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City moves forward with $46.4M in projects

Posted: June 6, 2012 2:59 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2012 2:59 p.m.

Santa Clarita's Planning Commission voted to move forward with $46.4 million in proposed capital improvement projects - including bridge widening, street repairs and landscaping projects - at its meeting Tuesday night.

The capital improvement program passed unanimously Tuesday night without discussion from commissioners or the public.

With the Planning Commission's OK, the City Council is now set to approve the projects and the rest of the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget at its next meeting June 12. The fiscal year starts July 1.

The city is able to fund so many capital improvements - in same cases years after other cities have cut such improvements and some are contemplating bankruptcy - largely because of grants, said city Public Works Director Robert Newman last week.

Of the more than $46 million in capital improvement projects proposed, $12.3 million would be funded with various grants, Newman said.

"It's that ability to get grant funding and then match it with local funding," Newman said. "It's the ability to stretch and do more with less resources than the city has."

Along with all the projects that will be funded this year, the city has a wish list of about $666.83 million in projects that officials would like to move forward with - but will have to wait while the city finds funding for them.

Some major items on the wish list include extending Via Princessa from Isabella Parkway to Golden Valley Road, building a recreation center at Central Park and repaving about $191.47 million worth of streets.

The city decides to move forward with projects based on priority, need and available money, Newman said. "We try to move through them and we've been successful in getting most of them done," Newman said.





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