City council approves millions of dollars in seal projects, Linda Vista rehabilitation and phase two of Hermosa rehab project
LINDSAY – Lindsay’s roadways have been notoriously bad, and long overdue for repair. Fortunately, some help is on the way.
City manager Joe Tanner told the council at their May 11 meeting that he is encouraged by the preliminary outlook for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
“I’m feeling very confident over next year’s budget given the numbers that I’ve seen, and the work that has been done by the finance department,” Tanner said. “We still have some issues that we need to work through and take care of. There’s no doubt about that. As far as those challenges we are facing they are very fixable.”
At least one of the issues they are hoping to fix are some roads and sidewalks. Admittedly city staff recognized in a report that there is not enough funds to address every improvement project. But they can identify needs throughout the fiscal year “based on resources, timing, weather and construction time-frames.”
During the meeting the council, minus Mayor Ramona Cadillo and councilwoman Rosaena Sanchez—who stepped out of the chambers to avoid any conflict of interest because they live on some of the streets slated for repair—approved 22 different projects. Twelve were “seal projects” that the city expects to allocated $320,000 towards. Ten were “cape seal projects” that the city expects to put $684,100 towards.
One of the largest projects expected to be taken on next year will be the Linda Vista Rehabilitation Project. There are 40 property owners who live within the limits of the project. More than two-thirds of the property does not have sidewalks, curbs or gutters. According to the city’s municipal code, if two-thirds of all the property owners do not have sidewalks then the city will install them.
City staff sent out letters in both English and Spanish to all 40 property owners and held two public meetings on April 29 where property owners could ask questions. The letter asked the residents to mark “yes” or “no” if they wanted the street to be repaved and curb, gutter and sidewalks to be installed. Two of the letters were returned as “undeliverable,” 23 said yes and 15 said no.
In the letter the city spelled out some frequently asked questions and noted that none of their property will be taken as a result of the project. They stated that the city has five feet of existing right of way behind the existing curb and gutter. But that did not preclude that some property owners would need to make adjustments.
“There are existing improvements like fences, trees, grass, flowers, concrete curbing, etc. that will have to either relocated or removed,” the letter stated.
The letter also made clear that the city will not be on the hook for everything.
“If you have any type of illegal construction, the city will not be responsible for relocating and/or replacing such construction,” the letter stated. Staff did say that all improvements within the construction area will either be relocated or removed and re-installed.
The council decided to move forward with the project. City staff wrote in their report that the project will create pedestrian connectivity from Linda Vista Drive to Harvard Street. The $1,143,000 budget includes new curb, gutter and sidewalk along with drive approaches, a storm drain system, fences/mail boxes/ landscaping relocations and street rehabilitation on Valencia from Harvard to Linda Vista and the Linda Vista Loop.
Out of the $1.1 million total staff noted that $679,000 will come from the city’s street improvement fund, but $464,000 will come from Measure R—the county’s half-cent sales tax intended to go toward street improvement.
The council also approved the second phase of Hermosa’s renovation—the main thoroughfare that runs through town. The scope of the project will go from Harvard to Foothill and cost $490,000 from the city’s gas tax fund, and the city’s gas tax-transportation allocation.