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City Council Talks Freedom Boulevard Redesign

The council also will consider lighting projects and hear from community groups that want grant funding

The criticized redesign of Freedom Boulevard at Lincoln Street will get some air time at the Watsonville City Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

At the request of Council Member Nancy Bilicich, city staff give an update on the safety improvements  created. Many people have expressed concern that the new route through the intersection is actually more treacherous. But it's unclear what the discussion will accomplish; the road construction has been complete for several weeks.

The conversation about the roadway will come at the end of a long agenda.

Also on the docket are:

  • lighting and landscaping projects in several locations. The projects would create new mini tax assessment districts to pay for the work, so the city council will have public hearings to get input. They are planned for the Gonzales Street Alleyway, Bay Breeze subdivison and Vista Montana subdivision.
  • the social services and community service grants for the upcoming fiscal year. Area nonprofits and organizations that receive funding are expected to make impassioned pleas for assistance from the city council.
  • consideration of a ballot measure for the November election that would change mobile home park rent stabilization. The city wants to collect a higher administrative fee from mobile home owners.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, the fourth floor of the Civic Plaza, at 275 Main St. in Watsonville.

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