Council Considers Borrowing Plan Which Could Pay for Controversial Bathroom in Desiderio Park

Published : Monday, August 27, 2018 | 5:26 AM

The Pasadena City Council is set to vote Monday night on a recommendation to transfer a total of $4.6 million from Residential Impact Fee (RIF) funds in the City’s Central Park District to pay for two Capital Improvement Program projects in the West Park District, one of which is a public bathroom at Desiderio Neighborhood Park.

Transferring a portion of the Central Park District Residential Impact Fee balance required for the two West Park District projects, and repayment of the amount later would require a resolution by the City Council.

Pasadena’s Public Works Department has prepared the corresponding draft resolution for Monday’s meeting.

The action will also require amending the fiscal year 2019 CIP budget.

In an Agenda Report for Monday’s City Council meeting, the City’s Department of Public Works indicated it is recommending the appropriation of $720,000 in RIF funds from the Central District to fully fund the restroom building project at Desiderio Park.

When the funds are made available, Public Works could then proceed with the construction phase which is anticipated to be completed in the Fall of 2019, the report said.

In the same manner, Public Works is also recommending $3,880,000 in appropriations for a Robinson Park Pool and Pool Building Renovation project, which involves replacing the existing pool with a deeper pool to accommodate lap swimming and/or 1-meter springboard diving; replacing the pool deck, shade structure, bleachers, and perimeter fencing; and renovation of the existing pool building.

This second project will begin its design phase immediately, and construction is estimated to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2021, according to the report.

As of June 30, 2018, the remaining RIF balance in the Central Park District was $6.3 million. An initial proposal back then was to transfer some of the funds to CIP projects in the West district, which will repay any dollars borrowed to Central Park District when it receives an anticipated $7.1 million in its Residential impact Fees from the Lincoln Properties project at 100 West Walnut Street.

Public Works said in the report for Monday that the recommendation to fund the restroom building project at Desiderio Park, as well as for the Robinson Park pool project, was based on “the greatest need identified” and Finance Committee and City Council discussions on the fiscal year 2019 CIP budget.

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