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Measure C: Community meeting | Clovis Overview

After technical difficulties caused the previous meeting to be postponed, the Measure C Renewal Online Community Meeting, held online on Friday, April 29, shared with voters what Measure C has to offer.

The community meeting was introduced by Mike Leonardo, Executive Director of the Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA), where he shared the benefits of Measure C renewal for attendees.

Measure C is a half-cent levy aimed at providing funds to improve the quality of roads, sidewalks and the overall quality of the transportation system.

Ryan Burnett, engineering program supervisor for the town of Clovis, said once Measure C is approved, the money can be sent to local agencies and then they can focus on projects like street maintenance. , called “local” projects.

Detailed in the City of Clovis’ “Extending Measure C Yielding Additional Funds” report to the FCTA, 96 projects were labeled as unable to be completed without Measure C funding, for a total of 37. 078,520.51.

Projects such as street maintenance on Villa, on Bullard in Herndon and the Clovis Old Town Trail which used Measure C funding for its walking trails.

Once funds are received, Burnett said the City of Clovis budgets for projects each year to use the funds.

“If we’re talking about a street project, we keep a priority list of street projects that need fixing and we budget a lot of them in the year they’re done,” Burnett said.

The measure has gone through three evolutions since its inception in the 1970s-1980s, when the aim of the measure was to finish addressing limited infrastructure funding, such as incomplete motorway networks and congested roads and highways. The latest iteration that voters will see in the November 2022 ballot will have a different focus according to Leonardo.

“I think what we’ve seen is that our needs have changed. So, although we still have needs on the regional road network, this system is largely built, so the need may not be as great,” Leonardo said.

Through their own studies and polls, Leonardo said the new Measure C will focus on streets and roads, which Leonardo says will be Measure C’s “highest priority”.

Along with road improvements, Measure C will also fund pothole repairs and street paving in hopes of emphasizing safety according to Leonardo.

According to Leonardo, the push to focus on public safety stems from community responses to surveys conducted by the FCTA.

“This is by far people’s highest priority as to how they think the next Measure C should allocate funds,” Leonardo said.

Attendees who attended received two surveys at the end of the meeting asking them to rank their “priority importance in transportation”.

Fixing potholes and keeping local roads in good repair was the highest priority for participants, with the option indicating that 89% of participants thought it was a “high priority, while 11% thought it was a “medium priority”.

In the second survey, 85% of participants thought that improving bike lanes, bike windows and other safety strategies for cyclists was a “high priority”, while 10% found it a “high priority”. medium” and 5% of participants found it to be a “high priority”. low priority.

Measure C will be on ballots in November 2022 for voters and more information can be found on the Homepage Measure C where dates of future community meetings can be found.