November Martinez Mayor's Message
Oct 31, 2016 11:17AM
● By Rob Schroder
Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
As I have reported in my last two Community Focus columns,
the Martinez City Council has placed a measure on the November ballot dedicated
to repairing and maintaining our crumbling streets and roads. Measure D is a ½
cent sales tax that would triple our annual paving budget by generating $2.1
million. This is not enough to bring all of our streets and roads up to the
level we would like to see, but it will certainly help us to take care of the
most pressing paving problems in our neighborhoods.
The measure requires a 2/3 majority vote, so we are working hard to educate the voters and answer all of their questions. Eight years ago we were successful in passing Measure H, which generated $30 million to build a new community pool and upgrade the library and every single park in Maritnez. Waterfront park is the last major Measure H project, with construction commencing in the spring of 2017.
What we have done for our parks we can do for our roads with a “yes” vote on Measure D.
Many other capital improvements have been completed or are in process throughout Martinez. The Hidden Lakes Soccer Field opened for youth soccer on September 1 and had its formal ribbon cutting on October 18.
The downtown surface parking lot at Ferry Street, Marina Vista and Escobar (parking lot 4) is being reconstucted. The lot is being completely dug out, repaved with a new configuration, and newly landscaped. All construction will be completed prior to November 11 to allow assembly of the outdoor ice skating rink for the holiday season.
The long awaited repaving of Morello Avenue and Center Avenue at Highway 4 is nearing CalTrans approval. These projects have been promised for years but have been held up by significant changes required by CalTrans, including additional handicap ramps, traffic control and signal work, vehicle and bicycle detector loops, and striping. Once approved, construction will start immediately and be conducted at night.
The final phase of the Intermodel project that started with the constrtuction of the Intermodel AmTrak station is in process. The Berrellesa Street bridge over Alhambra Creek is well underway and is scheduled for completion in December. In 2017, a pedestrian overcrossing from the train station to the north parking lot will be constructed.
And finally, it is anticipated that the private ferry service operated by PropSF will commence operations at the Martinez Marina by the end of the year, after final approval by the Public Utilities Commission. This will be the start of what the city and PropSF plans to evolve into regular public ferry service in and out of Martinez.