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Posted on: February 23, 2017

PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS UNDERWAY

The following Public Works projects are underway at the City of Soledad:

Soledad’s 2016 Concrete Sidewalk Replacement Project Underway

Soledad’s Concrete Sidewalk Replacement Project includes the repair of damaged sidewalks/curbs/gutters due to age, tree root upheavals, settling/cracking, primarily along school routes, at approximately 100 locations so that citizens can utilize the sidewalks and not be concerned with tripping. This sidewalk repair project will consist of jack-hammering and excavating out old concrete sidewalk panels, cutting tree roots and forming and pouring new concrete replacement sidewalk panels. As required, ADA ramps at all four corners of each intersection at each end of any sidewalk segment receiving replacement panels will be assessed and replaced if they are not meeting current ADA ramp standards.

On April 1, 2015, the City Council authorized an Agreement between the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) and the City of Soledad for the Allocation of Funding Approved by the California Transportation Commission in the Amount of $544,000 for this project, which included $50,000 for design and the remainder to be used for construction and construction administration.  The Monterey County Health Department (Lead Agency), TAMC, City of Salinas, City of Gonzales, City of Soledad, City of Greenfield and the City of King partnered to develop this project under the CA Active Transportation Program (ATP).  Yamabe and Horn Engineering was retained to develop detailed engineered plans and specifications and Dalian Construction, Inc. was awarded the construction contract on September 7, 2016 in an amount not-to-exceed $415,416.87.  Weather has delayed the completion of the project until the end of March 2017.



Streetlight Improvement Project Underway
The City owns and maintains 116 of the approximately 700 streetlights throughout the City.  Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) owns and maintains the remainder of the streetlights.  Recently, PG&E replaced all of their High Pressure Sodium (HPS) light fixtures with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures to reduce the amount of energy being consumed and to provide better lighting.  The City is following suit to replace all of the City owned HPS fixtures with new energy efficient LED fixtures.  Yamabe and Horn Engineering developed detailed engineered plans and specifications that also adjusted the wattage of the fixtures to be in line with current City Standards and provide consistency throughout the City, and Underground Specialties Central Coast, Inc. was awarded the construction contract on October 12, 2016 in an amount not-to-exceed $77,700.00.  Due to the popularity of many cities upgrading streetlights to LED, the LED fixtures were on back-order so the project won’t be completed until the end of March 2017.


Municipal Well #9 Treatment System Project Underway
City Well #9 was drilled and placed in service in 1992 after which it was an aesthetically pleasing, high volume producing well until it was taken out of service in 2007 when it developed problems with manganese and iron which requires a common although expensive treatment system to remove.  The project includes the of installation of 10 exterior skid mounted pressure vessel filter units with piping and control system that will remove the iron and manganese in order to meet drinking water standards.  Harris and Associates Engineering developed detailed engineering plans and specifications, and Sansone Co., Inc., was awarded the construction contract on February 15, 2017 in an amount not-to-exceed $554,980.  The project should be completed by the end of August 2017.


Soledad Joins a Joint Powers Agreement Establishing the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) Authority
Beginning in 2013, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) was formed as a region-wide collaborative partnership comprised of all 21 local governments within the greater Monterey Bay area, including the Counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito and all 18 cities located within those counties. This collaborative was created to examine the potential for a community choice energy (CCE) program in the Monterey Bay region.

The goals of MBCP are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide electric power and other forms of energy to customers at competitive prices in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County region.  In addition, the program seeks to reduce energy consumption, stimulate the local economy by creating local jobs and promote long-term electric rate stability and reliability for the residents of the tri-county area. Soledad entered into the JPA on February 15, 2017 as a founding member of the Authority.


Soledad Joins a Joint Powers Authority Agreement Establishing the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (“SVBGSA”)
In the fall of 2014, the California legislature adopted, and the Governor signed into law, three bills (SB 1168, AB 1739, and SB 1319) collectively referred to as the “Sustainable Groundwater Management Act” (“SGMA”) that initially became effective on January 1, 2015, and are amended from time-to-time thereafter. The stated purpose of SGMA, as set forth in California Water Code section 10720.1, is to provide for the sustainable management of groundwater basins at a local level by providing local groundwater agencies with the authority, and technical and financial assistance necessary to sustainably manage groundwater.

SGMA requires the designation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (“GSAs”) for the purpose of achieving groundwater sustainability through the adoption and implementation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (“GSPs”) for all medium and high priority basins as designated by the California Department of Water Resources. SGMA also requires that basins have a designated GSA by no later than June 30, 2017, and an adopted GSP by no later than January 31, 2020, if a high or medium priority basin is in critical overdraft; and no later than January 31, 2022, if designated a high or medium priority basin. The Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin (“Basin”) is a high priority basin, and the 180/400-foot aquifer sub-basin is designated in critical overdraft.

SGMA further requires multiple GSAs in the same Basin to coordinate and essentially jointly manage their individual GSPs for the benefit of the Basin, and also authorizes a combination of local agencies to form a GSA by entering into a Joint Powers Agreement as authorized by the Joint Exercise of Powers Act (Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the California Government Code). Therefore; staff, in 2015, began participating in a process initiated by the City of Salinas along with the County of Monterey, the Water Resources Agency, the Monterey County Farm Bureau, the Growers-Shippers Association, and Salinas Valley Water Coalition who retained a professional facilitator, the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), to bring together a Collaborative Working Group (CWG) to build consensus amongst key stakeholders, and make recommendations to the various entities eligible to be GSAs in the Basin - 2 - concerning the formation of a governance for the GSA.

After months of deliberation, the CWG recommended a Joint Powers Authority (“JPA”) to be the GSA in the Basin. The CWG group consisted of representatives of the County, Water Resources Agency, Cities, special districts that provide water and regulated water companies, environmental groups, agricultural interests, disadvantaged communities and small rural well owners, all in the Basin. As of this report, the CWG met fifteen (15) times and received numerous public comments by members of the community. Over that time period, periodic updates were provided as part of the City Manager’s verbal report. In addition, there have been three stakeholder forums where members of the greater public have also been invited to learn about the effort, participate, and provide comment.  Soledad entered into the JPA on February 15, 2017.


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