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
Yesterday, Raleigh held its first-ever virtual City Council meetings. Thank you to the staff who worked hard to make sure we could meet safely, and thank you to everyone who watched remotely. Below is a summary of the meetings. 1. We received a COVID-19 update. As of April 6, there were 317 confirmed cases in Wake County. Unfortunately, a surge of hospitalizations is expected by mid-April. The City Manager has taken several steps to minimize

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