New­port Beach plans im­prove­ments

Coun­cil gives ini­tial OK for $67 mil­lion for recre­ation and fa­cil­i­ties projects.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Hannah Fry hannah.fry @la­times.com

A $67-mil­lion cap­i­tal-im­prove­ment bud­get that in­cludes long- and short-term con­struc­tion projects for streets, build­ings, parks and beaches has re­ceived pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval from the New­port Beach City Coun­cil.

High­lights of the plan for the com­ing fis­cal year in­clude:

$10.9 mil­lion for fa­cil­i­ties projects, in­clud­ing re­pairs and re­con­struc­tion of three fire sta­tions and con­cep­tual de­signs for the West New­port Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

$9.1 mil­lion for parks, the har­bor and beaches, in­clud­ing the even­tual re­place­ment of the aging Bal­boa Is­land sea walls.

About $8.16 mil­lion for wa­ter main and sewer re­pairs through­out the city, and about $5.4 mil­lion for wa­ter-qual­ity projects such as the dredg­ing of the Se­me­niuk slough.

About $3.1 mil­lion for traf­fic-sig­nal syn­chro­niza­tion and other trans­porta­tion-re­lated projects.

Be­ing on the list for 201516 doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a project will be com­pleted dur­ing the fis­cal year.

Listed projects are funded from on­go­ing rev­enue such as dock fees, the state gaso­line tax, util­ity en­ter­prise fees and city gen­eral funds, ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port.

The spend­ing plan for cap­i­tal im­prove­ments edged up from the orig­i­nal $66.6 mil­lion af­ter Coun­cil­man Scott Peot­ter sug­gested that im­prove­ments to the Corona del Mar en­try­way be in­cluded.

The staff had pro­posed de­lay­ing the $410,000 project and a hand­ful of oth­ers for a year.

The en­try­way project would re­lo­cate eight park­ing spots along East Coast High­way near MacArthur Boule­vard and ex­pand side­walks and land­scap­ing. The plan is to make Car­na­tion Av­enue a one-way street be­tween 4th Av­enue and East Coast High­way.

Peot­ter said that be­cause the Corona del Mar Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict has al­ready paid about 10% of the project’s to­tal cost, it should be green­lighted this year. “I have a prob­lem with that be­ing left out,” he said.

City Manager Dave Kiff vowed to search for avail­able re­sources to add the project to the bud­get for 2015-16, which be­gins July 1.

The coun­cil is ex­pected to give fi­nal ap­proval to the en­tire city bud­get, which in­cludes the cap­i­tal im­prove­ment plan, by June.

The planned sale of the city-owned Bal­boa Per­form­ing Arts Theater would even­tu­ally add to city cof­fers.

Allen J. Sch­aben Los An­ge­les Times

THE NEW­PORT BEACH bud­get would in­clude money for long- and short-term con­struc­tion projects for streets, build­ings, parks and beaches.

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