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Danville introduces new project-info program

'The Insider's Guide to Danville Improvements' among highlights of town council meeting

In response to a number of inquiries regarding recent construction around Danville, town representatives have created a stream of communication sources to help keep residents informed about the public and private projects.

Town officials have established a new program titled, "The Insider's Guide to Danville Improvements," which utilizes the Web, social media and print materials to provide information about four key public projects and two private developments happening downtown.

The program, unveiled during Tuesday's Danville Town Council meeting, summarizes the various projects by offering details about the involved agencies, locations, start and end dates, expectations and contact information.

The Insider's Guide currently focuses on the East Bay Municipal Utility District water-line replacement, way-finding signage, North Hartz Avenue beautification, Railroad Avenue improvements, the Danville Hotel property redevelopment and the Austin Root House restoration.

The town has created a new website devoted specifically to those six projects. Residents can also learn more by checking the town's Facebook page, Twitter account or brochures available at participating merchants.

Downtown business owners, acting as "Danville Insiders," have expressed an eager desire to act as liaisons between the public and the town, officials said.

"The merchants are excited and thrilled to be a part of this communication," said Tai Williams, town community development director. "We are turning what could be a negative into a positive by using information and feedback merchants receive from the public and communicating that to the town."

Danville Insiders can be identified by the signs in their shop windows or in the "Contact" section of the Insider's Guide website.

In other business during the council meeting, members voted to adopt a policy regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect.

Though the town already complies with rules on mandatory reporting of child abuse, the new policy formalizes requirements about who qualifies as mandatory reporters and how to go about reporting suspicions of neglect and abuse.

Treasurer Elizabeth Hudson told council members that Danville continues to be an example of a well-run local government staying within its budget. Hudson's report showed that Danville continues to operate without debt and maintains a healthy reserve, indicating a solid and healthy projection for 2014.

"Danville's use of general funds shows Danville is operating with prudence," she said.

Some Glen Road residents filled the Town Meeting Hall in support of a motion to restrict parking on their street during school hours.

The residents argued reports of student vandalism to private property, reckless accountability and disrespectful behavior toward homeowners have caused them concern for the welfare of their children, homes, landscapes and cars. The council voted to put the parking issue on a future agenda.

The quarterly TRAFFIX board report by Councilman Newell Arnerich and Councilwoman Karen Stepper indicated that the three buses dedicated to transporting students from Monte Vista High School are relieving congestion and that funds donated by parents are helping to subsidize the service.

Interviews were set for Wednesday for a new executive director of the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Arnerich said during his report on the activities of that agency.

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