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The View from Ward 2: Issue #42

April 5th City Council Meeting Rundown

Lakewood will be receiving $50.29 million in emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden last month. We will discuss the possible uses for these funds at a future Finance Committee meeting. I am interested to know if these funds can be used for such things as mitigating the necessary future water rate hikes per our Integrated Wet Weather Improvement Plan, providing rent or down payment assistance, and providing home improvement assistance.

Director of Planning & Development Shawn Leininger, on behalf of the Administration, requested that Council formalize the Public Art Task Force as the Public Art Advisory Board. The Public Art Task Force was established in 2015 and subsequently provided guidance on the City’s public art strategy which resulted in the Spectacular Vernacular Public Art Program, numerous partnerships with local organizations, and the incorporation of public art in our facilities, parks, and streetscape projects. Formalizing the Public Art Task Force will ensure that we are able to continue to sustain the City’s public art program.

Mayor George informed Council that NOPEC awarded Lakewood $147,149 in grant funds to assist us in achieving greater energy efficiency and expand energy infrastructure. We have previously used funds from NOPEC to replace streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights. A portion of these funds are from the Community Event Sponsorship Program and such funds will be provided to LakewoodAlive to support its Front Porch Concert Series.

Curtis Block Building Roof Repair

The City awarded Sibley Inc. a $40,000 contract to repair the roof of the Curtis Block Building. The contract is to be paid out of the Economic Development Fund. This necessary repair should slow the water infiltration, while the City continues to work with stakeholders to determine the best way to preserve the building. The City is currently working with CASTO regarding the building’s preservation, with the goal of preserving the building in its entirety.

Rush Hour Parking Enforcement Resumes on April 12th

Starting today, April 12th, the City is resuming enforcement of “rush hour” parking zones as marked: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 9:30 am and 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

Rush hour parking enforcement was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A review of policies and procedures by Lakewood Police Department determined that the volume of traffic now supports the lifting of the enforcement suspension.

In addition, all other parking violations will again be fully enforced as of today.

Lakewood City Taxes

Tax season is upon us. Please note that Lakewood is following the federal tax extension - Lakewood tax returns are now due May 17, 2021. For more information or to file your taxes online, please visit http://www.onelakewood.com/municipal-income-tax/.
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