Council sets stage for sidewalk repairs, submits $3.6 million fire grant application | Local News

Council sets stage for sidewalk repairs, submits $3.6 million fire grant application | Local News

CHEYENNE – Downtown sidewalks should really see some improvements this spring and summer, many thanks to an ordinance passed by the Cheyenne Metropolis Council Monday night time, which makes a shared obligation for repairs involving the metropolis and downtown home owners.

Likely forward, the metropolis will take on the expenses of curb and gutter repairs for downtown renovations, and the assets proprietors will acquire on the price of the sidewalk. Beforehand, all 3 have been the duty of the property operator, which led a quantity of sidewalks to tumble into disrepair and develop accessibility troubles in the heart of the town.

The ordinance was passed unanimously, but Councilman Ken Esquibel and Councilwoman Michelle Aldrich voiced their hope that such attempts will continue by way of Wards 2 and 3, as perfectly.

“We have this problem all over our community, and this demands to mark only the beginning of these styles of repairs,” Aldrich mentioned.

But in downtown Cheyenne, operate need to start out on sidewalks this spring and summer, with a cap of $20,000 for each venture from the city from fifth-penny revenue tax overage resources. The town has set aside an preliminary $250,000 to perform from.

The ordinance modify was driven by Ward 1 Town Councilman Pete Laybourn and the Mayor’s Council for People today with Disabilities with accessibility in intellect. Patti Riesland, director of the mayor’s council, headed an AARP walk audit of the downtown, which uncovered problematic stretches from 16th Street to 18th Street.

“For people with disabilities, this is a issue of accessibility, but it is also an economic issue, since men and women with disabilities have accountants downtown, they stop by, they have lunch,” Riesland told the council in the course of discussions. “They do a whole lot of things to do, but they’re restricted in phrases of the areas that have, truly, fairly a little bit of disrepair.”

The evaluate has assist from the Downtown Improvement Authority, with the positive aspects it will have to downtown businesses and accessibility for inhabitants. DDA Director Amber Ash informed the council Monday that the DDA Structure Committee is taking into consideration an amendment that would open up up the Capital Enhancement Grants for sidewalk repairs for downtown small business entrepreneurs.

By combining the city’s contribution with the DDA’s help, Ash mentioned, “That ideally will be an incentive to get all of our sidewalks downtown into the issue that they need to be in, in buy to encourage pedestrian safety and ensure that these who have a incapacity have protected accessibility in our group.”

In other motion Monday evening:

Firefighters grant software

The council voted to post a grant application worth about $3.6 million to fund an additional 12 firefighters for a few years. The Staffing for Suitable Hearth and Unexpected emergency Response (SAFER) Program is a person of 3 fire grant systems from the Section of Homeland Stability and the Federal Crisis Management Agency.

If authorised, the cash would increase four firefighters to 3 distinct shifts, and would pay for the wages, benefits, equipping and healthcare evaluations for three years.

While some council associates voiced concern in excess of the city’s potential to spend for individuals positions following the a few-calendar year grant expired, the evaluate was unanimously accredited.

“I imagine this presents us a bridge to get by this pandemic time,” Councilman Tom Segrave explained.

New UDC definition

The governing body voted 7-3 to generate a “Family Unit” definition in the Unified Improvement Code.

Now, that definition reads: “One or more individuals who are linked by blood, relationship, domestic partnership or legal adoption residing jointly as a single house or a team of not extra than 4 people not similar by blood, relationship, domestic partnership or legal adoption, residing collectively as a solitary household.”

If more than 4 inhabitants who are not relevant conclude up residing alongside one another with a shared residing area, that would now be classified as a dormitory or group housing.

Council users Michelle Aldrich, Ken Esquibel and Pete Laybourn voted no on the improve.

“I just assume that proper now, though we are in a housing crisis, and we have people in our local community that are battling to afford to pay for housing, this is not the time to be employing this, limiting the selection of grownups that can stay in a residence that are unrelated. So I would just encourage men and women to think about the influence that this is heading to have and how we are heading to go about enforcing it,” Aldrich explained.

Junior League facilities

The council accepted a $385,000 bid to replace the loos and concession stand for Cheyenne Junior League baseball near Converse Avenue and Dell Selection Boulevard.

The funding came from a recreation mill grant and the Group Facility Expenses Fund, and should be finish by the end of August.

Margaret Austin is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s nearby federal government reporter. She can be reached at [email protected] or 307-633-3152. Follow her on Twitter at @MargaretMAustin.