Since I’m finding myself shoulder deep in a wide range of day to day challenges, I’m dealing with a lot more tactical work rather than the big sky dreaming that makes for better blog posts.
But at this point I’m thinking posting something is better than nothing so here’s a series of business updates.
3. Wells Sherman House — With the court actions at their end, the Wells Sherman house is set to be moved on August 24th. If you’ve driven by the Water Street parcel you’ll note that the foundation is well underway and the house is soon to follow. KSU is paying for the relocation but the City is coordinating the move to make sure that our traffic lights and other overhead utilities are not damaged during the transport of the house. With the move I would expect that we would soon be looking at making the loan that Council approved for the house restoration. August 24th is also the KSU student move-in day but the house relocation is supposed to happen between 8 am and 9 am that morning so the impacts on student traffic should be minimal.
4. Dominion Gas Work — Dominion Gas advised us last week that changes in State law requires them to change out certain of their old gas lines to new plastic piping and they reported that they have plans to work on Summit Street, S. Depeyster Street, and S. Water Street over the next 40 days to completely change out their gas lines in the street and under the sidewalks in the area. We are advising them that they need to get the S. Water Street and Summit Street work done as soon as possible because the students will be returning and Summit and Water Streets will be heavily traveled. It would have been great to have had this work done earlier in the summer to avoid the student traffic but our staff is optimistic that the gas company will get in and out as quickly as possible.
5. Police Facility Income Tax Information — Chief Lee has been working with the City’s Budget and Finance Director to get an information sheet included as a folded insert in the current round of utility bill mailings. The Chief and her staff have been holding meetings with the public to answer questions and she says that she’s been surprised by the extent of the mis-information that surrounds this issue so she’s trying to do whatever she can to help the voters make an informed choice at the ballot this fall.