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Mills Park Neighborhood Streetlights

UPDATE – July 21, 2017

On July 12, 2017, the City received one construction bid for the Mills Park Neighborhood Street Light Conversion Project, which is  more than three times higher than the engineer’s estimate.  Due to the high bid amount, City staff plans to bring this project to the City Council to reject the bid and re-advertise the project for bid in August 2017. Staff anticipates awarding the project in September 2017 and construction beginning in late fall 2017.  The City realizes this will cause a short delay in getting the streetlight circuit replaced and appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding while staff continues to work toward the permanent replacement of the streetlight electrical circuit.

UPDATE – June 27, 2017

City Staff is diligently working on restoring the permanent fix to the Streetlight system in the Mills Park neighborhood. Following completion of the system design, construction for the Mills Park RO Replacement project was advertised for bidding on June 20th, with the bid opening scheduled for July 12th. The City intends to recommend a construction contract award to the City Council at the July 25th meeting. Construction is expected to start in early Fall and take approximately five (5) months to complete. We continue to thank those that are participating in temporary lighting which continues to help power the streetlights within the neighborhood. If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (650) 616-7065.

UPDATE – June 14, 2017

At the January 24, 2017 City Council meeting, a contract was awarded to Zeiger Engineers for the design of the Mills Park RO Replacement project. Design work began in March and the City is currently reviewing the 50% design. The City anticipates going to the City Council for construction award in August with construction beginning in September. The City appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding and patience as the City moves towards competing design and into construction.

UPDATE – January 23, 2017

At the January 24, 2017 regular City Council meeting, City staff will present a design contract to the City Council for the Mills Park Regulated Output Replacement Project. Please see the full staff report for more information.

Staff Report - Mills Park Regulated Output Replacement Project Design Contract

UPDATE - December 14, 2016

The City is continuing to work with PG&E on the design of providing electrical power to the proposed service connection locations for the streetlight conversion project. PG&E engineers have completed drawings and cost estimates for the project and are awaiting their internal approval. The City released a request for proposals for the conversion project on November 29th and is looking to contract with an electrical design firm in early 2017. The City appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding and patience while we continue to coordinate with PG&E on the electrical power design.

UPDATE – November 7, 2016

The City received a response from PG&E today in regards to the feasibility of providing electrical power to the proposed service connection locations for the streetlight conversion to parallel circuit.  PG&E indicated that the engineering drawings and estimate are anticipated to be completed during the week of December 12.  Also, one additional resident signed up to participate in the temporary lighting program, for a total of 13 participants.  The City apologizes for the delay in getting the streetlight circuit replaced and appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding while we continue to coordinate with PG&E to complete their feasibility assessment

UPDATE – October 24, 2016

The City completed the Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit an engineering design firm to assist with the design of the streetlight conversion to parallel circuit. The City is also continuing to coordinate with PG&E’s engineering department and are waiting for their response on the feasibility of providing electrical power at the new proposed connection locations. City staff has also reached out to all those residents again that have a streetlight pole in front of their property. The number of residents participating in the temporary lighting program has increased to 12. The City greatly appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding and cooperation while we work to improve the streetlight system.

UPDATE – October 14, 2016

The City continues to coordinate with PG&E on the permanent alternative to replace the damaged underground wires. PG&E emailed the City on October 10 requesting additional information in regards to the number of service connection locations for the parallel circuit. The City provided that information to PG&E for their engineering department. City staff has also reached out to all those residents again that have a streetlight pole in front of their property. The number of residents participating in the temporary lighting program has increased to 11. The City greatly appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding and cooperation while we work to improve the streetlight system.

UPDATE – October 4, 2016

The City is continuing to work with PG&E on the permanent alternative to replace the damaged underground wires. Last Friday afternoon, the City discussed the feasibility and design process for converting the Regulated Output series circuit to parallel circuit with a consultant. The City will be providing additional information to PG&E for their conversion assessment. For the temporary lighting program, a total of seven (7) residents are participating in the program.

UPDATE – September 29, 2016

PG&E performed the separation of the Regulated Output (RO) circuit into two separate areas within the neighborhood. After reconnecting the circuit, PG&E tested the streetlights to determine whether the streetlights within the newly connected area were activated. 26 streetlights were on. Staff is continuing to assess the permanent alternatives to replace the damaged underground wires in the remaining area of the neighborhood. Letters were sent to those residents that have a streetlight adjacent to their property to request participation in the City’s temporary lighting program. Currently, a total of five (5) residents are participating in the program. We would like to thank those that are participating and encourage others that have a streetlight adjacent to their property to do so as well. Additional participation in temporary lighting will help power the streetlights within the neighborhood. If you have a streetlight in front of your property and are interested in learning more about this temporary program, please call the Public Services Department at (650) 616-7065.

UPDATE – September 26, 2016

On Thursday, September 22, PG&E staff contacted the City to obtain more information in regards to the type of LED fixture installed and wattage of each streetlight. The information was provided to PG&E and the City is waiting for PG&E to determine whether the circuit can be re-energized.

UPDATE – September 20, 2016

While the City is continuing to trouble shoot permanent repair of the Mills Park streetlight outage, the City has taken several actions to provide temporary power in the area. The City’s streetlight contractor completed installation of a total of nine (9) solar LED lights within the Mills Park neighborhood. The City connected a total of four (4) properties where owners expressed interest in participating in the temporary measure to connect the adjacent streetlight to their property. Staff discussed the application to re-energize a portion of the Regulated Output (RO) circuit with PG&E this afternoon. PG&E staff is obtaining additional information from their engineering department to determine whether the RO circuit can be divided. The City will continue to coordinate with PG&E to determine when the circuit can be re-energized.

UPDATE – September 19, 2016

The City’s streetlight contractor completed installation of eight (8) solar LED lights within the Mills Park neighborhood. Two property owners contacted the City and expressed their interest in participating in the temporary measure to connect the adjacent streetlight to their property. Staff completed the installation of the temporary power connections at the two properties. Staff continues to work with PG&E and is scheduled to discuss the application to re-energize a portion of the Regulated Output (RO) circuit with PG&E on Tuesday, September 20.

UPDATE – September 16, 2016

The City is actively trying to resolve the streetlight outage issue within the Mills Park neighborhood and has sent letters to residents within the neighborhood informing them of the outage.  The City has coordinated with the City’s streetlight contractor, Flowers Electric, to assist with installing the solar LED streetlights today and tomorrow.  Due to the condition of the existing streetlight pole and sun direction, the solar LED streetlight can only be installed at certain locations.  The City has also been coordinating with PG&E to assist with the outage issue.  An application was submitted to PG&E yesterday requesting a portion of the RO circuit be re-energized.  The City is currently waiting for response from PG&E to inform us on their schedule to complete the work.  The City is currently requesting residents who have streetlights adjacent to their residence to assist the neighborhood and City by providing power to the streetlights.   The concept is to provide power to the streetlight similarly to a lamp inside a home.  The City has recently changed the streetlight fixtures to a low power consumption LED light.  The streetlight fixture is now rated at 38 watts compared to a standard 60 watts bulb that you may be using at home.  The City will provide an extension cord for the resident to plug it into any outlet within the garage or an exterior outlet.  The City has successfully used this temporary measure in another RO outage area.  The City will offer compensation for the cost of the energy and the inconvenience of having to plug the streetlight into your power source.  If you have a streetlight in front of your property and decide to participate in this program, please call the Public Services Department at 650-616-7065.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation while we work to improve the system.

September 14, 2016:

The City of San Bruno is currently experiencing a streetlight outage in the area surrounding the Mills Park neighborhood. The streetlights are on a Regulated Output (RO) circuit, which means that a series of streetlights share a single power source, similar to holiday lights.  There are currently 50 streetlights which are currently out of service.  San Bruno Public Services staff have been actively working with PG&E and the City's hired contractor, Flowers Electric, to assess and determine the cause of the malfunctions within the RO circuit.  The extent of the issue is much greater than originally anticipated and may take a few months to fully complete the necessary repairs.  The City is currently instituting temporary measures to help alleviate the situation including gauging resident interest in connecting the streetlight adjacent to their home using an extension cord and providing compensation to participants for use of their electricity.  City staff will outreach to those residents during the week of September 19.  The City is also working with PG&E to disconnect part of the streetlight circuit so that a portion of the 50 streetlights may be functional.  The San Bruno Police Department is aware of the outage and has increased patrols in the area.  The City is working hard to get the streetlights in working order and apologizes for any inconvenience.

Public Notification Letter