Lightner Center, front-yard parking back at city council

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The proposed public safety center will be back on the table before council this week. Mayor Charles Meeker has modified his proposal for funding the $140-million Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center.

The new funding proposal would cut the project to move the solid waste remote operations center from the project. During his state of the city speech Monday, Meeker said the city could increase taxes by one cent over the next couple years and be able to pay for the building.

Bonner Gaylord (District E), Russ Stephenson (at-large) and Thomas Crowder (District D) recently signed onto a proposal to scrap the Lightner Center idea and up-fit the current police station.

Meeker has argued since last year that the city could save $20-million in financing costs by moving ahead now. At his Monday speech, Meeker said he would not push for a vote until he had a majority for the center.

Front yard parking

After months of discussion, the planning commission developed a new set of guidelines for front-yard parking for council. Under the proposal, single-family homes with parking in the front will now be required to pave the driveway or used crushed stone, and in some circumstances they will need to screen the parking area with vegetation. Homes with front-yard parking now will have one year to meet the requirements.

Legislative agenda

The city has a slew of funding and regulatory items on their federal legislative agenda for next year. On the funding side, the city wants $205 million for the Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center, $4.2 million for new CAT busses, $17 million for communications infrastructure, plus funding for a new water treatment center and a more efficient lighting system for city hall.

In the policy realm, the city wants congress to promote clean energy and vehicles.

Read the full federal wish list below.

From the consent agenda

Items on the consent agenda can pass with one motion or individual items can be pulled for discussion.

Touch-screen computers for the RPD

The police department wants about $455,000 to buy 200 touch-screen laptops to run new software. The RPD already has 70 computers in police cars running the touch-screen system. In the agenda the department argues that the new computers improve safety and efficiency by reducing the need for officers to type on their in-car computers.

RPD promotions consultant

The police department wants $175,000 to hire a consultant to look at how it promotes officers to lieutenant and sergeant posts. The department wants to hire Development Services LLC to create and administer a written exam used in the promotions.

New stop signs

Council could approve a host of new stop signs across the city. Here’s the list:

Poyner Road at Ebenezer Church Road

Gansett Lane at Poyner Road

Thanet Place at Poyner Road

Accabonac Point at Poyner Road

Mankoma Terrace at Poyner Road (NW and SE Corners)

Fanyon Way at Poyner Road

Wainscott Way at Poyner Road (SW and NE Corners)

Schellinger Pass at Burcliff Place (NE and NW Corners)

Burcliff Place at Poyner Road

Inglehurst Drive at Fairbridge Road (SE and NW Corners)

Fairbridge Road at Edgebury Road

Townmeade Court at Inglehurst Drive

Ranleigh Court at Inglehurst Drive

Mabledon Court at Edgebury Road

Jarden Court at Edgebury Road

Queensbridge Court at Egdebury Road (SW and NE Corners)

Earlham Court at Queensbridge Court

Eaglesfield Drive at Edgebury Road

Bayberry Hills Drive at Emerald Creek Drive

Ingleside Place at Forest Pines Drive

City Council Agenda Feb 16 2010

25CMO Federal Legislative Agenda FY11

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