Wednesday, Nov. 7, City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Items of interest on the agenda included two presentations:
Staff will provide options for improving the visibility/navigation of Kenan Fountain located at the intersection of Market and 5th streets. The historic fountain has been struck by vehicles several times over the last two years and City Council has directed staff to look at alternatives to help reduce accidents at the fountain. Council is not expected to take a formal vote, but will be asked to provide input and direction about the various alternatives.
Big Blue recycling program
Council will also hear an update about the city’s new Big Blue recycling program and will join the national America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. Beginning next week, large blue recycling carts will be delivered to customers who participate in the city’s voluntary recycling program. The number of customers who choose to recycle has already increased by more than 10 percent since the carts started being promoted last spring. The carts will be delivered Nov. 12-Dec. 1, just in time for the holidays when recycling is heaviest. Weekly recycling pick-up will continue until Jan. 7, 2013, when the new every-other-week schedule will begin. The city will save $220,000 in annual manpower costs with the new schedule, and expects the amount of materials to be recycled to increase by 15-20 percent. Visit the city's recycling page for more information on the new program.
Other agenda items:
- Resolution to accept the donation of a one-acre parcel at 6001 Mariner Lane (formerly Hinton Avenue) for a park in the Seagate neighborhood. The park would be a memorial to the original property owners, the late Edward John Haneman (“Captain” Eddy Haneman) and his wife Mary Haneman, who were well known in area for sport fishing/recreation in the 1950s-1990s. The park would include a memorial plaque and playground, as well as bike racks that will be needed because of the nearby River-to-Sea Bikeway.
- Resolution to move the current holiday tree lighting from the old tree at the Sweeney Water Plant to the Rotary Wheel at Greenfield Lake beginning this year, with a more extensive holiday celebration coordinated with the local Rotary Club beginning in 2013. The old tree at Sweeney is no longer capable of supporting lights because 80 percent of the foliage at the top of the tree is now gone. In addition, access to the plant is limited because of additional post 9-11 security measures and the opening of the MLK Parkway. The local Rotary Club proposed the new holiday tradition and will work with the city to develop holiday programs at the site.
- Resolution for a $5.2 million option to purchase an 8-acre parcel located next to the Isabel Holmes Bridge for a multi-purpose stadium; the City would have the option to buy the property, but would not be obligated to buy it depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s baseball referendum. Several infrastructure improvements and environmental assessments have already been done to the site, with approval of a Brownsfield application from the state expected within 30-60 days. This item was tabled.
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The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, November 16.
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