Dear St. Ann Community,
Summer has arrived early! While the outdoor pool at Tiemeyer Park was closed last summer, we are able to open the big pool and slides this summer. Money form the American Recovery Act will be used to help subsidize this effort, as the City’s finances recover from COVID. Despite press statements to the contrary, these funds have pretty strict limitations for their use. We have started a comprehensive study of the entire pool complex, partially funded through a Municipal Park Planning Grant. The study is being conducted by Counsilman-Hunsaker, a nationally recognized aquatics consultant. The existing facility is over 30 years old, was funded by sales tax revenue from the old Northwest Plaza and has reached the end of its projected lifespan. The study will look at the existing condition, operating and maintenance costs. Next it will look at programming a market analysis. Finally it will provide options for a renovation or reconstruction as well as potential costs for all.
This summer marks the first full season of street construction work funded by the City-wide Transportation Development District (TDD). The TDD will fund $1 million annually in street improvements. Special signs will identify projects funded by the TDD. Click here for a list of streets that will be addressed this summer. We are also planning improvements to the City’s Public Works Facility to facilitate the transition of the staff to full time street maintenance activities. We have also started addressing street trees and started planning for sidewalk repair next year. You will also see the department beginning to replace street signs.
We have also, thanks to the American Recovery Act, been able to reopen the Community Center. The effects of COVID still linger and it will take some time for everything to get back to normal. I look forward to continuing the progress we have made.