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Bridge and water plant get new names: local civic leaders are honored

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

A couple of key pieces of West Sacramento infrastructure were officially named after local leaders last week. The names were approved by the West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday for:

—  “The George Kristoff Water Plant,” formerly known as the Bryte Bend Water Treatment plant. This facility sits on the city’s northern riverbank and has served as the city’s drinking water plant in 1988.

It has been named after the late George Kristoff, who helped govern the region before cityhood by serving on the East Yolo Community Services District Board. Kristoff was also a member of “People for Better Water,” which succeeded in “wresting the water system from a private purveyor that was more interested in making a profit than providing high quality water to the residents,” according to a city staff report.

Kristoff and his group helped pass a bond measure to build the plant, and helped secure rights to the use of river water to supply the town. He is the father of current city councilman Bill Kristoff.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sac's new bridge at South River Road will bear the name of this longtime public official (courtesy photo)

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sac’s new bridge at South River Road will bear the name of this longtime public official (courtesy photo)

—  “The Michael McGowan Bridge” will be the name for the new crossing now under construction at South River Road and the barge canal. The bridge is expected to be finished in November, and will help better connect Southport, the “Pioneer Bluffs” area and the freeway.

It is named after current (and longtime) West Sacramentan Mike McGowan, who recently left a post on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in order to accept a governor’s appointment with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

McGowan has also been a member of the West Sacramento City Council (where he served as the city’s first mayor) and on the commission that governs the local port.

“Naming a crossing after Mike commemorates Mike’s unique ability to provide solid connections and cross over obstacles,” said a city report advocating for the bridge naming.

Computer rendering of the planned new bridge at South River Road -- which will bear the name of former West Sacramento city councilman and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. The bridge is expected to complete in November of 2014. (courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

Computer rendering of the planned new bridge at South River Road — which will bear the name of former West Sacramento city councilman and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. The bridge is expected to complete in November of 2014. (courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

The two naming proposals were approved by a 4-0 vote by the council.

 

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Grand opening of new Bridge District park & city water pump station

The water pump station at the new park on Ballpark Drive is usually off-limits to visitors -- although you can peek inside from one of several “portholes” in the building’s wall. Above, visitors stroll the workings during Friday’s grand opening at the park. The adjacent water tank is lit up at night with colorful strips of LED lights, which are relatively energy efficient. You can see the decorations from the nearby freeway. (News-Ledger photo)

The water pump station at the new park on Ballpark Drive is usually off-limits to visitors — although you can peek inside from one of several “portholes” in the building’s wall. Above, visitors stroll the workings during Friday’s grand opening at the park.
The adjacent water tank is lit up at night with colorful strips of LED lights, which are relatively energy efficient. You can see the decorations from the nearby freeway.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento officials cut the ribbon Friday morning on a new neighborhood park and water storage facility.

The Jerome D. Barry Park is located on Ballpark Drive next to the Ironworks subdivision and near Raley Field. It’s named after a man who straddled the 19th and 20th centuries in West Sacramento, playing professional baseball in his youth and then serving as a local justice of the peace from 1913-1925 in the “Washington Township” of northeastern West Sacramento.

 Thom Lewis President of the West Sacramento Historical Society (News-Ledger photo)

Thom Lewis
President of the West Sacramento Historical Society
(News-Ledger photo)

The park name was proposed by the West Sacramento Historical Society, represented at Friday’s celebration by its president, Thom Lewis. Lewis said of Jerome Barry:

“In his remarkable life, he was a justice of the peace in Washington Township, he was a foreman for Southern Pacific and he pitched for the Sacramento Altas,” as well as serving as a volunteer fighter and as a judge.

Drizzly weather pushed most of the park celebration indoors – into the spanking new water pump station located next to the little park.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon used his public remarks to tout the city’s redevelopment of the surrounding “Bridge District” area into a new urban place that will feature housing opportunities to suit different preferences and different stages of life. He now lives in a townhome in the adjacent Ironworks subdivision.

 Mayor Christopher Cabaldon: neighbor of the new park (News-Ledger photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon: neighbor of the new park
(News-Ledger photo)

“As we build more urban homes,” said Cabaldon, “we need more open spaces as well – more opportunities for recreation, for reflection, and for dogs to run.”

He thanked State of California officials for chipping in $23 million to help ready the infrastructure in the Bridge District. The state was represented at the grand opening by Anna Caballero, Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing under Governor Jerry Brown.

Caballero praised the city’s work in the Bridge District. She also delivered a message about drought and water conservation, saying the governor had charged his department heads with promoting water conservation at every public opportunity.

“It could rain almost every other day between now and May,” said Caballero, and we still wouldn’t be out of the drought. The governor has asked us all to reduce our water use by 20 percent.”

“This project,” she noted of the park and water pump station, “captures rain water.”

The pump house’s wing-shaped roofs indeed are designed to catch rain water and save it for irrigation.

Other speakers at Friday’s event included City Manager MartinTuttle, Ironworks homeowners association president Ron Price and city parks commission member Bernadette Austin.

For more information about the park, see the News-Ledger’s February 26 report, now available online here.

Officials & guests at the Jerome D. Barry Park,  809 Ballpark Drive.  LEFT TO RIGHT: members of the Barry family, including Linda and Brian Barry and Candace Barry Curtis; City Project Manager Vin Cay; Parks & Community Services Commission Chair Bernadette Austin; Yolo County Supervisor and former City Council member Oscar Villegas; Anna M. Caballero, Secretary, California Business, Community Services & Housing Dept. and Eugene Lee, Chief, Infill Infrastructure Grant & Transit-Oriented Development Housing Programs; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Ron Price, Ironworks Home Owners Association; and Martin Tuttle, West Sacramento City Manager.  (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder/City of West Sacramento)

Officials & guests at the Jerome D. Barry Park, 809 Ballpark Drive.
LEFT TO RIGHT: members of the Barry family, including Linda and Brian Barry and Candace Barry Curtis; City Project Manager Vin Cay; Parks & Community Services Commission Chair Bernadette Austin; Yolo County Supervisor and former City Council member Oscar Villegas; Anna M. Caballero, Secretary, California Business, Community Services & Housing Dept. and Eugene Lee, Chief, Infill Infrastructure Grant & Transit-Oriented Development Housing Programs; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Ron Price, Ironworks Home Owners Association; and Martin Tuttle, West Sacramento City Manager. (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder/City of West Sacramento)

 

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New park honors local athlete, judge: Jerome Barry played pro baseball in the early days

The new park boasts an organic-looking climbing structure, seen in the foreground above. The light-blue ground surface is soft rubber. To the left, beyond a fence, are rail cars on a local rail spur. Beyond the play surface is the control room for the water tank (background). Notice the three “portholes” looking into the mechanics of the pumps inside the control room. (News-Ledger photo)

The new park boasts an organic-looking climbing structure, seen in the foreground above.
The light-blue ground surface is soft rubber. To the left, beyond a fence, are rail cars on a local rail spur.
Beyond the play surface is the control room for the water tank (background). Notice the three “portholes” looking into the mechanics of the pumps inside the control room.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 26, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

On Friday, the City of West Sacramento will host a double grand opening, celebrating both a neighborhood park and a water tank station in the Bridge District. The twin public facilities are located at 809 Ballpark Drive, alongside the Ironworks subdivision and close to Raley Field.

“It’s a ‘neighborhood’ park,” said recreation superintendent Andre Pichly. “It has some play structures, swing sets and a very interactive climbing structure that’s geared toward kids about age 8 to 14. The structure has a lot of ropes, aluminum and climbing ladders – it’s probably the most unique climbing structure in our park system.”

The climbing  is located over a forgiving surface made of recycled rubber.

Nearby is a smaller climbing structure for the little ones, and a couple of little “spinning cups” that kids can sit in and twirl. There’s also a lattice-covered picnic area.

The park is right next to the control building for the city water tank. The wing-roofed control building has a couple of water pumps inside. The building and the water tank are both secured from public access, but the outside wall of the pump building has an unusual amenity:

“It has a couple of portholes in it, so kids – or anyone – can look in and see the mechanics of the thing,” reported Pichly.

The new park is known as the Jerome D. Barry Park.

The new park boasts an organic-looking climbing structure, seen in the foreground above. The light-blue ground surface is soft rubber. To the left, beyond a fence, are rail cars on a local rail spur. Beyond the play surface is the control room for the water tank (background). Notice the three “portholes” looking into the mechanics of the pumps inside the control room. (News-Ledger photo)

The new park boasts an organic-looking climbing structure, seen in the foreground above.
The light-blue ground surface is soft rubber. To the left, beyond a fence, are rail cars on a local rail spur.
Beyond the play surface is the control room for the water tank (background). Notice the three “portholes” looking into the mechanics of the pumps inside the control room.
(News-Ledger photo)

Barry was an accomplished local  baseball player who pitched for professional and semi-pro teams. He was also a rower with the Riverside Boat Club. Son of a pair of Irish immigrants, he grew up in the city’s old northern Washington township and served as a local justice of the peace from 1913-1925.

The 3.2 million gallon water tank was finished about a year ago. Tanks like this one serve as a “pitcher of water” for the city, reported the City’s Drew Gidlof last year.

“As water is taken in at the river, and treated and prepared for consumers, it is disseminated to various strategic points in the city,” he told the News-Ledger in 2013. “As the residents turn on their faucets, the water comes from their designated facility.”

The new tank is meant to help meet peak demand in the Bridge District and the Washington area near the ‘ziggurat’ building.

The park takes up about 1.5 acres, and the water facility a couple more acres, according to city sources. The water tank facility was budgeted at about $5.25 million, with funds chipped in by the state, the former local redevelopment agency, and local property owners. The park was budgeted at about $545,000, funded by developer impact fees in West Sacramento.

The public is welcome to the grand opening ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. (Feb. 28).

 

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Assisted living complex proposed for Jefferson Boulevard in Southport

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 29, 2014 —

A 178-unit assisted living complex is proposed for the northwest corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Gateway Drive in Southport.

“Summerplace Living at Westgate” hopes to place up to 205 residents in a combination of 94 “assisted living” units and 84 “memory care” units at 2305 Jefferson Boulevard. The 5.33-acre, two-story development would be bounded by Jefferson, Gateway and the Clarksburg Branch Line trail, along with existing homes.

It’s proposed by FCM Capital Partners of Roseville for most of a 6.72-acre parcel owned by Lighthouse Cove, LLC, of Bellevue, Washington.

The city planning commission will hold a public workshop on the project as part of its meeting on Thursday evening, Feb. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at city hall.

 

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