by Bob Salmi, Public Works Director
This is my first column as Director of Public Works for the City of Salida. I want to introduce myself to all of you and thank the people of Salida who have been very welcoming. This is a great community, and I look forward to interacting with all of you to keep the city thriving and working well. I have been getting to know your city crew, and I’m very pleased at their commitment as well. We’ll be working on many projects in the future that I will want to let you know about, and I’d like to keep you informed and updated as they progress.
The Sackett Street project started well before I arrived in town. Many improvements have been made, and one of the most important, is that we buried the utilities. This street is highly used with its access to the river front.
Practically and aesthetically, it makes sense to bury the telephone, electric and cable. It also makes them less susceptible to interruption due to bad weather. We’ve also replaced sidewalks on the east side of C street and the north side of Sackett. We’ve also replaced the corners of the sidewalks with handicap access corners. You’ll find these are a benefit to everyone. The water service lines have been changed out in that area as well. The current construction work from C Street to E Street will stop at the end of August and the area will be cleaned up and pavement work completed.
Beginning September 1st, the construction will continue from E Street to the Steam Plant. We’ll continue making the same improvements there, but, in addition, we will be changing out the water main, enlarging it from its existing 4″ line to an 8” line. The continuity of an 8″ line from G to M streets will greatly improve the function there.
We’ll also be changing out the crosswalks and coloring the cement to make the crosswalks more visible. It will also save on annual painting costs. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this construction phase. It can be an inconvenience, but I’ve been meeting people in the area and they have been very understanding. The project needs to be completed by October 19th, and with everyone’s help and with good weather, we can do it.
I have also been around town looking at other upcoming projects, checking out the new school, the new sewer plant, enjoying the great weather and getting adjusted here in Salida. This is a beautiful area, and I look forward to making it my home.