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Proposed Skatepark Options

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UPDATED January 27, 2015 - On Jan. 6th, skatepark design consultant Spohn Ranch held a Community Workshop to obtain feedback on design options they prepared for the proposed new Brisbane skatepark.  The majority of attendees preferred the layout that retained the existing skatepark footprint at Old County Road and Park Lane and added a few features at a “skate spot” in the small unused space west of the existing basketball courts.  Per the Council approved process, the Joint Council Facilities and Parks and Recreation Teen Services Subcommittee will recommend one option and a financing plan to the City Council. If approved, the Council will next authorize the development of plans and specifications for bidding by contractors.  Staff will ensure that the community gets an opportunity to weigh in on the actual design when it comes to fruition.  Look for the skatepark design to be on an upcoming Council meeting agenda.

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At the January 6, 2014 Skatepark Community Workshop at City Hall (start time: 5:00pm), conceptual design consultant Spohn Ranch will be presenting the following three proposed options for the skatepark at its existing site.  Below are 3D plans for each, along with a labeled diagram of Option 1 and one for Option 2's "skate spot", as the elements are repeated in the different options.  Note: each of the images are clickable to be viewed larger.

OPTION 1 – Existing Footprint

Cost = $200,000
Area = 5,225 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros:  Least expensive option; doesn’t impact basketball courts
Cons:  Smaller total area than Options 2 or 3

 

OPTION 2 – Existing Footprint plus Skate Spot at Park Place

Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,400 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros:  Two unique spaces for skaters; doesn’t impact basketball courts; could do work in phases
Cons:  Cost is higher than Option 1


OPTION 3 – Single Larger Footprint (shift basketball court west)

Cost = $250,000
Area = 6,000 Sq. ft. +/-
Pros:  Provides one contiguous space for skaters
Cons:  Cost is higher than Option 1; disrupts basketball court use during relocation

Remember, the Skatepark Community Workshop takes place Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room of Brisbane City Hall.  The consultant will also have 3D models of different elements that can be used to consider other configurations.  Lastly, if you haven't already done so, request to join the "Brisbane Skatepark" group on Facebook, which Spohn Ranch has set up to help gather design feedback from the Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brisbaneskatepark/.

Caltrain Construction Work

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Over the next several months, Caltrain will be performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system.  Day work that started on November 10th will continue January 26 – 30, from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., to prepare for installation of fiber optic cable.  Crews will work as quietly as possible.

Night work will occur January 25 - 29, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Crews will be boring and/or digging a small trench to install conduit for fiber optic cable.  Lights will be used in the area to help provide visibility.  Neighbors may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  Crews will work as quietly as possible.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Community Pool Renovation

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UPDATE - Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Retiling work going on at the Pool today...that means new lane markers and targets inside the pool and depth markers and No Diving graphics on the deck.

UPDATE - Friday, January 16, 2015: As of Wednesday evening the 14th, all the significant jackhammering needed for pool plaster removal work was completed.  Next week's concrete deck removal work will be significantly less noisy.  Thank you for your patience as this work is being completed.

UPDATE - Thursday, January 8, 2015: Removal of the plaster and tile is going to start next week and will generate some noise.  Working hours are 8 am to 5 pm.  The work on removal of concrete deck sections containing rusted rebar should begin the following week.

Starting in January 2015, the City plans to close the Community Pool for approximately 6-8 weeks so that restoration work can be completed.  That includes first draining the pool so that resurfacing, replastering, and re-tiling the pool floor can occur.  Crews will also be performing a complete restoration of the pool's concrete deck to take care of the rusting rebar.  At this time they'll also repair deck drain lines to ensure all of the inlets drain properly.  The men's locker room tiles that are damaged will also be repaired during the closure, like the women's was in June of this year.  Lastly, the kiddie pool which has not been operated in recent years due to problems keeping chlorine levels balanced, will in the coming weeks be tested to see if it can be operational after the closure.  Public Works crews as well as pool maintenance support will take off the cover and get it running so that testing can be performed.  All of this work was approved by the City Council on June 19, 2014 when the City's 2014/15 budget was adopted.  The capital improvements that will be made to the Pool will help the City save money from there being less unscheduled repairs and closures in the future.  The City is well-aware of the loyal patrons who use the Pool, even during the winter months, and asks for everyone's patience during the closure.  Crews will work as diligently as possible to ensure the Pool reopens as soon as the restoration work has been completed.  For any questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130.

Thinking of Going Solar?

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Net Metering

At their November 6, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council approved the City being a participating agency of "Peninsula SunShares", a community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to go solar.  This spring (April - June), the City is partnering with neighboring communities including local nonprofit Vote Solar, the program's administrator, to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.  So, whether you live or work in Brisbane, you'll be eligible to receive these discounts. 

Peninsula SunShares will pool the power of individual homeowner participants, which allows the solar industry to offer more competitive pricing, typically 20-25% below market rate. If the program reaches certain participation targets, Peninsula Sunshares will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to homeowners. 

What's needed now?  Help in spreading the word!  If you, your employer and/or your community organization would like more information about Peninsula SunShares, then Vote Solar wants to know.  They'll make it easy by providing marketing materials, leading information events and managing the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  If you'd like to be included in future e-mail communications from Vote Solar, then let Caroline Cheung know by e-mailing her at ccheung@ci.brisbane.ca.us .  Here's to an easy way to show our commitment to the health and sustainability of the Brisbane community!

Brisbane Youth Baseball

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Brisbane Youth Baseball is need of more 7 & 8 year olds for this year’s baseball season.  We only need a few more kids to add to our waitlist to be able to make two teams, allowing everyone to play who wants to.

There are also a few spots left on tee ball - ages 5 & 6.

Also, coaches are needed!

For any and all Youth Baseball questions, please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144.  Click here to view the updated Youth Baseball flyer.

(Baseball team ages are based on age of child as of  April 30, 2015)

Gazebo To Get a Facelift

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Did you notice the Gazebo being washed on Thursday morning?  It now needs to dry a few more days before painting and staining can occur.  That should take about 3-4 days to complete once the contractor starts next week.  This work was approved by the City Council as part of their 2014-15 Budget and will serve to further enhance the Community Park.  Did you know that the Gazebo can be rented for private parties or community gatherings?  If you're interested in learning more, contact Tricia Vaccaro in the Parks and Recreation Department at 508-2140 and she will be happy to assist you!

Free Title 24 Training

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Contractors and others interested in learning about new California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are invited to join us at a free seminar entitled “Compliance Enhancement Strategies for Residential Buildings” on January 28th, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place.  This training will provide an overview of energy performance values for residential buildings.  Additional trainings will be available in the future to cover additional topics if there is interest.  

The free training is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of nine counties that implements energy savings programs and administers climate resources and sustainability programs, and hosted by the Open Space and Ecology Committee and City staff.   RSVP requested by January 19, 2015, or for more information contact Natalie at nmunoz@ci.brisbane.ca.us or (415) 508-2118.

 

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/21/2015


Maxine L. Wilkin
Mother, Friend and Mentor
Brisbane Resident for 65 years
Svcs: Sat., Jan. 24, 1pm, Cypress Lawn


John Fassett
1924 - 2014
World War Two Veteran
"Always a wave and a kind word"
Service Info:  (415) 597-6910


Posted 1/20/2015


City of Brisbane
Crossing Guard & Lifeguard Wanted
Open Until Filled
Apply at www.calopps.org


City of Brisbane
Facebook Face to Face
Sun., Jan 25, 6 - 7:30 pm, 401 Visitacion
Meet all your FB friends in person

 

HVAC Replacement at Sta. 81

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If you happenened to drive past the Fire Station this past Monday, you may have noticed a huge orange crane lifting and lowering three new HVAC units that were then installed over the course of the next few days.  Replacement of these HVAC units were approved by the City Council as part of their 14-15 Budget and meet new Title 24 Standards for increased building efficiency that went into effect statewide on July 1, 2014.  Lighting upgrades at the Fire Station took place back in July, so all capital improvement work at the Fire Station for FY 14-15 has now been completed.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 1/16/2015


American Cancer Association
Benefit Rummage Sale
Sun., Jan. 18, 8am - 2pm, Comm. Park
Support "Donna's Stars" in Relay for Life


Live at Mission Blue Presents
MUSA
Sat., Jan. 17th, 7:30pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Info/Tickets: www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com