Below are the news briefs from the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors Meeting that took place on September 29, 2022.
Towards the beginning of the meeting, during the “Citizens to be Heard” segment, one public speaker called upon the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency to consider entering into professional archival research into the historic African American New Hope community adjacent to the Welaunee development.
Later in the meeting, Commissioner Kristin Dozier proposed a motion to “bring back an agenda item to explore doing a historical study documenting the history of the New Hope community and the New Hope cemetery similar to FAMU Way or Smokey Hollow past Blueprint projects.” The motion passed.
The second presentation came from Max Epstein who called on the board to extend the study area for the Capital Cascades Segment 4 project to include the west side of Lake Munson owned by the National Forest Service. County commissioner Nick Maddox proposed to have staff bring back a cost estimate in December for putting a treatment facility on that tract of land on the west side of Lake Munson.
Commissioner Rick Minor objected to Lake Munson being attached to Segment 4, but after clarification, the cost of the project will not be attached to Segment 4 and will be considered separately. In the end, the board opted to launch a joint workshop for water quality issues as a whole, and the motion passed unanimously.
During the mandated public hearing, multiple presenters criticized the board for their voting in favor of allocating $20 million to Doak Campbell Stadium.
The board also considered the Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Budget and Fiscal Year 2023 – 2027 Five-Year Capital Improvement Program Budget for the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency. Mayor John Dailey took time to give his personal stamp of approval for the budget.
Commissioner Brian Welch echoed comments from Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox in supporting projects being done on the southside, while also being glad about “dirt being turned” on the northside.
The budget was approved by a unanimous vote.