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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Closure of City Hall Counter Service

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For those of us at Santee City Hall, it has been a privilege to serve our residents, visitors and businesses during 2014.  

 Due to an anticipated decline in demand over the holidays, counter service at City Hall will not be available Friday, December 26 or Friday, Jan. 2.  This includes City Manager's office, Finance Dept.,  Fire Dept. administration, Clerk's office, Development Services and Community Services and Public Services.

City Hall will still be open and employees not on vacation will be at their posts to answer phones and emails. If you need to see a city employee on either of these Fridays, please call or email in advance to ensure they will be available.

Thanks, and happy holidays to all.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Go Green With Your Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do your part to divert green waste from the landfill by recycling your Christmas tree.
It’s easy. Waste Management will pick up trees during residents’ normally scheduled collection day beginning Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 through Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
Residents with curbside collection can recycle their Christmas trees by placing the trees in their yard waste (green) bins on their regular pick-up day. Trees must be cut into 4-ft sections and must fit into yard waste container. Ornaments, tinsel and tree stands must be removed before being recycling.
Flocked trees cannot be recycled, but will be collected if cut into four-foot sections and placed into the regular (gray or black) trash cart.
Santee residents without curbside collection, such those living in apartment complexes, can drop off trees from Dec. 26th through Jan. 9, 2014, at the Waste Management Recycle Center in El Cajon.  It’s located at 925 O’Connor Street, one block south of the West Bradley Avenue and Johnson Avenue intersection. There is no disposal fee. The recycling center will be open 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 7:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday.

For more information contact Ed Ruiz, at (619) 258-4100 ext. 128.


Monday, December 8, 2014

A Way to Finance Water, Energy Saving Home Improvements

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santee residents interested in making home improvements that reduce water use or save energy can now enroll in a program to pay for those upgrades though their property tax bill.
It’s called the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, and it provides homeowners with a quick and affordable financing method to make retrofits that lower their water and power bills.
HERO offers a variety of products ranging from solar power panel installations to energy-saving windows, doors, roofing and insulation. It also has more than 50 product lines, including water-efficient toilets, faucets and showerheads; drip irrigation systems; rainwater catchment systems; gray water systems; artificial turf and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Homeowners who use the program to hire certified contractors to make the retrofits can repay the assessment for those improvements over five, 10, 15 or 20 years via their tax bill. The interest is tax deductible.
The program is available to homeowners in nine other cities in San Diego County as well as residents of unincorporated communities.

More information about the HERO Financing Program is available at www.HEROProgram.com or by calling 855-437-6411.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tips to Deter Holiday Package Theft

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It's the peak season for holiday deliveries, and package thieves are on the prowl.

Here’s some tips for preventing theft of your holiday packages:

·         Choose a shipping option so you can sign for delivery.

·         Request friends and relatives sending you a package to do the same and ask for a tracking number.

·          Keep an eye on the package's delivery status. Sign up for email or text alerts.

·         Ship the package to another location such as your office if you won't be home to receive it.

·          Leave special instructions on where to deliver packages (behind bushes, side or back patio).

·         Choose delivery pickup.

·          Insure your packages.

·         Watch for strangers approaching your neighbor’s front door where packages have been left.

To report suspicious activity or vehicles, call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at (858) 565‐5200. If your package is stolen, report the theft to the Sheriff's Department and the business where your order originated.

Monday, December 1, 2014

1st Phase Done on Street Improvement Project

Monday, December 1, 2014

A neighborhood north of State Route 52 that has had to endure bumpy cracked pavement and chronic flooding will be high and dry this winter.

City contractors have substantially completed the first phase of improvements along Railroad and Buena Vista Avenues. The project called for installing underground storm drain pipes, resurfacing asphalt pavement, and in some sections of the project area, widening the street.  New curbs, gutters and sidewalks also were installed within certain portion of the project site.

The project footprint includes Railroad Avenue, Buena Vista Avenue, and four adjacent cul de sac streets:  Summercrest Lane, Summertree Lane, Lind Vern Court, and  Buena Valley Drive.

So far, the city has spent about $2.4 million on the improvements. New asphalt pavement has been installed on Buena Vista Avenue from Buena Vista Drive west to Cuyamaca Street, and on Railroad Avenue from Mission Gorge Road south to Buena Vista Avenue.

A second phase of the project, which is expected to cost $1.5 million, involves connecting the new city storm drains to Caltrans’ drainage system along the freeway, and repaving portions of Buena Vista and Railroad avenues. Other improvements in with the second phase include new curbs, gutters and sidewalks. It should be completed by the fall of 2015.

The much-needed public improvements will not only increase traffic and pedestrian safety, but also will make the entire neighborhood more attractive and enhance property values.

The city was able to pay for the improvements under a financing plan that combines developer fees with federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Traffic Alert: Prospect and Cottonwood

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Relocation of the traffic signal at Prospect and Cottonwood avenues beginning Monday, Nov. 24 will require motorists to be cautious at that intersection for the next few weeks.
While the new signal is being installed, the intersection will be controlled by three-way stop signs and flashing red beacons.  “Stop Ahead” signs also will be posted at the approaches to the intersection.

The new traffic signal is expected to be up and running by mid-December.
The existing traffic signal must be moved to make way for street improvements that have been underway on Prospect  Avenue since January.

Workers are currently installing conduit beneath the surface so the overhead electric wires can be placed underground. They’re also pouring curbs, gutters, sidewalks . The work is being done between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Motorists should be aware that the speed limit in the “cone zone” is 25 m.p.h. and traffic fines in that area are subject to being doubled.

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Prospect Avenue Project Update

Friday, November 14, 2014

 The storm drain along the 10600 block and they're continuing the undergrounding of the overhead power lines.

Water lines are being installed at Prospect Avenue and Ian Way.

Concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveways will continue to be poured from Cottonwood Avenue east towards Railroad Avenue.  Please avoid driving and walking on the fresh concrete to allow the concrete to properly cure.

On Saturday, the north portion of asphalt on Prospect Avenue (Cottonwood to Railroad) will be ground out. Repaving will take place through Friday.  The same process will occur in the center section of the street between 10611 and 10728 Prospect Avenue.

Work days and hours will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Please observe the 25 mph speed limit within the construction zones.  Traffic fines will be doubled within the construction zone. 

If you have any project related questions, please feel free to contact Toby Espinola, P.E., City of Santee, 619-258-4100 x 174.