By Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu
February begins with lots of activity in Del Mar. First, the City Council is looking forward to receiving your input about the future of City Hall. In January, the City Council directed staff to survey the community to obtain your opinions about a new City Hall. The city mailed postcards to more than 5,000 residents, property owners, businesses and those who have done business with the city (current business license holders).
The survey is based on the feedback that was received by residents who attended the recent workshop on City Hall. The survey is important because it asks you to submit your thoughts and ideas on some of the preliminary consensus items from the workshop participants about a new City Hall and Town Hall facility. Please be sure to take the survey by Feb. 15. The survey can be accessed directly on the city’s website at http://www.delmar.ca.us/Pages/CivicCenterPlanning.aspx. The results will be discussed at the Feb. 18 council meeting.
We’re also excited to begin one of the city’s most significant capital improvement projects: the sidewalk, street and drainage project. While this project doesn’t sound sexy, it will provide for significant improvements to fix pedestrian path issues, encourage walkability, address drainage issues and improve streets. The city will install more than 2,000 linear feet of curbs and gutters and more than 12,000 square feet of sidewalks.
This project will begin in the Beach Colony area. The city will complete installation of the city’s approved Camino del Mar Streetscape Plan from 22nd Street to the San Dieguito Bridge, filling in missing curbs and gutters, and installing bulb-outs, pedestrian ramps, sidewalks and roadway improvements along Camino del Mar. This work will also accommodate the landscaping of newly created parkway areas in accordance with the city’s Streetscape Plan.
While we are excited about this project because it will enhance our community, we understand there will be some temporary inconveniences, such as construction noise, roadway closures/detours and limited parking. The contractor also has a tight schedule to complete all of the work before the start of the San Diego County Fair in June. If you are interested in additional details, I encourage you to attend the upcoming open house at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Powerhouse Community Center to learn about the project.
On another note, we are always looking for interested citizens to volunteer on a city advisory committee or board. The city values the input of its commissions, boards and committees. We have a number of vacancies that we are looking to fill. We currently have vacancies on the Finance Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, the Sustainability Advisory Board, and the Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee. If you are interested, please visit the city’s website to complete an application.
Finally, I’m pleased to announce that I will be holding regular office hours at City Hall to be available for residents or business owners to come and talk to me about any issues or concerns. Office hours will generally be held on Wednesdays of the week prior to a City Council meeting. My office hours will begin 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Please call City Hall at 858-755-9313 before coming down or to schedule an appointment. Following Feb. 12, the next office hours will be held 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 24 and March 12.
I’m so pleased to serve the residents of Del Mar and look forward to working with the City Council to implement your vision!