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City Council Votes to Move Funds to Accelerate, Complete Promised Projects

On Monday, City Council approved a recommendation by the Capital Improvement Department to allow the reprogramming of remaining capital improvement funds to keep advancing planned improvements to parks, streets and public safety.

“Bottom line is we are being fiscally responsible,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “By actively managing the Capital Improvement Program we are able to identify savings and square project listings to ensure that we are maximizing our resources while rolling out public works projects in an efficient and expeditious manner.”

The reprogramming request presented to Council allows the department to fund the Edgemere and RC Poe roundabout project in far East El Paso completely, expedite $17.9 million in parks and library quality of life bond projects, meet funding needs of three neighborhood water parks, and renovate the Leo Cancellare pool in West El Paso.

The Edgemere and RC Poe roundabout is estimated to cost $2.4 million of which $1.5 million will come from the 2012 Streets Capital Improvement Plan.

The plan is on track to be completed by 2021 and calls for all remaining street reconstruction projects will start construction this year.

City officials say that the “advances the City has made over the past year in rolling out the bond program enables it to start the remaining park and library projects in 2020, some three years ahead of schedule.”

The City added the Leo Cancellare pool located adjacent to the Westside Natatorium to the capital project listing to extend the useful life of the pool built in the 1970s.

The renovation projected to cost approximately $2.8 million will allow the facility to better serve the community’s needs and serve as a critical companion to the Westside Natatorium 50-meter pool.

The neighborhood water parks began design in 2018 and their costs were adjusted during their design phase as a result of community input and other factors, such as increases to utility requirements.

The Leo Cancellare pool renovations and funding adjustments for the neighborhood water parks in Central, Northeast and Mission Valley are being met through the reallocation of City investment revenues, other project savings, and funding from the neighborhood water park in West El Paso.

The waterpark in West El Paso will remain programmed but unfunded until the City purchases land for the project.

The City has completed 90 bond projects approved by voters in 2012. Another 13 projects are under construction and 24 more are in design.

Public Input Needed on Art Component for Joey Barraza and Vino Memorial Park

The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Capital Improvement Department are inviting the public to a community meeting to discuss the public art component for the Joey Barraza and Vino Memorial Park in Northeast El Paso.

Tim Watkins and Carol May, of May + Watkins Design, will present previous installations and invite the community to provide feedback that will be used to develop the art piece that will be incorporated into the regional park.

May and Watkins build unique, interactive and educational exhibits for children. Their work has been incorporated into play spaces and public art projects in Maine, Tennessee and Colorado.

Joey Barraza and Vino Memorial Park, formerly known as the Northeast Regional Park, is located adjacent to US Highway 54 and McCombs.

It features four baseball or softball fields and three large soccer fields. In 2014, the City added a skate park to the facility.

The proposed public art is part the park’s expansion project. This project has a budget of $3.5 million and is funded by the voter-approved 2012 quality of life bond.

The plans for the project include a plaza, four flat fields including a championship field, a dog park, walking trials, and parking for food trucks.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at the Veteran’s Recreation Center, 5301 Salem.

The entrance to the recreation center is off Wadsworth.

Streets to Close for Work on Manhattan Heights Archway Project

Starting Monday, June 18, 2018, the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department has scheduled temporary closure of Piedras Street at its intersection with San Jose Avenue.

The closure will allow for the installation of the Manhattan Heights Archway at the intersection, and is necessary to allow construction crews to complete their work efficiently and safely.

The temporary closure will take place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. and will last about a week.

The archway will provide a unique entrance to this Historic District, which was founded around 1912. The project includes the following amenities:

  • Concrete Footings
  • Column Aesthetics
  • Archway Letters
  • Electrical Preparation for potential future lighting

City officials say, “This Neighborhood Improvement project with an approximate $100,000 budget is primarily funded by the 2012 Quality Bond Program, and is part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to improve El Paso’s regional comprehensive transportation system.”

Appropriate signage and detours will be in place throughout the duration of the closure. Residents are encouraged to seek alternate routes throughout the closure, and the construction schedule, detours and closures may be modified to accommodate any unforeseen conditions or events.

Community Meeting for Downtown Wayfinding Kiosks Project Wednesday Night

The City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department has scheduled a community meeting to inform the public of the Downtown Wayfinding Phase II project.

This project includes the installation of 13 Wayfinding Kiosks to enhance the pedestrian experience in the City’s downtown shopping, entertainment and cultural districts.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in the Main Library located at 501 N. Oregon Street

The kiosks will be installed at the following locations.

  1. Main and Campbell (SW Corner)
  2. Main and Mesa (NE Corner)
  3. Franklin and Mesa (SE Corner)
  4. Oregon and Missouri (SW Corner)
  5. Franklin and Durango (SW Corner)-Solar
  6. Anthony and San Francisco (SW Corner)
  7. Anthony and San Antonio (NE Corner)
  8. San Antonio and Durango (NE Corner)-Solar
  9. San Antonio and Santa Fe (NW Corner)
  10. El Paso and San Antonio (NW Corner)
  11. Overland and El Paso (NE Corner)-Solar
  12. Stanton and Texas (NE Corner)
  13. El Paso and Sixth (NW Corner)

At the meeting, City staff will be on hand to answer any questions, listen to input, and take suggestions the public may have regarding the project.

This project with an approximate budget of $460,000 is part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s regional comprehensive transportation system.

City releases evaluation report of Capital Improvement Department

The City of El Paso has released the results of a long-awaited report examining the city’s Capital Improvement Department which includes short-term and long-term recommendations to improve the operation of the department and the delivery of projects.

The report, which was produced by the nationally recognized engineering firm of Freese and Nichols, was presented on Monday at a special meeting of the El Paso City Council. Freese and Nichols has undertaken similar program management assignments for cities across the state including Fort Worth, Bryan, and Tyler, as well as for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The report can be read in its entirety by clicking HERE.

“This community has indicated its clear desire to invest in itself in the form of hundreds of millions of dollars in public infrastructure projects,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “We have seen some of these projects encounter difficulties; this analysis represents the City of El Paso’s commitment to take a hard look at the root causes of those difficulties and find real, meaningful solutions which will allow us to deliver the outstanding results El Pasoans deserve.”

The report points to several key factors which have limited the city’s ability to successfully deliver on some projects. The analysis found that the passage of the $473 million Quality of Life Bond Program and the $210 million street infrastructure plan caused the department’s workload to grow more rapidly than the department’s ability to keep up – both in terms of the volume and the complexity of projects. Passage of the voter-approved quality of life bonds and council-approved streets projects effectively doubled the value the city’s Capital Improvement Program, while staff grew by only a handful of employees.

“The analysis recommends implementing defined processes, improving communication across city departments and with key external stakeholders, and more effectively augmenting city staff with contracted architects and engineers during construction,” said Monica Lombraña, director of the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department. “Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that we have the right people executing the right processes to deliver on the expectations of this community.”

Areas of concern include the following:

  • Planning and scheduling of projects,
  • How project budgets are established, and
  • How project scopes are established.

The report shares recommendations to help the department move forward. The report recommends evaluation of staffing and leadership within the Capital Improvement Department and utilization of a third-party to manage key programs.

Additionally, the report recommends implementation of new processes related to each of the following:

  • Project planning,
  • Communications with elected leadership, taxpayers and the news media, and
  • Project changes which are required after construction is underway.

To date, 33 Quality of Life projects have been completed citywide and 40 more are in progress. This study offers meaningful resources to the department’s employees to more effectively deliver future projects and realize El Pasoans’ investment in our community.

Author: City of El Paso

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