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City's capital improvement project list reviewed
Planning Commission hears of upcoming projects
City Planning on Zoom
The Ceres Planning Commission met May 18 on Zoom. Top row are City Manager Tom Westbrook and Commissioners Bret Silveria and Laurie Smith. Middle row are Senior Planner James Michaels, and Commissioners Bob Kachel and Gary Del Nero. Bottom row are City Engineer Daniel Padilla and Attorney Nubia Goldstein.

A long list of capital improvement projects being planned by the city for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year was reviewed by the Ceres Planning Commission last week.

City Engineer Daniel Padilla went over the list of 21 items which the city plans to undertake. The commission found they were all consistent with the Ceres General Plan.

The Roeding Heights tennis courts will be resurfaced at a cost of $25,000 while new sidewalks will be repaired at Don Pedro Park for $25,000 from Measure L tax revenue. The city plans to upgrade the audio-visual upgrades for the Ceres City Council Chambers at the Ceres Community Center at a $20,000 expense.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding of $235,000 will be spent on sidewalks in the Morrow Village subdivision between Garrison and Whitmore and bounded by Moffet and Rose avenues. Padilla said several streets will be treated in a phased project over a four- or five-year period.

The city will also overlay Blaker Road from Hackett to Whitmore after finishing an overlay on Blaker Road from Hackett to Service Road. Central Avenue from Service Road to the new roundabout at Pine/Industrial will also receive an overlay. Together the two projects are costing $647,673 with $120,000 of Measure L funds.

A number of Ceres streets will be treated for pavement preservation at a cost of $1.15 million, of which $700,000 comes from Measure L.

Flashing crosswalk beacons will be added near several schools yet to be determined. Measure L will cost the $50,000 cost.

A total of $1.85 million in projects will be done for the wastewater system. They include $1 million for lift station improvement in the Westpointe area of Ceres; $100,000 to rehab parts of the sewer plant and replace equipment; and $400,000 in corp yard improvements.  The roads within the wastewater treatment plant will also be overlayed at a cost of $250,000.

Under water system improvements, the city will spend $5 million to construct the 3 million gallon water storage tank at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park on Hatch Road. The tank will take water piped from the surface water project at Fox Grove Fishing Access near Hughson

Over $2 million will be spent on treatment of water at well sites. Another $1.5 million will rehabilitated one well.