cool thing beyond your newsletter. Every week in the Friday at five newsletter, we actually get information directly from I believe it's the Engineering department, and they provide photo updates on several projects, like I know, there's a lot of alley ways that we've been sharing photos of complete, you know, just the progress that they've been doing. So we do try to share that information so you if you're interested, definitely, you know, subscribe to the Friday at five newsletter to see those weekly too. So those are fun, fun updates, but so nice to see that, yes, your bond dollars are working and things are being accomplished, which is so exciting. The continued support from the community is is definitely appreciated. Yes, and so you also towards the end I believe you also briefly touch on the pavement condition and index, which you talked about briefly in the Met your Mayor episode of the myral A podcast. But for those who may have missed that can you explain briefly what that is too sure. And also I'm looking to in a future mayor spotlight to cover the to pavement condition index. We just had...

...a really big project done around the city where we hired a company to go in and evaluate the road conditions, alley conditions, signage conditions too, with this technology that's mounted on the front of a van, and it really it gets real accurate data, you know, all the way down to you know, spec and you know it is and it will even you know, see the condition of the sub base below some of the concrete. So it's it's what we did before was really used eyes to say, Okay, well that road doesn't look good, so we're going to score it this way. Blew me away. I was like, what, Yeah, a lot of cities do that. I mean, but this technology is somewhat new to the game. So we've we've contracted with them. They did a full assessment of our city and now we have the results and this is I mean, the value of that study is tremendous and it's really going to help us on scoring and prioritizing these projects in a way that's bay on data, not just on well,...

...you know, somebody emails saying the road look bad, So we're going to add that to no, no, no, this is gonna be based on data. Based on data this these roads are in worse condition. Therefore they are prioritized for funding, and so the value is certainly there. And I can't wait to share more about about this payment condition index and a future Mayor Spotlight. Stay tuned, everyone, awesome, Well there anything else that you want to share before we sign off on this episode. Again, I just appreciate the community support and continuing to have money go into our capital projects and and fixing the bad roads and addressing you know, needed additional water supply and sewer supply and public safety. So again the community support is is appreciated. Yes, thank you citizens. And again we encourage you to go to look at that interactive map. It's Rolet dot com slash c I p A. Please go read the Little Mayor Spotlight newsletter on Rolet dot com. Well,...

...thank you so much for tuning into this episode of The Mayor Spotlight. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on your favorite platform so you don't miss an episode. And if you have any questions or would like to submit a topic, you know. Please email us at podcast at roulette dot com, or tag us on social media using the hashtag my Roulette, Happy November, ra Let.

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