The Project II: Misgivings UPDATED
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The North Central Bike Lanes project will construct the 2nd and 4th highest priority projects in the 2020 Bicycle Master Plan. Despite the need, the project proved controversial with residents along the streets worried about the loss of parking and increased congestion for car commuters. A recent survey conducted by the city showed that a majority of San Mateo residents (57%) support the project but when those numbers are broken down to just the North Central community, support drops with a 62% majority opposed to the project.
But with an eye toward state law that requires jurisdictions to weigh only objective standards when deciding if a project adheres to a city development code, the commission on June 2 voted 5-1 to approve the so-called Hummingbird Cottages, with Commissioner Larry Barnett opposed and Commissioner Bill Willers not in attendance.
The petitioners, residents and business owners affiliated with local advocacy group Concerned Citizens for a Safe Environment, argued that FERC inadequately evaluated alternatives to the project, and failed to address foreseeable indirect environmental effects from increased gas production upstream from a compressor station and combustion downstream from the facility.
Scaleway, one of the founding members of Gaia-X, is exiting the project over an apparent difference of opinion about how to achieve its goal of building an open, federated data infrastructure for European organisations to host their cloud workloads.
Scaleway was one of 22 original founding members of the project, and since then, more than 300 other companies, trade associations and research institutions have joined its ranks to support Gaia-X in building out its cloud ecosystem.
Bedford Township's Board of Trustees on July 6 voted 5-2 to accept a $245,118 bid from Library Design Associates for a carpeting and modification project at the library. The board also unanimously approved the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the replacement and installation of the library's chiller, the heat-transfer component of its HVAC system that sits outside of the building.
The accepted bid for the carpeting and modification project includes an additional $2,000 for a performance bond to protect the township, should the contractor fail to complete the project as proposed. Funded entirely from the library's quarter-mill, five-year levy that was approved by voters in 2018, the project involves replacing the carpet in the facility's children's area, as well as in the two wings off of the main section of the building and in the conference rooms. It also includes the creation of two new study areas.
Library Design Associates will handle moving all of the library's furniture and books as needed, as they replace the carpeting. The only other bid the township received for the project did not include this component, instead stipulating that the library and township would be responsible for moving these items.
"I've been consistent with my apprehensions towards the entirety of this project," said Montri, who serves as the board of trustees' liaison on the Library Advisory Board. "...My biggest reason is that this is not what I believe was communicated to the township board and township residents when this millage was presented for a vote. I don't believe that it was sold to the citizenry or this board that it would be a quarter-of-a-million-dollar ticket to carpet the library. That's the bulk of this entire millage, for a five-year millage to be for carpeting.
Montri added that he felt the way the carpet project was presented to voters was as a somewhat minor repair project for the areas in which it is showing the most wear. He also said he would prefer to see the chiller project be completed before the carpeting project, as he feels that replacing this key component of the building's HVAC system is a more pressing concern.
Pirrone agreed with Montri that the cost for the carpet and modification project was higher than initially estimated, saying that he feels a major part of the issue is the type of carpet that was originally put into the 17-year-old building.
Library Advisory Board member Harry Lambers disagreed with Montri about how the carpet project was presented to voters prior to the approval of the millage. He said the project was explained in material that was sent out to township residents asking for their support of the levy, and added that both it and the chiller replacement can be completed within the library's projected budget.
During citizen comments at the end of the meeting, one township resident took umbrage with the way in which Montri objected to the carpeting project. Ann Karmol said she feels Montri is "kind of being pointlessly obstructionist."
The proposed change would be a massive shift in scale for the pair of properties and be a marked visual change to the approach into Old Town along Route 1. The project faced some pushback from the Board of Architectural Review for demolishing homes identified as architecturally characteristic of the historic Parker-Gray neighborhood.
In general, the staff report said the new architectural shifts in the project will help it blend in more with the buildings around it, including those west of the property that are taller than the proposed development.
The grant agreement document, even redacted, weighs in at 19 MB and 664 pages. To help all those curious about this project to get a quick grasp on the project priorities, its ethical commitments and how it will involve autistic people, we are providing a summary in the form of a FAQ.
This set of documents concerns the work of the Uranium Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, an exploratory project that was the lead-up to the actual production effort undertaken by the Manhattan Project. The initial report, May 1941, showed how leading American scientists grappled with the potential of nuclear energy for military purposes. At the outset, three possibilities were envisioned: radiological warfare, a power source for submarines and ships, and explosives. To produce material for any of those purposes required a capability to separate uranium isotopes in order to produce fissionable U-235. Also necessary for those capabilities was the production of a nuclear chain reaction. At the time of the first report, various methods for producing a chain reaction were envisioned and money was being budgeted to try them out.
Reminding Stimson about the objections of some Manhattan project scientists to military use of the bomb, Harrison summarized the basic arguments of the Franck report. One recommendation shared by many of the scientists, whether they supported the report or not, was that the United States inform Stalin of the bomb before it was used. This proposal had been the subject of positive discussion by the Interim Committee on the grounds that Soviet confidence was necessary to make possible post-war cooperation on atomic energy.
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Sources stated that getting environmental clearance from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs was not a major issue since the project would not affect either forests or people on a large-scale. Besides, public hearings in two districts of Maharashtra were yet to be conducted.
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O'Brien's call to headquarters confirmed what everybody in the room believed: The project on what would become part of I-44 was the first contract awarded under the new program to build the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
After awarding two projects on U.S. 40/the Mark Twain Expressway (future I-70), bringing the total Interstate contracting to over $5 million, the commission documented the historic moment in photographs. Behind the commission stood Chief Engineer Rex Whitton, who had helped get the program through Congress, had stockpiled projects so Missouri would be the first in the Nation to get underway, and would one day help save the program from those who would kill it. 2b1af7f3a8