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Annual Landscape & Lighting Assessment District Renewal Process

The City has launched the annual renewal process for Landscape & Lighting Assessment Districts (LLADs) which provide funding for the maintenance of parks, landscaping, and street lighting throughout the City and in neighborhood-specific zones, helping to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and our property values maintained. LLADs are intended to provide a fair, equitable way to allocate street lighting and landscaping expenses to the properties that benefit from them. The renewal process will culminate in a public hearing on June 13, 2017, before the City Council. For six (6) of the eleven (11) zones in the City-wide District, there will be a Proposition 218 balloting process undertaken for affected property owners to consider increased assessments to eliminate operating deficits, replace deteriorating hollow core wood street light poles, and fund the maintenance of the City’s arterial streets on a more equitable basis.

Landscaping & Lighting Community Information Meetings

Zones 3&4 Gems/Birds
May 17 (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m.
Hercules Community Center/Dynamite Room
2001 Refugio Valley Road

Zone 7 Heights
May 17 (Wednesday) at 8:00 p.m.
Hercules Community Center/Dynamite Room
2001 Refugio Valley Road

Zone 1 Hercules by the Bay
May 20 (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m.
Hercules By the Bay Clubhouse
1299 Sana Fe Avenue

Zone 6 Village Parkway
May 20 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
Van Domselaar Room
102 Civic Drive

Proposed Assessment Increases

Intention to Levy and Collect Assessments - Staff Report

Engineer's Report

Baywood Landscape and Lighting Assessment District No. 2004-1
Bayside Landscape and Lighting Assessment District No. 2005-1
City of Hercules Landscape and Lighting Assessment District No. 83-2
Victoria By The Bay Landscape and Lighting Assessment District No. 2002-1
Hercules Village Landscape and Lighting Assessment District No. 2002-2

Landscape & Lighting Public Hearing Notices

Notice_zone 1
Notice_zone 1 Olympian Hills and Cottage Ln
Notice_zone 3&4
Notice_zone 3&4 Highschool
Notice_zone 5C
Notice_zone 6
Notice_zone 6 Westwood Duets
Notice_zone 7

Frequently Asked Questions About Local Landscape and Lighting Needs

What are Landscape and Lighting districts?

Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts (LLADs) provide maintenance for City street lights, parks, landscaping along public roadways, and open spaces citywide and in neighborhood-specific benefit zones, helping to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and our property values maintained. LLADs are intended to provide a fair, equitable way to allocate street lighting and landscaping expenses to the properties that benefit from them. 

What services are provided by our Landscape and Lighting programs?

The Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts maintain street lights that keep our streets safe for drivers and pedestrians alike. At night or in bad weather, drivers and pedestrians can better see one another, traffic signs, and bicyclists. Properly functioning street lights allow our first responders to easily locate a Hercules resident’s home in an emergency and safe access to one’s home and property. Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts also help with fire prevention by providing fire breaks that can help prevent the spread of fire.

These services also include routine landscape maintenance to medians, parks and public open space such as mowing, weed abatement and trash and debris pick-up. Trees and shrubs are pruned and fertilized for health and safety. Landscaping is routinely pruned at medians and other areas so drivers have good sight vision at city intersections.

What is the issue?

There are approximately 500 wooden street light poles in Hercules that need to be replaced with cost and energy-efficient LEDs. The volunteer citizen Hercules Finance Commission that reviews the City’s budget and spending practices has recommended that assessment rates be recalculated so each neighborhood zone pays for their own critical lighting and landscaping needs.

What’s the next step?

On April 11th, the Hercules City Council approved the issuance of ballots to affected property owners to consider a rate increase in affected City’s Landscaping and Lighting neighborhood zones, including Hercules by the Bay, The Gems and The Birds, Village Parkway and The Heights, as well as undeveloped parcels. The ballot should have arrived the week of May 1. In order for your vote to be counted, you must sign and return the ballot by 5:00 p.m. June 13.

How much will it cost?

As rates are tailored to unique neighborhood needs, proposed rate adjustments will be on the property owner’s ballot. The rate is determined by the unique needs of the neighborhood and the specific benefits to property owners. All funds generated by the Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District are deposited into a separate fund that, by law, can only be spent to maintain and improve landscape and lighting services. For more information, refer to the Engineer’s Report on file with the City Clerk, and posted online at: http://www.ci.hercules.ca.us/documents/lightingandlandscaping

More Information?

For questions about landscape, street lighting, or park maintenance, please call the
City’s Public Works Director, Mike Roberts, at 510-799-8241. For questions about the assessments, voting procedures or process, please call Engineering Consultant, Ed Espinoza or Joe Francisco, at 800-441-8280.

The City will also be holding community meetings regarding landscaping and lighting needs and you can check back here for updates soon or call the City’s main line at 510-799-8200.

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