Wednesday, July 26, 2017

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. . .

. . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”
Daniel Hudson Burnham, American architect and urban planner (1846–1912).

Later today will have more information about the City of Lake Worth’s “Proposed Sales Tax Projects” and the discussion last night at the City Commission. Asst. City Manager Juan Ruiz was outstanding. And so was City Manager Michael Bornstein and City Attorney Glen Torcivia. But the stars last night were our City Commission.

The quote above was cited by Marty Welfeld, a City of Lake Worth resident, during public comment last night. And also at public comment, Downtown business owner Michelle Silvestri made an excellent case for metered parking on Lake and Lucerne avenues and connecting streets. It was wonderful to watch Betty Resch make her points about parking Downtown, as always with great aplomb.

[Note: There were many great suggestions by the public last night except for one that made the case — once again — for keeping the time limit at two minutes for the public to speak. Ergo the City Commission’s hesitancy increasing the time limit from two to three minutes across the board on all agenda items.]

The public mood seems to be, fix the problem before it becomes a bigger problem: parking Downtown. You know, “we don’t want to be like that city to the south of us.”

In brief, this was one of the best City meetings I’ve ever witnessed, an example for local governments everywhere.

A clear consensus is emerging. Last night, this City Work Session set the stage for our City — for the next 10–20 years at least — from which our future leaders will benefit and hopefully appreciate and admire. At the end of the last night’s meeting each elected official ranked their priorities going forward and will have more about that later.

Check back later on today for more about this and tomorrow as well.

A very clear vision for the future is taking shape.
Commissioner Omari Hardy on roads with a PCI* of 61–69% (the ones that didn’t make the cut for the Neighborhood Road Bond), “Invest now to save money later”. And, “We still have unpaved streets.

*PCI  =  Pavement Condition Index: “A citywide evaluation of roadway conditions was performed in which city roads were ranked according to relative condition. Evaluation parameters included roughness of pavement, cracking and pothole severity, depth of pavement and base and drainage deficiencies. Road segments were assigned a pavement condition index number (PCI) on a scale of 0 to 100 representing worst and best conditions respectively. Roadway projects were prioritized on that basis with an eye toward addressing the worst rated segments in early years. Utility master plans were also a factor in prioritizing projects.”