Building more than 1,400 feet of new sidewalks, and redesigning a downtown parking lot. Improving facilities at the Onetta Harris Community Center, and continuing efforts to revamp El Camino Real. These tasks are among the list of priority projects Menlo Park staff is suggesting the City Council fund during the fiscal year that starts July 1, and council members will discuss that list when they kick off 2008-09 budget talks at their meeting on Tuesday, March 11.
The meeting is devoted to what projects the council should fund next fiscal year, and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.
Council members have the final say on what projects get funded, but city staff has identified 54 projects that various commissions and the council itself have shown an interest in pursuing. Finance Director Carol Augustine has recommended that the council approve 38 of those projects for the coming year.
Some of the more costly projects include:
** $975,000 to redesign the downtown parking plaza between Doyle and Curtis streets, adjacent to Su Hong To Go.
** Up to $750,000 to create a plan to revamp properties along El Camino Real.
** More than $1 million in citywide sidewalk repairs and construction, including building 1,400 feet of new sidewalks.
City staff is also recommending a slew of recreation projects for next fiscal year, including moving ahead with plans to build a new Burgess Gym, and allotting $575,000 to study building adult-sized fields at Kelly Park.
Other upgrades include improvements for the Nealon Park softball field, building a shade structure over the Belle Haven Child Development Center playground, replacing outdated equipment in the Onetta Harris Community Center weight room, and spending $110,000 to fix landscaping, playground equipment, and park benches at various city parks.