Wright Street

Once the Wright Street has received the sidewalk, bikeway and lighting improvements, the thoroughfare will be converted into a two-way street. 

The Auburn City Council approved the Wright Street streetscape project and recognized city staff Tuesday during its regular meeting.

Wright Street

“The project consists of the construction of sidewalk and storm and sanitary extensions, as well as the installation of decorative pedestrian lighting and landscaping along Wright Street,” said Alison Frazier, engineering services director and city engineer.

The council awarded the Wright Street streetscape project contract to D & J Enterprises, Inc., for more than $700,000 in materials, labor and equipment.

“This has been on our radar and in the budget for a while, but we put it off until the (191 College Apartments project) was further along," Auburn city manager Jim Buston said. "We thought we are not going to do it until 191 was finished, so they don't mess up everything we are doing. It’s a fairly substantial contract and a lot of work."

When the sidewalk, lighting and bikeways are installed, D & J Enterprises, Inc. will convert the one-way street into a two-way thoroughfare, Buston said.

Budget award

The city manager's office announced it received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

“It’s kind of like the clearing-house for government accounting," Buston said. "There are certain requirements it has. It’s a long list. It’s very detailed as to what you have to do to be considered a premier organization in government financial accounting.”

Submitting documentation of the biennial budget from fiscal years 2019 to 2020, the Government Finance Officers Association evaluated the city’s financial plan, communications device, operations guide and policy document, and the staff was awarded for its financial-accounting excellence, city finance director and treasurer Penny Smith said.

“Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America,” Smith said. “I commend the collaborative effort of all involved to bring to our governing body a transparent and comprehensive document, which effectively communicates the biennial budget process, accounting and decision points on which management can plan and shape the city’s future.”

Cityworks software

“Azteca Systems’ Cityworks software is an asset management, work order management and permitting solution used by 280-plus city employees,” city chief information officer Gregory Nelson said. “The software is used to optimize workflows and create accountability across individuals, teams, divisions and departments.”

Saving the city more than $120,000, utilizing an online application process to address all construction permits and inspections, the city council approved Azteca Systems, Inc.’s Cityworks Enterprise License Agreement for more than $89,000.

“Cityworks is actually the name of a variety of products from Azteca,” Buston said. “Basically, there are two parts of it. A work request system is used throughout the city, and the other part is permits and inspections.”

Buston said the Auburn IT Department has streamlined the process by developing an online application fulfilling all requested permits and inspections, and the city will save money from the new process.

Other business

The city council also:

> motioned for the planning commission to consider recommending an ordinance amendment to prohibit academic detached dwelling units in the North Auburn historic district;

> purchased a Southside Sewer Basin 16 sewer system evaluation survey from Video Industrial Services, Inc. for more than $77,000;

> approved a commercial development agreement for WEAGLE, Inc. to receive a tax rebate to not exceed $150,000 as an incentive for the Another Broken Egg Café construction project.

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