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    Santa Paula: Omnipresent Public Works

    By Sheryl Hamlin

    Responding to public works needs is the number one job of government today: streets, water, sewer, vehicles, trash, and homeless. At the July 17, 2019, Public Works Director, Clete Saunier, presented the quarterly accomplishments of the five major subdivisions within Santa Paula Public Works.

    Here are a few highlights:

    The Neighborhood Safety Improvement project came in over the $300,000 estimate at $415,018. The project is due to be completed on July 26, 2019. This was funded by Local TDA funds. Here is a history of California’s Transportation Development Act: TDA

    Other projects: 10th Street Pedestrian Bike Improvements, Mesa Tank Study and Replacement, Harvard Boulevard Street Improvement Project, Peck Road Pavement Improvement Project- Caltrans, the Pavement Management Plan: Pavement Slurry Seal and Rehabilitation Project (PSSRP), Pavement Management Plan: Citywide Dig-out Program and Permit Review / Approval / Inspection and Capital Improvement Program projects

    A major grant for the Harvard Project was submitted by an engineering firm familiar with the city in conjunction with the Public Works staff. From the staff report, the description of the grant is as follows:

    …a grant application for this year’s open cycle for the reconstruction and general improvement of 3.7-miles of Harvard Boulevard from the west City limit to Hallock Drive. The project includes reconstructing the roadway of Harvard Boulevard, enhancing motorist safety, enhancing pedestrian safety and walkability, improving the aesthetics of the parkways,and beautifying the overall streetscape. Under the grant guidelines, the City qualifies as a rural applicant. Grant requests can be a minimum of $1 million to a maximum of $25 million dollars. The City’s application will be $15-$25 million which will fully fund the entire project.

    It is important to understand, said the Director, that there are still costs associated with utilities after the grant is awarded.

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    Public Works is working.

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