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Horizon Issues

The Adopted CIP funds the city’s priority needs. Staff reviewed and analyzed the business cases

supporting these projects and considers them ready to move forward. In many situations, however, the

city has identified a future need, but has not yet completed an analysis, considered options, or designed a

specific facility. These needs include a variety of projects, such as new buildings, building rehabilitations,

software systems, and other infrastructure needed in the future, often beyond the CIP’s five-year

timeframe. Below is a list of major needs staff will discuss and evaluate in the coming year and beyond:

In Summer 2015, the City acquired the Dorothea Dix property from the State for $52 million.

Master planning for the future park will begin in Summer 2016. Before the park is constructed,

however, the City is responsible for environmental remediation and some operating costs. In the

future, developing the property will involve a wide range of recreational and cultural services,

which will require additional capital and operating investments.

To continue the city’s transit improvements, staff continue to analyze need for future transit

facilities. These may include transit centers along the City’s major corridors. Pending the

outcome of the sales tax referendum in Fall 2016, staff will work with regional stakeholders to

prioritize transit system needs and determine how the new funds are used.

Staff has begun identifying projects that could be included in a future transportation bond

referendum. These projects would include additional road widenings, streetscapes, traffic

management, and other needs. As with the 2013 transportation bond, additional funding could be

included to provide city matches for State-funded highway, bridge, and other infrastructure


To ensure our public safety staff are proficient and operate safely, the city’s Fire and Police

departments invest heavily in training. The fire training facility, located south of downtown, off

Wilmington Street, is aging and does not include a large driving pad. The police training facility on

Spring Forest Road is not large enough to accommodate the needs of law enforcement officers.

By the end of 2016, staff will complete a study to identify needs, assess options, and develop a

long-term plan to address public safety training facilities.

Staff from Information Technology are working with other stakeholders to reconsider how

technology needs are identified and prioritized for funding. Staff completed an inventory of

software systems and other technology assets to provide a starting point of assets and needs.

The new technology capital process will begin this Summer with early discussions about needs.

Going forward, the long-term operating costs of new systems will be a major criterion in

determining which systems to implement.