Sanger plots course for election, city infrastructure

Sanger City Council approves combining local election with statewide November election, adopts city’s five-year improvement plan

City of Sanger City Hall as seen from sidewalk near Civic Center sign on Seventh St. (Kenny Goodman)
Darren Fraser
Published June 13, 2024  • 
11:30 am

SANGER – Looking ahead into the upcoming election as well as the next five years, Sanger City Council recently made some key decisions on consolidating elections and long-term infrastructure projects.

At its June 6 meeting, the Sanger City Council approved a resolution to consolidate three local elections with the Nov. 5, 2024 statewide general election. The council also approved a resolution to adopt the city’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.

Mayor Frank Gonzalez, Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Martinez (District 1) and Councilmember Esmeralda Hurtado (District 3) are up for re-election this November. Resolution 2024-31 entrusts the local election to the Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. Sanger will foot the $10,000 to cover the cost of the consolidation.

According to Sanger City Clerk Becky Padron, this type of consolidation is not unusual for a small city. The alternative, she said, would be for Sanger to conduct its own municipal election.

By consolidating the election with the Nov. 5 statewide election, Sanger satisfies City Code § 2-1, which states that “general municipal elections of the city are to be held on the same day as the even-numbered Statewide General Election…”

According to the Executive Summary of the Council’s agenda item, “with adoption of this resolution, candidates for Mayor and the two Council Member seats are able to pick up and file their candidacy papers at City Hall, but otherwise the elections will be conducted by the County Clerk.”

The $10,000 will be included in the city’s fiscal year (FY) 2024-25 budget.

Council members Dolores Melendez and Michael Montelongo are up for reelection in 2026.

FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

City Engineer Josh Rogers provided the Council with an overview of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that covers FY 2024-25 to 2028-29.

This is a vast plan, encompassing transportation, public utilities, parks and recreation, general government and community services, and public safety.

Transportation projects include analyzing the city’s Pavement Management Program (PMP), which utilizes the Streetsaver software program. Other transportation concerns include identifying project segments that are eligible for federal aid based on the California Road Systems maps. The CIP includes money for intersection improvements and provides funding for traffic counts and transportation models to focus improvements on busier roads.

With respect to water and sewer, the city will tackle existing systems – lift station reconstructions, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, etc. The plan earmarks money for new water wells and tanks, constructing groundwater recharge facilities and expanding sewer trunk pipeline systems to accommodate new housing.

Parks and recreation, general government and public safety projects include rehabbing and/or retrofitting existing structures. The CIP provides funding for expanding existing facilities based on operation needs and approved planning documents.

According to the council agenda, the CIP will be used as the guideline for each year’s capital improvement budget. Prospective projects will move forward based on their place in the plan. This is subject to change if unforeseen circumstances arise or the council takes a different direction on a project.

The end goals of the plan are to maintain the existing infrastructure in a state of good repair, accommodate existing and future demands on the systems and anticipate future construction projects based on current and planned revenue sources within the five-year planning horizon. 

Darren Fraser
Reporter