Council eyes construction projects plan tonight

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council will decide tonight whether to adopt its five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), a list of projects that carries through to Fiscal Year 2023-24.

The Council updates its capital improvement projects five-year list every two years, and allocates the funds for the first two years, according to a report by Interim City Engineer Randy Leptien.

“A five-year CIP enables the city to plan ahead for needed major capital projects, even whenfunding is not yet available,” he wrote.

“The updated CIP is required by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to demonstrate compliance with the Measure J Growth Management Program and in order to receive local Measure J funds,” he wrote.

The list’s projects are grouped under “funded,” primarily those for Fiscal Year 2019-20 and 2020-21, the upcoming budget cycle, and “unfunded” projects, mostly those that are expected to be undertaken later.

They are divided further as recurring or routine and non-recurring, or one-time improvements.The city’s Planning Commission has found the list to be consistent with the General Plan, Leptien wrote.

During its May 29 budget workshop, the Council modified the list slightly, moving the replacement of lights at Ignacio Park to Fiscal Year 2019-20, and staff members are suggesting the completing of interpretive panels at Susan Park take place that same fiscal year.

Leptien wrote that is recommending a separate action to close out the Alhambra Avenue-C Street signal project and Muir Station Road and Center Avenue signal modification project and transfer the remaining funds of $325,000 from those two accounts to the Traffic Mitigation Impact Fees fund balance.

The Council was expected to hear a request to annex 10 acres at 1030 Vaca Creek Road into the city, amend the General Plan map, the city’s Zoning Text and Zoning Map, and make an Urban Limit Line adjustment.

However, Christina Ratcliffe, Community and Economic Development director, will ask for the matter to be continued to the July 2 meeting.

On the consent calendar, City Manager Eric Figueroa and Finance Director David Glasser will ask the Council to approve a continuing interim expenditure plan before it adopts the 2019-20 and 2020-21 budgets, expected to take place at the July 2 meeting. However, the current fiscal year ends June 30.

To allow for the payment of routine expenses after June 30, the Council needs an interim expenditure plan to meet payroll and vendor obligations at the previous budget’s level until the new budget is in place.

The Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Council Chambers of Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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