Martinez City News
Jan 02, 2018 03:10PM
On December 20, the City of Martinez City Council conducted the first of five public hearings with regard to establishing single-member council districts in which to conduct by-district elections for city council members and the potential sequence of elections in such districts. At the second hearing on January 10, the public will again be invited to provide input regarding the composition of the districts. At the next two public hearings, the public can provide input regarding the content of the draft map or maps and the proposed sequence of elections. At the final public hearing, the city council will vote to approve or defeat an ordinance establishing district-based elections. Comments can also be submitted via email to [email protected] or the city clerk’s office at [email protected] More information will be included on the city's website at www.cityofmartinez.org.
New City Survey
The City of Martinez announced it has launched the “Your Voice Your City” Energizing Martinez Economic Health Survey. Residents and business owners are being asked to take the survey as part of the city’s Economic Development Action Plan, which is currently underway and will be used to guide future economic development strategies and decisions of the city.
Goals of the plan include educating the community about the economic assets and needs of the commercial corridors and economic centers throughout the city; enhancing the city’s quality of life by keeping and recruiting businesses that Martinez residents and employers desire; and bolstering revenue for city services such as public safety and park maintenance by supporting existing businesses and creating an economic climate that will attract new businesses. “The city council has made economic development one of its top priorities,” said Mayor Rob Schroder. “Encouraging businesses to locate and expand in Martinez is important to maintaining and enhancing our city’s exceptional quality of life. This survey will assist us in focusing our resources and actions in a manner that fosters a positive business climate that generates job growth and encourages investment in the community. It is essential that we hear from our business owners and residents in this effort.” To access the 5-10 minute survey, go to the city’s website at www.cityofmartinez.org and click on the green icon that says, “Energizing Martinez Economic Health Survey.” Responses are anonymous and confidential.
Measure H Update
At the December 6 city council meeting, City Treasurer Carolyn Robinson gave the Measure H annual presentation. She spoke about the Measure H Park Projects Bond Oversight Update and the recent Measure H meeting.
On October 4, 2017, the city council authorized the refinancing of the 2012 General Obligation Bond issue to take advantage of current lower interest rates, as well as issuance of the final $5 million of the total $30 million authorized by the voters with Measure H in 2009. On November 6, the city received a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of AA+. On November 14, bids were received for the sale of the bonds, and the scheduled bond closing was December 6, 2017.
The city treasurer’s PowerPoint presentation included past Measure H successes, current projects, future projects, and a financial report. Past successes include the Martinez Library renovation, Rankin Aquatic Park, and city parks such as Hidden Lakes Park. Recent projects include Susana Street Park and Mountain View Park, and current projects under construction include Waterfront Park, with completion of the ball fields scheduled for June 1, 2018. Projects under design are the renovation of Golden Hills Park, Highland Park, and pathway improvements at John Muir Park and Alhambra Avenue Park. The Parks Recreation Marina and Cultural Commission’s (PRMCC) Park Subcommittee has already helped scope the projects to be designed. It is anticipated that neighborhood workshops will be held for the two parks being renovated. These workshops will likely be held in March 2018. “Things are proceeding on schedule and we have been able to save a considerable amount of money by doing the refinancing,” said City Treasurer Robinson. The City Treasurer stated that once all the projects are concluded, there would be funds left over from the bond measure. Fiscal Year 2016-17 ended with a restricted fund balance of $3,413,726.52.
Also discussed at the Measure H meeting was the issue of the roads and money currently being collected for resurfacing and repaving. City Engineer Tim Tucker will provide information to the public on workshops that will collect input and discuss what streets and roads will be taken care of first and what the schedule might look like in the coming weeks.