April 14, 1996
Mayor: Four months have passed since I have been appointed mayor. In a town hall meeting in January we approved together new retail areas, that have been built and are functioning to capacity right now. The citizen satisfaction in retail has shot up from 69% to 99%, in the three retail areas we have built. Here they are:
This is the new mall in the executive district (Constanta)
Here we can see a new superstore in the Patriarch district.
An here you can see a market and a superstore in the Delft district, and three new areas for sale that have already been bought by retailers with construction starting very soon.
Second item on the agenda is the construction of the ring road. I have to mention that none of us were expecting this fast rate of completion of the project, which is almost half done. The Eforie Ring Tunnel has been finished, which will be named after the founder of the country, John Tromson.
This picture is taken right at the exit of the Tromson tunnel, and the farming area can be seen in the back.
This is where the road ends momentarily and the Bechtel Group, which is in charge of construction, is continuing the expansion. Most of the future road area has already been dug up and pouring of concrete will begin soon.
This is where part of the construction meets one of the roads leading to the agricultural area, which will be discussed in the second part of our meeting.
Finally, as you can see from this satellite image, the current ring road construction area ends where the Patriarch District meets the Telerik High Tech Park. This is an area where some houses and industries have to be demolished to make way for the ring road, and we are working with the people who live and own the land in the area to see what the best solution for relocation is. Bechtel has mentioned that a tunnel is out of the question since it would almost double the cost of the construction and take a very long time to plan.
This is an image that shows better the area. Technically, at least 12 buildings have to be destroyed in the process. Bechtel will take care of also building the intersections with the other roads in the area. The construction of the Ring Road till the need for demolition should be done in no more that two months, since the only things left to do are to start pouring the concrete.
This will be a tricky intersection to build, but Bechtel has proposed some pretty convincing plans, and as of last week we have paid the entire amount to the company.
Next and last today is the list of plans for the near future. You can see in the picture the part of the ring road that has been completed. Since the city council has voted against the motion to build a major avenue to connect the downtown area to the Agricultural area, the Agricultural Development Commission of the City Hall has come up with a plan to build a network of roads inside this area, as can be seen above. The road, which will be a simple avenue, two lanes each side would allow trucks to access the silos and fertilizer plants much easier, without destorying their equipment. Mr. Airlington is the head of the Agricultural commission, if you have something to add?
Airlington: I hope the council will vote for this proposal, since it should bring a lot of income to the town, since right now the farms are struggling with bankruptcy because of lack of proper freight in the area.
Forthwin, City Councler: Would this road be cutting into any farms?
Airlington: Yes, it would, Mr. Forthwin, but we have talked to the farmers in the area and they agree to cease a little of their land for this, and two farmers that are in an area that needs a lot of space have agreed to relocate their farms.
Forthwin: On whose expense?
Airlington: City Hall's, but the money we are paying to relocate that farm will be miniscule in comparison to what we will gain in taxes once those farms start producing at full capacity.
Mayor: Any other questions? If not, we shall vote.
All in favor: 11, Against: 1, Abstain: 0 Motion passed.
Finally, to end this meeting, there are four new areas for residential and industrial expansion. One is the telerik high tech park, which we need because of the ring road displacement issue, the next is the Patriarch District of unqualified workers, where we need more houses, since the ones we have are filled to capacity, and we anticipate more jobs being created for these people, especially once we start building the intra-agricultural road network. Third, would be phase three of the initially agreed Delft District Plan. The previous mayor has made a plan of the entire neighborhood; we just need to start building it. And fourth is a small expansion in the Constanta district of executives, a maximum of 17 lots distributed to whoever wants to build there. If there are any comments?
If not, we shall vote: All for: 12 Motion passed
Before we go, here is a population satisfaction poll as of last week:
Health 73% (-4%)
Education 82% (+1%)
Police 80% (-7%)
Fire 85% (-4%)
Leisure 66% (0)
Retail 99% (+30%)
Nature 81% (0)
We have seen a significant drop in Police satisfaction, and I suggest we take action once this level goes beneath 70%. Also, it appears our citizens want more leisure activities, and we shall discuss those options next meeting. Till then, we will hire contractors for the infrastructure of the new developments, and we will keep a close look at Bechtel's activity on the Ring Road. We will post a bid for a single contractor for the Intra-agricultural road network.
Thank you, goodbye.