Goleta City Council Concerned About Tree Removal For San Jose Creek Bike Path | Local News
Goleta City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night to review plans for the San Jose Creek multi-use trail project, amid both support and concerns.
The project, which has been part of the capital improvement program since even before the city’s incorporation, will connect two existing path segments for an approximately three-mile-long bicycle and pedestrian network from Calle Real to the Calle Real bike path. ‘Atascadero Creek.
The design and construction of the path is at least partially funded by an Active Transportation Program grant of nearly $18 million in state and federal funding the city received in 2019.
Tuesday’s staff presentation included measures to mitigate environmental impacts, such as measures to protect local fish and wildlife, minimize noise, develop a habitat restoration plan and more.
The main concerns of council members and public commentators stemmed from the fact that up to 82 trees could be felled to build the path.
“I’m more than upset that I took down 82 trees,” Councilman Roger Aceves said. “This community is proud of its trees.
Mayor Paula Perotte added that she supports the project as a whole, but said the concerns she and the public have need to be addressed.
Due to these concerns, the discussion and public hearing on the bike path continued until the next City Council meeting on October 4th.
Other items authorized at Tuesday’s meeting with the approval of the consent schedule include the start of publicizing bids for the Goleta Community Center Seismic Renovation Project and the execution of an amendment to the City Law Enforcement Services Agreement with Santa Barbara County.
Following the seismic assessment of the Goleta Community Center, the auditorium and dining hall were closed in 2021 until the buildings can be made earthquake-proof, according to the staff report.
Courtesy of this article, city staff will begin advertising bids for the seismic upgrades project, with a construction contract expected to be awarded this fall.
The Goleta Community Center seismic retrofit project is estimated at approximately $7.8 million.
According to the staff report, the project has $5.4 million funded by a $3.8 million risk mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $1.4 million in matching funds from the city, leaving a funding shortfall of approximately $2.4 million.
The article executing an amendment to the city’s law enforcement services agreement with the county resolved the dispute that Goleta – along with Buellton, Carpinteria and Solvang – filed over rising contract costs for the 2022-23 financial year.
Following mediation, the City of Goleta agreed to pay $9,499,341 instead of the original $9,759,127.