After hearing a government accounting disclosure warning for the next fiscal year, members of the Vista City Council last night voted on the two skate park capital improvement project awards and removing onstreet car parking to obtain a “safer” bike lane situation for Civic Center Drive.
GASB 68, pension information
“We were engaged to conduct a financial audit for the city of Vista’s June 30, 2014 financial statements,” said Bryan Gruber, described as being a partner at Lance, Soll & Lunghard.
Among the remarks made by Gruber, regarding his City of Vista Fiscal Year 2013/14 Audit presentation to council, was the warning that “upcoming” governmental accounting standard changes, in the form of GASB 68, would change the previously utilized “pension footnote” disclosures done in past financial audits.
Skateparks Award goes to Grindline
The city council then heard about the design/build award for the skatepark facilities on South Santa Fe here in Vista. John Conley, Vista’s Commty Development Director, stated that the skatepark project is “for two skate parks on South Santa Fe” and later added that four bids were received with “a clear demarcation between two firms” in the top two chosen.
Lyssa Flaherty of Vista Skate also spoke to the council and Mayor. Besides endorsing the Grindline award, she thanked Mayor Judy Ritter and the council for their work and “providing the city of Vista with two great skate parks.”
In making further inquiries, councilmember Amanda Rigby wanted to be sure that “prefabricated” restrooms did not mean “port-a-potties” and was assured by staff it would be “something better” than port-a-potties.
A unanimous vote gave city council approval of the award, for Capital Improvement Project for building two skate parks, to Grindline Skateparks, Inc.
The Bike Master Plan’s “case-by-case” street discussions continued as the council addressed parking removal on Civic Center Drive.
Public comments regarding the upcoming slurry seal and the idea for removal of onstreet parking for Civic Center Drive included these thoughts from one Lisa Whelans who stated she is in favor of removing street parking for cars here as it would provide a “continuous” lane for cyclists. She also stated it would benefit both drivers and riders, in providing a safer situation. With the road being resurfaced, it also would be a good time to repaint now she added.
Former council candidate Cliff Kaiser made additional statements regarding residences turned into businesses along Civic Center Drive. “Just briefly, with parking removed on Civic Center Drive, and this area between Sierra Verde and … East Vista Way, those cars that currently use it are going to be compelled to park in the residential area, basically on their front lawn which is against code. Some of those residences have been turned into businesses they perhaps have paved their front lawn and turned it into a parking lot which is good, but there still are several residences along that path, and I think that should at least be considered or at least looked at when this change happens to make sure that it would not encourage people to park on their front lawn.”
Councilmember Cody Campbell, after public sentiments were expressed, said he was “in favor of moving forward with the master bike plan.”
Mayor Ritter stated she worries about the Civic Center “sharrows,” specifically at 4:30 or 5:00 pm, and for the few blocks in which drivers and cyclists need to share the road. But legally state law requires three feet be given to cyclists.
Deputy Mayor John Aguilera addressed the code enforcement concern and stated that cars parked on lawns could be handled and people now parking on the street “will need to find room on their driveway.”
In a 4-1 vote then, only Councilmember Rigby voted no on this item.