Each week, the City of Coronado City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when applicable. Featured below are highlights from that update. The entire City Manager’s Weekly Update can be found on the City's website.
Third and Fourth Street Traffic Calming Meeting
A workshop Wednesday, August 6, was held to solicit input on various concepts developed to calm traffic and improve safety and mobility on the Third and Fourth Streets Corridor. It was well attended. Fehr and Peers, the City’s selected traffic engineering consultant, presented three alternative concepts: (1) emphasis on traffic signals; (2) emphasis on traffic calming tools such as raised crosswalks, speed tables and bulb-outs; and (3) emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle travel, featuring wider sidewalks and landscaping. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting. At the end of the presentation, the audience participated in a “sticky dot” exercise where they could indicate what elements of the various alternatives they liked by placing a green sticky dot next the item. Red sticky dots were used to indicate what elements they did not like. Everyone in attendance also was provided a comment card for concerns and observations. The PowerPoint presentation that was shown at the meeting is posted on the City’s website, along with a survey that can be taken by the public to provide additional feedback. Once all the feedback has been analyzed, the consultant will make a recommendation on a preferred alternative.
The Pomona Roundabout opened on Friday, August 1, and it was business as usual for commuters who had to take detours around the construction site for about six weeks. Drivers will benefit from the traffic-calming project at the oddly shaped, three-way intersection. The roundabout is helping reduce vehicle speeds and improving bike and pedestrian mobility. The project also upgraded storm drains and infrastructure, and beautified the area. The City appreciates the community’s patience while the project was under construction. The contractor completed the major work on the project, enough to open the roundabout and to earn a financial incentive the City offered to complete the project early. The lanes in the roundabout include the City’s first shared-lane pavement markings, also known as “sharrows.” They are becoming more popular. Sharrows (pictured below) are bicycle symbols that guide bicyclists to the best place to ride and remind motorists they can expect to see bicyclists on the road and that they must share the lane.
Sales Tax Revenue Increasing
The City of Coronado’s sales tax revenue is increasing. Coronado receives 1 percent of California’s 7.25 percent sales tax base for items purchased in the City. The City contracts with a private firm, HdL to track, monitor and if needed appeal California Board of Equalization allocations of sales tax. According to HdL, Coronado’s allocation of sales tax revenues from January-March was 11.2 percent higher than the first quarter of 2013. The bulk of Coronado sales tax comes from restaurants and hotels, both of which enjoyed a very solid first quarter of the year. The increase does not take into account a reporting anomaly by the State, which wrongly failed to report revenue from a quick service restaurant. It will be corrected by the next reporting quarter. The budgeted revenue from sales tax and state allocation of sales tax in-lieu revenue for Fiscal Year 2014-15 is $2.9 million.
Street Preventive Maintenance Project FY 13-14
The City is preparing to begin its annual slurry sealing of certain streets in town. The City applies slurry seal to extend the life of its streets. Each street gets a slurry seal every seven years. Minor “digouts” are being made before work begins along those streets receiving the pavement work this year. Those streets are E, F and G avenues. The work is set to begin the week of August 11. Temporary road closures will be required along the affected streets, which include E Avenue, from First Street to Isabella Avenue; F Avenue, from First Street to Ocean Boulevard; G Avenue, from First Street to Tenth Street; and H Avenue, from First Street to Olive Avenue. A slurry seal is a type of seal coat composed of asphalt emulsion, fine aggregates, mineral filler, various additives, and water, all of which are mixed and applied from a truck. It is a cost-effective and proven way to extend the life of roads. Once applied, the slurry will fill small surface cracks, stop raveling and improve the skid resistance of the pavement. Click here or the map above for a larger image.
Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Airport Land Use Commission has released the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for the Navel Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach. The southern end of the Coronado Cays is within the Airport influence Area. Although the deadline noted on the document is August 1, the Airport has extended the date for the City of Coronado to submit comments on the plan, which is available for public review on the Airport Authority’s website.
PD Makes Theft Arrest
Coronado Police Detectives served a local search warrant on Tuesday, August 5, related to a theft using a fraudulent PayPal account. Coronado Police Detectives arrested a Coronado resident and were able to recover numerous items of property purchased with stolen funds. Items seized by Coronado Police Detectives included furniture, televisions and gaming consoles. The value of the seized property is estimated to be worth approximately $4,000.
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