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9th and Palm Flooding, Military Spending Cuts at Wednesday Council Meeting

A new fire truck, flooding behind the lot where a new shopping center may be built in the future and a regional recycling initiative are on Wednesday's Imperial Beach City Council agenda.

The Imperial Beach City Council will discuss automatic military spending cuts and flooding that occurs behind the empty lot at the corner of 9th Street and Palm Avenue, among other matters, at their meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.

See the full agenda attached to this story in PDF form.

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City Council will receive the results of an inspection of storm water runoff capacity performed earlier this year at the lot at the corner of 9th and Palm.

Until construction begins on the Breakwater project to build a new shopping center on the lot, the city assumes responsibility for maintaining the site.

Neighbors behind the lot have expressed concern about flooding that can occur in the alley when it rains

"Historically, flooding during heavy rain storms has occurred at this alley even when the shopping center was in place, although generally not to the extent observed during last spring's rain storm," a staff report compiled by City Manager Gary Brown said.

During a storm in January, silt and flood water were washed into the alley and onto nearby properties. Shortly after the flooding, the lot was to receive hydroseed, Brown said.

Additional soil in the empty lot should help soak up some rainfall, the report said, but a difference in elevation between the alley and lot is "a compounding factor."

Sudberry Properties has agreed to increase the capacity of storm drains in the area once construction begins on a new shopping center. A Sudberry Properties representative will also speak the meeting.

Councilman Brian Bilbray requested the matter be added to the council agenda in a letter last month.

This is agenda item 6.1.

City Council will vote to pass a resolution to recognizing "the importance of San Diego County's military sector to the well-being of San Diego's regional economy"

The "fiscal cliff" of sequestration will kick in next year if Congress cannot reach a deal to decrease the nation's debt and could impact thousands of San Diego military contractors including some in Imperial Beach.

This is agenda item 2.5.

Following conversations on the matter last month, the city will request an advance of Community Development Block Grant money from the County of San Diego for 2014-16 fiscal years to go toward the purchase of a new fire truck. The city estimates that this may provide roughly $300,000 of $700,000 needed to purchase a new fire truck.

The Imperial Beach Fire Department will hold their annual Open House Saturday.

Items 2.2 and 2.3 are resolutions in support of the Southern California Border Region Recycling Market Development Zone and the South Bay Energy Action Collaborative.

The development zone is a regional effort to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills.

The energy action collaborative is a proposed two-year pilot program to encourage residents and businesses to be efficient in their energy consumption.

Jon Hall October 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
"flooding behind the lot where a new shopping center may be built in the future ..." This statement says it all ...
Jack Fisher October 17, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Jon, I agree that was super funny. I do hope that the shopping center is built soon though, even though I have enjoyed my new view, PS I took those pictures of the flooding from my front yard
Libi Uremovic October 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
'...the city will request an advance of Community Development Block Grant money from the County of San Diego for 2014-16 fiscal years to go toward the purchase of a new fire truck. The city estimates that this may provide roughly $300,000 of $700,000 needed to purchase a new fire truck...' ......estimates it 'may' provide.......'may' is the definitive word in the sentence... and it still doesn't explain where they will get the other $400,000 is there any reason to buy a fire engine? is there something 'wrong' with the current fire engines? has there been a disaster that could have been prevented with the new fire engine? the city needs to stop spending money until the books are sorted out and the city manager, ass manager, & attorneys are replaced...
Libi Uremovic October 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
jack, wasn't there drainage in place when the shopping center was standing...or is the problem new because the lot is a mud hole now..? the price of your view is millions and it's hidden in about 6 different accounts how could it cost millions of dollars just to level a corner lot do you ask..? apparently when enough lawyers, consultants, & lobbyists are on the payroll it's pretty easy... there's no reason to build the shopping center...there's already too many empty buildings....
Libi Uremovic October 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
the closed door session has 8 litigation cases pending.... why is the city being sued in 8 different directions...?

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