Traverse Metropolis commissioners tonight (Monday) will talk about town’s Full Streets coverage, photo voltaic choices for powering town’s wastewater remedy plant, and main state highway initiatives slated to happen regionally within the following 5 years. Tonight’s research session is considered one of two fee conferences scheduled this week; the board may even maintain a particular assembly Wednesday to interview 9 candidates for town fee emptiness.
Commissioners tonight will revisit a dialogue from earlier this fall on updating town’s “Full Streets” coverage, which outlines town’s dedication to offering “protected and handy path for all customers, together with pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers of all ages and talents.” Town final up to date the coverage in 2011, and Commissioner Tim Werner proposed in October to revise it to revive and strengthen town’s place in help of multi-modal transportation, citing the current debates about redesign roads like Grandview Parkway and East Entrance Avenue. (pictured) to accommodate completely different consumer teams. Werner additionally recommended including new references to micromobility – which usually refers to e-bikes, scooters, skateboards, and different gentle automobiles beneath 15mph – and addressing local weather change, a acknowledged precedence of town fee.
In a memo to commissioners, Metropolis Supervisor Marty Colburn mentioned that for the reason that October assembly, he has been assembly with workers and town’s Motion Transportation Advisory Committee to evaluation the draft adjustments. With town working with a advisor to create a Mobility Motion Plan – a course of that may embody a “evaluation of present insurance policies and ordinances” and the “software of Full Streets and different mobility / bicycling within the metropolis” – Colburn recommended commissioners maintain off on updating the Full Streets coverage till the Mobility Motion Plan is accomplished.
“For one, the Mobility Motion Plan will present a framework for the event of the aforementioned coverage and assist information the method,” he wrote. “It is going to additionally permit workers time to analysis and discover essentially the most significant methods to create an efficient coverage that addresses the wants and calls for of transportation on the citywide community degree.”
Within the meantime, Colburn mentioned commissioners can “reinforce town’s dedication to transportation fairness” as we speak by passing a decision in help of full streets. The proposed decision states that “elevated strolling, biking, public transportation, and using assistive units provide the potential for improved public well being, financial improvement, a cleaner atmosphere , addressing local weather change, decreasing transportation prices, enhancing group connections, and making communities extra livable.” It additionally mentioned that town “hereby expresses its help for full streets” and dedicated to creating an up to date coverage that “considers all authorized customers of all the transportation community as a daily a part of planning and infrastructure implementation, which will probably be guided by the suggestions of town’s Grasp Plan and Mobility Motion Plan and supply a decision-making matrix for the road design course of.”
Photo voltaic Array
Jacobs, the corporate that operates and maintains town’s wastewater remedy plant, will current the outcomes tonight of a research it accomplished on choices for working the plant with renewable power. In response to the corporate’s report, town’s plant makes use of roughly 5,048 MWh of electrical energy yearly, based mostly on an evaluation of month-to-month electrical energy payments. The entire price is about $411,525, for a unit price of $0.082/kWh.
The plant’s roof area might permit for the set up of 965 photo voltaic panels that might produce about 510MWh of electrical energy per 12 months, or 10 % of the plant’s annual consumption. The capital price for the arrays could be about $576,000, leading to “a easy payback of about 18 years if financed and operated by Traverse Metropolis,” in line with the report. Jacobs famous that town might discover web metering choices with Traverse Metropolis Mild & Energy and doable further incentives as a part of the lately handed federal infrastructure act.
Jacobs tonight may even talk about town’s off-site photo voltaic power choices, together with a doable array close to the Oleson Bridge Path. In response to the corporate, the obtainable land can accommodate a 7.54MWDC/6.04MWAC photo voltaic challenge. The ability “can produce nearly double the quantity of power utilized by the waste plant every year,” in line with the corporate’s report.
Commissioners tonight may even hear a presentation from the Michigan Division of Transportation (MDOT) on state highway initiatives deliberate within the Traverse Metropolis space between 2023 and 2027. The checklist consists of 2023 initiatives in Pals Nook and South Division Avenue, together with preliminary work on Grandview Parkway , which will probably be carried out in 2024 and 2025 when many of the reconstruction is scheduled to happen in two phases from Garfield to Cherry Bend Street. Different initiatives within the coming years embody work on M-72, US-31 close to Interlochen, US-31/Three Mile Street, and M-37 between Garfield/US-31 and Middle Street/Peninsula Drive intersection. The Ticker have a extra detailed have a look at future initiatives right here.
Fee Candidate Interviews Wednesday
The commissioners may even maintain a particular assembly Wednesday at 7 p.m. to interview 9 candidates for the upcoming fee emptiness. Commissioner Ashlea Walter is leaving on the finish of the 12 months to serve on the Grand Traverse County fee, leaving an open seat from January to November till the following election is held. Initially, eleven candidates utilized to be interviewed. Nonetheless, two candidates – Vicky Armor and Amy Koden – have since withdrawn.
The remaining 9 candidates will probably be interviewed by the fee individually. These embody Gretchen Carr, Kenneth Funk, Gary Howe, Caroline Kennedy, Linda Koebert, Jason Lawrence, Brian McGillivary, Merek Roman, and Barbara Keen. Metropolis workers will randomly choose a variety of candidates to interview. Candidates who should not actively being interviewed will probably be requested to attend exterior the room (though they won’t be compelled to take action as a result of Open Conferences Act). The general public can attend the interviews, which may even be broadcast reside on TACM and streamed on town’s Fb web page.
“Every candidate will probably be given three minutes initially of their interview to present a gap assertion,” mentioned Metropolis Clerk Benjamin Marentette. “Then, every commissioner will ask the candidate, with one minute given for every reply.” After the primary spherical of questions, the commissioners can resolve to decide on a candidate, slender the sphere of candidates and have a second spherical of questions (or invite all candidates to the second spherical), or proceed the opposite course of. Marentette advisable the commissioners use a ranked selection voting system to decide on a candidate. No less than 4 votes are wanted to verify a candidate. The chosen particular person will probably be sworn in at their first fee assembly in January.