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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.

Ms. Ida & Mauli September 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Ok, progress good, we settled that with howards blog...we will deal and move on. Now this roundabout thing sounds messy with one way traffic. who did this study...will a one way traffic and roundabout really fix anything? or is it another use it or lose dealio? traffic sircles are cool an a heavy travelled road, they work real sweet if done right....just wondering what will be gained.....and what will be lost......this one needs some serious community interaction and study.
Pitcher Erick September 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
One lane traffic circle...on a tsunami evacuation route?
Libi Uremovic September 18, 2012 at 02:08 AM
"...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..." the city manager and city attorney have taken over the city to the extent that council can't even bring up a topic.... ....council has lost control of the city....
Libi Uremovic September 18, 2012 at 02:32 AM
we have no traffic and congestion problems on the corner of 3rd and palm...and there's an elementary school just north of the corner... a roundabout would make it harder for kids to walk and ride their bikes in that neighborhood... ...and that's probably what our city manager mr. lizard had in mind...
kate September 18, 2012 at 02:39 AM
yeah! that doesn't make sense!
Nana * 8 September 18, 2012 at 02:12 PM
A roundabout is totally unnecessary --Why and Who thought it would be necessary to even discuss! Does anyone on the council have any common sense at all?????
Shorebird September 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
A roundabout? who is the paving contractor buddies with on City council? Seriously I havent seen anything more than one lane either way from 3rd and Palm to SeaCoast? does that mean they will eliminate curbside parking? There is very little parking space in that area now. Another boondoggle, when will they get that we are not picturesque North County Beach city and Stop Wasting our money???
Kelly Tracy September 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
These roundabouts will cause more problems than our city council has even bothered to consider. Have they given any thought to how difficult that will make evacuation and or emergency rescue, fire safety,law enforcement etc? Roundabout look nice but NOT practical for IB.
barbara September 18, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Roundabouts are good alternatives to stop signs, especially if the intersections see a lot of accidents. Anyone have any data on the number of accidents at these intersections and whether that's considered a high rate? If not, why the change? Is this a 'make work' project? Maybe we should first FINISH the road construction on Seacoast which has disrupted and blighted the area during our peak summer (income generating) season. Who plans these things anyway?
Dave Wilkins September 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Roundabouts......How utterly stupid in those areas with school children and evacuation routes. We have TWO, count them, two, main streets to enter and leave this city and these fools are proposeing to clog them up with stupid European roundabouts. Why are we so hell bent to try and become Europe? I'd reather be AMERICA! We are now in construction in this city redoing all of the ADA corner sidewalk accesses after we just did them a few years ago. Only this time we are loosing parking spaces by this rediculour extension of the corner into the streets. How do the people making these decision in this city that I have lived in since 1957 stay in office?
Nana * 8 September 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
They stay in office because the people of IB do not get out there in numbers and vote for the RIGHT people! Lets get it right and VOTE
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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