The Highland City Council approved a cooperative agreement with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) to split costs in the $7 million upgrade of the Third and Fifth streets corridor.
This agreement, approved at the Oct. 22 council meeting, comes after the project was awarded a Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $2,964,360 and a state SB 1 Competitive Local Partnership Program (LPP) grant for $1.7 million. It replaces previous agreements made before grant funding was awarded.
The three agencies participating in the project will evenly split the remaining costs, each estimated to pay $797,880, 11.3 percent. The EDA grant will pay for 42 percent of the project and the SB1 grant 24.1 percent.
The main feature of the project will be the northeasterly angled extension of Third Street east of Palm to merge it with Fifth at Church Avenue. This will give Third Street traffic a smoother route to the Fifth Street/SR210 onramps.
The project will entail pavement rehabilitation and construction of curb, gutter, sidewalk and streetlights on Fifth Street from Victoria Avenue to State Route 210 and Palm Avenue between Fifth and Third streets.
Fifth Street will be widened to four lanes (with center turning lane) and 2 bicycle lanes from Victoria to SR 210.
Central Avenue between Fifth and Third will also received widening, pavement rehabilitation and new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, curb ramps and streetlights.
As reported by City Engineer Earnest Wong, since San Manuel was awarded the EDA grant on Jan. 18, 2018 San Manuel will act as lead agency as it relates to that funding. The city of Highland was awarded the SB 1 grant on May 17, 2018 and will act as lead agency in the administration of those state funds. The city will also act as the implementing agency in execution of the project, responsible for contracts, environmental processes, design, right-of-way, engineering and construction of the project.
The project is expected to begin construction summer of 2020 and be completed by the end of that year.
In other action, the council appointed Jeff Novak and Robert LaChausse to two fill two expiring terms on the Community Trails Committee.
This will be the second term for Novak.
Incumbent Joseph Ellis was the third applicant but left his application largely blank.
Councilman John Timmer said while he generally likes reappointing incumbents this led him to believe Ellis’ interest in serving on the committee had waned.