[tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - City Commission to Hold Special Meeting Today

  • From: Stacia Woolverton <Stacia_Woolverton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:41:39 -0500


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City Commission to Hold Special Meeting Today
State Action Halts Citizen Input

The Tallahassee City Commission will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. today
to address action by the Secretary of the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT), Ananth Prasad, to deny a recommendation from the
City of Tallahassee regarding improvements on West Tennessee Street. The
Secretary's action would effectively halt further citizen involvement on
ways to address major safety and transportation issues on the corridor.

The City has not received any official notification from Prasad, but
officials were informed by Tallahassee Democrat newspaper staff that Prasad
announced to them on Tuesday that he will deny a recommendation from the
City of Tallahassee for Tennessee Street.

The Tallahassee City Commission has not voted on or approved any
recommendation to be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation.
In fact, in coordination with FDOT, the City was conducting an extensive
public involvement process to collect ideas and suggestions on how to
address the significant safety concerns -- with 182 pedestrians and
cyclists hit by cars in this area in the last nine yearsinvalid unicode
2014 in addition to future traffic concerns for the West Tennessee

The citizen involvement process thus far has included dozens of meetings
with area businesses, motorists, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce,
Florida State University and others, and two public hearings are planned
for later this month to garner additional citizen input. Based on community
feedback, the City Commission directed staff to explore alternative
proposals to share with the public, including such possibilities as a bus
only lane with bike paths on nearby streets, off peak parking that would
create a possible barrier between pedestrians and motorists, and other

Tennessee Street is owned and maintained by the Florida Department of
Transportation, but also serves as a federal highway, US 90. The City
became involved in roadway issues because of the significant safety
concerns expressed by the public and Florida State University following a
major pedestrian/vehicular accident in October 2007, where a student was
injured. The City is also working to address future traffic concerns for
the West Tennessee corridor.

"Citizen involvement has shaped every road project we've undertaken and we
have a philosophy that citizen involvement is critical to good policy
making at the local level," said City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, who
called for the special meeting. "The City Commission is fully flexible in
considering any option that protects pedestrians, moves cars and helps
ensure businesses remain viable on West Tennessee Street."

The special meeting will be held in the Tallahassee City Commission
chambers, 300 S. Adams St., at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The
meeting will also be aired live on WCOT, Comcast channel 13, and streamed
live on the City's website, Talgov.com.

Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager; 891-8200


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