Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Lubbock City Councilman Steve Massengale joined Dave and Matt to talk about the previous night's city council meeting, citizens tower, the parking garage project, impact fees, property taxes, annexation, sanctuary cities for the unborn, and more...
Senator John Cornyn's office announced on Monday that Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport would be receiving a grant for on-going maintenance at the airport. According to a press release from Cornyn's office, the bulk of the $2 million dollar grant will go towards rehabilitation of the runway...
"I think what we approved and what will come back before us maintains a good balance of respecting the history of our downtown, but at the same time being able to provide streets that are drivable and that are going to be cost effective to maintain in the future," Massengale said.
22 business, and civic leaders, in Lubbock, have been appointed to serve on the Lubbock Economic Recovery Taskforce. They will be charged with coming up with a plan for local businesses to re-open, and resume normal operations, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
"I think we have to communicate with the public to help build consumer confidence. I don't know that if we opened all up tomorrow that there's a rush to the gates to get to be in these businesses. I think people are going to be concerned about are businesses doing what they can to keep the public safe when they're in those businesses. So there's a lot of work to be done as we move into what we will call the new normal," Steve said.
"We actually have a fair amount of parking. We just don't use it correctly," Massengale said. He explained that they are looking at changes that can be made for the safety and convenience of downtown parking.
"Long term, the surface parking plan for Citizens Tower is not enough parking spaces. Now, could we proceed with the plan we have and have enough parking spaces when we open? Yes. But do we want to spend the money on that surface parking lot and then come back in 2 or 3 years and tear it back up? To me that doesn't make sense. So we are considering some type of parking structure. There have been no decisions made at this point." He went on to say, "We hope that we can make a decision on if we're going to do some type of parking structure by the end of this month."
Steve said, "Lubbock Alert has worked well for us. It's a great way to communicate with citizens about a variety of events associated with the city of Lubbock, but most importantly is emergency events and weather related events."