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The Mission of the Town of Yucca Valley is to provide a government that is responsive to the needs  and concerns of its diverse citizenry and ensures a safe and secure environment while maintaining the highest quality of life.

Town of Yucca Valley

Community Update

March 24, 2014
Dear Dan,

Periodically, the Yucca Valley Town Council Members are updated on items of interest happening in the organization and the community. We hope you enjoy these informative messages, and we look forward to your comments.

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Participate in the Town’s Budget Process

The Town’s budget process is underway, and public participation in the budget process is highly encouraged. The Town Council has held several budget meetings, involving the public in the budget review, preparation and adoption process.

 

Budget Policy Discussion & Direction           March 4, 2014

Budget Revenue Discussion                           April 1, 2014

Community Partnerships                                 April 15, 2014

Special Revenue Funds                                   May 6, 2014

Budget Workshops                                         May 10 & May 20, 2014

Budget Public Hearing                                   May 20, 2015

Budget adoption is currently scheduled for the Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Town Council meeting. Please attend this important budget meeting and assist the Town Council in the formulation its annual operating and capital budgets.

The Draft FY 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 Budgets are based upon policy direction of the Town Council.

  • Balanced Budget without the use of reserves
  • Public Safety remains highest budget priority
  • No major program or service additions/reductions
  • Propose reasonable modifications/alternatives to lesser-used programs as appropriate
  • Continue partnerships near existing budget levels
  • Identify organizational / staffing impacts resulting from prior year budget adoption that may require modifications
  • Consider allocation of a sustainable cost of living adjustment or other benefit modification
  • Continue to seek community financial participation in social, cultural and other appropriate programs

Based upon Town Council policy guidance, the two-year budget results with revenues in excess of expenditures of approximately $127,000 in the first fiscal year and $153,000 in the second fiscal year. When looking at the additional budgetary requirements coming in the near future, the projected budget “surplus”, while positive, remains inadequate to fully fund the many current and future needs of the community. The Town remains in need of a long-term financial solution to address both the backlog and current maintenance needs of its infrastructure assets. The Town Council continues to implement balanced budgets without the use of reserves.

Town reserves remain very strong, with undesignated reserves projected to be at the upper range of the Council’s current limit of 55 percent.

Public safety remains the Council’s top priority, implemented through contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, with annual contract costs estimated at $3.95 million and $4.10 million during the two fiscal years.

The Town Council will consider adoption of the two-year budget at the Council meeting of June 2, 2014. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the Town Council meeting and provide your input into the Town’s budget.

SR62 Sidewalks & Medians: TCRP

The project includes the installation of raised medians on SR 62 from Kickapoo Trail to Elk Trail, and from Cherokee Trail to Acoma Trail. The project also includes sidewalks in sections that have gaps or that are non-existent on both north and south sides of SR62 from Palm to Dumosa Avenue, as well as curbs & gutters. The Town Council awarded the construction contract on July 23, 2013 to C.S. Legacy in the amount of $2,161,147.00.

Status:

All work for this project is complete and the traffic control measures have been removed. The project was completed with no change orders, no funds from the $215,853 contingency account were used in the construction project, and $258,496.22 will be returned to the source funds.

SR 62 Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements from Apache Trail to Palm Avenue (PLHD)

The project includes construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and raised median islands on SR 62, between Apache and Palm Avenue and the construction of a traffic signal at SR 62 and Church Street. In addition, there will be traffic signal modifications at SR 62 and Acoma/Mohawk.  The Project was awarded by the Town Council on November 19, 2013 to Matich Corporation in the amount of $2,798,000.   The Town is working with Matich Corporation on traffic control measures which would result in the all travel lanes being re-opened at the end of each construction day and on weekends.  These efforts are designed to minimize to the extent feasible the impact to business access and traffic flow on SR 62 during the construction process.

Status:

Matich Corporation is scheduled to start work on this project on June 2, 2014, and the project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2014. Working hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and no work will be performed on holidays. Access to businesses will be available at all times. Matich Corporation will send business owners a letter 48 hours in advance prior to commencing work in your area. The Town and Matich Corporation will do their best to minimize any inconveniences that you or your business may encounter.

Town Wide Slurry Seal 2014/2015

The project involves the application of a Type II slurry seal and cape seal on designated streets throughout the Town of Yucca Valley. It includes but is not limited to mobilization, traffic control, removal of pavement stripping, markings and legends, and application of slurry and cape seal as well as all appurtenant labor, materials and equipment.

Status:

The bid is set to open May 22nd. Town Council award of bid is scheduled for June 2014.

Planning Commission to Hold Workshop on Home Occupation Permit Regulations

The Planning Commission will be holding a public workshop to discuss regulations for home occupations or home based businesses at 6:00 p.m. on May 27, 2014. The Commission will receive additional input from the community on the policy issues related to home based businesses including exemptions from obtaining a permit, hours of operation, prohibited businesses, outdoor storage, approval authority, conducting business activities in the primary structure, accessory structures and in screened outdoor locations, in addition to all other standards related to home based businesses. Please join the Planning Commission as they prepare the standards and regulations for Town Council consideration.

The Commission held a public hearing to discuss Home Occupation Permit regulations on May 13, 2014. Approximately 25 members of the community were in attendance. The public hearing on Home Occupation Permit regulations has been continued to the June 10, 2014 Planning Commission meeting.

Please join the Planning Commission on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center Yucca Room.

Senior Housing Project

The project includes the construction of a 74 unit affordable senior housing development and the construction of all improvements associated with the project. A managers unit will also be constructed.

CORE will be holding additional sign up days in June for those who wish to submit applications. They will be accepting applications at the Joshua Tree room in the Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday June 9th, June 16th, June 23rd and June 30th.

Status:

Sub-contractors of all trades are working on completing building one. Installation of modules for building two started on May 14th. No off site work is occurring at this time. Building one is currently scheduled for completion in August, and building two is scheduled for completion in approximately October.

 

 

Hawks Landing Golf Course at Blue Skies

The project involves the reconstruction of the former Blue Skies Golf Course.

Status:

Planting continues for sod, greens, and trees, and soil preparation for the fairway areas has started. Turf on the greens has started to come up, and the site is beginning to take shape.   Construction of the concrete cart paths is also ongoing.

Marshalls/Petco

The project involves the construction of 34,650 square feet of retail space for a Marsha/Petco commercial building at the Home Depot front parcel.

Status:

Steel roof beams have been installed on the Marshalls building. The exterior scratch coat of stucco has been completed on the Petco building, and the installation of drywall and HVAC units is underway. The parking lot light bases and the parking lot curb and gutter have passed inspection.

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