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The pilot area of the City of Taylor’s Good to Great Neighborhood Program continues to progress toward a late-May finish.
When the program finishes in the pilot area, which is located between Westlake, Goddard, Beech Daly and Haig streets, it will move to another sector of the community (see related announcement).
For those not familiar with the Good to Great program, it maximizes the strength and focus of community improvement by using the various departments of the City to simultaneously concentrate on issues like beautification, parks, signs, trees, utilities, roads, sanitation, related neighborhood businesses and even public safety on a given area.
The following is a breakdown of where the program stands in the pilot area in various categories:
PETS: “Keep your dogs on a leash” signs are being created and will be installed shortly.
HOME ADDRESSES: Residents should take note that addresses on their homes must be visible and easy to read. This is a public safety issue, and the responsibility of the homeowner.
FREE MULCH: Free mulch has been placed in strategic areas of the neighborhoods for use by residents on their property. After being dumped a few weeks ago and replenished, mulch use has gone slowly down. Residents should remember that any mulch remaining in these public areas is free for their use through the end of the program.
TREE TRIMMING: Trimming of trees in public easement areas is rapidly coming to a conclusion, and will finish May 21-25. Bad trees are being removed. The cause of some delays in this area came as a result of the fact that inspectors had to wait for trees to bloom to evaluate them.
TREE REPLACEMENT: A letter was sent to residents in the pilot area, asking if they wanted to purchase replacement and/or extra trees for the easement areas of their property. Under the plan, they receive the option of three different types of trees; cut down and removal of dead or diseased trees; installation of the replacement tree(s); mulched area; and an attached watering bag for the new tree, all for a price of $200. Nine residents have already participated in the program.
SEWER INSPECTION/CLEANUP: This is an area that may continue after the Good to Great Program moves to its next area of the community. It is progressing, but slower than some other areas of the program.
SIGN IMPROVEMENT: The DPW is replacing street and stop signs with new high-intensity prismatic versions, which are much easier to read, especially in nighttime hours. All of the stop signs have been replaced already. In addition to the high-intensity prismatic signs, DPW has added reflective orange strips to the signposts for better recognition. This task is almost complete.
STREET SWEEPING: Street sweeping has been done throughout the pilot area, but will be done again thoroughly one last time before the program moves to a new neighborhood.
SIDEWALK WORK: Sidewalk cement grinding of trip hazards throughout the pilot area is near completion, but has been delayed for equipment upgrades. Other sidewalk concerns -- such as replacement squares or new sidewalks -- needs to be evaluated further. The cost of sidewalk replacement panels are the responsibility of the homeowner. The City is looking at different ways to remedy that situation, including creating some type of assessment district or citywide sidewalk program. A final decision on this issue has not be made, so complete remedies for sidewalk issues in the pilot area will not be complete when the program moves out of the area.
COP ON A CORNER: As part of the Good to Great Neighborhood Program, Taylor Police will hold meet-and-greet-type gatherings at two locations in the pilot area this week. On Wednesday, May 16, Taylor Police will have officers located on the corner of Cherokee and Koths beginning at 6 p.m. Then on Saturday, May 19, officers will be located on Wilkie and Baker streets, beginning at noon. Residents of the neighborhood are encouraged to visit with the officers and let them know of any concerns you may have in the area. (Click here for more.)
All projected timelines remain subject to change due to the weather.
Feedback from residents has been very good during the Good to Great Neighborhood Program in the pilot area. Homeowners often leave their houses to discuss issues with City workers and give general feedback, which is always appreciated and a byproduct of the community improvement campaign. In addition, Coordinator Sam DiCicco has received many, many questions and tons of feedback.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DiCicco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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