September 18, 2017
By: Carly Mayberry
Both Monterey and Pacific Grove will look at how to use money from Senate Bill 1, which addresses deferred maintenance on local city streets and highways, at each of their city council meetings this week.
Dubbed the “Road and Repair Accountability Act of 2017,” the bill was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in April. Its intent is to address the multi-modal transportation funding shortfalls statewide. Within the bill is a transparency provision that ensures city residents are both aware of the projects proposed for funding and which are completed each fiscal year.
In the case of Pacific Grove, the city aims to establish a “Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account” with an appropriation of $86,740 for a crack seal and slurry seal project in the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood.
In Fiscal Year 2018/19, the city is expected to receive $260,205 in funding with that year’s project list to be adopted within the city’s current Capital Improvement Project and as part of the standard budget process.
“This particular item takes care of and makes sure what projects we have explicitly provided for in the budget,” explained Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe, noting that the city’s project list this year must be submitted to the California Transportation Commission by Oct. 16. Kampe said he expects the resolution approving the SB1 project list to be approved on first reading with the second reading coming back to the council at their Oct. 4 council meeting. The resolution is part of an ordinance being introduced Wednesday amending the city’s overall 2017-18 fiscal year budget, which will correct an inadvertent omission of Coastal Conservancy grant funding.
Monterey aims to use $161,649 for the reconstruction of Via Gayuba, between Via Paraiso and Mar Vista Drive.
“It’s great that we have additional tax dollars to spend on transportation and roads and streets,” said Monterey City Manager Mike McCarthy.
On Tuesday, Monterey council members will also look at adopting a new resolution authorizing McCarthy to negotiate the purchase of local Groundfish fishing rights with the appropriation of $583,000 in Tidelands Trust Funds for such a purchase. It’s an effort by the city, through the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, to lease the groundfish quota-share to local fishermen and keep the fishing rights and business in Monterey as consistent with policy set forth in the Fishing Community Sustainability Plan.
“This would help preserve the fishing industry here,” said McCarthy.
Pacific Grove will also look to approve an agreement with Pueblo Construction Inc. for the repair of both the seawall and the building “cave” repair project at Lovers Point, with the former costing $138,300 plus a 15 percent contingency and the latter $136,593, plus a 20 percent contingency.
It was on Jan. 21, 2017 that a 31-foot-long, 5-foot-tall section of seawall located across from 701 Ocean View Boulevard, between Ocean View Boulevard and the waters edge, washed away during record storms.
The city’s request to the California Coastal Commission for an emergency permit for the repair was denied and then its submitted Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for repairs was also rejected until it was approved in July with the special condition that the city conduct a Shoreline Management Plan.
In terms of repairs to the “cave,” its wood roofing has significantly deteriorated and is in need of replacement. The structure is currently leased to the recreation company Adventures by the Sea, which provides kayak, bike and stand up paddle board rentals for those in Lovers Point.
Also on Wednesday, council members will look to approve another contract with existing law firm De Lay & Laredo for city attorney services lasting through June of 2022. The contract includes a monthly retainer of $30,000 and annual cost of living adjustments beginning June of 2018. De Lay & Laredo has served as city attorney for Pacific Grove since 2005. It was in June that City Manager Ben Harvey opened up the position to other candidates. Some city residents have taken issue with the current city attorney’s role and advocated for an in-house attorney that they say could more effectively meet the needs of the city.