I just went to the City of Powell website and realized how long it has been since I penned a few notes to citizens of Powell. As we approach spring and exit the sub-zero weather, I am reminded of all the tasks we worry about at the city. Power, Water, Sewer, Trash, Streets, Police, etc. These routine services all become quite essential depending on the weather and many other factors of life. All of these departments have done well in handling their workload in spite of the weather and challenges with the pandemic.
Spring is also when we evaluate budgets and projects. This year, the outlook is positive, as revenue is appearing steady. We will know for sure when the state budget is final. Federal funds are a possibility for some improvements around town as well. Division St. is high on our list to figure out a way to upgrade the infrastructure both above and beneath the asphalt. The water, wastewater, and drainage are all outdated and need improvement, not to mention the street itself is ready for an overhaul.
We are also about to start some improvements at Homesteader Park, primarily an update of an outdated sprinkler system. The city plans on doing this work ourselves which will save a fair amount of money.
On another note, Board appointments have come to the top of conversation as we currently see open seats on several boards. Seats on Planning and Zoning, Treeboard, Urban Systems and possibly others are opening in the near future and the City will need citizens to fill them. If you are interested, please contact me or Tiffany Brando at the City.