As part of the budget process that all cities go through on an annual or biannual basis, they also review and adopt a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). In Martinez, we have a two-year budget so we consider our CIP every two years.
The CIP and budget contains priorities, descriptions and funding plans for all projects that the city intends to construct within the next five years.
The Martinez City Council held a CIP workshop last week and the city staff presented the proposed plan. In preparing for the workshop, the staff performs quite a bit of legwork. First, they confer with the finance department to determine the fund balances available for capital projects. Next are a series of meetings with each department of the city for their input. Also considered are the goals that the City Council set during the recent council retreat.
After the workshop, the city staff will make adjustments from input from the council and the public and will present a final project list to the council for formal adoption. The CIP will then be sent the Planning Commission for review to make sure it is consistent with the city's general plan and then incorporated into the 2013-2015 biennial budget.
Over the last two years, Martinez has completed many capital improvements throughout the city. Rankin Park and Tavan Field have been completely rebuilt.
Major paving projects have been completed, including Main Street, Shell Avenue, Muir Road and Reliez Valley Road. One of the three major entrances into downtown Martinez -- Marina Vista -- was completely rebuilt with new sidewalks, paving, underground utilities, lighting and street furniture, including a historical entry sign.
At the city's water plant, the main raw water pipeline that carries water from the reservoir to the water plant was replaced, and at the marina, a maintenance dredge was completed.
There are several projects that are in various stages of development and completion. These include paving projects at Center Avenue and Morello Drive at Highway 4; and Arnold Drive. Upgrades are underway in Hidden Valley, Cappy Ricks, Nancy Boyd and Waterfront parks.
Transportation projects include Phase 3 of the Intermodal Train Station with a pedestrian overcrossing to the parking lot across the tracks, construction of the Bay Trail segment at Berrellesa Street, sidewalk extensions at Shell Avenue from Pine Street to Harbor View, and also Alhambra Valley Road.
Water system upgrades include annual water main replacements, a GIS system of all water pipelines, electrical upgrades at the water treatment plant and upgrades to the Harbor View reservoir.
Projects that have been recommended in the 2013-2015 CIP include continuing upgrades to parks, the water system; paving; sidewalk replacement; additional traffic signals at Alhambra Avenue at C Street, and Arnold Drive and Pacheco Boulevard; downtown parking meter upgrades, and improvements to our public buildings (City Hall, Amtrak Station, senior center and corporation yard).
The final draft of the CIP will be before the City Council for formal adoption June 19. We welcome input to the CIP up to and including that meeting.
If you have a capital improvement project that you would like to be considered, please email our city engineer Tim Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or any member of the City Council. You can find our emails on the city's website at www.cityofmartinez.org.
Rob Schroder is the mayor of Martinez. Email him at email@example.com.