It’s hard to believe that it is already summer.  The kids are home, vacations are planned and the fun begins. 

We had a very busy spring, which was capped off by another successful King William Fair.  We are still tabulating the results and will report them when final.  The results are no doubt due to the dedication and support of our staff, sponsors, volunteers, and of course our residents.  I personally want extend a huge thank you to Zet Baer, who is stepping down as the Fair organizer, for her years of service and leadership.  Zet’s vision and leadership made the Fair what it is today and we promise to build on it as we move forward. 

The City, after two and half years of work with the neighborhoods, has developed a pilot parking program that it plans to implement later this year.  We will be coordinating with the City to plan meetings to discuss the plan and its implementation.  Look for more information to come.  I want to thank Rose Kanusky, who represented the KWA in the City’s development of the plan, and was instrumental in ensuring that the City addressed what many felt were the shortcomings in the initial plan.  Since the program is a pilot, we will be monitoring its successes and shortcomings to ensure that they are addressed when the program is evaluated after its first year. 

The issue of Short Term Rentals has surfaced as a major issue.  We have been monitoring the legislature as well as participating in a committee that the City has established to look at the issue and determine possible solutions that address the concerns identified. 

Finally, the Southtown TIRZ has allocated $160,000 for street light improvements.  We will be working with the City to see where the improvements will be made and how we might leverage this into a more robust program.

Have a great summer.