NEW FEATURE FOR WATER-METER READING: The city's meter-reading company, Alexander’s, introduced a new feature when reviewing meter reads for billing. If the meter reader is alerted that the water consumption is outside of a set parameter, he or she will then take a picture of the meter and read dial which will then be available for viewing to verify the information before proceeding with billing. This photo will be available to customers upon request.
STREET WORK ON RANCHO VIEJO ROAD AT JUNIPERA SERRA: Construction work has been completed to add an additional southbound through lane on Rancho Viejo Road at the Junipero Serra Road intersection. The last order of work, the roadway striping and signing, was completed on Friday, Oct. 5. If you have any questions about the work, please contact the Vity’s project manager, Khoon Tan at (949) 443-6353, during normal business hours.
RANCHO SAN JUAN APARTMENTS: The project to develop 100 apartment units at the Whispering Hills project area on La Pata next to San Juan Hills High School is scheduled for an Environmental Impact Scoping Meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the City Council Chambers.
SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC PROJECT: The city’s mayoral subcommittee, known as the San Diego Gas and Electric Aesthetics Mitigation Team, met with SDG&E representatives Wednesday, Oct. 10, to kick-off a review of SDG&E’s South Orange County Reliability Project that includes replacing the historic substation located on Camino Capistrano, as well as installing fencing and landscaping.
TRAIL ALIGNMENT: The Open Space, Trails & Equestrian Commission considered potential trail alignment options for the trail mandated by the purchase and sale agreement between the city and Rancho Mission Viejo. The Commission requested additional information and continued the item.
LA PATA AVENUE WIDENING AND EXTENSION: The county and its consultants Huitt-Zollars Engineering and LSA Associates made a recent presentation to the Development Advisory Board on the $80 million project. The project totals approximately 4 miles in length (approximately one-third of that in San Juan Capistrano). The city has received 65 precent of the design plans and the county is pursuing 90 percent of the plans. Staff requested the county present aesthetic concerns to the Design Review Committee at a future meeting and also to the City Council.
REATA PARK AND EVENT CENTER: The environmental review is expected to be completed and posted with the County Clerk next week to start the 30-day public review. The environmental review is scheduled for the Planning Commission on Oct. 23, and the environmental and project design are scheduled for City Council consideration on Nov. 13.
REDEVELOPMENT DISOLUTION: The Finance Department completed another item on the redevelopment dissolution checklist for the state Department of Finance. The due diligence review of the housing funds transferred from the former Redevelopment Agency to the Successor Agency are required to be reviewed to determine what amounts may be retained by the Successor Agency and what amounts will be required to be sent to the County Auditor-Controller for distribution to other taxing agencies. The Oversight Board will consider the report at its regular meeting on Oct. 17, for approval and transmittal to the state Department of Finance.
DEL OBISPO STREET BRIDGE WIDENING: In the past week, the contractor constructed forms and placed concrete for the curb at the southwest corner of Del Obispo and Alipaz streets, to the south side of the retaining wall. Workers also completed installing steel in the sidewalk on the south side of the bridge, and it was inspected. The traffic signal subcontractor relocated the interconnect wiring and performed signal work at the intersection of Alipaz and Del Obispo. They also started working on removing an existing buried footing at the southeast corner of Paseo Adelanto and Del Obispo Street.
Work will continue on the south side of the bridge, affecting only the new bike lane and existing sidewalk. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of October.
I-5/CAMINO CAPISTRANO INTERCHANGE: Project construction began in July 2010, and is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2013. The contractor has been working on the freeway bridge over San Juan Creek Road, requiring some night street closures.Phase 1 of the construction is expected to be completed in late October, which will open up traffic lanes on the east side of Camino Capistrano, south of the I-5 ramps, and remove the barricades on San Juan Creek Road. Phase 2 will shift construction to the west side of Camino Capistrano to construct an additional southbound lane south of the ramps.For more information, contact the Caltrans project manager, David Richardson, at (949) 724-2341.
STREET BANNER: Letters have been sent out to interested parties regarding installation of banners for 2013, at the intersection of Del Obispo Street and Camino Capistrano. Community-based, nonprofit organizations which are interested in reserving a date in 2013, can access the banner application from the city’s website at www.sanjuancapistrano.org. The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 15. For additional information, please call 949-443-6362.
GROUNDWATER RECOVERY PLANT: The City Council awarded the bids for the material and labor for the rehabilitation of the three greensand filter vessels at its Sept. 18 meeting. A purchase order for the materials went out last week. Additionally, the bid for the services to remove and replace the filter media will be going to the City Council on Oct. 16 for consideration. All work is expected to be completed the last week in November.