As I have spoken with residents over the last several months, one of the top complaints I continue to here about are the roads in Gainesville.
From residential streets that have major wholes in them to main roads that get damaged and then take months to repair. You all have issues with driving in Gainesville.
Earlier this year the City of Gainesville awarded a contract for $1.19 million to repair the streets as part of the cities Street and Utility Maintenance Program. These funds are part of the 2018 bond for city maintenance.
After living here in Gainesville for over four years, it seems like we take small steps toward these projects. One gets done here, one there, etc. We should be able to use a more strategic approach to not just the streets but the overall city infrastructure.
I attended the council meeting on March 3, 2020 when this contract was approved. I have attended most of our council meetings over the last year.
A strategic approach, or at least a serious discussion of a strategic approach to city infrastructure must be undertaken.
Instead of dealing with repairs as they come up, or even waiting for enough citizens to raise concerns about the streets in a neighborhood. Why not use a systematic approach to the issue?
City staff should grid the City of Gainesville or use the current council maps to create sections of the city to focus resources on infrastructure.
Let us presume we use the city council ward map to develop an Infrastructure Management Plan (IMP).
With six wards we can have two wards receive a focus every year. During that year the city would invest all efforts into repairing the streets, water lines, drainage controlled by the city, etc. After that year the next two wards will receive the focus.
During the year attention is given to the two wards, unless an emergency issue takes place. IF ward 3 for example, is being invested in, but a water main breaks in Ward 1 then that must be addressed.
Under this concept you would be assured that your part of town would receive concentrated attention every three years.
I agree this plan may not work, but it is at least worth investigating and discussing among council and city staff.
What are other ways we can improve Gainesville infrastructure? I welcome your ideas.