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Posted on: November 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Public Works Update - 11-18-2022

Public Works crews in a loader adding lights to Middle Beach

Beach Lighting

Public Works crews spent most of their time this week raising the lighting along Middle Beach. This also included replacing some of the lighting that had gone bad. The lighting needed to be raised to allow for equipment to be able to safely pass under it for beach maintenance and emergency purposes. Most visitors and residents agree the lighting adds a nice element to our beach areas at night. It also provides lighting for the restaurants that wish to continue to do outdoor dining. Our crews will continue to maintain these lights since they are being utilized quite well. 

Solar Lighting at Cemetery Lot

It was determined that some sort of lighting was needed in the parking lot across from the cemetery. We often found trash leftover from groups of kids hanging out there at night. Since we occasionally have to park our equipment there we felt it would make the area safer if there was some lighting installed. There was also a request from a concerned citizen for street lighting in that area. We have had success with the solar lighting we have been installing in several areas around town, and decided to install these solar lights at the cemetery lot. Crews installed poles to mount the lighting onto. This area will now be properly lighted to make it safer for residents. 

Float Repairs

As mentioned in previous updates, our Harbor Maintenance crews have been hauling out and performing repairs to our harbor dock floats. As you can imagine, quite a toll is taken upon them during the busy summer season. An extensive amount of maintenance is required to keep the floats in good condition, and extend their useful life. This week our crews worked on the float that was hauled out last week. A large portion of the decking and deck supports were rotted, and needed to be replaced. Other repairs such as hardware replacement, and painting will also be performed to the float. These floats are then stored for the winter season, and will be put back into the water in the spring. 

Mode Shift Public Workshop

A public workshop relating to our mode shift study was held Monday evening via Zoom. Jamie Hmielak worked with RRM Design Group & W-Trans to put the workshop on for our residents. The core objective of the project is to identify policies that will enable the City to develop a multimodal strategy to reduce reliance on personal motor vehicles, enhance pedestrian walkways and accessibility, boost the City’s public transportation services, and guide implementation of recommendations from the City’s active transportation plan. Several residents, and members of the City Council, attended. A questionnaire was presented that allowed participants to answer several questions in real-time relating to local transportation. A planned discussion was then held amongst all participants to provide further feedback. The information generated from the workshop will be applied towards our mode shift study, which will eventually be incorporated into our active transportation plan. The next step for the mode shift study will be a presentation by W-Trans at the City Council meeting scheduled for December 6th. More information on this study will be provided in future updates. 

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