Friday, March 8, 2019

Excerpt #4 from Mayor Pam Triolo’s 2019 State of the City address.

As stated earlier on this blog, heading into the elections on Tuesday, March 12th, am going to pivot from Election Day next week and focus more on after the municipal elections this year and what we can hope to achieve in the year 2019 and beyond.

For Excerpts 1–3 from the mayor’s State of the City see that list at the end of this blog post.

Moving on to Excerpt #4 from the State of the City address titled,

“We are a Community of Neighborhoods”

The mayor continues. . .

As we work to improve the various components and pieces that make up this City, we remain focused on how we can improve conditions and your quality of life. So I will update you on some specific initiatives that are intended to make our lives better starting with the numerous infrastructure projects that are underway throughout our great City.

For over 40 years the condition of our roads, water, sewer and drainage systems were in a steady state of decline. I remember back fondly to the roaring debate over the potholes — I actually had a favorite one on K Street. The broken sidewalks, poor drainage, and dusty dirt roads like in a third world country plagued us. We also grappled with missing fire hydrants, poor water pressure, and discolored tap water.

While some investments were made in the past, the underlying true condition of these valuable assets was not addressed in a comprehensive way and things were just getting worse. Your Commission stepped up to the challenge of reversing decades of benign neglect which started with first clearly identifying the problems. Analysis of objective empirical data followed to create plans and the budgets. This resulted in executing contracts to putting these plans into action. All across our great City work is has been completed or is underway. We are following through on promises made and plans are not sitting on shelves in City Hall collecting dust.

The Neighborhood Road Program is one of the largest infrastructure programs of any city in the County and it is adding value to our neighborhoods. We are now entering Year 3 design work and $17.9 million dollars of the $40 million bond total has been invested so far. This has resulted in the rebuilding of 17.77 miles of the City’s roadways many of which you use everyday.

As we designed the Neighborhood Road Program we understood it was important to fix everything under the roadways so we would not come back and tear up new roads to fix pipes underneath them. The Water Utility Department, whose responsibilities include water, sewer and storm water drainage systems is facilitating significant investment into these systems. Throughout the City we are replacing our 50-year-old 2-inch steel water lines with larger modern piping as well as addressing leaking sewer lines. Our $10.62 million investment has replaced 10.8 miles of watermains and installed 60 additional fire hydrants just last year.

Another very important infrastructure effort is underway in the area west of I-95 known as the Park of Commerce. . . .

Tomorrow’s Excerpt #5 will address the Park of Commerce and more from the State of the City address.

And once again as noted in Excerpt #1 from last Tuesday,

It was a packed house for the mayor’s State of the City. And in attendance was journalist Julius Whigham II from The Palm Beach Post.

Click on the scene of the throng in attendance:

Use this link for more information about the State of the City address and the news report published in The Palm Beach Post the evening of February 26th.

Previous excerpts from Mayor Pam Triolo’s State of the City address:

To look over Excerpt #1 from last Tuesday, March 5th use this link which has additional information worth noting and why it is “time to settle down and relax” and get focused on the future.

To read Excerpt #2 where the mayor talks of the Strategic Plan for the City, “the process of developing key Policy Statements or Pillars” click on this link to learn more.

For Excerpt #3: Information about the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the policy document which sets forth goals, objectives, core responsibilities as a local government.