Municipal Services Committee, Monday, 4:30 pm
Earlier this year the Department of Public Works initiated a six-month trial of new parking restrictions along Lutz Drive near the Appleton Yacht Club in an effort to resolve a safety issue on the adjacent multi-use trail. The common practice of Yacht Club users loading/unloading their vehicles on the south side of the street created an increased risk of pedestrians/cyclists on the trail getting hit with car doors on their way through.
The six-month trial in this area called for the creation of some "no parking" area along the south side of Lutz Drive adjacent to the trail to eliminate this unsafe interaction between trail users and vehicles. The Yacht Club continues to operate a small parking lot at their facility and users would continue to have access to parking on the north side of the street, along with access on the south side a little further down the street. Yacht Club users have expressed concerns with this arrangement.
The Municipal Services Committee initially recommended permanently enacting the changes made during the six-month trial, but the item was later referred back to committee for further discussion. The committee will be asked once again to make a recommendation on Monday and the item is expected back at council on December 5.
Utilities Committee, Tuesday, 5 pm
Preparations continue for Outagamie County to open a new landfill cell at their facility between Holland Road and French Road and south of Highway 41 in future years. The new cell will be at the northwest corner of the facility, near the French Road overpass over I-41. This week the Utilities Committee will be asked to make a recommendation on two staff requests regarding leachate, the associated water that has percolated through the landfill materials and leached out some of the chemicals within.
The city had previously agreed to accept leachate from the new landfill cell at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has the capacity necessary to accept this material for treatment. Outagamie County has since asked the city to also consider accepting leachate from the east and northeast cells at the facility, however, and doing so would cause the plant to exceed its design capacity for loading of ammonia.
The staff recommendation on this matter calls for the city to accept leachate from the landfill's northwest site but reject the requests regarding the east and northeast sites.
Community and Economic Development, Wednesday, 4:30 pm
On Wednesday the Community and Economic Development Committee will be asked to review allocation recommendations for the city's expected Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2019-20 program year. CDBG is a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program providing funds intended to provide assistance and improve quality of life for low and moderate-income households in the community.
For the 2019-20 program year the city projects to receive around $560,000 in funding. A six-member panel with representatives from the Mayor's office, Common Council, Appleton Redevelopment Authority and City Plan Commission recently met to review requests for grants and arrived at the following recommendation:
- City programs including the Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program, Neighborhood Services Program, Fair Housing Services, Appleton Housing Authority, Police Department and administrative costs will receive a combined $290,018.48.
- Requests designated as "Public Service" are subject to a 15% cap per HUD regulations, so a request from Harbor House for $30,000 towards counselling/advocacy staff is slated to receive $10,000, a $20,000 request from LEAVEN for rental assistance is recommended to receive just under $10,000 and a request from Pillars, Inc. for support staffing was not funded.
- Three projects designated as "Non-Public Service" were fully funded. Pillars, Inc is expected to receive $100,000 towards an affordable housing project, Rebuilding Together Fox Valley has $50,000 towards a home repair project for low-income homeowners and Iris Place Respite Center is expected to receive just under $50,000 towards a project to replace a boiler system.
- A request from Habitat for Humanity for $88,500 to acquire three properties to rehabilitate and resell to low-to-moderate income homebuyers was not funded.
At the committee meeting this week I expect we'll learn more about why the Habitat request was not granted and the city's options for the nearly $50,000 in funds left unallocated as part of this recommendation.
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