Good to Great Neighborhood Program putting final touches on pilot area

Photo courtesy of the city of Taylor Work crews plant a tree in the pilot area of the city of Taylor’s Good to Great Neighborhood Program.

Photo courtesy of the city of Taylor
Work crews plant a tree in the pilot area of the city of Taylor’s Good to Great Neighborhood Program.

TAYLOR — The city’s Good to Great Neighborhood Program is putting the finishing touches on Area 1, it’s pilot area.

The pilot area, an area bordered by Westlake, Goddard, Beech Daly and Haig streets, is scheduled to be finished by the end of this month, at which time the program is scheduled to move to Area 2, an area bordered by Monroe, Van Born, Pelham and I-94. It will begin working in Area 2 on Monday, June 4.

The Good to Great program maximizes the strength and focus of community improvement by using the various departments of the city to simultaneously concentrate on issues like beautification, parks, signs, trees, utilities, roads, sanitation, related neighborhood businesses and even public safety on a given area.

The following is a breakdown of where the program stands in the pilot area in various categories:

TREES: Tree-trimming has been accomplished, and the crews have left the area. Crews are still planting some trees, both in easements and on common-area islands. Homeowners in the neighborhood ordered about a dozen trees. Under the Good to Great new tree installation program, the city removes any old tree, installs a new one and mulches the area. It adds a watering bag to the tree. That is all done for a $200 cost. Three types of trees are offered.

Given the amount of rain the area has been receiving of late, the city’s work in the common areas — basically tree installation, mulch and some hydro seeding — went well. The DPW even used compost from the city compost site in some locations.

SIGNAGE: “Keep your dogs on a leash” signs are being created and will be installed shortly. New street, stop and other identification signs — all high-intensity prismatic versions — have been installed. Addresses on their houses must be visible and easy to read. This is a public safety issue, and the responsibility of the homeowner.

SEWER INSPECTION/CLEANUP: This portion of the project, including catch basin repair, is almost accomplished.

STREET SWEEPING: Street sweeping has been done throughout the pilot area, but will be done again thoroughly one last time before the program moves to a new neighborhood.

SIDEWALK WORK: Sidewalk cement grinding of trip hazards throughout the pilot area is near completion. Other sidewalk concerns — such as replacement squares or new sidewalks — needs to be evaluated further. The cost of sidewalk replacement panels are the responsibility of the homeowner.

The city is looking at different ways to remedy that situation, including creating some type of assessment district or citywide sidewalk program. A final decision on this issue has not be made, so complete remedies for sidewalk issues in the pilot area will not be complete when the program moves out of the area.

COP ON A CORNER: As part of the Good to Great Neighborhood Program, Taylor police held its first meet-and-greet-type gathering on May 16. The event was held on Cherokee and Koths. On May 19, officers were on Wilkie and Baker streets. Residents of the neighborhood were able to visit with the officers and let them know of any concerns they have in the area.

CONCRETE AND ASPHALT WORK: All concrete work in the pilot area has been completed. All asphalt repairs are scheduled to be accomplished by the end of the month.

ORDINANCE ISSUES: Ordinance officers are essentially finished in the neighborhood. If residents received any type of advisory, it should be responded to in prompt fashion.

All projected timelines remain subject to change due to the weather.
Feedback from residents has been very good during the Good to Great Neighborhood Program in the pilot area, city officials said. Homeowners often leave their houses to discuss issues with workers and give general feedback, which is a byproduct of the community improvement campaign. In addition, Coordinator Sam DiCicco said he has received many questions and a lot of feedback.
For any questions or concerns, contact DiCicco at