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Buy Old Street Signs, New Skate Park Rules and Code Enforcement at Wednesday's City Council Meeting

City Council will be asked to approve abatement on five properties with active code enforcement violations, more sand for the beach next summer and a possible glitch in the city's recent union agreement at this week's City Council meeting.

How long have you lived on your street? With new larger street signs with the Woody Logo street up on the major fare ways of Imperial Beach, the city is looking to recoup some of the money spent for this restoration and beautification project.

At the recommendation of Councilwoman Lorie Bragg, the city is looking at the possibility of selling the old street signs to local residents that are interested for $25 each on a first-come, first-save basis.

This is agenda item 2.3.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Skate Park is back on the agenda with an ordinance to amend municipal code changing hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or dusk and closing at 8:00 p.m. or dusk during Daylight Savings Time. Changes will also allow the use of razor scooters in the park. With the recent approval of fencing Skate Park, the city hopes to curtail the noise and disturbance level to adjacent neighborhoods and decrease the number of visits paid to the park by the Sheriff's Department. The fiscal impact estimated for the rules change is $450 for updated signage.

This is agenda item 3.1.

Operations Manager Steve Smullen, with the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) presents an update to council on the operation activities of its treatment plant and its bi-national collaboration with Mexico.

This is Agenda Item 6.1.

Council will be asked to approve city expenses detailed in the warrant register which includes $328,430.73 in accounts payable and $191,062.07 for payroll period ending 07/28/2011 for a total $519,492.80.

This is Agenda Item 2.2.

Imperial Beach's Community Development Department  and its Code Compliance Division, is requesting a resolution to allow the abatement of weeds, brush, rubbish and refuge upon or in front of five properties in the city. Drafted by Community Development Director Greg Wade and Code Enforcement Officer David Garcias city staff deems these properties "to be a public nuisance and dangerous to the public health and safety." The resolution includes a public hearing process for objections at the Sept. 7 City Council meeting.

If the city cleans the properties, owners are responsible for all cost and "the City Council may also assess and lien properties for the cost incurred by the responsible agency in enforcing abatement upon the parcels, including investigation, boundary determination, measurement, clerical and other related costs."

The five properties and owners in violation are:

    •    715 Holly Avenue, Carmela Lombardi-Munizza (Imperial Beach)
    •    822 Georgia Street, Juan M Moreno (San Diego)
    •    642 Corvina Street, Ercilia H. Munoz (Chula Vista)
    •    1106 7th Street, Jeffrey and Lupita Pernas (Bonita)
    •    855 Encina Avenue/902 9th Street Don Mueller (El Cajon)

This is agenda item 6.2.

Part of a recent agreement with city workers is the ability for part-time employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the ability to leave Social Security for an alternative retirement plan with Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS).
80 percent of the city's part-time employees voted for this alternative retirement plan. A recent proposed legislation, AB 1248, by Assemblymember Ben Hueso does not permit this alternative. The city's stance is that part-time employees cannot afford to participate in both PARS and Social Security. Mayor Jim Janney said as much in a letter that will be sent to Hueso and Senator Juan Vargas if ratified by council Wednesday.

This is agenda item 2.5.

The federally funded sand replenishment project between the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard (Army Corps Silver Strand Shoreline Beach Replenishment Project) is on hold due to a lack of federal funding. City staff is asking for authorization to execute an amended agreement between the city and the California Department of Boating and Waterways to reallocate $4.2 million of funds to the SANDAG Regional Beach Sand Project II (RSBP II) scheduled for April 2012. This would enlarge RBSP II Project, now set to provide up to 650,000 cubic yards of sand and extend the distance of the project area just north of Dahlia Avenue to the end of South Seacoast Drive at a width of 260 feet.

The city received and amendment contract August 1 authorizing reallocation of the money from the Army Corps project to the RBSP II Project if appropriation of federal funds for the Army Corps project by October 1, 2011.

Reallocation of this money would cover the city's 15 percent local share (approximately $735,000) with the remaining amount providing the additional sand to the project. City staff seeks adoption of a resolution to authorize and ratify this agreement.

This is agenda item 2.4.

Veterans Park Tot-lot needs refurbishing of its ADA complaint rubberized surface. After advertised open bids, city staff recommends rejection of the lowest bidder Play Smart Surfacing, Inc. as "nonresponsible." After deliberation between staff and Play Smart Resurfacing city staff found that the company previously never performed this type of work and received its license two day priors to submitting its bid. Play Smart has the opportunity to plead its case before council on Wednesday.

This is agenda item 6.3.

Continuing with the tot-lot, staff recommends T.J. Janca Construction complete the project at a bid price of $34,900. This company provided a responsive bid and has 15 years of experience with this type of project. With sufficient funds, city staff recommends funding for this project to come from the Risk Management Account to the nature of this project related to public safety. Fiscal impact estimates at $40,000.

This is agenda item 6.4.

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