June Martinez Mayor's Message
by Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
Jun 01, 2013 | 578 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When cities go through their budget process on an annual or bi-annual 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 program and budget contains priorities, descriptions, and funding plans for all projects the city intends to construct within the next five years. The Martinez City Council held a CIP workshop last month and city staff presented the proposed plan. To prepare for the workshop, city staff performed quite a bit of legwork. First, they conferred with the finance department to determine the fund balances available for capital projects. Next were a series of meetings with each department of the city for their input. The goals set at the recent city council retreat were also considered.

After the workshop, city staff makes adjustments from the input of the council and the public and presents a final project list to the city council for formal adoption. The CIP is then sent to the Planning Commission for review to make sure it is consistent with the city’s general plan, after which it is incorporated into the 2013-2015 biennial budget.

Over the last two years, the City of 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 a maintenance dredge was completed at the marina.

Projects that have been recommended in the 2013-2015 CIP include continuing upgrades to parks, the water system and paving; sidewalk replacement; additional traffic signals at Alhambra Avenue at C Street, Arnold Drive and Pacheco Blvd.; 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 on 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 City Engineer Tim Tucker at ttucker@cityofmartinez.org or any member of the city council. You can find our emails on the city’s website www.cityofmartinez.org.

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