On Wednesday afternoon, Meridian Mayor Robert Simison delivered his third State of the City Address.
Simison took the stage at Galaxy Events Center inside Wahooz to chat to a packed crowd about all things pertaining to Meridian with a focus on transportation, infrastructure, and public safety.
The mayor spoke about the challenges the community and the state have faced the past two years, all while emphasizing what he says makes Meridian special.
“I want to encourage people coming to Idaho to get to know what has made us special,” he said. “The rugged individualism balanced with the expectation that we help one out in times of need. That we are courteous and nice. You’ve chosen to come to Idaho for a reason. It is not what you left. It has taken generations and decades for Idaho to become this special place. Let’s be sure we are not destroying what has made us who we are and letting the last two years define find us.”
Mayor Simison talked about how the city plans to spend money from the American Rescue Plan Act. This includes cyber security system improvements, addressing city health care costs, and energy efficiency projects that will lower the operational costs of utilities.
This led the mayor to talk about what has been the number one budget-related need: improved transportation. Simison says this is according to various surveys. Improvements that he mentioned included the Linder Road Overpass and various Eagle Road safety improvements.
“Why must this road be driven at 55 miles per hour in Meridian when it has the busiest intersections in the state with the highest traffic volume? It doesn’t need to be nor is it possible during most times of the day,” he said. “Eagle road will soon be resurfaced, which will impact road operations. Our partners need to consider whether the speed limit or access points need to change as well… now is the time to make safety improvements to Eagle Road corridor.”