Council preview: Lightner Center, Moore Square up for review

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Read the full city council agenda below and follow the meeting live on Twitter, starting a 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The Raleigh City Council will get an update on ongoing capital projects. City staff will present on the Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center, The Convention Center Amphitheater and the Solid Waste Services Department’s Remote Operations facility.

The Lightner Center design is at 50 percent and council will need to approve another $2.4 million to finish the design. The Lightner Center will replace the current downtown police station at the corner of Hargett and McDowell streets. Council will also need to approve $463,000 for construction management services for the project to go ahead.

Raleigh City Council will debate proceeding with the Clarence Lightner Public Safety Center, other capital improvement projects
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center

Moore Square

The winner of the Moore Square design competition will present his proposal to city council. Chris Counts of Charlottesville, Virginia won the competition.

From the consent agenda:

The consent agenda can be passed with one motion or individual items can be pulled for debate.

Stimulus

The city is eligible for about $11 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, to lend out to private businesses. The city will have to designate a “recovery zone” and will be able to lend the tax-exempt financing through the city’s credit rating. If council approves the Recovery Zone Facility Bond, it will be able to bring private development projects up for funding in the spring.

The recovery zone will be what is known under state law as the Urban Progress Zone, which encompasses much of downtown and the surrounding areas. State law gives special tax exemptions to businesses in UPZ areas. See the report below for a map.

Budget

The city council is expected to approve a calendar to draft next year’s budget. City Manager Russell Allen has told the council several times to anticipate a tighter budget for the 2010-2011 year than they had this year.

Here’s the proposed calendar:

Jan. 5, 2010 – Pre-budget hearing by City Council

March 15, 2010 City Council budget workshop (This workshop may be held earlier)

May 18, 2010 Presentation of Proposed Operating Budget and Proposed Capital Improvement Program for FY 2010-2011 by city manager

June 1 – June 30, 2010 City Council Budget Workshops (Schedule To Be Determined)

June 1, 2010 7:00 PM Statutory Public Hearing on budget proposals

Adoption of the Annual Operating Budget for FY 2010-2011 and the Capital Improvement Program is required no later than June 30, 2010.

Police reorganization

The Raleigh Police Department wants to reorganize under its new 5-year plan. The proposal includes getting rid of three open civilian positions and upgrading five vacant officer positions. Read the full report below.

More parking pay stations for downtown, Glenwood South

Automated parking pay stations will be cropping up across downtown and Glenwood South if this item is approved as expected. This proposal is part of the city’s efforts to bring the parking system back in-house. The new parking meters will begin going in during December and the project should be done in February.

City Council Agenda Dec1

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15POLICE Reorganization

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