The proposed substation would not introduce any uses that would generate building square footage or increased population that would typically require additional fire protection services. The project site is already served by the City of Petaluma Fire Department Fire Station #2, located at 1001 North McDowell Boulevard (Glotch, 1998). The project would not create any new fire hazard or structures likely to require fire suppression service. No impact is anticipated. Construction-related impacts on fire protection and emergency response are discussed in Section VI. Transportation / Circulation.
The City of Petaluma Police Department serves the project site. The proposed substation would not introduce any uses that would increase population, which would typically require additional police protection services during operation. The project may require the occasional use of police services during construction. Theft of construction equipment and/or vandalism might occur during the construction period, requiring a police response. The replacement of existing power line poles may require temporary closure of Corona Road for power line manipulation. Such actions are typically coordinated with the local police and would take place during off-peak commute hours. The use of police services would be a temporary construction related impact and would not be expected to affect police services substantially. In the long-term, besides the perimeter wall, PG&E proposes that the substation transformer banks would be fenced to prevent vandalism and public access. Additional mitigation is not required. Therefore, the project would have a less-than-significant effect related to police services.
The proposed substation project would not introduce any uses that would increase population, which would typically require additional school services. Therefore, the project would have no impact on school or other community services (also see Section II., Population and Housing).
The proposed project would not require additional maintenance of public facilities during its operation. As requested by the City of Petaluma, a segment of the distribution lines in front of the project site would be undergrounded. The maintenance of the substation facility, the power tap line and distribution lines would be handled by PG&E, which has previously planned for the project. Following a three year period of watering by PG&E, maintenance of proposed landscaping areas along Corona Road would be the responsibility of the City. Tree trimming in portions of the landscaped area to prevent interference with overhead power lines would be the continuing responsibility of PG&E. Elsewhere, tree trimming, spraying, groundcover maintenance, etc., would be carried out by the City. It is expected that the City would benefit from the project by the landscaping and new development provided power service because of the project would generate tax revenue to cover the maintenance costs, which are expected to be modest. Therefore, the project would have no significant effect related to public facilities.
No project impacts to other government services are anticipated in the City of Petaluma.