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April 20, 2024

Southside Road landslide fix to exceed $1 million

With a third landslide occurrence on Southside Road and a need for an additional contract for repairs, the total costs are heading toward an excess of $1 million, according to a county report.

Approval of a contract extension with Don Chapin Co. for the work is on Tuesday’s regular board agenda for the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

According to the attached report for the extension deal, the county entered into an initial contract with Don Chapin Co. on June 12 to stabilize the hillside at the intersection of Southside Road and Blossom Road. The report goes on to note:

“Unfortunately, after significant work had been completed on the initial hillside slide, the hill has had two additional slide occurrences necessitating substantial additional work.  It is anticipated that this second contract will be sufficient to fully stabilize the hillside and make necessary repairs to the adjacent road and property.  Combined, the two contracts total $1,057,458.”

The “rough order schedule” with the report calls for Southside Road to be reopened Sept. 7. The additional work in the latest contract is estimated to cost $361,325.

As for other items on the agenda, San Benito County supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the San Benito County Administration Building 481 Fourth St., to consider the following:

  • Approve state contract for weightmaster enforcement through June 2019 for $720,000
  • Proclamation declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Approve lease agreement with Community Services Development Corp. for the America’s Job Center of California through October 2023 for $7,699 per month
  • Adopt resolution declaring existence of a shelter crisis in unincorporated areas of San Benito County
  • Authorize the county auditor to levy a special tax and establish 2018-19 tax rate for the Santana Ranch community facilities district
  • Accept permanent road easement deed executed by San Benito High School District. According to the board agenda details: “Ever since completing the River Parkway Master Plan several years ago, the County has been working with their partners at the San Benito High School District and City of Hollister on acquiring property and implementing the first phase of this proposed project.  Upon execution of the multi-agency agreement between these three agencies early last year, staff has been working on the design of the proposed Regional Park Access Road.  The project is currently under construction with a scheduled completion date in mid-October this year.”
  • Accept responses on the 2017-18 Grand Jury Report
  • Authorize assessor to submit an application with the California Department of Finance for participation in a three-year state supplementation for county assessor’s program
  • Permanent, partial closure of Bonnie View road at the county and city line north of the intersection with Sunnyslope Road
  • Adopt San Benito County master fee schedule with increases and reductions in certain fees
  • In closed session, review public employee appointment for an interim county counsel

For more details on agenda items, go here.

-Kollin Kosmicki