The City of Columbus took their Capital Improvements budget into the community for opinions on Tuesday, First in East Columbus.
"It is things that people see and feel every day, and really have the potential to improve their quality of life," said Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown.
Neighbors shared their opinions before a City Council vote, at the Barnett Recreation Center on Barnett Road.
It's a $940 million budget, with 60% going to water and sewer infrastructure improvements.
"The city also set aside money to do more visible things above ground, capital expenses, capital investments. $30 million going to street repaving. We have $10 million in various affordable housing initiatives," said Brown.
It also means potential renovations at recreation centers, adding street lights and much more.
Neighbors asked questions after city departments shared how their crews would utilize the budget.
"I am going to follow up on every last one of them," said Barbara Wright, who lives in the northeast area of Columbus.
Wright wants more money directed towards the Howard Community Recreation Center on North Cassady Avenue.
"Our center is not air-conditioned, so we lack a swimming pool, a shelter house, tennis court, anything that would keep the kids off the street to get in trouble, and we need things for senior citizens," she said.
The city listened and took her information.
Founder of nonprofit EnVision Proven Success, McQuetta Williams, wants attention on revitalizing the general area around the Eastland Mall.
"Bringing more lights in the area, sidewalks in the area, some attraction to the area," said Williams.
The City told her crews are in planning phases of work on streets near that area.
"After speaking with them, (it seems) that it is on the table that they are not totally dismissing what is going on," she said.
There are additional meetings with City Council where neighbors can share their opinions:
- May 16, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Feddersen Community Center, 3911 Dresden St.
- May 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave.
- May 30, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave
The Capital Improvements budget can be read entirely here.