Redwood City prioritizing potential improvement projects 

Dozens of street, sewer and park projects will be listed in order of priority Monday at Redwood City’s regular council meeting as officials work to continue improvements during spending cuts.

Peter Ingram, Redwood City’s city manger, said the city is lucky to have funds set aside specifically for any capital improvement, but noted there are more projects than funding is available.

“We’re very fortunate that Redwood City made the promise that if we are going to collect utility user tax we’re not going to put it in our operating budget, but we will reinvest it in our streets and parks,” he said.

Monday night a list of potential improvement projects including new computers for the libraries, sidewalk replacements and the replacement of creeks, channels, pipes and pumps for storm draining will be presented to the City Council.

Ingram said no decision will be made on the list, but discussions of priorities will begin.

For the 2010-11 fiscal year, Redwood City has $11.5 million to spend on capital improvements and another $13 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year, but the total amount for proposed projects was not available.

Redwood City has not released projections for the general fund, but in 2009 the city estimated a loss of $8.2 million. Positions were frozen and programs were cut in order to bridge that gap, according to city documents.

Ingram said though the city has some funding set aside, it is wise to continue to save wherever it can.

For instance, new technologies that extend the life of pipes by adding new lining rather than tear up a street for replacement pipe are preferred.

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