Here's the news release from the city of Abilene:
The city of Abilene is requesting citizen suggestions for potential projects or general comments on priorities for the upcoming 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). CIP projects involve major construction or acquisition and are long-term investments rather than day-to-day operating expenses. Each year, the City adopts a new five-year plan to identify needed capital projects and to coordinate financing and timing. Qualifying CIP projects include:
Construction of buildings, or facilities; including design, engineering, and other preconstruction costs with an estimated total cost in excess of $25,000
Purchase of major equipment and vehicles, other than office and data processing equipment, valued in excess of $25,000 with a life expectancy of 15 years or more:
Major equipment and furnishings for new or renovated buildings
Acquisition or purchase of land or other property
Studies pertaining to capital improvements that require the employment of outside professional consultants at a cost in excess of $25,000
To share your ideas, visit the City’s website at www.abilenetx.com and look for the “CIP Survey” link under the City Spotlight heading. The QR code located at the bottom of this page can be used by those with a smart phone and a QR reader ap. Complete the survey by midnight on October 31.
City staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission use citizen suggestions to help develop and prioritize recommendations to the City Manager. The City Manager then forwards a recommendation to the City Council for final approval in the spring of 2013. The 2012-2016 CIP included over $14 million in water improvements, $13 million in wastewater improvements and $9.8 million in other planned improvement such a streets, parks and facilities.
Members of the public are also welcome to attend a public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission held in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2012. Send your comments or questions to:
Planning and Development Services
555 Walnut Street, Room 100
P.O. Box 60
Abilene, TX 79604-0060
Phone: (325) 676-6237 or Fax: (325) 676-6242