Planning for Coronado’s Future
| The new transbay sewer line, illustrated above, is Coronado’s latest public improvement project underway.
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Planning for the future needs of Coronado is always top of mind for City officials. The City prioritizes new public improvement projects, ensuring they meet the immediate needs of the community. One important project soon to be in construction is the new transbay sewer line and pump station.
The transbay sewer line transfers all of Coronado’s wastewater through a pipe under the bay to a treatment facility in San Diego. Currently, Coronado has a single transbay sewer pipe to accommodate the entire needs of the City, including that of Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) and Naval Amphibious Base (NAB). This pipe was constructed in the early 1970s and has been in continuous use since that time. It extends from the Transbay Pump Station, located on the northern shore of Coronado at the Ferry Landing, to the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater Department collection system near Seaport Village in San Diego.
The purpose of the new, or “redundant,” pipe would be to replace the existing sewer pipe as the new transbay force main pipe. The original pipe will be evaluated to see if it can be maintained as a backup force main, in the case of an emergency that rendered the new pipe ineffective.
“Adding a new sewer pipe will improve the efficiency of the City and provide environmental safeguards in the case of an emergency,” said Director of Engineering Jim Benson.
Constructing a new transbay sewer line under the San Diego Bay is a complex process. As an initial step the City formed a project team consisting of representatives from various technical backgrounds, such as environmental, geotechnical, pipeline evaluation, and public affairs, which conducted a pre-design or feasibility study that looked at various construction methods and materials to install the new line. The pre-design study recommended that the City use three bundled horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) pipes. This alternative will provide the most reliability and back up options, should they be needed.
“Prior to the final design, all the previous construction alternatives and materials will undergo a final technical review to assure the community that all construction possibilities have been fully analyzed,” said Benson. “We are eager to move forward with City Council’s direction to construct this important wastewater line.
The estimated cost of the transbay sewer project is $10 million. Consistent with prudent management of City fiscal resources, efforts are underway to obtain federal funding, which would offset local costs. The project will also receive funding from the City’s Wastewater Fund.
For more information on the transbay sewer project, please contact the Engineering Department at 619.522.7383.
Public Art Program Features Works of Major Artists and Sculptors
The City of Coronado Public Art Program features some of the most well-known and successful artists and sculptors in California and in the United States.
The recent completion of the Glorietta Bay Civic Center and Promenade is a great example of how the work of these artists can be integrated into the community. In July, the City unveiled its latest major work, a sculpture and fountain by renowned artist and sculptor James Hubbell called “Sea Passage” at the Coronado Community Center. The unique, two-piece wave and marble sculpture emulates the “beauty and elegant history” of Coronado, Hubbell said.
One of Donal Hord’s famous relief panels
at Coronado High School.
Photo courtesy of the Coronado Historicale
The task of selecting art that reflects Coronado’s treasured history for the newly-opened City Hall was of great importance to the City. On July 15, 2005, the Coronado City Council and Public Art Subcommittee dedicated Todd Stands’ “Photographic Memory,” a two-piece photo mural, to decorate the north and south walls of City Hall’s lobby. This mural was chosen because of Stands’ innovative technique, which vividly illustrated Coronado’s evolution through a collage of historical photos.
The next exciting piece the City plans for the Promenade is a sculpture for the Glorietta Bay Pocket Park near the Coronado Yacht Club. “Freedom”, being designed by Jon Koehler, will be a stainless steel and aluminum pendulum sculpture that will sway counter balanced with a slow, tranquil motion.
“Coronado residents can be proud of what they have accomplished with the Public Art Program,” City Manager Mark Ochenduszko said. “Our Public Art Subcommittee has partnered with the City to help beautify Coronado with sculptures, murals and other innovative works of art.”
“Sea Passage,” shown here, serves as a gateway
into the Glorietta Bay Civic Center and Promenade\e
An additional noteworthy work, recently incorporated
in another capital improvement project,
is the Ramos Martinez murals located in the newly renovated Coronado Library.
The murals, El Dia del Mercado and Canasta de Flores, depict everyday Mexican life. El Dia del Mercado was first displayed in Coronado in 1938 at
La Avenida Café before being donated to the City in 1994.
Another famous artisan whose work is displayed in Coronado is Donal Hord. His sculpture, entitled “Mourning Woman,” is located in the Coronado Public Library. Completed in 1959, this was the last stone sculpture ever created by Hord. Hord’s history in the City dates back more than six decades. In 1939, Hord created seven sculptured relief panels on the Coronado High School library and science buildings. The theme of these images, sculpted in limestone, was based on the legendary Aztec queen “California.”
The “Coronado Ferry Mosaic Mural” by Millard Owen Sheets, whose artwork is sought after by some of the finest galleries and collectors in the country, is another piece of remarkable art in the community. Born in 1907, Sheets earned a reputation as one of the foremost watercolorists of his era. The colorful mural, located at 925 Orange Avenue, was commissioned by Home Savings Bank.
|Jon Koehler’s “Freedom” will be a perfect complement to the new
Glorietta Bay Pocket Park.
The Public Art Subcommittee was established in June 2001 by the City Council. Its mission is to choose appropriate projects and sites for public art and collaborate with artists, architects and the public to ensure each project represents the best possible product for Coronado.
The subcommittee oversees the first segment of a rigorous art selection procedure that begins with Requests for Proposals. Applicants make presentations before the subcommittee, which then selects one to three finalists. The process moves on to the Design Review Commission, which selects a project and makes recommendations to the City Council for final approval.
The Public Art Subcommittee is currently expanding its membership from five to seven and is looking for residents who are interested in joining. For application details, please contact the Community Development Department at 619.522.7326
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City Hall ’s New Photo Murals
International artist and Professor of Photography Todd Stands created “Photographic Memory” from over 100 photos made available through the Coronado Historical Association. These well-preserved photos cover Coronado’s illustrious history through aviation in the City, the U.S. Navy, tourists in Tent City, Hollywood, early City schools and much more.
City Manager Appoints Paul Crook as New Director of Police Services
After a thorough interview and evaluation process, Police Captain Paul Crook has been appointed as Director of Police Services (Police Chief). Mr. Crook replaces Robert Hutton, Coronado’s former Police Chief who retired in May, 2005.
Crook has been a member of the Coronado Police Department for 26
years when he was first hired as a Police Officer.
He holds a master’s degree in Business Organizational Management and a certificate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, as well as Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management certificates. Since May, 2005 Crook has been Interim Police Chief. His appointment as Police Chief is effective immediately.
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Coronado’s Road Maintenance Program Keeps Things Moving
As residents, commuters and visitors travel over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge into Coronado, they may not be aware of one of the defining qualities of the community’s unique village atmosphere: its well-maintained streets. The City continues to go the extra mile to ensure all City streets and alleys are in good condition.
| The City works hard to keep residents driving on
smooth roads like the one pictured here.
The City has implemented an aggressive road improvement cycle to provide a higher quality of life for residents. While most cities operate on a 10 year schedule, Coronado upgrades all 40 miles of City roads every seven years. This cycle provides the community with quality travel surfaces, while reducing life-cycle costs of the transportation network through planned repairs. This planning system also allows the City to notify adjacent residents when roadwork will be occurring in their neighborhood. Since Caltrans owns and operates two of the most traveled streets in Coronado, SR 75 and SR 282, the City works cooperatively with this State department to help create maintenance schedules that are least disruptive to residents.
“The road improvement schedule keeps all City streets at a level of quality that Coronado residents, commuters and tourists have come to expect from our community,” said Ed Walton, Principal Engineer from the Department of Engineering. “We work hard to keep roads free from defects, such as potholes, which can be hazardous to drivers and pedestrians.”
Potholes can cause numerous impacts on a community’s quality of life. Car and motorcycle accidents, traffic noise and negative visual impacts are all potential outcomes from potholes. These particular road defects occur when water gets underneath the pavement, resulting in weak spots on the pavements. As vehicles use the road, the weaker portions of the road begin to move up and down and cause a pothole.
The City uses two types of road seals for pothole prevention: a slurry seal and resurfacing. For a slurry seal, asphalt emulsion is laid over City streets to fill the cracks and help waterproof the surface. This seal helps increase the road’s longevity. Sealing is less costly and intrusive to the community than resurfacing. The City uses sealing to extend the life of the road between resurfacing projects. To resurface a road, the City grinds off the top few inches of asphalt and applies a new layer on top. The process is very similar to resurfacing hardwood floors.
Part of maintaining City street, is protecting alley ways. Alley resurfacing is important to upholding quality road conditions and is an opportunity to address sewer line issues. The City Council recently awarded a construction contract to El Cajon Grading and Engineering Company of Lakeside to repave alleys and install new sewer mains in six City blocks. The alleys were identified as needing resurfacing due to their deteriorating condition. The sewer mains were identified as being in poor condition in the 2000 Sewer Master Plan and were recommended for replacement.
For more information on road maintenance in Coronado please contact the Engineering Department at 619.522.7383. To report a pothole, please contact the Public Services Department at 619.522.7380.
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