Dear Street Committee Members,
Thank you again for coming on 4/23 and learning more
our Streets and our Budget. I hope you learned a lot as well as got many of
your questions answered.
For the next meeting, I ask that you again check out
ward streets and while doing so please take the time to start a conversation
about what you learned last night with any neighbors that you see while out and
Now is the time to get their ideas and feelings on how
best serve their needs and get their streets fixed at the same time.
We learned last night that of the 231 streets we have
city, only 49% of them have had any type of work done to them at all since the
We learned that prior to 2008 our streets had NO Work
at all to them for 10 years.
We learned that just for Street Work alone based off
numbers it would take just over 11 Million Dollars to address. (again, does not
include maintenance once addressed, does not include sidewalk issues, does not
include City Tree issues) thus on the average we would need approx. 11 years’
worth of 1.2-1.3 Million Dollars of revenue to address all 3 and after that,
money to maintain into the future. Unfortunately, this has never been addressed
by the city over the last few decades. In the past they depended upon the Sales
Tax at the Mall to pay for things as they needed them, without planning for a
day when it may no longer exist.
We learned Streets, Speeders and High Grass are most
complaints the Alderman receive from residents.
So please take the time to talk amongst your friends
neighbors and let’s formulate an opinion on how to address this street issue.
a. Cut services? If so which ones?
b. Try another TDD? (If the state legislators don't end
c. Try another Bond Issue?
d. Do not address them at all, which will continue to
increase the price of addressing them at some future point.
Thank you again,
Looking forward to our 2nd Meeting.
Alderman Amy Poelker
Any questions Please call me at 314-517-2378