McLaren: Community involvement in city’s infrastructure projects is key

I strongly support the city’s current effort to solicit public input on a number of projects that have been developed by staff and reviewed by the council subcommittee on capital improvements.

Alex McLaren

The projects are listed on the city’s website and there is an opportunity to give direct input. There are also a number of public meetings this week at which to ask questions about the projects and give input.

I do hope that folks will take the time to visit the website, give their feedback on the projects, and/or attend the meetings.

There are 67 projects listed as unfunded on the web site. The projects include major improvements to several city parks, the modernizing of the fire and police training facility, the construction of a new fire station, a parking structure in Old Town and a number of other key projects.

These projects can only move forward if funds are available.

The City Council will, after this public input, consider the possibility of calling a General Obligation Bond Election in November this year.

I have seen comments on this process, and suggestions of additions to the list, in the press and heartily applaud this. It is important that the city hears from residents.

It is vital that we continue to reinvest in the fabric of our community and we can only do so with the support of the community.

Editor’s Note: Alex McLaren is a resident of Scottsdale.

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