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WORKSHOP MAR 25: PRIORITIZING IMPROVEMENTS FOR STREETS, STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Berkeley, California (Thursday, March 02, 2017) - Share your opinion at three upcoming workshops about how the City of Berkeley should prioritize voter-approved bond dollars to upgrade aging infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks, storm drains, parks, and community centers.
Staff with extensive knowledge of the city's infrastructure needs have used certain criteria to propose projects for the $100 million November bond's first phase, approximately $32 million. Those criteria include safety; infrastructure whose life cycle has expired; impacting the greatest number of residents; racial, geographic and economic equity; advancing environmental sustainability; contributing to disaster preparedness; and projects that can maximize City dollars by leveraging potential outside funding.
Read the voter-approved Measure T1, review staff recommendations made in this story map and come to one or more of the workshops. You can also give input over email. Future phases will also have many opportunities for public input.
Are there other projects that the City should prioritize? How can we advance these projects so that they provide multiple benefits - environmental, social, or economic?
Measure T1 Workshop #1
Focus: parks and general City facilities
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10am - 12pm
Frances Albrier Community Center
2800 Park St.
Measure T1 Workshop #2
Focus: streets and storm water infrastructure
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 12 - 2pm
Live Oak Community Center
1301 Shattuck Ave.
Measure T1 Workshop #3
Focus: gathering additional input on City staff recommendations and summarizing input gathered to date
Saturday, April 8, 10am - 12pm
Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library
1910 Russell St.
All workshops - which have been coordinated by City staff, the Public Works Commission and the Parks & Recreation Commission - will be wheelchair-accessible.
The funds from this bond will significantly increase the City's spending on core infrastructure, an existing priority. Current projects include seismic and other improvements to the James Kenney Community Center, reconstructing the Berkeley Rose Garden Trellis and improving paths there, renovating the tennis and basketball courts at Grove Park, paving streets, repairing or building sidewalks, and installing green infrastructure projects that help reduce flooding and protect our creeks.
Despite this and other continual infrastructure work, the City has over $500 million in unfunded infrastructure needs - a significant problem that results in deferred maintenance and disrepair in existing infrastructure and buildings. The November bond measure will help address some of the unfunded need.
Additional information about the bond and existing and past infrastructure upgrade efforts is also available at www.CityofBerkeley.info/MeasureT1. You can also read a staff memo to Council about the recommendations for the first phase.
For more information about the workshops or if you have questions about the Measure T1 bond, please contact Timothy Burroughs (Assistant to the City Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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