Money money money money … Money!
Alameda’s operational budget may be making a slow arc toward the drain, but our little Island is line for millions to upgrade local rec facilities and roads.
The city is set to get $3.4 million for local recreational facilities courtesy of local voters who okayed the Measure WW parks bond in November. The city’s short list for use of that money, which has to be spent by 2018, includes resurfacing of tennis and basketball courts at Washington Park, renovation of theLittlejohn Park and Woodstock Park recreation buildings and replacement of the recreation building at Krusi Park. Those improvements would cost an estimated $1.95 million.
Other items on the wish list include renovation of field lighting at three parks, renovations to the Alameda Point Gym (which we are apparently getting from the Navy, separate from the Alameda Point project) … and purchase of the Collins Property for an estuary park, which itself would cost between $3 million and $5 million.
Councilman Frank Matarrese said the city should move forward quickly on the projects to take advantage of the, ehm, availability of construction resources.
The city’s also getting ready to use an anticipated $1.2 million to $2.15 million from the federal stimulus package for two road projects. The council gave their okay to put the project out to bid now, something Public Works Director MatthewNaclerio said could net the city contracts two weeks ahead of schedule. (Now they’ll only have to wait for the bill makes its way through the Senate).
The money would hep cover the cost of road resurfacing along at 0.35-mile stretch of Fernside Boulevard from High Street to Thompson Avenue and a 1.04-mile portion of Central Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Webster Street. They expect the pavement to last 20 years.
Incidentally the council, after a long and tortured discussion, also decided to spend $100,000 of its Measure B money to see if it’s feasible to build a bike and pedestrian bridge over the estuary. The money will leverage another $900,000 to pay for the study, which should be done this spring. The bridge is the highest priority project in the city’s bike plan. Construction of thebridge would cost an estimated $48 million.
Some additional money to help pay the $3.06 million cost of the projects would come from gas tax, Proposition 42 and Congestion Management Agency funds.