City sets its two-year priorities


City sets its two-year priorities


Date: January 28, 2010
by: Robin Roy | City Editor


Because Newtown redevelopment has been the city’s top priority for the past two years, city commissioners wanted to make sure when they set their priorities for the next two years that the rest of the city’s neighborhoods didn’t feel slighted.

“By (making priorities) geographically, you have (other parts of the city) saying, ‘What are you doing for us?’” said Mayor Dick Clapp.

So, this year, instead of making Newtown a single priority, the commission put different components of Newtown redevelopment into its other top priorities.

“We’ve done so much with Newtown,” said Clapp. “We’ve got real momentum there, and I don’t want to see that minimized.”

Newtown’s commission representative, Commissioner Fredd Atkins, supported the move, but made it exceedingly clear that the city needs to let everyone in Newtown know that they are not being dropped as a priority, just shifted.

“We have to try to keep (Newtown) from feeling they’ve lost their place,” Atkins said.

The city’s priorities, in no order, are economic development/recovery, transportation, budget, environmental sustainability and quality of life.

Each of those areas has a number of objectives that the city wants to achieve in 2010 or 2011.



1. Economic development and recovery
• North Trail redevelopment
• Reduce bureaucratic roadblocks for businesses
• Explore selling the parcel next to the Palm Avenue parking garage

2. Transportation
• Develop a plan to build U.S. 41 roundabouts at 10th and 14th streets
• Develop alternative SCAT routes to integrate the comprehensive plan
• Study the creation of a downtown transit connector

3. Budget
• Emphasize current salaries rather than benefits and deferred compensation
• Find the most cost-effective structure for Van Wezel
• Explore the use of surveys to give City Hall the community’s opinion on issues

4. Environmental sustainability

• Possibly transform waterfront rights of way into small parks
• Develop the proposed City Greenhouse Carbon Emission Reduction Action Plan
• Increase the visibility of the sustainability program and director

5. Quality of life
• Address the homeless issue
• Develop community-oriented police strategies in the most-needed areas
• Support initiatives for education and employment of adults in Newtown

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  • Putting more money into Newtown is like putting money into a black hole. Enough already! Maybe Newtown needs another statue of Fred Atkins. That'll put food on your table.
  • Milan Adrian
    Fri 29th Jan 2010
    at 9:18pm
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