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May 3, 2011 > Capital improvements

Capital improvements

By Abraham Cruz

Milpitas Planning Commission reviewed the 2011-16 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) before recommending it to City Council. City Engineer and Public Works Director Greg Armendariz provided an overview of the program's recent accomplishments, ongoing projects, and projected costs of future city improvements.

Recent accomplishments include completion of the Senior Center in August 2010, $2M under budget; replacement of the air conditioning at the Police Department building; structural retrofit of the historic Alviso Adobe building; improvements to Cardoza Park; completion of the first phase of new utilities and streetscape along Abel Street, south of Montague Expressway; and street re-surfacing on N. Main Street/Marylinn Drive to Abbott Avenue.

The Gibraltar and Ayer Pump Stations Project is ongoing. Old pump equipment will be replaced and the pump houses will be retrofitted for seismic safety.

During the budget process, Council may approve the entire five-year CIP but will only budget for the first year of projects. The CIP was delayed for submission because of the uncertainty of the Governor's plans to dissolve redevelopment agencies (RDA) to help balance the state budget and ongoing discussions to increase water and sewer rates.

Community improvements for 2011-12 include the Solid Waste Master Plan, a library project, various city building improvements, fire station improvements, and the Milpitas Sports Center Master Plan Update. The total cost for all these projects is estimated at $1.919M. The most expensive of the projects, the fire station improvements, will cost $1.5M and will cover various plumbing, wiring and pavement replacements between the city's four fire stations.

Park projects include further development of the Alviso Adobe Park, renovation projects at various sites and improvements at Main Street Park for which planning is underway. The total cost for these projects is $750,000.

As part of the overall infrastructure improvements, street projects will focus on maintaining the condition of the pavement and asphalt, with an aggregate cost of $7.331M. There is recommended funding of $3M for 35 miles of streets within RDA areas and of $1.5M for non-RDA streets. A recent study of pavement conditions reveals it would cost approximately $4.5M annually to maintain pavement areas, as they are, and $8M-10M annually to completely replace the pavement.

Further infrastructure replacement includes water, sewer and storm improvements. These will entail seismic retrofitting of water and sewer systems and major renovations of pump stations. Increased revenues from water and sewer services are needed to fund these projects; hence the proposed water and sewer rate increases. The costliest project, at $1.6M, is the Curtis Well Pump station which would provide two wells for the city as back-up water sources in a major emergency. The cost of sewer projects and storm projects are estimated at $1.55M and $850,000, respectively.

The Planning Commission accepted the staff report on April 13, 2011, and recommended Council adopts it.

For more information, contact Greg Armendariz at (408) 586-3317 or Also, visit

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