The final piece is permitting which is very complicated. It’s taking longer than anticipated to receive the remaining permits; so probably no construction activity will be seen this summer, but perhaps later this yearThere's also an interesting discussion of the parking district budget - but unfortunately the minutes by themselves are not sufficiently detailed to convey to outsiders what is the deal:
Renee Frazier reviewed the differences between the Riverfront and Parking recommended budgets from the DAB and the City Manager. Key changes are:The parking district is not self-sustaining, and one of the problems with "free parking for everyone" is that the district has been propped up by infusions of urban renewal funds. It's hard not to read these bullet points as part of that conversation.
The Budget Committee wanted to know why URA funds were being recommended for capital improvements? They requested DAB review options for other uses of those funds and return to the Agency with their recommendation.
- City Manager proposed Parking Fund budget increased the contingency to 250K, thereby eliminating DAB recommendation of a capital reserve of 100K
- City Manager proposed Parking Fund budget reduced Downtown Services to 25K, rather than the DAB recommendation for 75K.
- City Manager proposed Parking budget includes funds for roof top gates in an effort to reduce illegal activity in parking garages after hours.
- City Manager proposed Riverfront budget shows the funding of capital improvements with 710K of URA funds; DAB recommended 250K for Park Improvements and 1.2M of unallocated funds. Staff’s recommendation would support the Council Goal to maintain City assets.
On the agenda for this meeting is a follow-up to the fourth bullet:
Does the DAB recommend to the Agency Board that the projects in lieu of FY 14-15 capital projects be set aside for 1) $250,000/Park Improvements already in DAB recommended budget; 2) $460,000 to Other (to be determined); or 3) Committed to Future Projects?Unfortunately there's no additional materials on the proposed budget or changes to it.
The DAB meets Thursday, May 15th, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in the Public Works Conference Room at the Civic Center, 555 Liberty St SE, Ste 325.