We had a budget work session Monday, 6/15 and a regular meeting yesterday, 6/16. Below is a summary of both meetings.1. We passed the FY2021 budget with no tax increase. There was a proposal to include an additional $2.8 million to expand the police department. That proposal was not approved and was not included in the budget. I did not support funding an expansion of the police department.Part of the proposed expansion was to create
I am finally sharing a summary of our 6/2/2020 council meeting.  It’s been difficult, if not impossible, to focus on regular business at this time.  The summary is towards the end of this email. I’m also writing to provide an update on progress we have made following our 6/4/2020 special listening session.  Many of you have emailed about the #8CantWait campaign (more information here: https://8cantwait.org/).  Raleigh had already enacted 5 of the 8 recommended policies.
Our (virtual) City Council meeting this week lasted 5.7 hours, but we got a lot done! Below is a summary:   1. We took action on the “Shared Streets” initiative. We authorized staff to close or restrict traffic on certain streets to provide more space for bicyclists and pedestrians. Staff will quickly analyze the 2016 Bicycle Plan, Sidewalk Priority List, and Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Priority List and begin implementing soft closures for 30-60 days.
We held two virtual City Council meetings yesterday, May 5, 2020, an afternoon and evening session. Just when I was beginning to think we had settled into a habit with the virtual meetings, we had audio issues before the evening session which caused a 30 mins delay. Thanks to staff for working quickly to fix the issue! I am really looking forward to being back at the council table when it is safe to resume
We held a special (virtual) City Council meeting today to address several exigent issues related to COVID-19. Below is a summary. 1. We offered policy guidance for allocation of Federal CARES Act Funding. Under the act, Raleigh was allocated about $1.8 million from the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and about $1 million from the Emergency Solutions Grant program (ESG). The city is required to submit a plan for the use of the funds

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  1. Avatar Kristy says:

    What are the short term recommendations for connecting Dix Park to John Chavis Memorial Park. Thanks!

    1. Avatar Jonathan Melton says:

      Hi Kristy: The full memo including these recommendations are found here: https://go.boarddocs.com/nc/raleigh/Board.nsf/files/BQEM7K51F229/$file/20200616DixParkUpdateMemoFinal.pdf

      In sum, short term recommendations include:
      •Conduct a sidewalk, lighting, wheelchair ramp and crosswalk audit and make small repairs
      and general maintenance to areas in need of improvement
      • Consider adding bike sharrows or buffered bike lanes where feasible along the corridors in
      accordance with the adopted Bike Plan
      • Remove invasive species and hazard vegetation along the route
      • Exploration the creation of interim wayfinding to Dix Park downtown to Chavis Park for
      multiple options including both Lenior and South Street
      • Consider interim installation of low cost temporary local art, planters and bicycle amenities

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