City streets will get fixed
Platt said the state’s finance department received the delivery plan, but then responded back by saying the purchase of equipment with Proposition 1B money was a complicated issue. State finance department officials said the funds would not cover the complete cost of equipment acquisition. Newton explained that while Prop 1B money can be used to fund new equipment, it must be used in conjunction with a planned project from the public works department. Based on that information, Newton recommended against buying the dump trucks.
Newton said the public works department took things back to the drawing board and came up with a new delivery plan, one that takes full advantage of the available funding for street maintenance. Platt explained the full amount of funding that could be made available to Susanville from Proposition 1B was about $400,000.
Newton told the council the revised plan is going to focus on projects designed to rehabilitate and maintain existing streets, because he said the maintenance of city streets has been an under-funded section of the city’s budget for several years.
“The proposed revised project-delivery plan includes a crack-sealing project that will be done with city employees over a two-year time frame,” Newton said, “followed by a fog seal project that will be contracted out to a qualified fog seal contractor. The revised plan increases the funding for each of these items and allows for the maintenance of more streets.”
Newton said the public works department would have to report project expenses to the state on a regular basis, and the department can update any project plans as needed. The department will receive the money as soon as the state finance department approves the revised delivery plan. The department hasn’t outlined which streets on which it plans to focus with the funds.
Lady Jacks take section title
The Westwood High School Lady Jacks softball team not only had an undefeated season, but is now celebrating winning the Northern Section Division VI championship. The Lady Jacks took on Maxwell High School Saturday, May 18 and won, 2-1, earning themselves the section title. The team ended...Read More...
Susanville Area Bicycle Association gets active on the Bizz Johnson Trail
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Lassen College basketball player receives scholarship
Justin McBride takes a shot for the Lassen Community College Cougars. McBride was on the 2013 Golden Valley Conference men’s basketball championship team and recently accepted a scholarship to attend and play basketball for Grace University in Omaha, Neb. Photo submitted May...Read More...