A public hearing will be held over a proposal to resurface Bluff Boulevard at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The micro-surfacing project will extend the life of the street by several years. A thin layer of material will be spread across the existing street, saving the need for the pavement to be replaced. City Engineer Jason Craft recommended the microsurfacing alternative as a potential cost-saving measure in the long run.
Micro-Surfacing, Inc.’s bid for the project came in at $125,655.
In other action, the council will:
• Hear the first consideration of establishing a Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement district in the downtown area.
John Eisenman, unofficial SSMID II spokesman, said that the new agreement will allow for uniform snow removal in the downtown area, and will place an emphasis on establishing more second-floor housing.
The SSMID II would be very similar to the SSMID that preceded it, except affected properties would be taxed at $6 per $1000 of assessed value, as opposed to $10 per $1,000 of assessed value.
• Consider and adopt an ordinance establishing a 79A Resident Parking Permit District near Ashford University.
University neighbors have complained to council members about Ashford students taking all available on-street parking in their neighborhoods. There were also complaints of garbage and litter being left by the students.
Establishing the residential parking permit district would allow police officers to ticket any vehicles parked in the area without displaying proper permits.
Parking lots are available to Ashford students, and the university has established a bus service to take students to and from school.
The council will take an uncommon action with the ordinance. City ordinances must be considered three times by the city council. Usually, a consideration will occur at one meeting, and the second and third considerations will occur at the next.
However, as classes begin today, council members wanted to take action quickly, rather than trying to institute the ordinance mid-semester.