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City recommendations for projects presented

CARLSBAD —City staff briefed council members on their recommendations for Carlsbad’s 2010-2011 Capital Improvement Program, or CIP, which includes five large-scale projects of interest, at the May 11 council meeting.
The council accepted the report detailing the appropriation of budget funds over the course of the next year, and set a public hearing to adopt the plan at its June 29 meeting.
The CIP committee reviews existing and future project requests that meet the city’s goals of investing in infrastructure. The proposed budget includes a request for $58.3 million to complete 15 projects, five of which are highlighted as “projects of interest” to the community
Marshall Plantz, a senior civil engineer with the city, said that the projects of interest are “examples of how investment and infrastructure associated with the CIP relate with a higher quality of service, and how we partner with the community.”
These goals are exemplified in one of the main projects, the relocation of Fire Station No. 3, which will increase the level of service to the community, said Plantz. It will also
help maintain acceptable response times to calls in the area.
The CIP budget also includes funds for traffic calming measures to be implemented in the La Costa area during the next fiscal year.
Over the past several months, residents have drawn attention to their concerns regarding the high level of traffic in their neighborhood. After hearing from the community, city staff studied the area and recommended that traffic signals be installed at five different interactions along La Costa, Plantz said.
Concerned resident Ernie Trujillo, a member of the La Costa Safety Committee, also suggested that the city should consider landscaping opportunities as they implement the traffic calming measures. It would assist in the beautification of La Costa Avenue while addressing the traffic concerns, which have dramatically increased over the past 10 years, he said.
City Manager Lisa Hildabrand said that while plans for the project are nearing completion, it would be a “couple of months” before they were presented to the council. They will then be able to move forward with installation of the suggested calming solutions.
Several of the other large projects include a hydroelectric energy generation project, recycled water lines in the Palomar Business Park and an automated traffic management center that would manage traffic flow throughout the city, Plantz said.
City residents who wish to provide feedback or ask questions regarding the CIP budget and projects should attend the Citizens’ Budget Workshop at 6 p.m. June 10 at 1635 Faraday Avenue.