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Posted on: January 12, 2024

Mayor Nick Gradisar Delivered 2024 State of the City Address

PUEBLO—On Friday, Jan. 12 the City of Pueblo hosted the public for the annual State of the City Address. Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar invited citizens to the Pueblo Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. with a free continental breakfast. Each year the Mayor of the City of Pueblo is responsible for producing a report that details the state of the city, the progress against previous goals and plans for the upcoming year.

“It is such an honor for me to be sharing the State of the City at a time so rich with promise as we continue our progress toward a bright future for all citizens,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “Our residents, neighborhoods and businesses have come together around a vision for opportunities for all who live here, and our citizens quality of life is our priority.”

In the last two years, more than 3,200 land use applications and certifications have been received and distributed by the City of Pueblo. One of the highlights of 2023 was the refurbishment of the Holmes Hardware building on historic Union Ave. with the opening of Fuel and Iron Food Hall and the 28 housing unites on the upper two floors.

Pueblo Parks and Recreation continues to provide exemplary services to citizens. In partnership with the Conservancy District the second Arkansas Levee pedestrian bridge located off 4th St. and Chapa was installed and opened in summer 2023.

The ARPA Neighborhood Cleanup Project was established to clean up trash and debris throughout the community in Qualified Census Tracts (QCT) of the City. Other areas the “Team Up to Clean Up” Program also concentrated on the Fountain Creek and Arkansas River corridors, and Veteran’s Park at Lake Minnequa. In 2023, they removed and disposed of approximately 180 tons of trash, over 1,600 tires, over 17,500 used hypodermic needles and 2,500 shopping carts from the community.

The City of Pueblo and Health Solutions partnered together for the creation of the Solutions Outreach Services (SOS) Unit which responds to non-violent mental health crisis calls that do not require a police officer. Part one crime was reduced by 13% from 2022. There was a decrease in aggravated assault, arson, auto theft, burglary, homicide, robbery, sexual assault, theft/larceny. The Directed Investigations and Community Engagement (DICE) Team made 4,609 citizen contacts, issued 823 citations, recovered 25 stolen motor vehicles, made 654 warrant arrests, issued 1199 PR bonds and more.

The City of Pueblo paved 48 lane miles in 2023, which included major streets like Prairie Ave., Abriendo Ave., Ridge Dr. and Troy Ave. Additional roadways included W. 11th St., Cheyenne Ave. W., 32nd St./Morris Ave. and Rawlings Ave.

The City of Pueblo submitted 100 grant applications in 2023, 54 requests were awarded for a total of $28,591,123 while 16 requests were decline and 30 requests are still pending totaling a potential of $76,151,187 for award. The City of Pueblo was proud to receive a grant award to join with a community partner, United Way of Pueblo County and the City collaborated for the opening of the City of Pueblo’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC). The Pueblo FEC offers professional, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching as a free public service to residents with six co-locations throughout the city. Pueblo Municipal Court is utilizing the FEC as part of its Courts Assessing Fines and Fees Equitably (CAFFE) program, a national program sponsored by the National League of Cities.

“On this day and every day, thank you for serving one another with care and compassion and for protecting the city we all love, to make our community better and stronger. We are building on the progress that has come before us,” said Gradisar.

Additional information about each of the City’s Departments including Finance and Sales Tax, Pueblo Police Department, Pueblo Fire Department, Pueblo Memorial Airport, City Clerk, Municipal Boards and Commissions, Municipal Court, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Community Development, Public Works, Pueblo Food Project, Wastewater and Community Engagement will be published online for the public to review after the report has been presented to Pueblo City Council.

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