A Town Hall meeting took place at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse Wednesday night moderated by Ward #4 Councilmember Joe Rodriguez.
Citizens attending heard updates on city activities from City Engineer Yellambalsi Ramachandra, Public Works Director Carol Reed, Assistant City Secretary Kristin Edwards and City Manager Matt Benoit.
Mr. Ramachandra discussed several local projects, but most of the focus was on the speed-calming devices for Elkins Lake’s River Oaks Drive. With a slide presentation, the city’s engineer showed how and where four sets of speed bumps will be affixed to the street. Councilmember Rodriguez explained that after surveying speeds on the street and canvassing residents of the street in the form of a petition, the City decided to move forward with the safety measure. The move all stemmed from concerns about safety from the street’s residents. A couple of the objections to the project were based on the whole Elkins Lake community not being asked for input and the possibility that more intense policing of the street would be adequate to slow down its traffic.
City Secretary Kristin Edwards talked about the City’s digital newsletter “This Week in Huntsville” available on the City’s website.
Public Works Director Carol Reed explained the reasoning behind the rehabilitation of the sewer lift station in the area as well as revisiting the City’s recycling program with a special emphasis on the kinds of plastic permitted for recycling and that no glass or styrofoam should be put in the recycle carts. She also included a list of a number of items not permitted, which can be found on the city’s website. She also passed along that larger recycling carts are available for citizens that need them.
City Manager Matt Benoit gave a rundown on recent retail development in the City, and said another “State of the City” report is planned.
Other issues of concern raised by those attending, included concern about the charities the City donates funds to, the dropping of various permit fees for the new Kroger and that instead of incurring debt for some future projects to concentrate on fixing infrastructure problems.