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Gainesville City Council's to-do list
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As Gainesville officials spent the past three days at a planning retreat, several issues came to the front of the agenda. Here is a look at some of the items city officials have put on the top of their to-do lists this year:

Traffic issues

Rather than wait on state DOT funding, city officials would like to fund projects they say need more immediate attention:

  • congestion on Jesse Jewell Parkway.
  • the "chokepoint" at the John Morrow interchange.
  • the Academy/Green Street split.

Economic development

Officials want to boost the economy by:

  • aggressively pursuing the redevelopment of the Midtown area, and adding sidewalks.
  • studying surrounding communities’ alcohol rules to make downtown restaurants more competitive with those in South Hall.
  • exploring opportunities to improve retail choices at Lakeshore Mall.

Public utilities issues

To mitigate lost revenues from water restrictions and ensure water for the future, officials plan to:

  • speed up plans to use the Cedar Creek Reservoir.
  • cut expenses by pushing back capital projects.
  • ask City Council to put off voting on water rates.

Budget issues

Gainesville faces financial pressures from:

  • departments that rely on money transfers from the general fund. The city must find ways to keep agencies flourishing, but reduce their dependence on the general fund.
  • proposed state legislation that threatens to eliminate franchise fees from utility and solid waste companies.
  • a slumping housing market that is affecting property tax revenues.
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