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City Manager's Update: Sept. 16, 2011

San Juan Capistrano's water treatment plant produces an average of 3.80 million gallons a day in the first week of September, dog park planning moves forward and more.

GROUNDWATER RECOVERY PLANT: From Sept. 1-6, the plant produced an average of 3.80 million gallons per day. On the 7th, the production was reduced for routine maintenance and on the 8th, the  massive power that hit Southern California forced the plant offline from 3:30 p.m. until the next morning.

Production to date for this fiscal year, has been 682.73 acre feet, headed towards the target of 3,500 acre feet by July 1, 2012.

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is nearly complete to which a presentation to the City Council scheduled for Sept. 20. Then, a notice of completion will be filed for the report, initiating a 45-day public review period.

5 FREEWAY AND ORTEGA HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE PROJECT: The city’s "Aesthetics Team" —consisting of staffers, the Design Review Committee and the Planning Commission—have met with Caltrans multiple times to address aesthetic design considerations. Staffers will provide a report and presentation to the City Council Sept. 20.

MERCADO EL REY: the City Council has upheld an appeal by Mercado El Rey Market, on the east side of Camino Capistrano, just south of Well Fargo Bank. The applicant has obtained a temporary use permit for a dumpster subject to fencing and screening, a business license and a building permit to perform interior alterations.

SAN JUAN CREEK ROAD SEWER UPGRADES: This project enlarges the sewer lines on San Juan Creek Road and Camino Lacouague. To date, the contractor has installed 1,640 feet of 12-inch pipe on San Juan Creek Road and 844 feet of 8-inch pipe on Camino Lacouague. Four new manholes were installed and nine others were reconstructed. The project is on schedule to be completed by early October.

The city council has authorized location and contracts for engineering and landscaping services at the proposed 1.5-acre dog park in the northwest open space area. On Sept. 20, the City Council will consider a license agreement to authorize the Open Space Foundation access to develop the dog park. Staff will pursue conceptual design for future city council consideration.

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