EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — The City of El Paso is holding a series of community meetings to inform residents of three proposals made by the City Council on the November 8 ballot.
The proposals include the 2022 Community Progress Projects, a $272.48 million bond package that will fund improvements that the public has identified as community priorities. Among the proposals:
- Offer A: $246.48 million for street improvements, including new sidewalks, streetscapes and traffic controls, and planning.
- Suggestion B: $20.8 million for parks and recreation
- Offer C: $5.2 million for renewable energy and resource efficiency improvements and planning.
The City says they have developed proposals based on community engagement to determine the community’s priorities and needs.
The community engagement process, which included a comprehensive study, identified street infrastructure, quality of life facilities, and renewable energy as top community priorities.
A series of community meetings to inform the public about bond voting will begin on September 1 and will be held throughout El Paso:
- Thursday, September 1: 6:00 pm at the Northeast Regional Command Center, 9600 Dyer.
- Wednesday, 7 September: 6:00 pm at the Community Services Center, 7968 Sao Paula.
- Wednesday, September 14: 6:00 pm at the Marty Robbins Recreation Center, 11620 Vista del Sol.
- Wednesday, September 21: 5:30 pm at Clardy Fox Library, 5515, Robert Alva.
- Thursday, September 22: 6:00 pm at The Beast Community Center, 13501 Jason Crandall.
- Wednesday, September 28: 6:00 p.m. at the Memorial Center for the Elderly, 1800 Byron.
- Thursday, September 29: 18:00 at the Galatzan Recreation Centre, 650 Wallenberg.
- Thursday, October 6: 6:00 pm at the Westside Regional Command Center, 4801 Osborne.
- Wednesday, October 12: 8:00 a.m. at the Village Inn, 7144 Gateway Blvd E.
All members of the public and the media are invited. Additional community presentations are being added and may be requested.
OFFERS AT A GLANCE
Prop A: focus on the streets
The first proposal will provide $135 million to resurface and improve the 50 most trafficked roads in the city of El Paso; $35 million to resurface residential buildings based on pavement data; $15 million for intersection safety; and $52 million for street connectivity, including Airway, Resler, and Montwood expansion.
Prop B: Focus on parks
The second proposal would fund the All-Abilities Playground, which is valued at $10 million. The new facility will serve as a mega-regional park. The proposal will also provide $5 million for shady facilities in city parks and $5 million for the Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), which will provide funds for critical small park projects.
Proposal C: Focus of action on climate change
The third proposal provides $5 million to fund the development of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan to set goals and strategies to maximize co-benefits while addressing local climate and social stressors, including floods, heat, energy and citizen mobility.