Q: Can you give the latest update [as of interview date of Sept. 15] on the status of yard waste pick up?
A: It’s exasperating and believe me, no one is more frustrated about this situation than our office. It’s important to note that as a member of the legislative branch, all I can do is act as an intermediary and push the administration (the contract for waste pick up is between the city’s Public Works Department and Waste Pro) to come up with sustainable solutions. Right now, I’m continuing to communicate and follow up.
Q: Do you have any news on the road realignment/dog park project on Orange Picker Road?
A: I saw the surveyors out there recently, but I don’t expect any groundbreaking until next fiscal year, possibly in November or December. There is also a possible reconfiguration of the project in discussion, although the original plan — to change the two three-way intersections of Orange Picker Road and Brady Road to a single four-way intersection, provide expanded paved parking facilities for Alberts Field, and a new dog park — is still in the works.
Q: Is the City Council working on redistricting in light of the 2020 Census?
A: Yes, this is an ongoing project at this time. There will likely be some impact on the map of District 6 based on the new population growth areas. Our numbers have been relatively static, but the growth to the east of us will probably see the protrusion of the City Council district to our north being moved farther south into Mandarin and our District 6 might extend farther east. This is all still an ongoing conversation, although we have to have something in place prior to year end.
Q: Do you have any details about the special election to fill Tommy Hazouri’s At Large District 3 City Council seat?
A: First, I’d like to say that Tommy Hazouri proved to be a mentor and friend to me during my time on the council. I did not know Tommy prior to serving on the council, but I came to know and respect both his political acumen and his love for his role as a public servant.
The First Special Election for this seat will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and the General Election will be on Feb. 22, 2022. Qualifying for candidates will begin on Monday, Sept. 27 and end at noon on Friday, Oct. 1.
Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you?
A: Community members can email me at MBoylan@coj.net or call (904) 255-5206.