Bond would be presented to voters in November if council gives OK

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

San Diego - The San Diego City Council received an update Wednesday on a proposed $4 million project to repair several streets in the city.

Representatives from LNV Engineering, the company hired to design and oversee the improvements, made the presentation to the council. In that presentation, engineers highlighted four streets in the city that would receive repairs through the proposed project. Those streets include Tovar Street south from Highway 44, and Dix, King and North Ventura avenues.

Under the proposal outlined to the council Wednesday, the estimated cost of the project is $4 million, which would be paid through a bond issue to be presented to the voters in November.

That bond would institute an $.87 per $100 valuation ad valorem tax on the city over a period of 40 years. The city of San Diego does not currently have an ad valorem tax. Council members requested a workshop to further discuss the details of the proposed project, and that workshop is expected to be scheduled next month.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance to allow city crews to tear down substandard buildings within the city limits.

Code enforcement officer Andrea Salinas indicated to the council that she has identified 67 buildings in the city that could be removed under the new ordinance.

The council also approved a bid from James Benavides to purchase two non-functioning Jeep Kiser trucks from the city at a cost of $400 each.

The council rejected a bid from Jose Pena for the purchase of a non-functioning 2004 Crown Victoria vehicle from the city at a cost of $65.

In closed session, the council interviewed several candidates for the position of Parks and Maintenance Supervisor, to replace former supervisor Noe Maldonado, who resigned last week. Upon returning to open session, the council voted to table the item to hire a new supervisor.

During the hearing of visitors portion of the meeting, the council received an update from architect Nora Parizot on the bid process for the proposed new city hall.

Parizot answered questions from the council concerning the process and provided revised deadlines for the bid opening.