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Marsha McLean: Community dollars in action

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Posted: February 4, 2010 11:10 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
It’s no secret that Santa Clarita residents enjoy a high quality of life.

Each year, 100 percent of residents’ tax dollars are re-invested locally to fund projects residents and businesses have told us are important for our city.

The city’s Capital Improvement Program consists of a wide variety of projects. Capital-improvement projects include everything from the construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks and public access ramps, to major city facilities like the city’s sports complex and the Transit Maintenance Facility.

Construction of parks facilities and buildings, road maintenance, sewer installation, new landscaped median construction and beautification and more are also part of the program, which will once again take shape across the city in 2010.

One example of a capital-improvement project slated for 2010 is phase two of the downtown Newhall streetscape project, which will commence this July.

The popular streetscape project will continue the city’s Main Street streetscape overhaul between 8th Street and Lyons Avenue, completing the five-block project. Construction, scheduled to begin after the July 4 holiday, will include the same landscaping, hardscaping, brick work, boardwalks and street lamps that transformed Main Street between 6th Street and 8th Street in Phase One. 

One of the largest capital-improvement projects set to take place in 2010 is the city’s new library in Newhall. At more than 26,000 square-feet, the two-story, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building will serve as a major architectural focal point for downtown Newhall while better meeting the needs of the Newhall community and meeting the highest standards for the environment and sustainability.

The building will house five study rooms, an adult fireside reading room, a 200-person community room, a technology center, a homework center and 65 public computers.

Both the interior and the exterior of the building will feature numerous design elements reflective of downtown Newhall’s Western heritage. Currently in design, construction for the library is expected to begin this spring.

Phase Three of the intelligent transportation system is also slated for 2010. This particular project will add traffic-detector stations at strategic locations to enhance traffic monitoring efforts. It will also add fiber optics and closed-circuit television to select intersections, projecting images to the city’s traffic operations center located at City Hall, allowing traffic engineers to better monitor traffic patterns and adjust signal timing.

Phase Three of the system will also take a step toward synchronizing traffic signals citywide. Each aspect of the project is designed to work cohesively with the others — resulting in a smoother commute for residents across the entire city.

This year the city is beginning construction of its first passive-recreation park, Discovery Park, located in Canyon Country. The first phase consisting of about 7 acres is already underway and will open this spring.

Another capital-improvement project set for 2010 is the city’s annual concrete rehabilitation project. Scheduled to begin construction in the spring, the project will perform maintenance on sidewalks and repair curb and gutter flow line issues in select areas of the city.

The project will also construct pedestrian-access ramps at various residential intersections in the city in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which sets requirements for disabled access standards in public rights of way.

Residents with ideas or suggestions on possible future projects can pick up a Request for New Project Form at City Hall, or contact Assistant City Engineer Curtis Nay at (661) 286-4135 or via e-mail at

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council. She can be reached Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” is provided by the city and appears Fridays.


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