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Council approved appointment of alternate to be permanent member of DEI Task Force

During the Feb. 18 City Council meeting, the council swiftly approved two items on the agenda without discussion.

First, a contract was awarded to Tapani, Inc. for construction of the Wembley Park Road Rehabilitation Project for about $3.79 million.

The portion of Wembley Park Road from Country Club Road to Twin Fire Road will be reconstructed and repaved beginning in March. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2020.

There will also be an improvement to stormwater management in the area and aging potable — meaning safe to drink — water lines will be upgraded for reliability of water service.

In 2017, the City Council approved a contract with Murraysmith to provide program, construction and inspection management and services related to the City's efforts of improving the pavement condition of its streets.

"The award of that contract initiated a programmatic approach to the planned delivery of a significant investment in the City's street network," the staff report reads. "This program includes the reconstruction of a few major roadways in the City and rehabilitation of thousands of feet of collector and local streets. The first of the major roadways included was Jefferson Parkway between Kerr Parkway and Westlake Drive and was completed in the summer of 2018."

Wembley Park Road is the next project and is funded by the 2019 Capital Improvement Plan.

Appointment to DEI Task Force

Lisa Strader was appointed to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force Tuesday evening by the City Council. Strader was an alternate on the task force, but after task force member Bill de la Cruz submitted his resignation Jan. 29, Strader was approved.

After the task force decided on the use of a facilitator — who will help establish ground rules for meetings, efficiency and how to run focus groups — during the first meeting in December, de la Cruz was selected to support the task force as a facilitator.

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