By Brandon HENSLEY
K-rails in certain parts of La Crescenta will soon be gone, according to L.A. County Dept. of Public Works.
At the May 17 Crescenta Valley Town Council meeting, Christopher Stone from the Water Resources Division made a brief slide show presentation showing parts of upper La Crescenta that will have K-rails removed, and how long the process would take.
“When we came to your community after the Station Fire, we said we wanted to put in some protective measures that we intend to have in place from anywhere from three to five years,” Stone recalled for the audience.
How long those measures were thought to be in place has depended on rainfall, Stone said. Since this past rain season was not hard-hitting, “We believe we’re at a point where we can remove some of the K-rails,” Stone said.
Where those K-rails are in Stone’s presentation include the Canyonside and Pine Glen areas. County plans to take most of the K-rails in Canyonside out, save for some in the upper Manzanita area, which will continue to be there for another year.
In Pine Glen, Stone said all 5,000 feet of K-rails will be taken out.
Councilmember Danette Erickson asked about the K-rails all along La Crescenta Avenue, and Stone said all of them on that street will be removed. As for the ones on Pennsylvania, Stone said that is the city of Glendale’s call to make as to what to do with them.
Workers will start removing the K-rails this week, Stone said. They will take out the sandbags and then do street cleanup. The whole process should be done in three weeks, he said.
“It should go fairly quickly,” Stone said.
At the start of the meeting, CVTC scholarships were rewarded to six high school seniors. They were:
• Elyse Gould, Vocational/Trade School scholarship. She will attend FIDM Fashion Institute this fall.
• Ellen Kim, Post-Secondary Goals. She will attend Smith University in Massachusetts, and will major in government.
• Xochitl Clare, Academic Achievement. She will attend UC Santa Cruz for marine biology.
• Clare McCreary, Academic Achievement and the Lucille C. Seeley Scholarship. She will attend UCLA for pre-business economics.
• Molly Shelton, Community Service. She will attend Allegheny College in Pennsylvania for astrophysics with a minor in dance.
• Benjamin Marchman, Post-Secondary Goals. He will attend UC Davis for international relations.
After the presentation, James Pledger from Allied Waste, a CVTC scholarship donor, presented the council with a check for $1,000.
The next town council meeting is scheduled for June 21 at 7 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.