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Funds allocated for park, sidewalks in preliminary hearing


Last updated 3/20/2008 at Noon

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the recommended 2008-09 annual funding plan for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs, and the preliminary hearing indicates that Fallbrook will receive $503,174 in CDBG funds for two projects.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote March 11, with Ron Roberts absent, recommends $250,000 for the construction of Clemmens Lane Park and $253,174 for the construction of sidewalks on East Alvarado Street.

Approval of the recommended plan includes a 30-day public review and comment period, and the plan will return to the board May 6 for final approval before submittal to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides funding for the programs.

Changes between the preliminary and final recommendations often include reallocation of CDBG funding from previous years for projects which have been cancelled or completed with funds remaining.

Community Development Block Grant projects are intended to revitalize lower-income communities.

The proposals were selected based on criteria which include benefit to lower-income residents, health and safety considerations, the ability to leverage block grant funds into additional revenue, and availability of alternate funding sources.

“There must be a very clear benefit to lower-income residents,” said Catherine Trout Lichterman, the director of the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

The county had approved $100,000 of Fiscal Year 2006-07 CDBG funds to assist with the purchase of the 0.56-acre site for Clemmens Lane Park, and in April 2007 the Board of Supervisors authorized the site purchase agreement.

The total construction costs for Clemmens Lane Park are estimated at $500,000, and in addition to the proposed $250,000 CDBG allocation the County Service Area No. 81 advisory committee has recommended the use of $250,000 in Park Land Development Ordinance funds, paid by developers to fund park facilities in the development’s community, for construction costs at Clemmens Lane Park.

Current PLDO funding of $45,000 is being used for the design expenses of the park.

The amenities at Clemmens Lane Park will likely include a small soccer field, a sand volleyball court, a playground area, and a picnic area. The park construction has an estimated completion date of March 2009.

The East Alvarado Street sidewalk project will fund the construction of sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and minor drainage improvements on the south side of East Alvarado Street from Potter Street to Mercedes Road.

The 2006-07 CDBG funding included $35,000 for preliminary engineering for the installation of sidewalks on the south side of Alvarado Street from Potter Street to one-half mile west of Mercedes Road, and the 2007-08 funding provided $100,000 for design and right-of-way acquisition between Potter Street and Mercedes Road.

The total construction costs are estimated at $585,000, and upon Board of Supervisors approval the county’s Department of Public Works will add $331,826 in gas tax revenue to the CDBG allocation.

The extension of sidewalks on Alvarado Street will provide a continuous walking path for pedestrians using Alvarado Street for La Paloma School, Fallbrook Hospital, and the health clinic. The sidewalk construction has a completion estimate of June 2009.

A reduction of 3.75 percent in Community Development Block Grant funding from the Fiscal Year 2007-08 amount created the seventh consecutive year of decreases in the Federal allocations.

Fourteen Fallbrook proposals were placed on the alternative list.

No cost estimates were provided for the design and construction of sidewalk segments on the south side of Ammunition Road from Alturas Street to Mission Road, on Clemmens Lane between Old Stage Road and Mission Road, on one side of East Mission Road between Iowa Street and North Brandon Road, and on Old Stage Road between Clemmens Lane and South Mission Road.

Four of the alternative projects for Fallbrook had $35,000 cost estimates: the preliminary design of sidewalks on either side of Aviation Road from Main Avenue to Mission Road, preliminary engineering for sidewalks on either side of West Elder Street from Mission Road to Main Avenue, engineering and design of sidewalks on the south side of the 500 block of Elder Street, and preliminary engineering of sidewalks on Alvarado Street from Pasadena Street to Mission Road.

Construction of sidewalks on the north side of Elder Street from South Brandon Road to the eastern parking entrance of Fallbrook Hospital has an estimated cost of $165,000, construction of a new parking lot for the Fallbrook Boys and Girls Club Teen Center is estimated at $109,307, the sidewalk design for the north side of Ammunition Road between Alturas Road and the Fallbrook Towne Center area has an estimated $75,000 cost, the parking lot renovation for the La Casita Child Development Center has been estimated at $56,000, preliminary engineering costs for sidewalks along one side of Elder Street from Main Avenue to Fallbrook Hospital are estimated at $50,000, and restroom improvements to Americans with Disabilities Act standards for the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum have an estimated cost of $9,000.


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