Streets come out as top priority in Mission, no matter how the question is asked

Street maintenance costs are one of the big challenges facing Mission in the wake of a court ruling.
Street maintenance came out as a top priority in Mission in a recent citizen survey. Martway (above) and Johnson Drive are the recent large projects, but residents want maintenance of neighborhood streets as a priority as well.

A preliminary look at results of a recent citizens satisfaction survey in Mission shows that street maintenance keeps popping up as a priority for residents.

The answers to only a few questions were revealed as part of the budget discussion under way with the city council. The full results of the survey will be available later. When residents were asked which city services should receive the most emphasis over the next two years, street maintenance ranked second to planning efforts to promote redevelopment. Those two answers far outpaced other results for the question.

When residents were asked which three items would have the greatest impact on improving the quality of their neighborhood, increased street and curb maintenance came out on top. That was followed in order by more sidewalks, increased private property maintenance, more trails, better maintained sidewalks and addition of bike lanes.

Asked which public works services should receive the most emphasis over the next two years, it was street maintenance that again came out on top. That was followed by sidewalk maintenance and maintenance of main thoroughfares.

When the question was posed as to which three increased investments residents would support, it was residential street maintenance that once again came out on top. It was followed by redevelopment of commercial areas, maintenance of main thoroughfares, more regional trail connections, more trails within the city and improvements in city parks.

The early results of the select questions were part of the budget discussion where streets are an important factor because of the loss of approximately $775,000 per year in street maintenance funds because the Transportation Utility Fee (TUF) has been declared illegal. The council is wrestling with how to fill the gap and continue its street maintenance program.

In addition, it has been determined that many of the city’s streets cannot be maintained with overlay, but are in need of full rebuilds. That cost over the coming years is still being evaluated, but is expected to run into the millions of dollars.