Other cuts included remodeling a garage at the lifeguard headquarters and new directional signs.
Part of the funding for a tsunami warning system also was cut. The council decided plans for a tsunami warning siren near Newport Dunes could wait, at a cost savings of about $50,000, said Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau, but three other warning sirens on Balboa Peninsula remain intact.
Cutting the additional warning siren reduced the cost of the project by about 25%, he said.
“I think the council realizes that the projects that were discussed probably were the best kinds of projects to defer until a later date,” Bludau said.
Delayed projects could get funding again in next year’s budget, he said.
Councilwoman Nancy Gardner tried to save funding for landscaping and fixing crumbling masonry at Corona del Mar State Beach and renovating traffic medians on Avocado Avenue, but the projects could not escape the budget crunch.
“It was a tough one,” Gardner said. “If I got mine, somebody would have lost funding for their projects.”
Councilman Don Webb managed to save funding for drainage improvements in his district, arguing the project was more important than landscaping improvements.
Part of the funding for a study to examine the feasibility of putting artificial turf in Bonita Creek Park was cut to make up the difference.
“I thought the council worked very well together to work for compromises,” Webb said.
BY THE NUMBERS
Some funding cuts in Newport Beach this fiscal year:
Balboa Boulevard median and parkway improvements: $84,000
Bristol Street North landscape improvements: 107,000
Corona del Mar State Beach landscape improvements: $95,000
Dover Drive medians renovation: $125,000
Westcliff Drive medians renovation: $71,000
Directional, wayfinding and monument signage: $234,000
Semeniuk Slough dredging project: $350,000
Back Bay View Park enhancement: $191,000