Friday, July 8, 2016

What's up down at city hall...

·         Severe Thunderstorm: A severe thunderstorm struck the city on Thursday night causing significant power outages, numerous trees down, blocked roads, small electric line fires, and multiple car accidents. DPS and DPW&U crews responded to the storm and worked throughout the night to restore power and open roads. By 6 AM Friday, power had been restored to 95% of customers, and all roads had been opened. Remaining customers would be restored by late Friday. Removal of tree debris will take longer, but crews will work extra shifts to clean it up. For trees that were owned by the city, the city will remove all debris. For trees on private property that blocked public roads, the city will remove any debris that they had to cut; all other debris will be the responsibility of the property owner to remove.

·         Audit Committee Meeting: The City Council Audit Committee met this week to review the contract with the independent auditor that reviews the city’s finances annually. The audit firm of McKinley Cooper will begin their independent review of the city finances later in July and their final report should be ready by December.

·         Homes of Hope Projects: The City Manager met with Homes of Hope representatives this week regarding their efforts to construct ten new homes in Hampton Woods, four new homes on N. Broad and Elizabeth Street, and the redevelopment of the historic Young Building at 101 East Main in Downtown.

·         Streetscape Phase IV: Demolition of sidewalk along Broad Street and Main Street began this week as the new streetscape effort on Broad Street gets underway.