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As we rapidly approach the end of the construction season, the City is quickly working to wrap up a variety of infrastructure projects. We had a busy year executing infrastructure projects and approving additional work that will be completed over the next year and a half.

In the past few months alone, the City completed the $3 million Float Avenue infrastructure project, repaved Sunset Drive, Hurd Street, Boggess Street, as well as portions of Ottawa Avenue and Winneshiek Street. Anyone who has driven over Locust Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Pleasant Street will appreciate the much-needed repairs that were conducted in the past week. We are also in the middle of milling the street and overlaying Highland Drive in its entirety and are planning on road repair on portions of South Demeter Drive before the weather, and leaf pickup season, prohibits us from further infrastructure improvement projects.

In addition to these water and sewer projects, the City also began utilizing our $2 million grant to replace lead service lines in the City. While all these projects can be an inconvenience to drivers attempting to navigate the construction zones, we appreciate the patience of the residents as this work is critical for upgrading our City’s infrastructure and improving our quality of life.

If you’ve driven along Burchard Avenue, you’ve no doubt noticed the long-term activity around the water tower, including a large drill. We are in the middle of drilling for our new water well #11. Once completed, this new well will allow us to draw water from the Mount Simon aquifer, which our testing has shown to have even higher quality water than provided by our other wells. Next year you’ll see construction on the water treatment plant that will be built adjacent to the well. Once operational, the well will be capable of producing 2,200 gallons of water per minute. This new treatment plant will replace our current Brick Street plant, which has been in service since 1882. We continue to seek supplemental sources of funding, such as grants, for this and all our infrastructure projects.

The City also implemented plans to aggressively continue infrastructure work next year. In addition to the work discussed above, the Council recently approved the Phase 2 Water Main and Looping project which will begin immediately and go through the next year and a half. This $2 million project, which is part of our longer-term Capital Improvement Plan, includes water main replacement along portions of the streets of Cleveland, Jefferson, Monroe, Santa Fe, Meadows, Sylvan and South. Approximately 20%, or $400,000, of this project will be forgiven by the IEPA upon completion, allowing us to stretch our capital improvement funds further. We were also pleased to award the lowest bid to a local bidder, providing an additional benefit to our local economy.

The City continues to pursue all sources of funding to stretch our local dollars and recently applied for two Community Development Block Grants along the Adams Avenue Corridor. If awarded, one grant

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Nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen Awarded Grant For Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Program

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Preparing Food at Mama’s Kitchen San Diego. Courtesy Rich Cruse Photography

Mama’s Kitchen announced it received a $100,000 grant from the Cushman Foundation to launch a chronic kidney disease nutrition program.

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The nonprofit provides home-delivered, medically tailored meals and nutrition services at no-cost to San Diegans battling critical illnesses including HIV, cancer, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and now chronic kidney disease.

Its services allow clients to receive the nutritional support they need without leaving the safety of their home, a critical factor during the COVID-19 pandemic so immunocompromised people are not risking their health to obtain a meal.

“Research shows medically tailored nutrition intervention can have a significant impact at slowing or stopping the progression of chronic kidney disease. After speaking with many of our referring medical professionals and understanding the number of San Diego residents affected by this disease, it became clear a program like this could have a significant impact on countless lives,” said Alberto Cortés, CEO, Mama’s Kitchen.

In San Diego County, an estimated 5,000 people are experiencing stage 4 chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease. During the first four stages, people can slow and even stop the progression of their illness through diet and lifestyle changes, according to the nonprofit.

Mama’s Kitchen’s chronic kidney disease nutrition program is now accepting client referrals. It is the only San Diego-based nutrition service delivering medically tailored meals and disease self-management education to people with chronic kidney disease free of charge.

For more information about Mama’s Kitchen or to support the organization, go to mamaskitchen.org.

Nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen Awarded Grant For Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Program was last modified: September 16th, 2020 by Elizabeth Ireland

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