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Council meets tonight to set project priorities for next 2 years

Bernal Community Park, dog park top list of multi-million-dollar projects

The Pleasanton City Council will meet tonight to consider spending priorities for the 2015/2016 budget years, including longer -term projects such as building a new public library and civic center.

The draft list of priorities includes previously approved projects that have yet to be initiated as well as new ones recommended by council members, city staff and city boards, commissions and committees.

Top on the list is "Phase II" of Bernal Community Park, a $16-milllion project that earlier has been approved and may get underway this summer. It will include new lighted sports fields and a wooded area with tails and a meandering creek.

The proposed dog park near the Bernal Avenue bridge over the Arroyo de la Laguna also is on the priority list. That project has been approved with work to begin later this year.

Also on the list is a 4-H club community farm that would be built in Bernal Community Park. Although part of the city's long-range plan for years, no funds have yet been appropriated for the project. That could change tonight.

The 14-page list of priorities includes projects ranging from widening Highway 84 to I-680, a project would require state, federal and county funding, a second bridge over the Arroyo de la Laguna and funding for $4.5-million in improvements for Pioneer Cemetery.

The City Council recently created a committee to consider a new library and civic center, another multi-million-dollar project that if added to the priority list could still be years off in funding and completion.

The council meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Remillard Conference Room in the city's Operations Services Center, 333 Busch Road.

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