City of Brighton Staff will be holding a series of public informational open houses regarding the Headlee Override Millage Proposal on the ballot for August 7, 2018. These open houses will be open to City of Brighton community members. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns, and share ideas with staff. “I hope that all members of the community can attend one of the upcoming informational open houses that City staff will be hosting over the next couple of months,” said Mayor Muzzin. “These meetings will be very informative and will help address individual questions and concerns regarding the upcoming millage vote.”
The recommendation from staff is to create a two-year planning cycle for streets and related infrastructure that would be reviewed by City Council biannually. The existing pavement assessment conducted in 2016, will be used to prioritize proposed construction work in 2019-2020 while continuing biannual updates to the pavement assessment. Pavement assessment data will be entered into the City’s asset management software to help ensure that assets are maintained and the repair and replacement of streets and related infrastructure is coordinated to be most effective and efficient. Engineering and construction bidding will be done for each two-year street plan cycle to ensure that plans are approved and construction ready to streamline the improvement process. Program status updates will be included in an annual report to City Council and the community with revenues and expenditures to be included in the City’s annual budget as its own fund.
“Currently our street system is in need of serious repair and maintenance. If we fail to invest in our infrastructure the overall cost increases exponentially over time,” said Marcel Goch, Department of Public Works Director “While the City has areas that can benefit from maintenance, some areas have passed that point and will require heavy rehabilitation or full reconstruction. Over the 10 year millage period, priority would be given to pavement preservation in an effort to ensure we maximize the life of our public streets.”
All City of Brighton community members are welcome to attend and learn more about the millage proposal, to ask questions, and to discuss concerns and ideas. The public informational open houses will be held on the following Wednesdays:
- June 13, 6pm–8pm Police Department 440 S. Third St.
- June 27, 6pm–8pm City Hall 200 N. First St.
- July 11, 6pm–8pm Community Center 555 Brighton St.
- July 25, 6pm–8pm City Hall 200 N. First St.
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