Trinidad getting closer to opening new library; Council may approve road project

TrinidadcitylogoThe Trinidad City Council may approve a lease agreement for the city’s new library building at its meeting Wednesday, April 10.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity Street.

The new Trinidad Library, located behind the Chevron Station at Saunders Park, is almost completed with only minor work left to be done. The library sits on property donated by Glenn and Janice Saunders to the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.

The City of Trinidad and the Land Trust have been negotiating a lease agreement for three years, according to city staff.

Under the proposed agreement, the city would lease the library building and surrounding area from the land trust for $500 a year, with the amount adjusted based on the consumer price index every five years. The increase would be capped at four percent for each adjustment. The lease would continue for 99 years.

The city would then take responsibility for the library building.

The library still needs to get an occupancy permit before it can be opened to the public. The city is also working on a new memorandum of understanding with the County of Humboldt to staff the library and stock it with books.

If all goes as planned, the new library will open in June.

The new building will provide a permanent space for the city’s library, which is now housed in a temporary location at 463 Trinity Street, where the Police Department used to be located before the city contracted with the Sheriff’s Department to provide police services.

The temporary library is open from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Street Work

The council may award a $223,775 contract to GR Sundberg of Arcata for a street improvement project on Azalea Way and Pacific Street.

GR Sundberg was the lowest bidder on the project, coming in $16,180 less than the second lowest bidder, Kernen Construction.

According to information in the City Council meeting packet, the improvements include roadway widening and paving, installation of curb and gutters, concrete connections between the new paved roadway and adjacent existing residential concrete driveways, drainage swales, subsurface drainage systems, street signs and trees.

Azalea Way will be widened from nine feet to 20 feet and paved with asphalt concrete and grass pavers. Pacific’s graveled surface will be replaced with an asphalt concrete paved surface that will generally cover the same area that is now graveled.

Streetlight wanted

Neighbors in the area of Pacific Street and Azalea Way are requesting a streetlight at the intersection. Because the bid came in lower than expected, there may be money left in the State Transportation Improvement Program grant that is funding the work to purchase and install a streetlight. The council will discuss the issue at the meeting.

In a March 15 letter submitted to the city, four neighbor’s described the need for a streetlight as “dire.”

“The lack of external lighting makes this neighborhood of four houses extremely treacherous after sundown. Also, in just the last week we have noticed and documented with the city two instances of threatening behavior. The first was the presence of three hooded males videotaping our homes. The second was the presence of two hooded males walking three poorly controlled pit bulls down Pacific Street three days later,” wrote the neighbors, who also noted that there have been fender benders after dark in the area.

Streetlight banners

The council will also discuss a policy on hanging banners on streetlights.

The city was recently approached by a representative of the Fishermen’s Wives Association, which wants to hang banners on streetlights.

City staff is suggesting that the council decide on what guidelines should be followed when it comes to hanging banners, and decide how long the banners can stay up.

 

 

 

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