Council Roundup: A New Downtown Plan and DWI Enforcement

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Raleigh’s Downtown Plan is one step closer to receiving an update.

Councilors Tuesday authorized the interim city manager to negotiate a fee and contract with EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company. The downtown plan will outline strategies for ongoing growth in downtown Raleigh.

EE&K is based in New York. Seven different sub-consultants, four of which are based in the Raleigh area, make up the group that the firm represents and will help complete the Downtown Plan update.

Odom questioned the amount of work for the four local sub-consultants.

Mitchell Silver, Raleigh’s planning director, said, “Typically the prime takes the bulk of the services and then the sub-consultants have anywhere from 5 to 10 percent.”

The firm will help the city with: downtown planning, urban planning and design, public realm design, infrastructure, vehicular circulation, transit and pedestrian circulation and economic analysis for an update to the city’s Downtown Plan.

Raleigh Police Department Pursue DWI Squad Grant
The Raleigh Police Department may soon have a new DWI enforcement squad.

Councilors Tuesday approved the submission of a grant application for about $525,000 in federal funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If received, the grant will pay for the creation of a DWI enforcement squad consisting of four officers and one sergeant to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

The funding will cover the cost of salaries, benefits, vehicles, uniforms, portable breath testers and vehicle upfit costs.

No city match funding is required for the first year of the four-year grant.

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