Good afternoon all,
I hope my email finds you and your family doing well. We are living in extraordinary times. It is important to check on your neighbors and friends. The pandemic has shown us all nothing is guaranteed.
I want to thank Mike for his email. It captured some of my policy positions. It also was a succinct portrait of my leadership style. I was raised to be humble even in the midst of accomplishment.
There is one point Mike mentioned I would like to clarify. It has to do with the Flower Avenue Green Street. I have written that the project was supported by my predecessor and his council colleagues. Who included talented legislators like Seth Grimes and Tim Male. They taught me a lot about making policy.
The project was part of PW's CIP list, but it lacked sufficient funding. The type of funding required to deliver the street you see today. I sponsored a resolution to overturn the prohibition that the City's General Fund would not be used to support Flower Avenue's redevelopment. Here is a link to the resolution: https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/resolutions/2013/resolution-2013-21.pdf. My initial efforts can be tied to $5,692.754 of the investment into Ward 5. The resolution above gave the City the opportunity to apply to the Federal TAP grant program. I believe the utility providers came around to replacing their hundred year old infrastructure because they saw significant funding dedicated to Flower Avenue. I do not take credit of any of the money that was secured prior to my policy action. Former Councilmember Snipper led that effort.
Finally, I want to thank staff, our construction vendor and planning consultant, RK&K. Furthermore, a special thanks needs to go out to residents. I appreciate your patience. We did it!!!