Kathleen Weeden

Kathleen Weeden

VENICE — The Venice City Council holds a rare fifth-Tuesday-of-the-month meeting to tackle one of its biggest responsibilities — reviewing the five-year Capital Improvement Program budget.

On the agenda is a strategic road plan prepared by City Engineer Kathleen Weeden.

The CIP budget envisions spending more than $143 million over the next five years on new buildings and repairs to old ones to new vehicles, equipment for Public Works and more.

Funding sources are diverse, including the 1-cent sales surtax fund; enterprise funds for the airport, utilities, stormwater and solid waste; the fleet replacement fund, built up since the city began depreciating its vehicles; and impact fees.

The strategic roadway plan is a new item that proposes a comprehensive maintenance plan for city roads, more than 70 miles of which are news, thanks to the 2016 road bond.

Historically, a presentation by Weeden notes, the city would accrue gas tax revenue, identify roads that needed work and pave them. The result, it states, is that many roads would degrade to less than acceptable condition while waiting their turn.

Weeden has prepared a program that calls for a pavement condition analysis every five years and creates a pavement rejuvenation program that will extend the life of the roads.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The agenda and instructions for connecting to the meeting is at VeniceGov.com.

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