Due to budget reductions brought by COVID-19, the Utility Undergrounding Project is suspended for the 2020-21 fiscal year.
At this point, all work on the Undergrounding Project is on hold until the City Council has an opportunity to discuss the City’s overall budget picture for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 and provide direction. Staff is looking at different options for potentially moving the project forward, but this will be for the Council to consider as they look at all the various pieces of the puzzle. There will be a City Council budget workshop on Saturday, May 16th, but there will not be an in-depth discussion of the undergrounding project. It’s possible that there may not be clarity until the June 15th City Council meeting, which is when the Council is expected to adopt an amended budget for FY 2020-2021. Thank you for your patience as we work through this constantly-evolving crisis.
The City Council on March 14 approved an emergency declaration to address coronavirus, cancelled all public meetings through April 6 such as the City Council’s March 23 meeting when the topic of the utility undergrounding was scheduled to be discussed in order to form the underground utility districts 1A and X1A. Agenda items that had been scheduled for the March 23 City Council meeting, including those related to the utility undergrounding program, will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Following the formation of these districts undergrounding projects in these areas will move into the design phase. Project design is anticipated to take up to 18 months for each district. Here’s what property owners and residents in the two districts can expect during the design phase:
- Neighborhood meetings will be conducted to provide residents with the opportunity to learn more about the UP and speak directly with members of the UP team (property owners and residents will be notified when these meetings are scheduled).
- Staff from the City of Del Mar, utilities, and their consultants will be in the field to gather information on site-specific conditions.
- Property owners and residents may be contacted directly by the UP team to discuss design issues that are specific to their property.
- Property owners in these districts are encouraged to begin exploring the process of installing private underground laterals on their property. More information will be provided to applicable property owners to help with this process and to explain timing.
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