From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
$14 million for neighborhood streets and sidewalks
Mayor McGinn announced nearly $14 million in neighborhood transportation investments throughout Seattle as part of his 2014 Proposed Budget. These investments focus on the basics, with more funding for sidewalks, road paving, design work for bridge rehabilitation, and funding for coordinated transportation planning in four key corridors.
“Seattle’s economy is doing well, and that gives us the ability to pave more streets, build more sidewalks, repair more bridges, and conduct additional coordinated transportation planning,” said McGinn. “We’re investing in better roads and sidewalks in neighborhoods across our city.”
“Neighborhoods across Seattle are always in need of, and advocating for, more transportation investments,” said Phil Shack, chair of the City Neighborhood Council. “This commitment to invest more in our neighborhoods is much needed and very welcome.”
The mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget represents a 37 percent increase in road maintenance funding over 2010 levels. A significant investment for people who walk is also part of this budget proposal. With more funding for pedestrian improvements like sidewalks and curb ramps, there is a 79 percent increase in Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation over the 2014 Endorsed Capital Improvement Program.
$500,000 for neighborhood projects
Yesterday, Mayor McGinn announced he will propose an increase of $500,000 to the Neighborhood Matching Fund as part of his upcoming 2014 Proposed Budget. This increase restores the amount of funds available to support neighborhood projects back to pre-recession levels. In addition, the budget will add another staff position to support the program and its awardees. McGinn’s proposal also includes $60,000 for projects designed to discourage criminal activity.
“For 25 years, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has been integral to so many community projects and activities,” said McGinn. “It’s contribution to neighborhoods can be seen across the city from the Fremont Troll to Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots. This funding will help residents as they design projects to support the quality of life of their neighborhoods.”
McGinn also proposed another $60,000 to develop a special designation to the Neighborhood Matching Fund that will help neighbors participate in projects focused on discouraging criminal activity. Incorporating CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles, a consultant will be hired to develop the policies and the community engagement model to help communities assess problem areas and implement solutions. This idea came as a result of the mayor’s Safe Communities Initiative community outreach project, in which residents identified CPTED as an opportunity for city investment that could reduce crime and improve safety. More information about the Safe Communities Initiative can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/safe.
The previous round of Neighborhood Matching Fund grants were announced last week.
$14.8 million for School Road Safety
Mayor McGinn announced last week substantial new investments for road safety at Seattle-area schools. $14.8 million in revenue collected through the City’s school zone speed cameras will be re-invested in safety improvements at schools across Seattle over the next two years. This will include improvements like new sidewalks, improved street crossings, and traffic calming at more than 20 schools as well as expanded education and encouragement programs to increase safety for students.
“Keeping children safe as they travel to and from school, as well as throughout their neighborhood, is a top priority,” said McGinn. “This substantial new investment will help us make lasting improvements and encourage everyone to be safe on our roads.”
This effort is part of the School Road Safety Initiative launched earlier this year. This initiative is being advised by a School Road Safety Task Force and Interagency Team, made up of residents and members of school communities throughout the city, Seattle Public Schools, representatives of Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Metro, Sound Transit, Safe Kids Seattle, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, members of the Seattle Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Boards, and non-profit leaders such as Feet First, Cascade Bicycle Club, Bike Works, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition.
Budget Speech September 23
Mayor McGinn will present his proposed budget, including the investments described above, in his annual budget speech at 2:00 p.m. on September 23, 2013 in Seattle City Council Chambers.
Upcoming events (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm):
Sept 14, 10:00 a.m. – Seventh Annual Festival of Fruit, Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd)
Sept 14, 11:00 a.m. – Fiestas Patrias Parade and Fiesta, South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave S)
Sept 14, 1:00 p.m. – Jefferson Park Jubilee, Jefferson Park (3801 Beacon Ave S)
Sept 15, New Zealand Forest Opening, Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Dr E)
Video highlights (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/photos/videos.htm):
||Support for Immigrant and Refugee Communities
|School Road Safety Investments
||Neighborhood Matching Fund expansion
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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill