Good Afternoon Ward 1,
I hope you had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather today. Tomorrow's meeting has 4 basic parts:
A closed session to discuss litigation with the City attorney pertaining to the opioid litigation settlement and the Neighborhood Development Company / Takoma Junction Project. If there are more details that I am able to share after the meeting, I will do so.
A presentation of the City Manager's Recommended FY 2024 Budget. The proposed budget has not yet been posted. I have heard a wide variety of views about the City's budget and spending through the meeting that I held, emails, phone calls, and one on one conversations. There is no clear majority on how Ward 1 residents think our City should spend residents' tax dollars. My goal is to steer us as responsibly as I am able. If you haven't had a chance to let me know what your hopes are for our financial future, please reach out to me.
A voting session on Resolution Adopting the 2023-2024 City Council Priorities - Final Draft Resolution (PDF) / https://documents.takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-council/agendas/2023/council-priorities-draft-2023-04-10.pdf --Our City Council Members and Mayor have been very thoughtful in the crafting of this document. I am happy with the results and look forward to working on the issues with our City staff.
Police Procurement Items - Five Police Vehicles (PDF)--The TPPD is proposing to replace 5 gas powered police vehicles with hybrid vehicles. I don't yet know what the reasons are for replacing these vehicles and look forward to learning about them at tomorrow's meeting.
My drop in office hours for April are:
Thursday the 13th 7pm-8:30pm at BevCo
Thursday the 20th 2pm-3:30pm at The Streetery
Sunday the 23rd 5pm-6:30pm virtual
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pdf-yodd-kze
I am happy to get together during other hours as well if you would like to schedule a time.