Sometimes it takes a little nudging but the city council will oil our squeaky wheels from time to time.
I threw a fit when North Leucadia (the blighted part) was overlooked for pedestrian train track crossings.
Last night the council approved ordering plans for a 4th crossing.
Thanks gang, now the kids who live in that part of town can safely get to the beach (just a reminder, we will need a crosswalk at the same location so once people are across the tracks they can get to the other side of the coast highway).
The price tag freaks me out though, from the NCT "The city must set aside $203,500 to pay for the design work, said Richard Phillips, assistant to the city manager.
The crossings may cost up to $4 million each to build and the city has not identified a funding source for construction."
Here is my idea free of charge, don't over design it. All we need is a ramp like they have at the Coaster station. We don't need tunnels or bridges, just a ramp. Maybe add a crossing guard like the ones at the street crossings or just a warning light that flashes when the train is approaching.
Seriously guys, I'm thinking like 5,000-8,000 for each one if you do it this way.
In other newz:
The public works yard contract was put on hold (those squeaky wheels again).
Now, where do we put this thing? I was thinking the hall property as Gilbert Foerster suggested.
But that kinda sucks, you say, we want the park!
Yeah, but that park is so over the top we can't even come close to paying for it. The council already explored selling some of it for housing. I seriously think that might be the best place to store our city vehicles. What other open land do we have?