The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a bond issue that is expected to generate $120 million to pay for road repair and construction projects.
The bond was approved previously but was tied up in court for about a year. The city is going ahead with issuing the bond even though court rulings in its favor are being appealed.
Councilman Mark Kersey said approving the bond again is like “déjà vu or Groundhog Day.”
“This really represents the needed repairs that people tell us they want to see in their neighborhoods,” said Kersey, who chairs the panel’s Infrastructure Committee.
“We’ve got almost $50 million for streets and roads, we’ve got money for three fire station construction projects as well as the design for two others, we’ve got some library money, we have some (Americans With Disabilities Act) money, we’ve got some sidewalk money,” Kersey said.
James Nagelvoort, the city’s director of public works, said he would bring a finalized project and cost list to the Infrastructure Committee in May. He said his staff is checking the budget for the projects for any cost changes brought about by the delay.
According to a list provided by the mayor’s office, the project list includes:
- fire stations in Hillcrest, Mid-City, Point Loma, Skyline, and Home Avenue in City Heights;
- libraries in Hillcrest/Mission Hills, San Carlos, San Ysidro and Skyline;
- almost $22 million in storm drain improvements,
- repairs to the Mission Beach boardwalk and South Mission Beach lifeguard station; and
- $49.2 million in road repaving.
“San Diegans who want their streets repaired will find a lot to like in this package,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “We’re moving full steam ahead with improvements to neighborhoods throughout San Diego.”
According to a staff report, the City Attorney’s Office believes the appeal was not filed in a timely manner, and it plans to ask for the action to be dismissed.
— City News Service
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