Weekly Update March 13, 2020

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Weekly Update March 13, 2020

Weekly Update March 13, 2020

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Coronavirus Information Webpage: Due to state and regional directives and out of an abundance of caution, several events planned in Coronado by the City and other sponsors in the coming days and weeks have been canceled. Canceled or postponed events in Coronado include a talk with the author of this year’s Coronado Community Read selection at the Community Center on Friday, March 13, the SuperSEAL Triathlon, a non-city event held partly in Coronado, set for Sunday, March 15, the Armchair Travel program on March 17, the annual Commissioners Reception set for March 19, a choral concert set for the Library on March 20, the 2020 Citizen Science Expo set or March 28, and the San Diego Writers Festival on April 4 at the Library. The Coronado Unified School District has closed schools. The City has a webpage that outlines the additional precautionary measures the City has taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In recent days, the City has paid to augment its standard janitorial contract services at facilities that are open to the public. Janitorial services were expanded to include two additional daily cleanings with the wiping or spraying of disinfectant on keyboards, doors, counters, faucets, water fountains and toilet handles. The City also increased it available supplies of disinfectant and hand sanitizers around the City.

cleaning Crews



Library Curbside Pick-up: The Coronado Public Library is offering curbside pickup for patrons wary of social contact at this time. Patrons can place a hold on any item using the new online catalog in the usual way or call to place a hold with staff. When their item is available, they will receive a call from staff or a text if they have signed up for the text service. At their convenience, patrons may pull into one of four drop-off spots in front of the Library and call (619) 522-7390. Items will be brought out to vehicles.


State Route 75 Medians Project: The state Route 75 Medians project enhanced the existing medians along SR 75 between R. H. Dana Place and Pomona Avenue with xeriscape drought-tolerant landscaping.  The groundcover will fill in as it grows. Construction is complete. However, the contractor still “owns” the landscaping per the contract until mid-April. Construction fencing has been installed around the planted areas to protect the new landscaping and give it a chance to become established. The fencing is expected to be removed by mid-April, at which time City staff will assume maintenance responsibilities.

75 Medians Landscaping 


Silver Strand Traffic Signals: Traffic signals in front of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado were experiencing communication problems, causing backups on northbound Silver Strand State Highway. City officials discovered that the traffic signals, designed to adapt and adjust to the changing traffic conditions, had communications problems that did not permit them to work as designed. The firm that designed and installed the adaptive software made changes to the maximum time allowed for northbound traffic and found that the setting had been too low. The changes worked and is now operating as it should.


Animal Care Facility Partnership: PAWS of Coronado and the City continue their successful partnership providing care to the City’s unsheltered animals. PAWS took in 215 animals from the public during the first half of Fiscal Year 2019-20. In the first quarter of the fiscal year, PAWS reported 74 adoptions and 34 animals reunited with their owners. In the second quarter, 86 pets joined new families through adoption, and 25 stray pets were returned home. PAWS maintained one of the highest live annual release rates in the county at 97% for the second quarter and 95% for the first quarter. Visit https://pawsofcoronado.org/ for more information on adopting or volunteering with PAWS.

Animal Care Facility 


Aeration Sunset Park: The City has aerated Sunset Park in preparation for fertilization. Aeration is a process that promotes drainage and enhances oxygen levels in the soil structure. It manages the soil structure to provide optimal growing conditions and relieves turf stress that results from soil compaction due to maintenance and recreational activities. An aerifier is used to remove plugs of turf and soil. The turf will recover over the next 5 to 10 days depending on the weather and other environmental conditions. Cays Park also will receive the same aeration and fertilization treatment to keep the fields green and in good condition.

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Aeration images


Coastal Campus Sewer Main:  The contractor on the Coastal Campus Sewer Main project continues to work on finishing up the manholes and air vacuum assemblies along state Route 75 between the bike path and the Coronado Cays block wall. They are also working on the connection to the Cays Main Pump Station and associated filter bed. The new connection will require the Cays Main Pump Station to be bypassed to allow work inside the wet well. This work is scheduled for next week. The contractor has connected the new sewer main to the Navy’s Pump Station No. 1 within the Coastal Campus. Pressure testing of the 2.7-mile-long pipe line has started.

Coastal Campus Sewer  


Rain Preparation: More rain is expected to hit San Diego County off and on through next week. Residents and business owners should be prepared before, during and after a storm. In Coronado, sandbags are available for residents in need, while supplies last, at four locations: First Street and Alameda Boulevard; Fourth Street and Alameda; North Beach; and at the Cays near the Fire Station. The priority for Public Services crews, who are on call this weekend, will be on monitoring storm drains and cleaning fallen trees and debris. The City asks residents to avoid parking on the street, if possible, to allow rain water to flow unobstructed into the storm drains.


Beach Closure: County health officials extended a beach closure on Tuesday, March 10, to include beaches from the border through the north end of Coronado. Beach goers were advised to avoid water contact in the closure area. The closure was issued, the County Department of Environmental Health said, due to reports of odors and water colorations that could be sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River. The City conducted water quality tests this week and results should be back on Monday, March 16. These results will reveal if Tijuana River contamination was a principal source of the contamination. A general water advisory due to rain and runoff remains in effect.


Pet of the Week: Nala and Nikita, a pair of bonded 11-month-old cats, are this week’s Pets of the Week. Nala and Nikita came to the City from the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility in partnership with the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition to assist overcrowded shelters. The cats had some turmoil in their lives and are quite bonded. PAWS would prefer they be adopted together. The adoption fee for both orange and black Tortoishelle cats is $75. To set up a visit with Nala and Nikita, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Nala Nikita 


Public Services Work: Streets Division replaced a sidewalk at 700 Balboa Ave. and repaired a pedestrian mat that had come off at the Cays. Crews also rotated the speed survey signs to new locations along Alameda Boulevard, and Third and Fourth streets.

Sidewalk Work 700 Balboa 

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Stay Informed CoronadoDo you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.


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Posted on 03/13/2020
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