NEWS BLOG: Bike projects, overdue water bills, library news

BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

 

City Council has started combing through Mayor Tom Richards’ 2012-2013 proposed budget. Council members spent all day Wednesday grilling department heads in an open hearing.

Some highlights:

  • Bikes: the city is working on seven different projects to connect neighborhoods to bike trails.
  • Inner Loop cleaning may be reduced to twice a year. And the city will resubmit an application to fill in the Loop from Monroe to East avenues early next year.
  • The Federal Building owes the city more than $3,000 for water. An official said the city has been trying to get paid for six months, but it’s not going well. Whoever pays the bills over there only wants to pay the current amount, a city official said, and not what’s past due.
  • Will the state take good care of the Canadice and Hemlock watershed? Environmental Services employees spoke openly of their concerns.
  • Could Barnard Crossing library in Greece and Rochester’s Charlotte branch be combined? They have the same customer base.
  • The Maplewood branch library has outgrown its space. Officials looked at an old fire house and an abandoned nursing home as possible new locations, but rejected both options. A couple of Council members mentioned striking a deal with School No. 7, since it’s close to Maplewood. The area doesn’t need two full libraries, Council member Dana Miller said.

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