From the Mayor:
The participants such as those of you who came the other night voted for your top 3 priorities in each category from the list of suggestions and ideas from the group. There will be many such groups and staff will provide council with a composite.
If I tell you that we have been constantly working on this, you will probably take it as a way to put off doing more. I assure you that is not the case. We have over the last few years offered loans to fix up store fronts, put bike officers and additional other officers in place in the downtown, reluctantly put in place an exclusion zone, worked to bring Beam, Lord Lebrick and LCC into our downtown, improved rules for in front of the library, funded additional red jackets, worked with the Chamber and participated in a public safety group, supported county efforts for funding, asked the county to open additional beds and twice offered money swaps to help ensure that could occur, had an entire array of outdoor activities downtown to draw public there – and that’s just off the top of my head this morning. I am working with DA on his working group and support the Chief with his as we continue to try to both enforce the law and be creative in our usage of scarce resources.