Paso Update | January 21, 2016

Mayor Steve Martin

Mayor Steve Martin

I had the pleasure of welcoming the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir to our Council meeting this week. This group of local singers assembles each year to participate in the MLK Unity in the Community ceremony. They performed two numbers in the time usually reserved for an invocation/meditation. It was inspiring!

I also had the honor of recognizing the service of Randall Nelson as principal of Paso Robles High School and the accomplishments our our high school cross-country runners.

Downtown Groundbreaking, Jan. 21, 2016.

Downtown Groundbreaking, Jan. 21, 2016.

Later in the meeting we learned that we will probably meet our state-mandated water conservation targets. Great going, Paso Robles!

Residents will get another chance to protest proposed water rate increases. Information mailed to the public actually stipulated rates higher than proposed due to clerical error. That means the proposed increase is even lower than you might have expected.

The Council voted to approve and receive full allocation of our water from Lake Nacimiento. That is an additional 2,488 acre feet of water in our water arsenal.

We broke ground on $1.45-million dollars worth of improvements, including new playground equipment, a new entry plaza on 12th Street, repaired pavers, BBQ and gazebo, and upgraded power and irrigation, for the downtown city park this morning. All that money is coming from a state grant and redevelopment funds so there will be no impact on the General Fund. Work should be completed in June.

Don’t miss the next Mayor’s Museum Tour. It will be at the Pioneer Museum on Riverside Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

Until next we blog, here’s to you Paso Robles!


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