Jun 3 2011

What Will be Fixed by the New Piedmont Budget?

Piedmont’s proposed FY 2011-12 budget includes an increase of $275,000 for street resurfacing, compared to $175,000 last year. Piedmont has always been proud of its well maintained roadways, but heavy winter rains have caused cracks to enlarge and pot holes to develop. Sidewalks and gutters also require ongoing attention.

If residents notice problems such as cracks, unsafe conditions, holes in the public right-of-way, they may contact the Public Works Department at cnakahara@ci.piedmont.ca.us or (510) 420-3050. When City Hall is closed, call the Police non-emergency number:  (510) 420-3000.

Roadway damage on Moraga Avenue

The Facilities Maintenance Fund in the proposed budget includes $50,000 for unspecified parks, play areas, tennis courts, and sports field turf maintenance, while $275,000 in funding is proposed for City Hall and Veterans Hall HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) and various upgrades in these buildings.  Hampton tennis courts need a barrier to prevent sand from coming onto tennis court surfaces creating a slip and fall danger, as well as repairs to cracks and resurfacing.

Though not allocated by the CIP Review Committee, the Facilities Maintenance Fund provides funding for larger City projects and expenditures.   A $50,000 addition to the Facilities Maintenance Fund is proposed.  Expenditures in excess of $50,000 will be from funds accumulated in prior years.

Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Fund will receive no new money

There will be no new allocation to the CIP fund for  FY 2011-12.   CIP spending of $847,000 will come from allocations made to the CIP fund in prior years.   The CIP fund was reduced by approximately $2 million dollars in 2010 to pay for cost overruns of the mismanaged Piedmont Hills Utility Undergrounding District.  Replenishment to the fund is not proposed for FY 2011-12.

No allocation from the CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) Fund will be going to tennis court improvements. 

If residents notice dangerous conditions or maintenance problems at a recreation facility or City building, the Recreation Department may be informed at prd@ci.piedmont.ca.us or (510) 420-3070.

Hampton Tennis Courts with one to two inch deep cracks.


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