Costly face-lift

first_imgWHITTIER – The cost of implementing a proposed plan to renovate Uptown Whittier could range from $40 million to $73 million over a 30-year period. It’s one of many details that Whittier officials – from City Council to planning commissioners to staff – will be discussing over the next few months as they air details of the proposed plan. The City Council and Planning Commission met Saturday in a joint meeting that council members said Monday gave them another chance to review the document. “The plan is very good, but how are we going to pay for it?” Councilman Joe Vinatieri asked. “That’s why the consultant got peppered. They still have questions to answer.” The plan – a 124-page document – lays out ways to renovate the Uptown area. It calls for new strategies to deal with parking, development, housing and the churches in the area. It now will go to the Planning Commission for study and public hearings and eventually to the City Council. The plan proposes up to $60 million for four parking structures and $6.8million for new trees on Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street. It also proposes $1.3 million to narrow Hadley Street between Greenleaf Avenue and Painter Street, $1.2 million for a traffic circle at the intersection of Philadelphia and Painter streets and $1 million for a new park in the Uptown area. Stefanos Polyzoides, partner of Moule and Polyzoides, which is writing the plan, told the council Saturday that the money won’t all be spent at once and will be dependent on actual projects being built. “You’re not ready to pull out a check book and write a $75million check,” Polyzoides said. “This is not that kind of plan,” Polyzoides said. “This is a pay-as-you-go plan. You only invest when you’re certain that doing something will deliver a project to you and bring enough collateral development to continue with the plan as a whole.” Councilman Bob Henderson said he knows that the plan’s calculations show the city should generate more than the cost through increased taxes. “But the thing that is the killer is figuring out how the timeline lays out,” Henderson said Monday. “Do you come out with $15million on Day One and 15 years later you get your money back? That’s a huge financial issue.” Mayor Cathy Warner said she agrees with her fellow council members that the plan still needs to be fine-tuned. “The other thing we have to remember is that we’ve had some public input, but we still have to continue through the process that provides for more,” Warner said. “I’m looking forward to considering what the public has to say.” Councilman Greg Nordbak said the key will be compromise. “We’re at the beginning of a very long race,” Nordbak said. “In order for us to move forward, we will need input, compromise and working with each other.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF AUSTRALIA – THE FULL FIXTURE LIST!

first_imgSAM MAGUIRE has set off for it’s first ever trip to Australia today, accompanied by Club Tir Chonaill Chairman Cieran Kelly.The tour will commence on arrival in Sydney on Sunday 16th with a visit to the Cock n Bull, Bondi Junction New South Wales from 12pm. GAA & AFL stars Tommy Walsh and Tadhg Kennelly are to be in attendance on Sunday from around 3pm. On Monday 17th Durty NellysTuesday 18thPJ Gallaghers Criterion at 17.30PJ Gallaghers Enfield at 19.30 On Wednesday 19thSam travels to Melbourne and visits Comhaltas at St Philips Hall at 7.30pmThursday 20thAustralian Irish Welfare Bureau at 12pmGeelong 6pm Friday 21stArdreagh Ltd.5-6pm Pint on Punt6.30- 7.30 PJ O’Briens 8.30 The SnugSaturday 22nd11am 3ZZZRadio07.30 Donegal Association DinnerSunday 23rd09.30 Auskick12pm Gaelic Park7pm The Quiet ManIf anyone wishes to have SAM visit their business or home please feel free to contact Cieran Kelly on +353872450505.SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF AUSTRALIA – THE FULL FIXTURE LIST! was last modified: June 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF AUSTRALIA – THE FULL FIXTURE LIST!last_img read more

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MYChoize to invest USD 20 mn for expansion, add 1,000 cars

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) MYChoize Self Drive cars, a part of Japans car leasing firm ORIX, will invest USD 20 million (around Rs 130 crore) to expand operations in India in the next two years.As part of its expansion, the company has also started a new segment under which it is offering super sports cars such as Lamborghini, Audi R8 and Porsche on rent for self-driving at the Buddh International Circuit through an auction process.”We are planning to add 1,000 cars and as per the current rate we are almost adding 50 cars a month and the investment would be USD 20 million in the next 18-24 months,” ORIX India CEO and Managing Director Sandeep Gambhir told PTI.At present, the company has around 300 cars available for self drive rentals in nine cities in India.He said the expansion will be within the existing cities where self drive rental is picking up fast.Currently the self drive car rental market in India has other players like ZoomCar and Voler Cars.On super sports cars self drive initiative, Gambhir said it is mainly aimed at offering good user experience to customers.”As of now we are trying to create a place for ourselves as there are larger players in the market who have started much before us,” he said. Stressing that the company is not in the business to create valuation and monetise it, he said: “We are creating a proposition that could be a great revenue stream in the years to come.” Customers, who want to participate in the super sports car self drive, will have to bid for the drive on the companys website. The bids will start at Rs 100 and the auction facility will be available from April 29. PTI PRJ RKL SBTadvertisementlast_img read more

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Health Minister Leads Mosquito Control Exercise in Hague, Trelawny

first_imgStory Highlights “We would have seen the effort that would have been put into the exercise and the diligence shown by the team as they go out… every day. So householders should be in a position now to be very aware of what is needed,” Mr. Mowatt outlined. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, led Trelawny vector control workers on an operation in Hague on Friday (Sept. 7) to identify mosquito breeding sites and educate residents about the importance of proper vector control.The exercise was part of the Ministry’s island-wide campaign to eliminate breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for transmitting diseases such as dengue and Zika.Trelawny has had one suspected dengue fever-related death this year.During the exercise, the team visited homes and spoke to the occupants, inspected water storage containers for larvae and provided treatment where necessary, and distributed information flyers.Dr. Tufton noted that while Trelawny has seen a decline in the Aedes aegypti population due to less rainfall, he noted that containers such as drums and buckets being used to store water have provided breeding grounds for the mosquito.As such, he said that citizens need to be vigilant at all times.“Breeding sites are found in your backyards, tanks, used tyres, in the old cans that you put down, and we cannot overemphasize educating our public to say to them, remember it is your responsibility; take on that personal responsibility to ensure that in and around your surroundings are safe,” he implored.The Minister commended the work of the Telawny vector control aids. “It’s not an easy job. You have to confront locked gates, bad dogs, unwelcoming citizens, the sun, the elements, and you still put up with that and carry out your jobs and we really appreciate it,” he said.The vector control programme is being carried out by 10 full-time employees and an additional 36 persons, who have been engaged for an initial three months under the Housing Opportunity, Production, and Employment (HOPE) programme.The Minister explained that the duties of the vector control aides include sensitisation, inspecting water sources and other breeding grounds, determining the Aedes aegypti population, and treating areas.For his part, Chief Public Health Inspector for Trelawny, Delroy Mowatt, told journalists that the parish’s Aedes index, which is determined by the number of houses inspected divided by the number of mosquitoes found breeding, has lowered from 25 per cent to 9.5 per cent since vector control operations commenced on July 29.“We would have seen the effort that would have been put into the exercise and the diligence shown by the team as they go out… every day. So householders should be in a position now to be very aware of what is needed,” Mr. Mowatt outlined.Also participating in the exercise were Regional Director, Western Regional Health Authority, Errol Greene; and Parish Public Health Specialist for Vector Control in Trelawny, Devon Ledgister. Dr. Tufton noted that while Trelawny has seen a decline in the Aedes aegypti population due to less rainfall, he noted that containers such as drums and buckets being used to store water have provided breeding grounds for the mosquito. The exercise was part of the Ministry’s island-wide campaign to eliminate breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for transmitting diseases such as dengue and Zika.last_img read more

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