What happened at last night’s meetings

Here are my notes from last night:

Vehicle purchases – Council approved the purchase of a dozen vehicles, everything from an ambulance to an excavator. Generally, we will approve all of these vehicles all at once in a given year. The administration does its best to shop locally, and one vehicle is in fact purchased from Marhofer Chevrolet. But mostly, we need to go outside the city borders to find the best prices. When I first joined council, I was surprised by how many new vehicles were needed, but then I started looking at the maintenance costs for vehicles with over 120K miles. It’s cheaper to replace vehicles than constantly sink thousands of dollars into them. I was satisfied that each of these 2017 purchases made economic sense. Each passed council unanimously, by a 7-0 vote.

2017 road repair program – Our service director provided a spreadsheet of roads that the city intends to repave in 2017. You can see that list at the bottom of this post. The entire list probably will not be completed, because it includes $1.9MM of jobs, and the program is only funded for $1.5MM in 2017. It will depend on how the bids come in. (You may have noticed a Facebook live video from this portion of the meeting. I apologize that it was low quality. It’s hard to shoot video during the meeting without being a distraction.)

Primary elections – We again discussed my proposal to move primary elections from September to May, and Matt Riehl’s proposal to eliminate them altogether. Brian D’Antonio and I agreed that we could place both measures on the ballot. The mayor thought it would be too confusing. The mayor and John Pribonic preferred that we spend more time deliberating the topic. Given that we have had this on the agenda since December, I was ready to vote. My proposal failed by a 5-2 vote (Rasor, D’Antonio). Based on last night’s discussions, it appears that council will give voters the opportunity to eliminate primary elections. But it will not give the voters the opportunity to move the primary date. If that proposal fails in November 2017, then I will be ready to re-introduce my legislation to be decided by voters in November 2018. The good news is, we have plenty of time before the 2019 election, which is the first election that could be affected by our potential changes.

EMS fees – By a 7-0 vote, Council approved legislation to bring our EMS fees up to a market level, effective May 1. It will include an automatic 2% increase each year, to keep pace with the increased costs of labor, equipment, and supplies. Again, no resident will ever pay this fee. It’s all about getting our fair share from insurance companies. The increase helps ensure our paramedic teams are properly funded.

Next meeting – Council will meet next on April 27.

 

2017 PROPOSED ROAD PROGRAM – ESTIMATE ONLY
2017 PROPOSED ASPHALT RESURFACING PROGRAM
ROUTEIDDESCRIPTIONLENGTHWIDTHAREA SQYDCAPITAL FUND
Marsh RoadMA-25-3284Kent to N River3880.0022.009484.44$105,656.66
Clarke DriveCL-11-4901Pebblehurst to Cul-de-sac512.0022.001251.56$16,608.20
Pebblehurst DrivePE-11-4996W/Clarke to Cul-de-sac525.0022.001283.33$17,029.79
Pebblehurst DrivePE-11-4830Call to Temp End1624.0023.004150.22$55,073.42
Peterboro DrivePE-13-3074Concrete to Berry to 187′ E334.0022.00816.44$10,834.16
Knob HillKN-13-4512Berwin to Cul-de-sac454.0022.001109.78$14,726.78
Daisy HillDA-13-4506Berwin Drive to Cul-de-sac311.0022.00760.22$10,088.12
Berry HillBE-13-4553Peterboro to Cul-de-sac981.0022.002398.00$31,821.46
Berwin DriveBE-13-3107Berry Hill to 660′ E660.0022.001613.33$21,408.89
Berwin DriveBE-13-3140660′ E Berry Hill to Phase Line847.0022.002070.44$27,474.74
Hawthorne AvenueHA-22-1920Darrow to Margaret880.0020.001955.56$21,784.94
Margaret AvenueMA-22-3349End to End970.0020.002155.56$24,012.94
Thorndale AvenueTH-22-1934Yukon to Margaret738.0020.001640.00$18,269.60
Beech StreetBE-21-1837Elm to W/Library 2nd Drive280.0018.00560.00$6,238.40
Elm RoadEL-21-3764Marc’s Driveway to Graham200.0020.00444.44$4,951.06
Elm RoadEL-21-3541Kent to Marc’s Driveway2550.0020.005666.67$75,196.71
Maplewood RoadMA-15-1929Darrow to Stow2940.0018.506043.33$67,322.70
Hibbard DriveHI-09-1249Hudson to 125′ E125.0037.00513.89$6,819.32
Hibbard DriveHI-09-1271Algonquin to 150′ W/ Sunnyside1657.0031.005707.44$75,737.73
Hibbard DriveHI-09-1442Darrow to 150′ W/Sunnyside2975.0023.007602.78$84,694.97
Hibbard DriveHI-09-1257125′ E/Hudson to Algonquin366.0037.001504.67$19,966.97
Markwood DriveMA-09-4680Hibbard to End960.0022.002346.67$26,141.90
Eagle AvenueEA-08-4343Housley to Temp End850.0023.002172.22$28,825.36
Housley RoadHO-08-1300Plover to 410′ E of Ellsworth842.0022.002058.22$27,312.58
Mallard AvenueMA-08-4343Housley to Temp End850.0023.002172.22$28,825.36
Steels Corners RoadST-35-0002end concrete to begin concrete107.8232.00383.36$5,087.19
Steels Corners RoadST-35-0004end concrete to begin concrete82.9432.00294.90$3,913.32
Wyndham Ridge DriveWY-18-4050Steeles to 3950500.0022.001222.22$16,218.86
Kings Mill BoulevardKI-24-4036Graham to Crownpoint421.0228.001309.84$17,381.58
Crown Pointe DriveCR-24-3175E/Bishops to E/Queensbury435.0022.001063.33$14,110.39
Crown Pointe DriveCR-24-3209E/Queensbury to S/Courtwood520.0022.001271.11$16,867.63
Courtwood WayCO-24-3190Crown Pointe to Cul-de-sac210.0022.00513.33$6,811.89
Queensbury CircleQU-24-4008Crown Ponte to Cul-de-sac475.0022.001161.11$15,407.93
Darrow RoadDA-35-3451just south of Kent Road to just north442.7948.002361.55$31,337.77
Kent RoadKE-35-3352begin 5 lanes to end 5 lanes650.0056.004044.44$53,669.72
$1,007,629.03
2017 PROPOSED CONCRETE OVERLAY PROGRAM
ROUTEIDDESCRIPTIONLENGTHWIDTHAREA SQYDCAPITAL FUND
Saybrooke BoulevardSA-13-2929Wexford to Bike Trail1605.0022.003923.33$60,497.80
Hampton CircleHA-13-0000Saybrooke to Cul-de-sac334.0022.00816.44$12,589.57
$73,087.37
2017 PROPOSED ASPHALT RESURFACING PROGRAM –  OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE
ROUTEIDDESCRIPTIONLENGTHWIDTHAREA SQYDCAPITAL FUND
Silver Springs Park Stow Road entranceFull depth repair and resurface400.0021.00933.33
Silver Springs Park Bow Wow BeachFull depth pavement install260.0020.00577.78
City Hall Parking LotMill and resurface12100.00$157,058.00
$157,058.00
2017 PROPOSED ASPHALT FULL AND PARTIAL DEPTH REPAIR PROGRAM
ROUTEIDDESCRIPTIONLENGTHWIDTHAREA SQYDCAPITAL FUND
Water break repais1000.00$60,000.00
Full Depth repairs3000.00$122,460.00
Meadowbrook BoulevardME-04-1579Hibbard to Hudson4225.0022.001000.00$40,820.00
Full depth subdivision repairs3000.00$122,460.00
$345,740.00
2017 PROPOSED CONCRETE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
SUBDIVISIONDESCRIPTIONAREA SQYDCAPITAL FUND
30″ Combination Curb and GutterEastwicke1000.00$35,000.00
24″ Combination Curb and GutterKenwood750.00$25,500.00
24″ Combination Curb and GutterSilverwood700.00$23,800.00
Concrete Street ReplacementConcrete Street Replacement Program3000.00$234,000.00
$318,300.00
TOTAL QUANTITIES SUM$1,901,814.40