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Public Infrastructure

We are long overdue for conducting a Programming Needs Assessment and developing a Facilities Plan for city properties.  Completing these studies will be one of my top priorities. They will help us utilize existing space and resources more efficiently and guide decisions regarding maintenance, renovation  and construction.    

We need to tackle the large backlog of street repairs in Urbana.  As an alderwoman, I supported passage of the local motor fuel tax and a storm water utility fee to repair streets, sidewalks, pipes, manholes, and inlets.  

People want to live in walkable, bike-friendly cities. I support "complete streets" and connectivity between neighborhoods, schools, parks, and commercial areas. Urbana recently was recognized as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, the first city in Illinois to achieve this level.    

High-speed internet is an essential component of public infrastructure. Federal, state, and local governments have built a high speed fiber optic backbone in our community through a consortium called Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B).  I support private sector expansion of this service to all neighborhoods and businesses.   We should capitalize on this resource to attract new residents and investors to the city. 

Other top priorities include finishing construction of Windsor Road, completing Lincoln Avenue-Olympian Drive, rebuilding of Green St. from Wright St. to Race St. and working with other units of government to promote the Kickapoo Rail Trail from Urbana to Danville.  As a "trail community," Urbana will benefit from increased tourism and other recreational activities.


 


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