GROVER BEACH CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON STREET REHABILITATION

Posted: March 10, 2014 in Grover Beach

The Grover Beach City Council will continue to focus on the implementation of a major program to rehabilitate City streets when the Council meets Tuesday night, January 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. This will be the second time the Council has taken up the subject in as many months and the Council is continuing to seek public input on the matter. In a special workshop held in December, the Council received staff reports that outlined street conditions, early estimates regarding costs, and a list of financing mechanisms. During the December meeting, the City Council was informed that the existing cost to repair streets was between $35 million and $40 million dollars. Staff also noted for the Council that, given the City’s limited economic base, existing funds are not sufficient to make a significant impact towards resolving the problem. Public Works Director Greg Ray indicated that, if the City’s streets were in “good shape”, an annual contribution of $1.6 million dollars would be necessary to keep the streets maintained properly. With the City’s General Fund resources at just over $7 million dollars, a dedication of $1.6 million for street repair is just not possible. As noted by City Manager Bob Perrault, “Ultimately, a significant infusion of cash will be necessary to have any impact on the long-term solution to street rehabilitation.” During the initial Council meeting a number of financing options were reviewed, including the use of Assessment Districts, General Obligation Bond Issues, Pay-as-you-go, and Mello Roos Financing Districts.

At Monday night’s meeting, the City Council will receive additional information regarding the financing options of a General Obligation Bond and the formation of an Assessment District. City staff will be seeking Council authorization to initiate the process to place a General Obligation Bond Issue on the ballot. The requested authorization would include updating the City’s Pavement Management System and the retention of a polling firm. According to City staff, updating the Pavement Management Program will provide critical information regarding the current state of street deterioration and more accurate cost estimates for street repair. Business representatives and residents are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting to provide public input on Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. More information may be obtained from the Grover Beach City Management Office at (805) 473-4567 or the public may view the January 21st staff report entitled “Street Reconstruction Long-term Strategies” at Grover Beach City Hall or on the City website at: http://www.grover.org/DocumentCenter/View/4204.

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