(item O is the one the two people got up to comment on)
now city manager’s response to matters by the public from the last meeting...
the new trolley route involves the loss of several parking spots downtown - those will be posted.
(bellamy brown, not to be confused with wes bellamy, recently announced his candidacy for city council with this as a main issue)
murphy says it could be instituted may 1 through nov 1. kathy & nikuyah seem satisfied.
“there are multiple complications with that,” murphy says.
kathy asks him to provide the documentation of these issues to the people asking for the lot.
what can the city do to ensure those units remain affordable after the renovation?
“the tax relief program is a progressive tax” avenue that is available to the city. forgiving past tax debt is also an option.
next is another rep from CLIHC. she thanks council for raising the meals & lodging taxes & urges council to fully fund the affordable housing fund & find a permanent revenue stream for housing
city council candidate michal payne up now, also talking about legacies. he urges council to support CLIHC’s recommendations & fully fund affordable housing, rent relief, tax relief.
they urge council to raise the real estate tax rate to fund “permanent solutions to the affordable housing crisis”
to kathy about the benches - “i shouldn’t have to buy a $30 salad” to sit downtown.
she’s reading them the riot act about their willingness to hear hotel industry folks complain about booking rates.
mayor walker asks her to send her some more information about this particular woman’s situation.
“i was a big skeptic about the skate park,” but he’s seen it highly used & “i appreciate the fact that i was wrong”
(it’s always packed!!)
staff have said “the original amount is appropriate,” murphy says (rather than the discounted rate verizon proposed)
“just getting the information from verizon” isn’t sufficient, she says. galvin reiterates her desire for a third party market analysis.
(that’s a citywide compensation STUDY, not stud - the Y is hidden by murphy’s head)
we have to play offense- “we have to think about land acquisition.”
“i can understand how that would feel like a miracle if you’re running for office,” of kathy’s remarks at a previous meeting calling this revenue a miracle.
nikuyah asks the city attorney what else needs to be done. the budget will be voted on next week, april 8th.
kathy “would like to make a comment” 🤦♀️
kathy what are you talking about.
moving on to the water and sewer update!
(in even more surprising good news: this is the last agenda item! we could get out of here uncharacteristically early!!)
(... it never occurred to me this wouldn’t be the case? we aren’t recycling as a revenue generator.)