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Many City Council Projects Under Way

A look at what the council has been up to recently.

The Laguna Niguel City Council has recently taken action on the following issues:

1. New Synthetic Grass Approved for Laguna Niguel Soccer Park

The City Council approved the installation of new synthetic grass for the Laguna Niguel Skateboard and Soccer Park. This will be a cash contract project in which no financing or funding from the state or federal government is needed. This will replace the current synthetic grass soccer field which is showing signs of wear. Synthetic grass has a longer life and is preferred by most players.  Players are able to play on a consistent turf, even after rainfall, avoiding the usual puddles and mud patches. Synthetic grass requires less maintenance and no irrigation. It is the city's second synthetic-grass soccer field. Active bids have already started to show up on the city's web site and can be viewed by the public. Bids can be placed to the Public Works Department up until 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud. 

2. City Adopts Ordinances for 2010 State Building and State Fire Codes

The city of Laguna Niguel adopted ordinances for the 2010 California Building Code and 2010 California Fire Code and all its modifications and amendments. All cities are required to adopt the new codes by Jan. 1, 2011. Please check with the city regarding any new residential renovations that have been performed.

3. Widening of Crown Valley Parkway

Soon, there will be more lanes on Crown Valley Parkway, as the Widening Project plans are under way. Final design of the project is almost complete. When finished, Crown Valley Parkway will have the following additions:

  • It will be widened on the eastbound side from Forbes Road to the Mission Viejo side of Interstate 5. 
  • A dedicated right-turn lane will be added for the southbound I-5 on-ramp.
  • A dedicated right-turn lane will be added for the northbound I-5 on-ramp.
  • There will be four continuous eastbound through lanes from Forbes Road to match the four through lanes on the Mission Viejo side of Interstate 5.

The goal of this project is to reduce traffic congestion in the Crown Valley Parkway/I-5 area. The $11-million project will take 24 months to complete. Construction contracts will be awarded no later than March 2011 in order to make use of the $5 million in funds provided by Orange County Transportation Authority. Construction should begin in April 2011. 

4. Possible New Life for Old Courthouse Buildings

As the new City Hall project is underway, the nearby County courthouse building remains vacant, and the City Council and County of Orange are moving to do something about it.  The City Council recently approved an agreement with the Urban Land Institute and the County of Orange to conduct a technical assistance panel on the County-owned site.  The goal is to evaluate the site and identify possible land uses (public and private) that would complement the new City Hall, the renovated Laguna Niguel Library and existing Fire Station No. 5.  The old courthouse and surrounding county buildings have been vacant for more than two years, and the construction of a new 18-courtroom County Justice Center has since been dropped. 

5. City Council Awards Contracts for City Hall Project

City Council also awarded contracts for photovoltaic panels and new audio/visual equipment for the new City Hall construction project. 

Panelized Structures, Inc. specializes in solar panelling for big and small projects ranging from 5,000 square feet to 2 million square feet. The contract awarded to Panelized Structures for the photovoltaic panels is for $457,000. Photovoltaic systems use solar paneling to convert the sun's energy into electricity. The panels are designed to withstand severe storms and are protected from degradation from UV rays. The panels will be installed on the roof of City Hall as panels need to be exposed at least partially to the sun's rays in order to convert to electricity;  especially during peak business hours. The funds will come from the Federal Energy Grant that city was awarded in the amount of $572,900.

The other contract awarded to Digital Networks Group, Inc. for audio/visual equipment is for $581,908. 

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