Fiscal outlook positive for RP
Council OKs Capital Improvement Program
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By Mira Brody  June 13, 2014 12:00 am

The Rohnert Park City Council unanimously voted to adopt a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget for fiscal years 2014-15.

The plan went over well with council members and addressed many citywide improvements to parks, transportation and utilities, improvements that have and will soon become visible to citizens.

“I think it is important for the citizens of Rohnert Park to know that this is stuff that they will notice,” commented Mayor Joseph Callinan. “They will notice that the Callinan Sports Center locker rooms are renovated. They will notice that the tennis courts in Magnolia Park are renovated. They will notice Benicia pool is renovated.”

There are 34 total projects in this proposition, and all will cost a total of $19.6 million. The money stems from different resources depending on which project, such as previously collected public facilities fees, gas tax money, water and sewer rates, the One Bay Area Grant program and capitol outlay fees.

Some changes that can be expected are the widening of Snyder Lane, the completion of the Eastside Trunk Sewer Project, sewer pipe relining and rehabilitation, a new roof for the Community Center and a new ventilation system for the Spreckels Performing Arts Center. There will also be new parking lots for the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library and the Community Center and restroom renovations at three local parks. Some projects have already been completed, such as the fresh road outside City Hall on Avram Avenue.

“I am really happy and pleased to see that we will be able to accomplish so much this year,” Councilwoman Pam Stafford said. “I absolutely approve of these requests and I think they are pretty modest adjustments; these will be projects that people will notice.”

City Manager Darrin Jenkins spoke of a development program that will begin in the next three years, which would widen RP Expressway between Snyder Lane and Petaluma Hill Road, making it more convenient for westbound traffic to commute into the city.

“You are really stimulating the economy,” said Councilwoman Gina Belforte to management analyst Eydie Tacata. “Not only are you making our projects better, but you’re goal oriented, and you’re bringing new projects to our city. That 19 million dollars we are spending will really go a lot further now with these projects.”

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