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Beach Camera Surveillance, Humanity Development and Tijuana River Water Quality

Location of cameras to be installed on the Imperial Beach lifeguard tower and Imperial Beach Pier to monitor the shoreline. Courtesy: City of Imperial Beach
Location of cameras to be installed on the Imperial Beach lifeguard tower and Imperial Beach Pier to monitor the shoreline. Courtesy: City of Imperial Beach

The Imperial Beach City Council regular meeting will be held for the first time this year at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. 

Items on the agenda include a six-unit Habitat for Humanity project at the corner of 10th Street and Donax Avenue and approval of a Coastal Surveillance Camera System. Visit imperialbeachca.gov to see the complete meeting agenda and related documents.

EDCO provides $10,000 in funding for a dozen events put on by nonprofit organizations around IB. A total of 12 applications were received, city staff said.

City staff will seek approval of 2013-15 EDCO community grants for the following events:

- Friends of the San Diego Wildlife Refuges Inc. for a butterfly garden at 3rd Street and Imperial Beach Boulevard ($1,000)

- Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council for Girl Scout outreach ($800)

- IB Chamber of Commerce Business Improvement District for Taste of IB ($750)

- IB Chamber of Commerce for Christmas Comes to IB ($750)

- IB Woman's Club for IB Senior Center chairs ($700)

- Friends of the IB Library for book purchase and family music program ($900)

- IB United Methodist Church for the Broken Loaf Food Pantry and Loaves and Fishes Program ($750)

- Kiwanis Club of IB/South Bay for Student of the Month for South Bay Union School District ($900)

- Latter Rain Missions and Training Center for One Block at a Time Food giveaway and toys outreach ($750)

- Optimist Club of Imperial Beach for youth activities, scholarships and Kids N' Kastles Sandcastle Competition ($900)

- WILDCOAST for Tijuana Estuary and River Mouth MPA Youth Stewardship Project ($900)

- YMCA Camp Surf for YMCA Camp Surf Voyager Day Camp program ($900)

To read more about the community grant program or the criteria by which grants were given out see agenda item 2.3.

Surveillance system company Athenx has been chosen by city staff to install and maintain cameras on the Imperial Beach Pier and various parts of Seacoast Drive. 

In its first years of operation the camera system will be paid for with a $125,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The cameras could make swimming in Imperial Beach safer and were approved after some questions about privacy at a meeting last September.

The cameras were paid for with a $125,000 Port Security Grant Program from the Port of San Diego and Department of Homeland Security. 

This is agenda item 2.5.

Councilman Brian Pat Bilbray will be the city council's Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce liaison  primary representative and Spriggs the alternate representative. Bilbray has served as primary chamber of commerce liaison for three years.

This is agenda item 2.6.

Click here to read about appointment of councilmembers to bodies outside the Imperial Beach City Council.

Agenda items that start with a 2 are considered part of the consent calendar and will be approved with a single vote.

Six affordable housing units built by Habitat for Humanity are proposed for the corner of 10th Street and Donax Avenue.

See agenda item 4.2 for design sketches and more information about the project.

City council will approve a cost share agreement with the city and county of San Diego to develop the Tijuana River Water Quality Improvement Plan. The Imperial Beach City Council has been made the lead agency to create the plan.

This is agenda item 5.1.

City council will discuss policies related to a capital improvement plan with agenda item 5.2.

Pop Quiz January 16, 2014 at 09:42 PM
So what happen at the meeting of interest to the IB residents? Every vote was unanimous ! Every one ! What are the odds again? Which one was most interesting unanimous to me? Item 4.2 It allows six, 3 bedroom condos to be over-built at 10th and Donax. The crooked part is the place only has 6 off street parking spaces. They should have have 9 if they followed the code for residential construction. Smells rotten. The building will actually have ZERO setback from the alley! It is built right up to the property line!! the wall of the building is the alley! It is supposed to be 5 feet. The required front offset in IB is 15 feet from the sidewalk. Your house/garage is 15 feet from the sidewalk. The city council allowed a 6 foot offset in this sweetheart deal. Over crowded without parking is this councils future. Vote them out in 2014

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