Council has big plans for Palmdale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For example, the city wants to build a series of railroad overpasses that had been estimated at $25 million each in last year’s plan. This year’s plan shows the costs for each overpass ranging from $41 million to $48 million. Listed as possible between 2010 and 2016 are overpasses over the railroad tracks at Avenue M ($44 million), Avenue R ($46 million), Avenue S ($47 million), Palmdale Boulevard ($48 million) and Rancho Vista Boulevard ($41 million). A more near-term project is the construction of a 16,400-square-foot library branch to serve the city’s east side. In the 10-year plan, the $11.3 million project is shown receiving $5 million in the upcoming 2006-07 budget with the rest coming the following year. “This is a priority for our organization,” Ledford said. “It’s a priority for the eastside.” City Manager Bob Toone said the eastside library is being designed and that construction would likely come in the 2007-08 budget year. A similar library branch is being planned for the city’s westside, but that branch will be funded by the developers of the 7,000-home Ritter Ranch master plan development, on which preliminary construction has started. The plan also includes $29 million for an expansion of the city’s main library. That project is listed for funding in later years of the plan. One of the new entries in the plan is a three-acre dog park, listed at $300,000. The park, suggested by the city’s teen council, is listed for funding in the later years of the plan. The plan includes $6 million for what city officials are calling the Palmenthal Historical Park, to be established on city property near Avenue S and 20th Street East to honor the city’s first pioneers. The plan lists most of the funding in the later years of the plan, but shows $400,000 in the upcoming budget. Ideas for the park include moving the community’s first school, a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s and now located at McAdam Park, to it, and having exhibits detailing how agriculture and the railroad impacted the city’s development. City officials are debating whether plans for the park should include the neighboring 120-year-old Palmdale Cemetery, established by the city’s early pioneers. It is estimated to cost about $20,000 for the city to step in and clean up debris, trash and overgrown vegetation at the site. It would cost about $30,000 a year for the city to provide upkeep for the cemetery. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – New libraries, a dog park and a historical park are among the items on the city’s 10-year capital improvement plan, a wish list of construction projects officials want to bring to fruition. Listing 317 projects totaling $2.1 billion, the plan is a long-range planning document meant to serve as the basis for the City Council to prioritize construction projects in shaping annual budgets. “The whole purpose of the document is to put everything you can think of on our radar screen,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “During the budget process, the cream will rise to the top.” This year’s plan is larger than the 2005 plan, which listed 239 projects with an estimated value of close to $593 million. The large jump in the overall estimated value of the plan is attributed not only to a larger number of projects, but also to higher cost estimates thought to better reflect current construction prices. last_img read more