We had Council Meetings Tuesday, April 20, and May 4. Below is a summary. 1. We took steps towards an upcoming bus rapid transit (BRT) route by endorsing South Wilmington Street extension as the preferred route alignment for the southern section of the Southern Corridor line. More details about this route here. I’ve written about BRT several times. In 2016, Wake County voters approved a transit-dedicated half-cent sales tax to expand and better connect public
We had a Budget Work Session Monday, April 5 and regular Council Meetings Tuesday, April 6. Below is a summary: 1. At the Budget Work Session we reviewed proposals for our FY2022 budget priorities. The city’s fiscal year ends June 30, so we are presently working on the FY2022 budget which would commence this July 1. At our Council retreat we discussed our “top” and “high” budget priorities for FY2022, including small business assistance, community
We had a 2-day City Council retreat Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13. You can watch a replay of the retreat on the City of Raleigh YouTube.We also had a regular City Council meeting Tuesday, March 16. Below is a summary: 1. We approved a resolution to prohibit source of income discrimination in city-assisted affordable housing developments. The resolution directs staff to require developers who receive City financial assistance for development of affordable housing
We had City Council meetings yesterday, March 2, 2021. Below is a summary of some important points. 1. We received a COVID-19 update. The trajectory of cases per day continues to drop. Hospitalizations are also dropping. Last Friday, the governor issued a new executive order, lifting the curfew and allowing bars, arenas, and movie theaters to operate at 30% capacity. Indoor venues with more than 5,000 seats can operate at 15% capacity. Pursuant to this
We had afternoon and evening Council Meetings yesterday, February 2, 2021. Below is a summary of pertinent items. 1. We received an update on our small business relief program. In April 2020, in response to COVID-19, we directed staff to create a relief program for small businesses and allocated $1 million in funds to the program. We then partnered with the business community to raise an additional $600k for the program. The City partnered with

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