At its monthly meeting last Wednesday at Christ the King High School, members spoke about their top requests for funding. CB5 typically compiles a list of 35 capital projects and 25 expense budget items, which will be given to the mayor’s office as recommendations.
Paul Kerzner discussed the importance of street trees, which historically have been funded both by the city and with federal dollars. He informed the board that this year, CB5 will hire an intern to survey the census tracts and use the information to apply for federal funding for street trees.
A federal block grant looks at criteria, such as income, to determine which neighborhoods will receive funding.
“Separate from the money we get from the Parks Department, we’ll get a whole new supply of trees for those neighborhoods,” he said.
Brian Dooley, president of the Glendale Property Owners Association, said one of the needs in his neighborhood is a project to get sewers on Edsall Avenue. Dooley noted that when it rains, the area becomes muddy, grows algae and attracts mosquitoes.
“This year has been particularly rainy,” he said. “We basically have a swamp in the middle of our neighborhood.”
“It’s a health concern,” he added. “That’s probably West Nile Virus central in Glendale.”
Dooley also asked members to prioritize a combined sewer project in Glendale, which has suffered major flooding events in 2007, 2012 and 2018.
The bottom of his own street, 85th Street, has been flooded, he said. People’s cars have been ruined multiple times. Even the Cooper Avenue underpass gets flooded at times.
He noted that the sewers can only handle an inch or inch and a half of rain per hour.
“I’m hopeful that they can replaced the combined sewer all throughout Glendale with a slightly larger diameter pipe to take more of the downstream flow,” Dooley said. “There have been people wiped out multiple times, people have moved out of the neighborhood.
“It’s not a ‘nice to have,’” he added. “It’s a ‘need to have.’”