By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
The Westminster City Council took care of the essentials during a short meeting on Aug. 11. The Council formally accepted two police grants from the state of California and approved two construction bids, one for a park and one for a street.
First, residents on Westminster’s west side can finally look forward to a better-looking commute. A Bolsa Chica Road beautification project that according to Westminster councilmember Andy Quach is “long overdue,” is one step closer to finally getting underway.
Mayor Margie Rice was also pleased to see the project moving forward.
“We’ve been waiting for this because the people on that side of town have been a little upset,” Rice said. “They felt like we were leaving them out of all the repairs so I’m happy to see this.”
ICE Engineering will soon begin building a new street median on Bolsa Chica Road between Rancho Avenue and Old Bolsa Chica Road. The project covers almost 1.5 miles.
The Council approved ICE Engineering’s project bid during the meeting. ICE Engineering expects the project to cost just over $1.2 million.
Once the project is completed, raised and landscaped concrete medians will run along Bolsa Chica Road, separating north and south bound traffic.
The new medians will enhance the look of Bolsa Chica Road but there’s hope that they will also enhance safety.
“Aside from beautifying that part of town, this median will help to slow down the people who speed on that street,” Councilmember Tyler Diep said. “One of the issues that the neighbors in that area complained about is the speeding on Bolsa Chica.”
ICE Engineering is based in City of Industry. Nobest Inc. of Westminster submitted a bid of $1.34 million.
Without discussion the Council also formally accepted two state grants totaling $203,000 for the Westminster Police Department.
The department gets $128,000 for a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP, grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant helps with expenses relating to collision prevention and pedestrian safety as well as D.U.I. prevention. Most of the money is for overtime.
The purpose of the STEP grants is to reduce vehicle-related fatalities and injuries statewide, especially those related to drunk driving and at intersections. The OTS is awarding $67 million in traffic safety grants to 198 communities across the state.
The WPD has also been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Supplemental Law Enforcement Oversight Committee. This grant pays the salary of one sergeant in the patrol division. Money for the grant comes from California’s State Law Enforcement Service Funds. The WPD has received similar funding for the past 10 years.
Last but not least, the little park with two names has earned an extension. Hoover Park was renamed Frank G. Fry Park in 2009 after the city’s current Mayor Pro Tem and longest-tenured elected official. But “Hoover Park” still appears on maps and city documents.
Whatever you call it, the one-acre park located at 7482 21st St. is getting bigger. The park will also get new concrete walls, new sidewalks and upgraded picnic facilities. Other enhancements include increased lighting and updated landscaping.
MG Enterprises, Inc. of Tarzana has been tabbed to work on the park’s expansion and upgrades after the Council formally approved the company’s bid during Wednesday’s meeting. The project’s estimated cost is $460,394. No Westminster-based companies entered a bid.
The City Council will meet with the Westminster Chamber of Commerce on Monday, August 16 in the A/B Room at the City Center. The two sides will continue negotiating a new lease agreement for the Chamber’s use of the city’s new community building.
The Council’s regularly-scheduled meeting on August 25 has been cancelled due to a lack of urgent business. The Council’s next regular meeting is September 8.