District 2: City Projects in the Works

District 2: City Projects in the Works

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Councilman William Carroll reigns over District 2 which encompasses all of downtown, going as far south as Duval Street and as far north as the Plateau Community.

With the exception of Ashlyn Place, district two carries all of the historic landmarks, like the Saenger Theater, which carroll says he's trying to keep afloat.

"We've got to keep that going it's a must. The Saenger is on everybody's mind right now. Right now it's a big issue where we are trying to make sure that Saenger gets the right management contract," said Carroll.

He also says at a cost of 225 thousand dollars, restoration for the Cook House is underway, which is part of the Oakleigh Historic Complex.

He needs an extra 56 thousand to bring it back to it's full potential. Meanwhile, Carroll says his major concern lies with the City as a whole.

"Our city is very weighted, our capitol budget is little of none, and we have to find a way to replace our capitol budget so that we can continue to improve our infrastructure. To correct our flooding issue and continue to do those things and without a capitol budget, we can't continue to do that," said Carroll.

As for infrastructure, Carroll says ann street is at the top of the list. 500 thousand dollars has already been raised with grant money for engineers to redesign the road. It's a project that goes beyond his district and needs another 3 to 8 million to get the job done.

"Virginia Street all the way up to Spring Hill Avenue. It's been a major focus for years.now it's time to find capitol to get the work done. So that the road will be improved and our flooding issue there," said Carroll.

He says he's also working to repave other roads like Washington and Texas streets.

Carroll vacates his seat in just a couple of months, but he's confident the plans he's put in motion will be continued. Attorney Greg Vaughn and school board member Levon Manzie are battling in a run-off next month for carroll's council seat.

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