One-Lane Traffic on IB Blvd., Palm Ave. at Wednesday Council Meeting

If proposed roundabouts on Palm Avenue and Imperial Beach Boulevard are approved, traffic in part of both streets will be reduced to one lane in each direction. A YMCA takeover of the Sports Park and Recreation Center will also be discussed.

The Imperial Beach City Council will hold its first meeting of the month Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Before the start of the meeting, council will meet in closed session to discuss nine cases of possible legal action.

City Manager Gary Brown will meet with SEIU Local 221 President Mike Murphy in closed session before the public city council meeting. The YMCA of San Diego County plans to take over the Imperial Beach Sports Park and Recreation Center by the end of the year, Brown said.

City Attorney Jennifer Lyon and Brown will also meet in closed session with a YMCA representative Wednesday to discuss price and terms of payment.

An announcement will be made after the meeting if any action is taken on these matters.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects for fiscal year 2013-14 will be presented to council. CDBG projects are funded and approved by San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Proposed projects include:

- a new fire engine

- roundabout at Palm Avenue and 3rd Street

- roundabout at Imperial Beach Boulevard and Connecticut Street

- ADA curbs and pop outs at Imperial Beach Boulevard and Connecticut Street

Roundabouts would require portions of Imperial Beach Boulevard and Palm Avenue be narrowed to one lane in each direction.

This is agenda item 6.2.

Councilman Brian Bilbray has requested that drainage issues at 9th Street and Palm Avenue be added to a future city council meeting agenda. Per new rules passed earlier this year, a majority of councilmembers must agree to add an item to the agenda to be discussed at a future meeting.

This is agenda item 6.6.

Discussion of a speed limit increase on State Route 75 will continue Wednesday. The public may attend to offer comment on the matter. Click here to read an IB Patch story on the speed limit increase from 40 to 45 mph recommended by CalTrans.

This is agenda item 5.1.

Council will vote to ratify its warrant register with a total of $3 million in payroll and expenses.

Among expenses above $100,000:

- $663,382 to Southland Paving for street improvements

- $1 million for SANDAG Regional Beach Sand

- $467,754 for June 2012 law enforcement services

- $144,296 to SANDPIPA for fiscal year 2013 liability and property insurance

This is agenda item 2.2.

Approval of the city's policy for urban runoff, the Jurisdictional Urban Runoff Management Plan (JURMP) is agenda item 5.2.

A proposed Boy Scouts Eagle project to install an irrigation system in part of Veterans Park is agenda item 6.1.

Citizens who wish to speak to council about any subject matter may do so during the public comment period at the start of the meeting.

Cox Communications customers who are unable to attend the meeting can watch at 6 p.m. on channel 24.

A video copy of council meetings may also be requested from City Clerk Jacqueline Hald.

For more information on Wednesday's meeting, see the attached agenda packet here.

John Galt September 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
How about we just leave the traffic lanes as they are. Minimal cost.
Jack Fisher September 19, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I will be at the meeting tomorrow to voice my opinion. I'm sure Libi will be there but who else is going to let the city know how we feel.
Bosn October 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I agree with everyone above that traffic circles are ridiculous in Imperial Beach, especially in those areas. This is an accident waiting to happen! I've used traffic circles on a number of ocassions and they still make me dizzy. People that aren't familiar with them will stop in the middle of the lanes unsure of what to do and traffic behind them will get backed up. I've seen it happen. I've also seen drivers pull out in front of other drivers and cause accidents or extreme road rage. All this unnecessary spending needs to stop. The street corner extensions are a joke! Traffic circles are a joke! And the people in city council who keep voting for these idiotic road improvments are only making things worse.
Pop Quiz February 08, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Palm ave. is a mess, Wont more traffic and less parking be fun? the working people of this town will be stuck in traffic even longer. Oh yea, this will also reduce street parking .That will conveniently further this council goals of charging for parking in our home town.
Shorebird February 09, 2013 at 12:32 AM
City Council does what it pleases, who is connected tot he contractors doing the work? who on city council will actually profit from this charming, picturesque plan. We arent Carlsbad, Encinitas or any other North County tourist spot. No boutiques, no art galleries, most of the new business applicants have been so discouraged they took their investment money elsewhere. Perhaps someday residents here will care enough to go t meetings and VOTE


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