By Carolyn Barbre
Get ready for more street repairs in the next three years than have been done in the previous 14.
At a study session following the Lindsay City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 27, Public Works Director Tom McCurdy used a pen-spot to indicate the order of street repairs to be made next year, in green, year 2 improvements in blue and year 3 in orange. The streets in gray are those repaired since 1990 such as Parkside Avenue, Lindero Avenue and Hermosa Street to the railroad tracks. Those with no color such as Fresno Street, Bellah Avenue and South Harvard Avenue will have to wait more than three years.
The map, created by Community Development Analyst Bill Zigler, also has yellow squares that indicate major projects to be completed in that same timeline including Garvey, Washington and Jefferson school community buildings, the Moore Building conversion into apartments, the Lindsay Library and the Wellness Center. The work will be done in calendar years as opposed to fiscal years.
"We did not look beyond three years, because conditions of roads change and the use may change," McCurdy said. He said the streets will be re-evaluated in three-year intervals. McCurdy said the city will simultaneously be working on alleyways.
Public Safety Director Bert Garzelli said they would be starting a traffic survey of all major arteries this week.
City Manager Scot Townsend said truck routes will be revised and truck drivers who drive on streets not designated as truck routes will be cited. He said the repairs will be a major inconvenience because it's not just the streets but also the sidewalks will be repaired and replaced where needed.
The good news is that good streets increase property values and have a lot less wear and tear on the family car.
"I like that you're doing Mirage and Gale Hill fist, people will notice," Vice Mayor Pam Kimball said. She lamented the condition of her own street which didn't make the three-year cut. But it does show that council members are not getting any preferential treatment.
Mayor Ed Murray said the city has been getting good comments about the improvements currently being made on Apia and Lewis streets, in one of the most downtrodden parts of town.
Part of what has taken so long McCurdy said was the goal to always be in the right order, to first repair infrastructure - water and sewer lines - then curbs and gutters and finally street overlay.
Townsend said Tulare Road is an example of a street having been repaired and then needing to be tore up for infrastructure repairs as is happening right now by Lindsay Gardens.
Councilmember Steve Velasquez said it would be great if there were a way to get this information out to the public. Here it is Steve.