Do you have an old sofa, loveseat, or even a pile of broken toys taking up space? Then the week of May 21-25 may be the time you’ve been waiting for to take advantage of our annual curbside clean up. Residents have several options for this mostly free service. One is to place up to 14 bags or boxes of material (approximately two cubic yards) at the curb before 6 a.m. on your regular service day during that week. All items must weigh less than 60 pounds and some materials are prohibited including construction and demolition debris, loose items, hazardous waste (such as propane tanks, batteries, cleaners and medicines) and yard trimmings over three inches in diameter or three feet in length. No appointment is necessary for the bags and boxes. A second option is to dispose of two bulky items and no bags, such as an old piece of furniture and an appliance. There is an additional $20 fee for mattresses. For bulky items, appointments are required and available by calling Recology at 800-243-0291, or emailing them at RecologySonomaMarin@Recology.com by 2 p.m. Friday, May 18th. A third option is to leave one bulky item (with an appointment) and up to seven bags or boxes of smaller items. This opportunity is for residents only; businesses are not eligible to participate. Residents must be current on payments to Recology, our local waste hauler, to participate. Visit www.recyclenow.org for further information on recycling and disposing of hazardous waste.
Funding Major Projects:
As part of the city’s budget process, the city council considers major projects for the upcoming year and long-term needs. Next year’s budget funds a diverse mix of projects that responds to the community’s highest priorities, re-investing in our neighborhoods and addressing growth.
You’ve let us know through the 2018 Community Survey that traffic is your number one concern. Building on projects that will be in place this summer to better coordinate traffic signals through our busiest corridors and to allow the signals to respond in real time to traffic conditions, we have budgeted an additional $1.55 million to improve traffic flow, including:
$800,000 to reconfigure the intersection of Golf Course Drive West, Redwood Drive and the Highway 101 off-ramp lanes in this often problematic area
$250,000 to convert some of our traffic signals to “protective/permissive” left-turn signals, which will reduce left turn delays at intersections
$200,000 so that traffic lights will change more quickly when emergency vehicles are responding to the west side of town from public safety facilities on the east side of Highway 101
$300,000 for further improvements in our traffic signals.
Through this year’s summer construction season, we’ll be delivering the projects that address the condition of our streets, another major concern for our residents. Projects will include rehabilitating Martin Avenue next to Costco, rebuilding Keiser Avenue and repaving Circle Drive.
Additionally, since the key to keeping our streets in good condition is continuous maintenance, the coming year’s budget includes:
$500,000 for streets in the J and L sections
$700,000 for segments of Country Club Drive, Southwest Boulevard, Snyder Lane, Golf Course Drive and Commerce Boulevard. Funding for these projects is from the higher taxes on gasoline approved last year by the state legislature
$180,000 for engineering and design of improvements to State Farm Drive between Rohnert Park Expressway and Professional Center Drive
Park improvements and beautification continue to be important to the community and so the budget for 2018-19 calls for:
$519,000 to replace playground equipment in Magnolia Park and Meadow Pines and Lamont mini parks and to replace fencing and re-surface basketball and tennis courts at Sunrise, Ladybug, Rainbow, Golis and Alicia Parks
$64,000 to add a new bocce ball court at the community center
$440,000 on top of this year’s $750,000 to rehabilitate the most deteriorated segments of creek paths and city sidewalks later this year
$270,000 to replace failing wooden pole streetlights, found primarily in the F and H sections.
The city council and I feel truly privileged to fund projects that improve the lives of our residents, the success of our businesses and the experiences of our visitors.