The funds will be used to bring in a traffic engineer to conduct a traffic study on Main Street between Auburn and Wall avenues. At least one city council member thinks there are more basic problems than traffic flows.
Downtown is perceived by some in the community as unsafe.
City Council allocated $500,000 to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area fund last year, Mayor Tommy Roberts said. And the city already has plans in place to address those issues, he said.
"That's much of what was done in the (Metropolitan Redevelopment Area) plan," he said. "In that process we heard and considered the (community's) concerns."
Some people's fears about Downtown Farmington could be a matter of perception, he said.
For Roberts, Downtown is a truly safe place.
"I think the reality is different," Roberts said. "I am in Downtown a lot during the evenings and there are many, many young people out. They bring their young families."
Councilwoman Mary Fischer said she is not sure spending money to hire a traffic engineer is appropriate.
"I'm really not sure why we can't do this in house," Fischer said. "I have misgivings about bringing in consultants. (They) tend to tell you what you want to hear, and I have yet to hear a consultant (say) what we don't want to hear. I would really like to hear some additional discussion."
Farmington's Downtown is still plagued by significant issues, she said.
"I don't think it's a matter of perception," Fischer said. "People are being accosted physically. It is a reality."
Downtown is plagued by a variety of issues, she said.
"I'm not sure a traffic engineer will address that," Fischer said. "I believe we should have a comprehensive meeting and determine what the grim realities are. This conversation (about Downtown) has been going on for 20 years, and not a lot has been done. There is no real plan. It almost seems like we're setting ourselves up to fail."