SUISUN CITY — The City Council took a step toward applying for more federal and state transportation money at Tuesday’s meeting by passing a resolution to adopt a complete streets policy.
The vote was 4-0, with Councilwoman Jane Day absent.
Council members needed to pass the resolution before Jan. 31, 2013, to be eligible to apply for grants. Councilman Mike Hudson asked to delay the vote until the January meeting so Day could vote. Mayor Pete Sanchez noted Councilman Mike Segala, Councilwoman Lori Wilson and himself were voting in favor the of the resolution so there was no need to postpone a decision.
While he voted yes, Hudson debated the merits of “going through hoops for a very small amount of money” the state had taken away from the city in the first place. That statement was in reference to a $350,000 grant the city wants to fix problems on Walters Road.
Hudson said the grant could end up costing the city more than it would get in return.
“I see it as an impediment to economic development,” he said. “I see it as a big brother issue.”
Hudson said the state is pushing California cities into the complete streets policy. The policy refers to accessibility for all citizens, whether they be on a motorized scooter, bicycle, wheelchair or their own two feet.
The resolution is an interim solution. The city’s General Plan will need to be updated to include the complete streets policy.
“The reality is that’s just the way it’s done,” Sanchez said of the complete streets policy. “The only consolation is there’s a provision for exceptions. While the rules seem rigid, it’s a good thing there’a a way out.”
In other business:
“The dissolution of the RDA (Redevelopment Agency) created a whole new set of challenges,” said senior accountant Elizabeth Luna. That said, the department has its sights set on winning the same award for the fiscal year that ended June 30, she said.
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