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Monday, October 5, 2015

Slurry Seal Application to Trigger Temporary Street Closures

Monday, October 5, 2015

Temporary street closures will be required between Oct. 13 and Oct. 22 in four Santee neighborhoods to accommodate the application of a two-step slurry seal on the streets.
The application of slurry seal, a preventative maintenance aimed at extending the lifespan of a street, is part of a citywide pavement repair and rehabilitation project that began earlier this year.

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The affected streets include Ganley Drive, Kerrigan Street, Princess Sarit Way, Michala Place, Trechard Street, Wycliffe Street, Celita Court, Settle Road, Settle Court. Gaslton Drive, Highdale Road, Bellagio Road, Carita Road and Carita Court.
Residents will receive advanced notice of when the work will occur on their street along with a map showing which adjacent streets are available for alternate parking.

The slurry sealing is done in two layers, the first containing large aggregate and a second with finer aggregate to provide a smoother finish.

Streets scheduled to receive a slurry seal will be closed to all traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to allow the slurry seal to dry.  Residents who need to use their vehicles should park on adjacent streets prior to 7 a.m. on the morning of the application to ensure they are not blocked in.
The fire department has been notified of the street closure schedule and access will be provided in the event of an emergency.

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Questions can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola, P.E. at (619) 258-4100 ext. 174

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Prospect Avenue Project Update

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Work continues on removing overhead wires and installing  undergrounding utility lines along the mile-long project from Cucamaca Street to Magnolia Avenue.

SDG&E, Cox Cable and AT&T are coordinating with property owners with the goal to complete the electrical conversion work by November.

Once the underground utility system is functioning, the overhead wires and wood power poles will be removed. This is expected to take six to eight weeks.

After the wires and poles are removed, workers will restore the disturbed areas with concrete and asphalt and should be finished in two or three weeks.

Additional landscaping, including shrubs and decorative rocks, will be installed after the undergrounded utility lines are functioning.  In the meantime, the trees planted earlier this year are being hand watered.

Questions about the project can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola at (619) 258-4100 ext. 174.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Learn How to Save Energy And Stay Comfortable at Free Workshop

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Has your home been uncomfortably warm during this year’s heat waves? Does your electric bill spike every summer?

If so, it’s time for a home energy upgrade, according to experts at the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Sealing air leakage and adding insulation can help lower home energy bills and keep indoor temperatures comfortable year-round.

“When you seal air leaks and insulate, it reduces the amount of heat penetrating your home in the summer, or escaping from your home in the winter,” explains Chris Foster, a home energy coach at CSE. “This means your furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work so hard.”

Replacing old ducts – which often leak 25-35% of a home’s conditioned air – can also help lower energy bills and improve indoor air quality.

Incentives are available to help pay for upgrades. Through Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade, homeowners can access rebates ranging from $1,000 to $6,500. Homeowners work with local participating contractors specially trained in home energy efficiency and subject to the program’s quality assurance standards. The rebates are not income qualified.

 “It’s amazing what a difference these improvements can make in a family’s quality of life,” says Foster. “We love hearing from local families about how much more comfortable they are in their own homes.”

Santee homeowners have an opportunity to learn more about energy upgrades and rebates at a free workshop at City Hall. At the workshop, CSE’s home energy coaches will explain how to prioritize upgrades, choose a contractor and access rebates.


Home Energy Upgrade Workshop

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Santee City Hall – Building 8A

10601 Magnolia Ave


Register at www.energycenter.org/Oct21

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Mobile Phone App to Report Water Leaks and Water Wasters

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To help Californians save more water this summer, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Department of Technology and Save Our Water announced the launch of SaveWater.CA.Gov.

 The new mobile-optimized website will allow residents to report suspected leaks and water waste anywhere in the state from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Today’s announcement was made following the release of June 2015 statewide conservation progress.

“Everyone needs to save water, and this is one effective way alert residents can help everyone – and every community – save water during this historic drought,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Every drop saved – and every suspected leak or water waste reported and corrected – will help stretch the state’s limited water supply, because we don’t know if next year will be a fifth year of drought.”

Many local water agencies have their own methods for reporting water waste, whether by email, phone or online app. (To find a specific agency, click here.) Modeled on sites maintained by water suppliers throughout the state, SaveWater.CA.Gov is a tool for Californians to help their communities and state save water and assist those water suppliers that may not have the resources to build their own online reporting system. The site is available statewide and compliments local efforts by providing an easy-to-use tool that directly reports water waste to the proper authority – anywhere in California.
Through SaveWater.CA.Gov, users can easily report and send pictures of leaks or water waste from their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Users can select the type of water waste from a list of common problems, type in the address where the potential waste is occurring and click send.
The anonymous report is transmitted directly to the water agency that serves the geographic area where the report is made. Users don’t need to know the name of the local water agency or how to contact them. The SaveWater.CA.Gov site does it for them.

More than 300 water agencies throughout the state have already signed up to use the tool. All waters suppliers are encouraged to join SaveWater.CA.Gov to access detailed reports of apparent water waste in their areas.

“The beauty of this system is that it sends reports directly to the water suppliers,” Marcus said. “Since the State Water Board passed emergency water conservations regulations in July 2014, hundreds of state residents have emailed us and called asking what they can do to report suspected water waste. This tool is a valuable step in the right direction for water suppliers to find out about suspected leaks or overwatering in their communities.” 



Monday, August 3, 2015

Work Started on Citywide Pavement Repair Project

Monday, August 3, 2015


Work has begun on a $4 million citywide street improvement project that will upgrade pavement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks in five neighborhoods.

The project, which is funded through the Sandag Transnet program, began July 20 and will be completed in four to five months.

The city’s subcontractor, YBS Concrete, is currently working in the Settle Road area, where asphalt patching is set to begin August 17 and finish in five days. Earlier this year, a crack seal was applied to the road to prevent further damage.

 Final resurfacing of Settle Road and adjacent streets will be scheduled after the asphalt repair work is completed.  Next up: Concrete replacement along Strathmore Drive is scheduled to start August 10.

“No Parking” signs will be placed 48 hours in advance at locations where curb, gutter or sidewalk work is scheduled.

 Workers are currently identifying the locations of utility lines in advance of storm drain replacement work planned for Alphonse Street, Princess Joann Road and Ironwood.

We’ve included (below) a map of the streets and neighborhoods that comprise the project.  

Questions or feedback can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola at (619) 258-4100 x 174 or via email at tobyespinola@CityofSanteeCA.gov

Curb and gutter and sidewalk work on Settle Road




Monday, July 27, 2015

Girl Scouts Paint New Mural at Mast Park

Monday, July 27, 2015

Park and Landscape Supervisor Annette Saul views the new mural

Santee's Mast Park is a more enchanting place today, thanks to Girl Scouts from Troop 6170.
Over the July 25 weekend, the young ladies painted a nature-themed mural on a bridge support beneath the Carlton Oaks Boulevard bridge. 
The Girl Scouts used funds from cookie sales to pay for the painting supplies. They painted the artwork under the expert guidance of professional muralist Thom Guerra and troop leader Christy Knight. 
The same Girl Scout troop has been beautifying the park for the past six years. The scouts planted trees during SanTree Fest, and they would routinely replant flowers beneath the park’s entrance sign until it recently collapsed.
The underpass, which is the transition between the main park and the Mast Park West recreational trail, has other murals previously painted by local Boy Scout troops under Guerra's supervision.