Mountain View Voice

News - May 10, 2013

Council briefs

Permanente Creek Trail improvements

The creekside trail that runs through Google headquarters will soon have better crossings at Charleston Road and Amphitheatre Parkway.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move ahead on a $400,000 crosswalk and stoplight project along the Permanente Creek trail at Charleston Road, where no crossing currently exists. At Amphitheatre Parkway, an existing under-crossing will have a $1.36 million flood wall installed, the council decided, to allow the under crossing to be used all year because it floods in the winter.

Council members opted against a $4.2 million tunnel for the Charleston Road crossing because it would infringe on wildlife habitat and required the removal of 20 trees that block views of adjacent Google parking lots.

City officials continue to work on extending the trail south to Rock Street and Middlefield Road, though a design for a portion that must run through Crittenden Middle School has been delayed as school district officials draft plans for the site and raise concerns about student safety.

Survey for bond measure

In a study session Tuesday, City Council members supported a survey to determine voter support for a bond measure to fund several large facilities the city needs, including a new community center.

Council members supported adding a large new community park to the list of projects a property tax measure or sales tax increase could fund, which include a revamped community center at Rengstorff Park ($14 to $17 million), a new police and fire administration building ($35 to $65 million), a new emergency operations center ($7 to $8 million), a new Rengstorff Park aquatics facility ($8 to $12 million) and a new fire station at 301 North Rengstorff Ave. ($11 to $12 million), replacing the city's oldest. Removed from the list was an extension of the Stevens Creek Trail because other funding sources were found.

The yet-to-be-drafted survey will cost an estimated $170,000 and would ask voters questions about their satisfaction with city services and their likely support for a bond measure.

If the bond were for $50 million — an amount has yet to be set — finance director Patty Kong said the city would be looking for ways to make an annual debt service payment of between $2.8 million to $3.2 million. One potential funding source is lease revenue from city property at Moffett Boulevard and Highway 101, where a shopping center may be developed.

After 12 to 18 months of public outreach, the measure could be placed on the ballot as soon as November 2014.

—Daniel DeBolt

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