Fixing Our Roads
THE LARKSPUR STREET REPAIR AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES MEASURE
At the December 20, 2017 meeting, the City Council accepted the results of the November 7 election.
Measure B, the Larkspur Street Repair and Essential Services Measure, passed with a final vote count as follows:
Yes: 1945 (66.59%)
No: 976 (33.41%)
The City thanks everyone who participated in the public process and the election. The passage of Measure B will allow the City to accelerate repairs to our streets, roads and potholes, with the goal of being able to address these infrastructure needs over the next five years. Measure B renews and extends the sales tax at the 3/4-cent rate until ended by voters. Under these terms, the City can fix our roads and address other needs prioritized by our community, including 9-1-1 emergency response times and ensuring that our storm drains function properly and keep our waterways free of contaminants.
Our City prides itself on its fiscally conservative budgetary practices and accountability. Measure B maintains Independent Citizens’ Oversight to ensure that all voter-approved funds continue to be spent consistently, towards priorities identified by voters.
PRELIMINARY 5 YEAR PLAN DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE
Public Works staff has developed a preliminary timeline for implementation of the road program using Measure B funds. It is anticipated that staff will bring a schedule before the Council for adoption in May of 2018, which is around the time the City will begin receiving Measure B dollars.
Full preliminary schedule:
December 2017 - January 2018 – City staff coordinates with utilities and evaluates street conditions
1/12/18 - Street evaluations underway. You may see engineering staff walking the City's streets to verify conditions in a first step to evaluating and strategizing repairs.
Update (1/30/18) Feb. 6 at 6:30pm at Central Marin PD, 250 Doherty Dr. – staff conducts an Open House to share street conditions summary and utility company feedback, as well as receive public feedback and discuss process of developing 5 year plan to fix our roads. Information on which streets get paved in which years is being developed and will not be available at this meeting.
February 2018 – staff develops repair strategies for individual streets
Update (2/8/18) At the Feb. 6 workshop, staff presented boards showing estimated plan costs and items to be considered in developing the plan. In addition, staff had copies available of previous presentations.
March 2018 – staff develops five year plan options for implementing repairs identified in prior step. Staff circulates plan with utility companies
Early April 2018 – staff conducts a public workshop to share the draft five year plan and receive feedback
April 2018 – staff finalizes the five year plan
May 2, 2018 – staff presents the five year plan to City Council for adoption
For more information about Measure B please refer to any of the resource links below or call Public Works Director Julian Skinner at 415-927-5020.
HOW HAS THE CITY USED ITS LOCAL SALES TAX MONEY?
Measure C was approved in November 2013. The sales tax began being charged in April 2014. As a result, the City did not have Measure C revenue to spend until the later part of Fiscal Year 2014-15. The approved expenditure plan for capital projects (including road repair) is the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. Information is on this page: http://www.cityoflarkspur.org/CIP. The budgeted amounts for the road repair program for the past several years:
FY17-18: $1.502M, with $1.002M contributed by Measure C (pg 17 of the PDF)
FY16-17: $1.825M, with $1.35M contributed by Measure C (pg 8 of the PDF)
FY15-16: $1.309M, with $855k contributed by Measure C (pg 24 of the PDF)
FY14-15: $1.019M, with $855k contributed by Measure C (pg 9 of the PDF)
Some points worth noting:
- We were very conservative with our estimates for Measure C revenues in the first two years. Sales tax revenue proved better than anticipated. In the third year, we spent the additional revenues that had accumulated, resulting in a higher contribution from Measure C and a larger project budget.
- Before Measure C was approved, the City would have to save revenue over two or three years to have sufficient cash to pay for a full road repair season. In FY13-14 (pre-Measure C), the City spent slightly more than a million dollars on road repair. To build up the cash for this expenditure, the City spent very little on its road repair program in FY11-12 and FY12-13.
- The CIP documents are budgets, not the memorialization of actual expenditures. Actual expenditures are reviewed and verified by an independent auditor and the Finance Director. Their determinations are summarized in the City’s financial statements, which are reviewed by the Citizens Oversight Committee. The information you have been reviewing on the Citizens Oversight Committee reflects the role of the members to act on the taxpayers’ behalf to review these statements and report on whether Measure C is being used appropriately.
The other uses of Measure C have been:
FY14-15: $45,000 was set aside for the Fire Chief and the Public Works Director to use for vegetation management. Our program has focused primarily on working with private property owners to take responsibility for their vegetation, so costs have been modest. We have a bit less than $20,000 left in the account.
FY15-16: $45,000 was set aside for repairs to our fire station, but the repairs were postponed and the money has not yet been spent.
FY16-17: $98,000 was used to make the annual lease payment on a new fire truck.
FY17-18: $98,000 is scheduled to be used to make the annual lease payment on the fire truck.
USES AND SOURCES OF ROAD REPAIR FUNDINGLarkspur is committed to improving the safety and quality of our roadway system. In recent years, the City Council has taken steps to increase revenues and direct monies to our roads.
How are funds used
Roadway and infrastructure maintenance funds from the funding sources shown below are used to maintain pavement, storm drains, street signs and pavement markings, and concrete in the public right of way.
Funds are used for engineering, permitting, staff time, city crews to repair streets and storm drains, contractors to perform work and inspection and testing services.
Vehicle Impact Fees (VIF)
The City has fees, called vehicle impact fees (VIF), in place that charge garbage and large construction trucks for their impact to our roads.
Partnering with Utility Agencies
The City coordinates with utilities such as RVSD, MMWD and PG&E, for their improvement projects that require road excavation. These agencies pay the City for in-lieu pavement restoration fees, which are then applied to future year's pavement project. Partnering with utilities allows us to get a road repaired for fewer Larkspur dollars, leaving more money to spend on other roads.
In November 2013, the citizens of Larkspur approved Measure C, an increase of a half-cent to our general sales tax revenue. The Measure C half-cent sales tax went into effect on April 15, 2014.
City Council adopted a policy to expend a minimum of 80% of Measure C funds toward pavement maintenance. Each year, a Citizen's Oversight Committee works with City staff to recommend a specific funding level for the coming year.
For Fiscal Years 2014-15 and 2015-16, the funding level is 95% of Measure C revenue. (The other 5% is being used to establish a fund for the Fire Department to work with property owners who live on our hillside roads and have vegetation that is a fire threat and affects the ability for vehicles to pass.)
The strategy on road maintenance for use of Measure C funds is, "direct use of funds only to repair aging and deteriorating neighborhood streets and roads, repair potholes, clear hazardous and flammable brush to prevent fires and improve emergency vehicle access, and maintain police and fire protection."
If you have not been able to find the answers to your questions, please click on the link for more information.
Larkspur Pavement Management Plan FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions About Measure B
Frequently Asked Questions About Road Repair
The City Council and staff conducted several community outreach meetings regarding Measure B and our road repair program in the spring and summer of 2017.
You can watch a presentation by Public Works Director Julian Skinner summarizing Measure B and the City's proposed program for fixing our roads by following the link below.
September 6, 2017 Presentation by PW Director Julian Skinner
You can watch a presentation by Public Works Director Julian Skinner summarizing the need for Measure B by following the link below.
June 21, 2017 Presentation by PW Director Julian Skinner
You can watch a presentation by City Manager Dan Schwarz summarizing the Larkspur Street Repair and Essential City Services by following the link below. This video includes the City Council's discussion and decision to place the measure on the November 7 ballot.
July 19, 2017 Presentation by City Manager Dan Schwarz
Need more Information?
If you need additional information regarding Measure B, please contact the City at 415-496-2401, or email email@example.com.
Please also feel free to contact the Public Works department directly at 415-927-5017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FY 2017-18 Pavement Project
Click here for up to date construction schedule (Coming soon)
2018 Pavement Rehabilitation Letter to Residents
Ross Valley Sanitary District's Letter to Residents
See list to the right, or map below for the roads to be included in fiscal year 2017-18's paving schedule.
Street Segments to be Paved
The following list are streets segments that are included in this year's project. Please also see the map below.
- Alexander Ave (Acacia to Bayview)
- Bayview Ave (Pepper to Alexander)
- Corte del Bayo (Riviera Cir to End)
- Corte del Bayo (Riviera Cir to End)
- Elm Ave (Acacia to 135 Elm)
- Madrone Ave (Orange to Olive)
- Pepper Ave (Alexander to Elm)
- Riviera Cir (Entire length)
- Via la Brisa Entire length)
- William Ave (Garden to End)
This list is based on the completion of other utility's projects.
- Arbor St (Frances to Murray)
- Cane St (Magnolia to Rice)
- King St (Hawthorne to Magnolia)
- Locust Ave (King to Ward)
- Murray Ave (Magnolia to Arbor)
- Rice Ln (Magnolia to Cane)
- Ward St (Magnolia to Hawthorne)
PROJECT-RELATED DOCUMENTS FOR FY 2017-18 PAVEMENT PROJECT
- Plan Drawings - (Coming Soon)
- Project Specifications - (Coming Soon)
ROAD REPAIRS RECENTLY COMPLETED
Moratorium Street List
The following list and map identify the street repairs recently completed. This list also serves as the City's moratorium street list. Per the Larkspur Municipal Code §15.32.070, no excavation or pavement cutting shall be permitted on newly paved roads for a period of five years.
Your Patience is Appreciated!
We want to repair every road in Larkspur, but that will take time and money. In a given year, roads are selected by evaluating:
- their level of deterioration;
- how heavily they are used;
- and whether there is an opportunity to partner with utilities and other entities that want to do road work in the area. Partnering with utilities allows us to get a road repaired for fewer Larkspur dollars, leaving more money to spend on other roads.
LARKSPUR RESIDENTS WANT POTHOLE RELIEF
The survey, conducted February 17th– March 1st 2017 by the respected firm of FM3 Research, was commissioned to assess current resident perspectives on community priorities and service needs. Respondents continue to give the City consistently positive overall job ratings, with a strong majority of more than 2 to 1 giving the Larkspur excellent or good performance rankings.
As much as 85% of respondents identified “repairing streets, roads and potholes,” as being the top priority, followed by maintaining police/fire protection and 911/emergency response services and repairing storm drains to prevent contaminated spills into the Bay.
“We greatly appreciate the time our residents took to give us this important feedback,” said Larkspur City Manager Dan Schwarz. “Our goal is to incorporate these perspectives into this year’s budget planning process so our financial strategies reflect the community’s priorities.”
Said Public Works Director Julian Skinner, “I am not surprised by this helpful input from our public. When I am out in the community, people tell me they want the City to make pothole and road repairs faster—and I agree. Doing so prevents further deterioration and lowers our future maintenance costs. Unfortunately, many of Larkspur’s neighborhood streets are still riddled with cracks and potholes and we must address these hazardous conditions so our motorists, public transit, and public safety vehicles are not at risk.”
The City commissioned the survey to get input on resident satisfaction with city services, service priorities, and community perspectives on renewing voter-approved local Larkspur funding. The survey indicated the public would support renewal of Larkspur’s existing voter-approved funding program at percentages as high as the low 70 percentiles (for a simple majority requirement measure) to continue to address infrastructure needs and vital services.
The City regularly surveys its residents to measure satisfaction and to gauge community priorities as it relates to City-provided services. The last survey taken was in 2013.
“Police and fire services, pothole/road maintenance and disaster preparedness are essential to maintaining our safety and quality of life,” continued Schwarz. “It’s incredibly helpful to know that residents not only value these services, but want more of them. We are working on a plan to make accelerating street infrastructure repair our top priority, and we look forward to keeping the community informed.”Survey Findings Summary