With the movement of the April meeting date closer to the May meeting date, it was decided that we would provide one newsletter for both April and May.
Moving forward, we will be back in a monthly rhythm regarding the newsletter.
During the month of April, we had a great Arbor Day Celebration. Approximately 20 people showed up to celebrate the event and enjoy refreshments. Laura Armstrong is the citizen that won the ornamental tree giveaway. So far, the tree board is reporting that we are planting at least 12 new trees this spring which will bring the grand total of trees planted under the “re-tree the park” campaign to over 240. Also, the tree board currently has 15 tree maintenance requests from citizens. Overall the Tree Board is making sure that citizens of St. Regis Park will be able to enjoy plenty of shade for years to come.
At the May meeting, we had the 1st reading of our 2019-2020 annual budget. Within that budget, I am excited to announce that we have allotted $45,000 to the Tree Board to continue their planting and maintenance programs. I am also excited to announce that the council has allotted approximately $200,000 to the repair of many storm/catch basins, curbs and repaving of several roads. If any of you notice orange paint on some of the city roads, that is where the engineer has marked for the contractors to mill and pave accordingly. The City Engineer has laid out a 3 phase plan to repave the city as the phases become needed. Right now, we are going to do phase 1 of the repairs that are needed the most. After phase 1 is complete, we will be able to sit back and watch and see when phase 2 needs implemented. As of now, we wouldn’t expect phase 2 to be needed for a couple of years. With phase 1, we will also be repainting all the yellow curbs in the city and of course, painting new chevrons on the speeds humps being redone on Woodmont during phase 1. Councilman John Amback made the excellent suggestion of stopping the speed humps’ width just shy of the curbs on each side of the road to allow bicyclists to go around the speed humps without having to go over them.
Last, but not least, it is that time of the year where I need to remind all of our citizens of a couple of concerns. First, dogs are to remain on leashes at all times when outside of your home unless they are in a fenced back yard. When dogs are taken on walks, they need to be on a leash. If your dog is with you in your front yard, it needs to be on a leash. Also, when walking your dog, please be considerate of your neighbors and pick up after your dog. Next, I would encourage all of you to keep plenty of outdoor lights on at night, car doors locked and garage doors shut. Let’s do everything we can to protect ourselves from potential burglars. We have seen several examples where motion-sensing lights and ring doorbells have been great deterrents. Councilman Craig Theis is researching now, what kind of incentive program may be implemented to help citizens with the cost of home security devices and/or installation from professionals.
Remember, the City of St. Regis Park is a great place to live. Together, we will make it even better!
Brandt Davis, Mayor