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City Council Upcoming Agenda Includes Coastal Erosion, Pacifica Pier, and Budget

Several infrastructural projects await city approval

Pacifica City Council’s agenda for next Monday’s meeting includes several funding requests for building and infrastructural repair projects and a 2012-2013 budget proposal of $51,532,990.

At the upcoming meeting, City Council will address repairs needed since spring of 2010 at the Pacifica Municipal Pier. The city has received a design proposal from Biggs Cardosa Associates and V&A Consulting Engineers. The Biggs Cardosa Associates proposal included a lower cost at $34,000, and city staff advises the council to approve a contract for this proposal.

California’s Wildlife Conservation Fund would reimburse this amount to make the repairs.

Also on the council’s agenda is to replace an aging sewage pipe and electrical motor at the Sharp Park Pump Station. Dahl-Beck Electric is the favored bidder for both projects, with cost proposals at $37,867 and $32,464 respectively.

San Pedro Creek Bridge, which was built 57 years ago, is also in need of attention. The council will decide whether to approve a revised plan that takes into account the California Coastal Commission’s position that widening the creek is necessary for flood control and restoration.

The bridge replacement project itself would cost approximately $9.5 million, and would be funded through federal, state, and local grants. The creek widening would cost $1.7 million. Fiscal impacts on the city would be $399,968 to be reimbursed by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.      

The council will also be requested to confirm the continued existence of a local emergency, as declared by the Director of Emergency Services of Pacifica, at 380 and 400 Esplanade Avenue due to severe cliff erosion.

The emergency was first proclaimed in April 2010 when the revetment supporting the city storm drainage failed. Pacifica is one of several coastal towns facing erosion issues, and the Associated Press recently called the town “an early adopter of planned retreat” from the ocean.

Pacifica City Council will hold its next meeting Monday June 11 at 2212 Beach Boulevard.

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Pacifica Index June 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Just as an FYI, the Council is taking up a contract amendment to the existing San Pedro Creek Project -- it's simply to accommodate construction changes designed to address a slight widening of the southern bank that has occured due to "scouring." These accommodations will require changes to the existing environmental documentation which will, of course, require additional funding. * * * The City Clerk distributed an abbreviated version of the Agenda Packet via email. The entire Agenda with all attachments and supporting documents may found on the City's website or at www.pacificaindex.com -- the entire Packet is approximately 475 pages in size. The bulk of the Agenda is a reissue of the Summary Report that was presented to Council back in February related to the Assisted Living Center Appeal (Agenda Item 10) on Monday's line-up.
Taylor Wiles June 05, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Thanks for the link, Pacifica Index!
Pacificat June 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I agree with you Day-Oh. I think the pier is an eyesore and a huge liability to the city. But my understanding is that the cost to demolish the pier is many times more than the cost to keep propping it up with temporary repairs. We're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. :)
Day-Oh June 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
"...and the deep blue sea." Good one! Yes, I've heard this argument as well, but I still have to ask, "Cheaper than the lawsuit (to say nothing of the loss of life) that would result if it, or even a portion of it, collapsed in an earthquake while people were present?" I don't think that, given the pier's age and its location, such a scenario is outside the realm of reasonable possibility. I mean, no one ever dreamed that a section of the Bay Bridge could ever collapse in a strong earthquake...until it did. The city has been vigilant about closing the pier in anticipation of severe storms, but earthquakes don't come with any advance warning.
Pacificat June 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It's also a reasonable possibility that the pier could collapse without an earthquake and not even in a severe storm. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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