Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward does not like Councilwoman Sherri Myers. She doesn’t dress cool. She’s old and not from a good Pensacola family, and she refuses to blindly vote for his projects.
In 2014, Mayor Hayward, Councilman Larry Johnson and the mayor’s supporters tried to get someone else elected to her District 2 seat. Johnson publicly attacked Myers in a July 2014 council meeting, He accused her of violating the city charter and asked his colleagues to investigate whether Myers had interfered with the mayor’s operations and harassed and intimidated city employees. (Read more).
Despite Johnson’s attack and the mayor’s supporters holding fundraisers for her opponent, Myers wouldn’t quit. She campaigned on making Burgess Road safer.
“I think the city has done a terrible job of infrastructure, especially safe routes to schools, which has not been on anybody’s agenda,” she told Inweekly weeks before the 2014 election. “We have the money. We’ve always had the money. It’s how you use it.”
Myers won a second term with 55 percent of the vote.
Since then, Mayor Hayward has made sure Burgess Road didn’t get its sidewalks and stormwater drainage. He didn’t include it his $15-million resurfacing plan. He has deleted it from the Local Option Sale Tax schedule.
Yesterday Councilwoman Myers learned that Hayward’s callousness has also cost the proposed $350,000 that the Escambia County Commission committed to the project.
Pensacola City Council President Brian Spencer was informed yesterday that the county funds had been reallocated.
From: David V. Forte
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 4:33:52 PM
Cc: District4; Jack R. Brown; Joy D Blackmon; Colby S. Brown
Subject: Fw: Burgess Road Sidewalks – City Council Agenda Item tomorrow
Per your request, at this morning’s TPO Board meeting, below is what I was able to find for your information.
The Burgess Road Sidewalks project was originally initiated by Councilwoman Myers several years back (roughly 2011-2012), and at that time, my understanding is that Commissioner Robinson agreed to partner with the City on the installation of drainage infrastructure and sidewalks for Burgess Road from Sanders Street to I-110.
The County’s portion runs from Davis Hwy west to I-110 (2,100+/-‘), and City’s portion runs from Davis Hwy east to Sanders Street (4,100+/-‘). So it’s about a 2/3 City to 1/3 County split.
The County allocated $350,000 from LOST III for the County’s portion of the entire project, but was waiting for the City to progress into the design phase. But after substantial time (years) of the City’s position to not move forward (due to the extensive cost for the City’s portion – $1M+), the County eventually decided to re-allocate the $350K to the Olive Road East Construction Project currently underway. This re-allocation occurred in June 2016.