by Mayor Tammy
Town Halls have always been an important priority. I value our time outside City Hall, speaking with citizens about real issues in our community. It is so imperative that we work together. That is why I hope you will join me at our next Town Hall this Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic School. We have several important topics to discuss including smart planning for future growth, a transportation alternative, the election process and recycling alternatives.
SMART PLANNING: Growth is on the minds of many of our residents and across the Treasure Valley. The City of Meridian is developing a new Comprehensive Plan and we want you to be part of that process! The Plan is a guiding document for the development of our community over the next couple of decades. The current Plan was adopted when Meridian was one-third the size it is today, so the City’s goal is to create a new document that paints a picture for what the community would like to see as more people discover that Meridian is a great place to live, work and raise a family. During the Town Hall, our Community Development team will provide an overview and explain more about the process and how residents will have an opportunity to participate in developing a new Comp Plan.
TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE: City of Meridian staff will also discuss LimeBike with those at the Town Hall. LimeBike is a bike share company that is working to bring smart mobility solutions to the area using its newest products: Lime-E (electric-assist bike) and Lime-S (electric scooter), in addition to their standard bikes. Bike sharing is quickly becoming a popular way for people to move around communities. While it may not be for everyone, come learn more about this alternative transportation concept and how it could work here in Meridian.
ELECTION PROCESS: Over the past few months, members of the City Council have been discussing the election process for City Council seats - whether we utilize the current model or institute another way of electing City Council members as Idaho law allows. There will be a public hearing about this subject during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd. City Attorney Bill Nary will present the alternate options that exist to elect City Council members at the Town Hall and planned next steps for evaluation.
RECYCLING ALTERNATIVE: City staff and Solid Waste Advisory Commissioners will provide an update about the Hefty® EnergyBag™ Program at the Town Hall. The program in Meridian will allow 1,500 residents who choose to participate (on a first come, first serve basis), a new way to collect #3-7 plastics that are not accepted in the green recycle cart. These materials will then be converted to off-road fuels. The City of Meridian will utilize Community Recycling Funds to purchase one year’s worth of 1,500 bag kits for participating households. Details about the upcoming registration process will be discussed.
As you can see, the event will cover some important topics that I know are on the minds of many of our citizens. We will also allow time for general questions from the community on issues which you are interested in discussing. Please join us on Wednesday. I look forward to seeing you.
The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will also be at the Town Hall to gather feedback regarding the locations for bike repair stations. It will be live streamed online at www.meridiancity.org or you can view it here.
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