Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Considers Reducing Street Sweeping On Major Streets|
By Niki Cervantes
February 18, 2015 -- City of Santa Monica officials are considering reducing street sweeping from six days a week to three on several major streets, part of an effort to conserve water that would also end up providing some more parking in the wee-to-early hours.
Included in the proposed reductions are Ocean Park Boulevard, Pico Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, Montana Avenue, Main Street and Lincoln Boulevard south from Wilshire Boulevard, according to a report from Susan Cline, interim director of public works for the city.
As it now stands, the street sweeping scheduled on those major arterial roads is 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
No parking is allowed on either side of the street during that time. The proposed changes would allow rotational parking on one side of the street between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
“I think people will be very happy with the extra parking,” said Kim A. Braun, manager for the Resource Recovery and Recycling (RRR) Division.
The report said that 1,500 gallons of water is consumed daily to sweep city streets. Cline said her department is retrofitting street sweeping equipment so it can use water from the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Reclamation Facility (SMURRF).
“Obviously, water conservation is a big motivator for us,” Cline said. “If the retrofit is successful, that has huge potential.”
Hooking up with SMURRF would save more than one million gallons of water over a year’s time, Braun said.
She said the department is studying the proposal closely to ensure that -- even with a reduced schedule -- the streets remain in good condition and free of pollutants that are otherwise cleaned away by street sweepers.
Reductions might start as a pilot project on one of the streets targeted – probably Pico, Braun said. Braun said she hopes it would start in June, although it might take longer to complete analysis of the system.
“We want to make sure we’re providing the same level of service and staying in compliance” with environmental requirements, she said.
In addition, the street sweeping schedule is changing for residents of a number of other streets.
Wellesley Drive, Bryn Mawr Avenue and Sunset Avenue all change from Wednesday to Monday, the next business day after trash collection.
Cline’s report said the residents contacted public works to request the change so street sweepers could clean up the debris remaining from trash, recycling and organics collections which occur on Friday in the neighborhood.
She said 160 residences there will be impacted.
Pearl Street (Southside), Cedar Street (Northside), Pine Street (Southside) and Maple Street (Northside) also overlapped with their Wednesday trash collection day, Cline said.
As a result, containers remained on the street for collection during street sweeping services. The new street sweeping day is now Monday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It includes 96 residences.
Changes go into effect March 1.
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