The Holtville City Council on April 22 approved a number of street and sidewalk repair projects that are expected to relieve congestion and reduce air pollution.
The votes were 3-0 with Council Members Mike Goodsell and James Predmore absent.
The projects will be funded in part through the Federal Highway Administration with matching dollars from revenues generated through Measure D, the countywide sales tax dedicated to road repairs.
The first project authorized is Orchard Road repair between the south city limits at the Alamo River Bridge and Fourth Street at a cost of $442,000. It will be ground down, crack sealed and have an asphalt rubber hot mix placed over it, followed by other resurfacing layers.
A paved road shoulder will cover both east and west edges. This is a priority, officials said, because it is a widely used road serving agriculture and other industries and connects to State Route 115. Completion is expected by June 2020.
Another project is the Cedar Avenue sidewalk improvement at a cost of $210,000. Plans include replacement of the curb and gutter and new sidewalks will be installed in areas where there is no existing sidewalk.
Additionally, a noncompliant handicap curb will be replaced and a new storm water catch basin at mid-block will replace the old one. This project is expected to finish by June 2021.
A Ninth Street sidewalk project is also in the works between Beale and Oak avenues. This project also reduces vehicle and dust emissions on a route leading to Holtville Middle School where the northeast portion has no current sidewalk.
"There's a double benefit since we cover bare ground so less dust emissions,” City Manager Nick Wells said. “Because it's close to the school, parents are likely to encourage their kids to walk to school with sidewalks installed and adults will take advantage too. There'll be more physical activity, good for the whole community."
The Ninth Street project will cost $331,000 and completion is expected by June 2020.
Meanwhile, road repair projects that were on hold are back in the pipeline. These include Pine and Maple avenues between Fifth and Sixth streets, Chestnut Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, Cedar Avenue from Ninth Street to the north city limits and a section of Mesquite Avenue from Fifth Street to Zenos Road.
These projects are expected to be completed by the end of July 2019. The cost is expected to be $3.5 million from a bond and other sources.
In other news, since Mike Pacheco was appointed to the city council seat recently vacated by former Mayor David Bradshaw, Pacheco’s former seat on the city planning commission is now vacant. A notice will be posted to the Holtville website through the second week in May seeking candidates.
Applications will then be forwarded to the planning commission for review and recommendations. The council is likely to vote for a new planning commissioner by the May 28 meeting.
Also, Fire Chief Alex Silva presented Paola Rangel, a community outreach specialist with the Burn Institute, with a check for $1,650 raised from the department's Fill-a-Boot fundraiser. The funds go toward gas, food and hotel vouchers for people to visit with family members recovering from injury at the Institute's San Diego center.
"I think this was a great cause and thank the community for all their help and support," said. Silva.