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Sale of Surplus City Cars, Speed Limit Changes at Meeting Wednesday

The city may also get an additional motorcycle traffic deputy and will discuss what age children should be required to ride their bikes on the street instead of the sidewalk.

The Imperial Beach City Council will hold a meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. to consider the sale of surplus city property and discuss issues like how old should a child be before they are expected to ride their bikes on the street instead of the sidewalk.

Before the start of the meeting, City Council and staff will meet in closed session to discuss potential lawsuits and negotiate labor agreements with city employees' unions.

Following surveys to monitor average speeds, speed limit changes for two major thoroughfares will be approved at the meeting.

  • Seacoast Drive to 3rd Street reduced from 30 to 25 mph
  • 13th Street from Palm to Cypress avenues from no posted speed limit to 30 mph

The survey recommended speed limits on Palm Avenue from 3rd to 7th streets be increased from 35 to 40 mph but since that section of the street is currently under construction to install the Eco Bikeway, a change in the street's speed limit will be delayed until the project is finished.

This is agenda item 4.2.

A change to the city's zoning ordinances to allow an ecotourism zone specifically for the Bikeway Village project will be approved Wednesday. The California Coastal Commission approved the change last month.

This is agenda item 4.1.

Following a May 2012 discussion on riding bikes on sidewalks, staff was asked to review studies on how safe it is to allow young people to ride their bikes on sidewalks.

Andy Hanshaw of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition will give a presentation and talk to City Council about what is the appropriate age for young people to begin riding their bike on roadways.

This is agenda item 6.1.

Among agenda items on the consent calendar (2.1-2.5), City Council will be asked to approve about $1 million in expenses and payroll from March 15-21.

Council will also be asked to approve a quarterly investment report and a $100,000 state COPS grant to pay for an additional motorcycle traffic deputy.

In agenda item 2.5 City Council will be asked to approve a list of several surplus items in the city's possession including a Ford Expedition and F-250, a foot rest and lots of office equipment.

For a variety of reasons including poor structure, City Council will consider cutting down seven Desert Gum trees between 20 to 30 feet tall near baseball fields at the Sports Park.

This is agenda item 6.2.

Council will consider hiring Chandler Asset Management to manage the city's investment portfolio. An agreement would be capped at $15,000 in services a year.

This is agenda item 6.3.

Jon Hall April 02, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Imperial Beach Logic: Take the main thoroughfare, which goes directly through a high density area, from two lanes to one lane; then add a bicycle lane directly next to it so the road is even narrower; finally increase the speed limit to the same level as Highway 75 ...
Jon Hall April 02, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Oh, I forgot --- On the other main thoroughfare, which is wider, has less density, and no bicycle lane lower the speed limit to residential limit Nothing like IB logic ...
Jon Hall April 02, 2013 at 02:04 PM
More logic: Don't even consider relocating mature trees to another area (or possibly even selling them) --- just cut them down ...
Libi Uremovic April 02, 2013 at 03:46 PM
'...Council will also be asked to approve a quarterly investment report and a $100,000 state COPS grant to pay for an additional motorcycle traffic deputy....' ib doesn't have a police force - they contract with the sheriff's dept and just signed a $10 mil deal.... city will spend taxpayer time and money hunting grants...but not for children or anything that will benefit the community...
Ibchr April 02, 2013 at 03:51 PM
"Increasing the speed limit from 35 to 40 on Palm from 3rd to 7th?" You do realize the average speed on that stretch is closer to 50. If anything, switching from 2 lanes to 1 it should be lower. It's already hard enough to get on Palm from 4th now that it's down to one lane.
Libi Uremovic April 02, 2013 at 03:57 PM
'...Andy Hanshaw of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition will give a presentation and talk to City Council about what is the appropriate age for young people to begin riding their bike on roadways....' i hope mr. hanshaw realizes that there are no bike lanes in this town...millions for concrete sidewalks, but not a penny has been spent to paint in bike lanes... they've narrowed the roads, made every sidewalk in town 10' wide when there's no foot traffic, and never painted any bike lanes - not even in front of the schools... the reason it was killed in may was because there were no bike lanes in town...yes, in the last year they've spent millions on the 'bikeway project' and they're planning to spend millions more... ...but in everyone's haste to grab the money....they seem to have left out the 'bicycling' part...
Libi Uremovic April 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
'... Palm Avenue from 3rd to 7th streets be increased from 35 to 40 mph...' 40 mph through a residential area... on a one-lane road next to a narrow bike path that kids will be forced to use because the city will ticket them if they're on the sidewalk....
Libi Uremovic April 02, 2013 at 04:09 PM
'...For a variety of reasons including poor structure, Council will consider cutting down seven Desert Gum trees between 20 to 30 feet tall ....' poor structure? the trees aren't 'built' well enough...? '...near baseball fields at the Sports Park....' does anyone know which trees they're talking about and if there's actually a problem or is the city just giving away another lucrative contract ...?
Go watch the Lorax and leave the f@cking trees alone.
Libi Uremovic April 02, 2013 at 07:22 PM
the municipal securities rulemaking board has a good website to check debt - http://emma.msrb.org/Search/Search.aspx just type in 'ca' and 'imperial beach' or 'sweetwater' for the issurer's name and it pulls up 30 different bonds - it shows their principle, issue date, due date, and interest rate.. it shows the city has $620,000 bond debt maturing on 06/01/13 ... it shows sweetwater school district has $50,545,000 bonds maturing this year - and they just took out another $32,820,000 bond debt on 03/27/13 ... does anyone know what the school district 'said' they were going to use the $32.8 million for?
Erika Lowery April 02, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Regarding the trees, I personally am terribly allergic to eucalyptus trees. These are beautiful trees, providing the little shade that is available for the families at the ball fields. Why not wait until a decision is made with respect to the Y and if/when they take over, THEY can pay for the trees to be removed. I don't want to pay for another thing that we are doing to improve the park if it is being transferred to the Y. I say postpone this until after the workshop and the vote is taken. And then have the Y pay...
Erika Lowery April 02, 2013 at 09:04 PM
http://www.smartvoter.org/2008/11/04/ca/sd/prop/X/ It's "for the kids". (((rolls eyes)))
Pop Quiz April 03, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Funny someonewho :-)
B.Rider April 03, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Here we go again, it's about the children!!!!!!!! Libi please move, you are nothing but a pain in the_________!!!!!!!! You have a comment for everything. Maybe another cop will slow down some of the crazy drivers here in IB and save a kid from being hit by a car. I bet if a child got hit by a car the first post you will put up is we're is the sheriff,,,,, I think a lot of the patch followers have had enough from you, it's clear you do not enjoy living here. You find the negative in everything. Please get a life or better yet get a job and do something with your poor angry life.
Ed Sorrels April 03, 2013 at 05:39 AM
I am with Erika on this one. It would beyond stupid to cut the trees down now as we have no idea if they will remain a city concern, If not they become someone else's problem. Let's wait a bit and find out and then make a descision ! We don't need to spend moneyy right now on this kind of thing !
Libi Uremovic April 03, 2013 at 12:24 PM
'...Libi please move, ...' i will move by next fall and i wished i had moved last fall... i can't handle child abuse and this town has a culture of child neglect and abuse and it's disgusting...
Dakota Cole April 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Yea....Libi is moving. We wished you would have moved last fall too. Time for all the negative people to leave with you so we can go back to being a positive community. Great things are happening here, even if you negative people don't want it to happen.
Libi Uremovic April 03, 2013 at 02:03 PM
all i did was tell you the truth, but you don't want to hear the truth so you interpret it as a negative...

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