La Vigne (Zone 1)

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October 25, 2016

In our last update we told you we had terminated service with the contractor who had been maintaining the landscape the last few years in La Vigne. At that time, we hired a new contractor, New Image, on an interim basis to complete the routine work necessary through the summer while we review the best way to provide quality services in the future at a reasonable cost. New Image came into the zone with much catching up to do, they have done a great job, but we know there is more to do and we continue to work with them to improve the maintenance of landscape in the zone. We are nearing completion of the cost analysis for the future plan and will keep you posted on this as it comes to fruition. 

In our last update we also updated you on the Via Bellagio streetscape planting project. Last Spring City staff and a Landscape Design Architect came out to Via Bellagio Park and received feedback from many of you on design concepts for the planting plan for the turf strip along Via Bellagio. As part of the process staff pulled the as-built plans for the recycled irrigation line and the plans showed the connection only about 10’ from the current water connection. Subsequently we discovered that due to the proximity of other significant utilities in this area, finding the exact location of the pipe is a very expensive proposition. We continue to work on finding a creative and cost-efficient solution. 

New Image recently completed the Flosden Road median drip irrigation and drought tolerant planting project, which looks great, by the way! With PG&E working in the zone (corner of Flosden and American Canyon Road) it doesn’t make sense to continue landscape improvement work to the entry and medians, so we will be scheduling that work for the spring months. 

La Vigne Updates 5/27/16

The City hosted a Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District (LLAD) public meeting this week for all district members in Vintage Ranch and La Vigne.  Below is an update from this meeting. 

Recycled Water Conversion & Landscape Replacement Project

As a result of the multiple year drought and declaration by the governor prohibiting irrigation of landscape medians the City headed into last year with plans to convert landscape irrigation to recycled water and replace turf in the streetscapes along Via Bellagio, the medians on Flosden Road and within the subdivision with drought tolerant native plants. Converting to recycled water means that overhead sprays in medians and areas less than 6’ in width (Via Bellagio streetscape) need to be replaced with drip irrigation.

Last Spring City staff and a Landscape Design Architect came out to Via Bellagio Park and received feedback from many of you on design concepts for the planting plan for the turf strip along Via Bellagio. As part of the process staff pulled the as-built plans for the recycled irrigation line and the plans showed the connection only about 10’ from the current water connection. Subsequently we discovered that due to the proximity of other significant utilities in this area, finding the exact location of the pipe is a very expensive proposition.

We have instead decided to focus our current attention on the main issue we have heard from La Vigne residents about; the Flosden Road median and subdivision entry ways on Via Bellagio.  Funds remain available in this year’s budget to complete both projects and expect them to be completed by mid-summer.

Landscape Maintenance Services at La Vigne

The landscape contractor at La Vigne has been an issue for the last few years. To help address these issues, the City hired an inspector to more closely manage landscaping contracts in the District.  The landscape contractor continued to struggle, taking more than one month to address basic responsibilities in the contract.  At the beginning of April, we terminated service with the contractor. On May 16th we hired a new contractor, New Image, on an interim basis to complete the routine work necessary through the summer while we review the best way to provide quality services in the future at a reasonable cost.

We encourage you to let us know of anything you see in need of attention (landscape related, street lights, illegal dumping, etc.) through SeeClickFix  or by downloading the app from the Android Marketplace or Apple App Store on your mobile device. You can also call our Public Works Department at (707) 647-4550 to report issues.

The proposed assessment for the upcoming fiscal year for La Vigne property owners is $340.00 per year, an increase of $20 from last year.  This increase is mainly to continue to rebuild the reserve funds which were drawn low during the recession years when assessments were held steady to offer financial relief to property owners. The City Council will meet on June 7th to review the draft Engineer’s Report, hear input from the public, and declare the intention to levy and collect assessments. A  Public Hearing will be held on June 21st for the City Council to approve the budget within the Annual Engineer’s Report and to authorize the levying of assessments. The draft Annual Engineer’s Report is available here. If you have questions or comments about the report please contact Greg Baer at gbaer@cityofamericancanyon.org.