Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

CIP meeting Thursday

February 8, 2007

The De Soto City Council will sit down Thursday with members of the city's planning commission, parks and recreation board and economic development council to attempt to find consensus on what should be included in the city's next five-year capital improvement plan.

City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said the consensus building approach was important even through the city council will ultimately decide what will be included in the plan. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the De Soto City Council Chamber.

He has been through the process elsewhere and found inclusion helps avoid misunderstandings as interest groups come to understand others have projects equally as important as those they are advocating, Guilfoyle said.

On a practical level, the wider discussion will help eliminate contradictory or wasteful projects, council members agreed. An example would be the park board's desire to improve the Miller Park ball fields and the proposal in the new downtown revitalization plan to move them across 83rd Street.

Guilfoyle meet with city department heads during the past few weeks to pare a previously compiled wish list of projects of more than $5,000 to a top-20 the city could afford in the next five years.

That effort trimmed the list to 13 projects totaling $7.2 million, about $1.2 million more than dollars Guilfoyle estimates will have available. The projects did not include those for water or sewer department improvements, which would be funded through dedicated funds exclusive to those departments.

Among the projects identified are:

  • $700,000 for street, sidewalk and landscape improvements on 83rd Street from Peoria to Shawnee, as envisioned in the downtown revitalization plan.
  • $1 million to repave 83rd Street east to the city limits.
  • $638,000 to develop the park near the boat ramp.
  • $458,000 for the first phase of development of a new city park at Lexington Avenue and Commerce Drive.
  • $250,000 to install a roundabout at Kill Creek and 83rd Street.
  • $300,000 to replace the deck of the 83rd Street bridge over the Sunflower railroad spur.

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