The City of Enderby is clarifying the Alternate Approval Process being used for reconstructing Cliff Avenue. The Alternate Approval Process is an opportunity for electors to disagree with whether the City should borrow to fund a portion of the project. It is not a vote on the project itself. Should the Alternate Approval Process fail, the revitalization of Cliff Avenue will be funded through other means which may have a larger impact upon the taxpayer.
The vision for the Cliff Avenue renewal is one of creating a sustainable, well-lit, walkable, and beautiful main street. Uneven sidewalks, dysfunctional road gutters, and unhealthy trees will be replaced. A new plaza, backlit pier gateway structures, and new seating opportunities will go in. The result will be a bright, attractive street that creates new opportunities for business and for the community.
It is also a necessary project, as much of the infrastructure on Cliff Avenue is at the end of its lifecycle. Less than 10% of the project cost is dedicated towards beautification. The remainder goes toward replacing necessary infrastructure. This includes replacing two of the most critical water mains in the City, which transport water from the treatment plant to the reservoirs and provide critical fire storage capacity.
“As a Council, we went through unprecedented scrutiny of this project in terms of funding and design. We were voted in to create positive change in Enderby while being good stewards of the City’s assets and finances,” noted McCune.
“Enderby City Council’s goal,” states McCune, “is to ensure that Enderby is building towards a bright future. Financially, we have structured our budget and the Cliff Avenue project carefully so that Enderby moves forward while respecting taxpayers. The success of the Alternate Approval Process is crucial to keeping taxpayer costs low and keeping the City in a sustainable position.”