Meeting #1: $50 Million GO Bond 2018 Ballot Issue

yTkejEGTEPrevious post at 7th Ward Independent Democrats blog on today’s City Capital Committee Meeting for proposed $50 Million GO Bond ballot issue in 2018.

Heavily borrowed from Gerry Connolly’s live tweeting of the meeting. Can’t thank him enough for this public service.

Before we get to the money…

This is a process. Today’s meeting appears to have been the first ever City Capital Committee meeting with a public notice that the pubic saw and in turn attended. When the Capital Committee is finished, the proposal must go through Board of Estimate and Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President) and Board of Aldermen before going on ballot.

I made a Sunshine records request regarding the Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditure to find out what happened to it.

Info on ballot timing, who is on Capital Committee, and Citizens Advisory Committee are in previous post on 7th Ward blog. 

The Capital Committee may meet again 2 pm Friday, Jan. 12th.

The Board President filled (announced today) the Ways & Means (Budget) Committee chairmanship vacated by Alderman Steve Conway, who was appointed Assessor. The new Chairman is 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson and he was present at the Capital Committee meeting. There should be a second alderman on the Capital Committee. It was rumored to be 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg (elected April 2017) but not confirmed. It’s important that all the people who are supposed to be on committees, such as this, participate for checks and balances.

The money. There was a Draft 1/4/2018 circulated at the meeting but immediately revised. Revisions are noted.

$1 Million of the proposed $50 Million Bond Issue would go for the cost of issuance.

Fire Department Vehicles/Stations
(deleted- proposed $300,000 for 6 First Responder Vehicles, 4×4 crew cab)
$   192,000 for 4 Command Vehicles (first proposed as $141,000 for 3)
$   125,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Air)
$   209,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Fuel)
$1,300,000 for 100′ Aerial Platform
$1,250,000 for 5 Ambulances (Med Duty)
$9,495,000 for 9 Pumper w/ 75′ Ladder
$1,600,000 for 2 Pumpers
$   250,000 for 1 Foam/Chemical Truck
$     70,000 for 1 Fire Investigation Unit
$     60,000 for 1 Service Truck
$     60,000 for 1 Tire Truck
$1,100,000 for Fire Station Roofs
$   592,000 for Fire Station Generators

Police Department
$6,500,000 for Radio Equipment (placeholder amount- SLMPD radio vendor- Motorola- informed City late 2017 that it would be discontinuing service & parts supply for the units in 2018.)
$1,300,000 for Property Custody/SWAT HQ (that stands out because the 2015 GO Bond had $2,100,00 earmarked to retrofit a bldg for SLMPD property custody storage)

Corrections Department
$   165,000 for Plumbing Repair
$   200,000 for Showers & Toilets
$1,200,000 for Video Security Equipment Upgrades
$3,229,000 for Air Conditioning @ Dorm, Chapel, Gym, Pods, Kitchen, Cafeteria (temporary AC units will be used 2018)
$     12,000 for Sprinkler Heads (Pods)
$   900,000 for Sprinkler System (Dorm)
$   800,000 for Boiler Replacement Courts and Juvenile Detention
$5,000,000 for HVAC

City Hall & Other Municipal Buildings
$1,000,000 for HVAC
$1,300,000 for Restroom Upgrades (City Hall) – personal note, City Hall is not ADA compliant, the plumbing is a mess, and there’s only one secret bathroom with a baby changing table
$1,600,000 to Replace Electrical Switchgear & Panel Boards (City Hall) Oddly, ongoing leaking roof at City Hall, is not on the list.
$1,000,000 for Miscellaneous Building Repairs
Accounting & Payroll System $5,000,000
ADA Transition Plan $1,000,000 (first proposed as $1,500,000)

Bridge Projects $2,500,000 (Southwest @ Columbia; Compton; $1 M+ needed for the Kingshighway viaduct, McRee to Manchester)

Again, this was the first meeting. Nothing is written in stone yet. There’s a recitation on GO Bonds in City, a history, at the beginning of this 2015 Board Bill.

Here’s the 2016 $25 Million GO Bond Board Bill.  In 2016, voters were told the money would be spent as follows…
$15,000,000 for 10 Fire trucks, 7 Ambulances, Roof & HVAC repairs to some Fire Houses, New Roof + Generator @ FD HQ
$  2,100,000 to retrofit a City Bldg for property custody storage for SLPMD
$  1,300,000 to repair Rec Centers
$  2,000,000 in matching funds for bridge repair
$     500,000 for repairs at city buildings, including City Hall
$     500,000 for Corrections Department, including new locks
$  2,500,000 to upgrade Assessor’s computer system
$     300,000 for other computer upgrades
$  1,000,000 for 4 Trash Trucks

Here is the progress report on the 2016 Bond Issue.

Make your voice heard on this bond issue? Contact your elected officials.
Contact Mayor Lyda Krewson
Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President Lewis Reed

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman


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