Pleasant Hill City News
Feb 07, 2018 02:32PM
Idea Box at the PH Library
The Idea Box has been installed again at the Pleasant Hill Library. You can write your idea on a piece of paper, place it in a plastic ball, and then drop it into the idea contraption. “It's a Rube Goldberg inspired contraption for collecting ideas from kids to inspire new experiences at the library and beyond,” said Senior Community Library Manager Patrick Remer. You can check out the machine on YouTube by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj0lrjxVung.
Library Focus Group Meetings
The second town hall meeting was held on January 23 at the PH Community Center. Discussion included the design of the new Pleasant Hill Library. The design team was on hand to present what they have heard so far from previous town hall meetings and focus groups held during November and December. The focus group meetings are designed to discuss specific issues and topics related to the library design. In February, the design team will begin the schematic design phase of the project. The schematic design phase will conclude with proposed interior, exterior, and landscaping designs for public review. There will be more opportunities for public input later in the spring.
In April 2017, the PH Recreation & Park District and Contra Costa County reached an agreement for the district to purchase the 5-acre site that currently houses the library building and former library administration offices. The district must exercise its option to purchase by December 31, 2019. If purchased, the district has also agreed to lease back the library building to the county for library services through April 2021. The district is planning to use the 5-acre site for new recreational ball fields after the new library has been completed. The new Pleasant Hill Library will be constructed on a 3-acre portion of the vacant parcel on the opposite side of the current library building, on Monticello Avenue. You can keep up to date on the design process at www.newphlibrary.org. You can also give your comments at www.pleasanthillca.org/library_comments. All meetings and focus groups are listed here: http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/1281/Upcoming-Meetings.
Golf Club Road/Old Quarry Road Improvement Project
Ghilotti Construction and various subcontractors have substantially completed the concrete, pavement, electrical, and pavement striping/sign installation work along Golf Club Road and Old Quarry Road. The landscape subcontractor began final irrigation installation and planting of new drought tolerant shrubs/trees along Golf Club Road and Old Quarry Road and is also working on the vehicle pavers at the concrete apron of the roundabout (at Old Quarry Road/Camelback Road intersection) over the coming weeks.
All landscape related work is anticipated to be substantially complete by early February, and the installation of a stone surface treatment at the roundabout seat wall will follow. Lastly, Meyer Concrete will be repairing or replacing isolated cracked concrete sidewalk panels and curb sections along Golf Club Road and Old Quarry Road over the next three weeks as part of the project's final punch list items. If you have questions about this project, please contact City Construction Manager Kerry Theran at (530) 301-7886 or the engineering division at 925-671-5265.
Boyd Road Day Care Appeal
On January 8, city council denied the appeal of the Proposed 72-child day care at Kahrs and Boyd Road, the site of First Church of Christ. The proposed project consists of a day care for up to 72 children (2 to 6 years old) within two of the three existing buildings on the site. The proposed day care general use would operate from 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. The facility would employ seven teachers and one director for a total of eight employees.
Although each councilmember expressed concerns about the daycare, the council denied the appeal, upholding the Planning Commission approval of a minor use permit and the Architectural Review Commission approval of an architectural review permit for the project, subject to the recommended findings and conditions.
Studies by city staff show the day care is not anticipated to adversely affect any nearby residences, however, neighbors worry about noise and increased traffic as they see cars on a regular basis going to and from the Sequoia schools on Boyd Road as well as those making their way to Pleasant Hill Middle School. To help alleviate traffic, the project is designed to have cars entering the day care on Kahrs Avenue and exiting with a right turn (west) only on Boyd Road.
Councilmember Sue Noack related to the congestion and said, “My son went to Pleasant Hill Middle. The traffic is horrific. But there is a reason for that. It’s not only the 1500 students going to the Sequoias, it’s over 900 students going to Pleasant Hill Middle School as well. Not having this child care isn’t going to make this traffic any better; it’s still going to be horrific. It’s a responsibility of the city to figure out ways to make that traffic better in general regardless of what happens on this decision. I think there are things that we need to do as a city to help with this traffic problem.” She went on to say that it is also the responsibility of the Mount Diablo School District to help solve the traffic problem as many of the students that attend those schools come from outside of Pleasant Hill, and she would like to see the district be part of the conversation and solve these traffic issues. One solution could come from staggering the start time/bell schedule of the Sequoias and PH Middle.
Mayor Tim Flaherty commented, “You’re going from an occupied park-like setting to a project that is going to introduce dozens of people to the parcel, Monday through Friday. I think I share the neighbors’ concerns that a commercial daycare in that setting, given its history, is a bit shocking to the sensibilities, but as a councilmember I’m not entitled to just react based upon what I think; I have to look at what has been presented here before me, and I don’t know that we have a lot of choice other than trying to protect your (the residents) interests as best we can by putting reasonable conditions on the use and operation and be vigilant in checking.”
A motion to deny the appeal was made by councilmember Harris and adopted by city council to deny the appeal and upholds the decision of the Planning Commission approving a minor use permit and the decision of the Architectural Review Commission approving an architectural review permit.