Miramar Water Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion Project

As you may know, the City of San Diego Water Department will be upgrading and expanding the water treatment plant adjacent to Miramar Lake. As part of the process, there will be an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for the public to learn more about, and comment on, the first part of the project. The open house is planned from 6 to 8 pm in the media center of Scripps Ranch High School, located at 10410 Treena Street. There will be an informal project overview from 6:30 to 6:45 pm.

The initial construction phase, called the Miramar water distribution system improvements, is a collection of pipeline work and earth grading to prepare the site for construction. Some of this work will impact local traffic and will be visible from outside of the treatment plant. Pipelines will be constructed underground beginning at the treatment plant, next to Scripps Lake Drive, cross the intersection of Scripps Ranch Boulevard, and end at Treena Street. A short pipeline also will be constructed in Scripps Ranch Boulevard north of the intersection with Scripps Lake Drive. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2001. The estimated cost of the Miramar water distribution system improvements is approximately $16 million.

The Community Advisory Group, formed a year ago to assist the Water Department in planning this project, will have its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Meetings are held in the Scripps Ranch Library community room from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The main topic this month will be architecture and landscape improvements of the water treatment plant. You are welcome to attend this meeting also.

You will soon see pre-construction activities related to this project. Crews will start doing the necessary work to locate existing utilities and take survey information. Some of these activities will have minor traffic impacts.

Any questions regarding this project can be directed to the Water Department’s Capital Improvement Public Information Line at 619-533-4679.

Schools Committee

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School

The subcommittee charged with designing Ellen Browning Scripps (EBS) Elementary School has met several times over the summer. Final schematic design of the school is likely to be approved by the school district in September.

The layout of the school, expected to have a capacity of 300-500 students, is focused to the south on the site away from the noise of Scripps Poway Parkway. A parking lot is on the side of the site facing Spring Canyon Road. Still being considered are the drop-off, parking, and traffic issues.

New Middle School

Brian Mooney and Associates, the firm doing the environmental report on the new middle school, presented their initial ideas and received feedback from the audience at the July meeting of the SRCA.

The preferred site for the new middle school is lots 6, 7, and 8 in the Scripps Ranch business park. The alternative site is lots 3 and 4 in the same business park. Lots 6-8 are located south of Hitachi along Scripps Ranch Blvd. on two grade elevations. Lots 3-4 are located south of the Scripps Ranch Library on the upper pad just west of the single-family residences.

The draft environmental report is being reviewed by the school district and will be released for public comment in early October. It will be available for a 45-day review and comment period by the public, then it will be revised by Mooney and released as a final document. At that time, likely to be in mid-December, the school district will consider it for approval and, if approved, will begin acquisition of a site for the new middle school.

Marshall Middle School Boundary Change

In June, the school board approved a boundary change for Marshall Middle School to become effective immediately and to continue until the new middle school opens. All middle-school age students in the yet to be constructed neighborhoods of Scripps Ranch will attend Wangenheim Middle School in Mira Mesa. These homes include Brookfield’s Miro and Ravel neighborhoods on Scripps Ranch Blvd., all Shea homes, any homes constructed on the old Kmart site, and any homes that might be approved for construction in the Scripps Ranch business park.

More Boundary Changes

As soon as the demographic information is in for the fall school year, the school district demographer Roy MacPhail will compile the information and present it to the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, probably in early October.

At that time, the schools committee will need to determine an acceptable boundary for EBS, scheduled to open in fall 2001. This boundary shift will likely impact Jerabek, as well as the other elementary schools. Also to be decided will be how to mitigate the crowding issue for Marshall Middle School in years 2001-04. All boundary changes will need to be approved by the school district.