The citizen bond committee divvied up $450 million directed at streets, bridges, and sidewalks and voted in favor of funding “transformational” projects.
City Council will review recommendations from all five bond committees in January and finalize the project lists that will go before voters in May 2017.
Most credited the bond tour and conversation with the Council members that appointed them for the change of heart in funding Hardberger and Hemisfair parks.
The Streets Committee voted 22-5 to wait until after the project tour to consider partial defunding of Hardberger Park’s land bridge.
The proposition of reallocating the funds to McAllister Park was “in the spirit of cooperation and compromise,” but got mixed reviews from others.
The Neighborhood Improvements Bond Committee removed several areas from the list of those that may receive affordable housing bond dollars in 2017.
As district representatives presented their cases, those with large parks in their programs held their breath to hear if their colleagues wanted to cut their budget for their own projects.
UTSA political science major Maria Victoria Alonso Arroyo presented ambitious plans for a skate park to the 2017 bond Parks and Recreation Committee.
The committee has been meeting since September to identify geographic areas where 2017 bond funds will go toward the creation of affordable housing.
A proposed land bridge aimed at connecting Hardberger Park was a major topic of discussion during the 2017 Streets Bond Committee meeting on Tuesday.