Here are some items the council will...

Here are some items the council will consider tonight:

BALBOA YACHT BASIN SECURITY

To combat theft and vandalism on boats in the Balboa Yacht Basin,

the council will consider spending $31,695 on a security system from

Post Alarm Systems with digital cameras that could be monitored by

the city's Harbor Resources staff and Newport Beach police.

WHAT TO EXPECT

More than twice the cost of the camera system was budgeted last

year for Balboa Yacht Basin security but the project was delayed, so

the council is likely to approve the item.

RECREATION DIRECTOR PAY RAISE

The council in 2002 split the former position of community

services director into two jobs -- the directors of library services

and of recreation and senior services. The recreation director's

salary range was set lower than some other department directors

because the position was new.

The current pay range for the recreation and senior services

director is $99,720 to $121,500 per year. Citing an increase in

responsibilities and growth of city recreation programs, the city

manager is recommending boosting the range to $104,760 to $127,632

annually to match department heads such as the utilities and building

directors. The move would not increase the salary of the current

recreation director.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council probably will agree to raise the pay range.

RIDGE PARK ROAD TRUCK BAN

The council will consider setting a weight limit of 8,000 pounds

for vehicles on Ridge Park Road, which would restrict some

construction trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. The limit was

suggested after trucks crashed in two separate incidents earlier this

year at the intersection of Newport Coast Drive and Ridge Park Road

Parents have been concerned by the truck traffic passing Newport

Coast Elementary School. The weight limit would divert construction

vehicles to Vista Ridge Road, which connects with Ridge Park Road

east of the school, while construction workers could still drive

their cars and pickup trucks on Ridge Park Road.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Homeowners who live off of Vista Ridge Road are likely to object

to the plan, so it's unclear whether the council will respond to them

or to parents worried about truck traffic near the school.

HOAG HOSPITAL BONDS

The city would be the middleman in the sale of up to $200 million

in construction bonds for improvements at Hoag Hospital, if the

council agrees. It would be the fifth time the city has backed a bond

sale for Hoag, and the city would not have any obligation for the

hospital's debt.

Hoag benefits from the measure because the city can issue

tax-exempt bonds, saving the hospital money. Benefits to the city

include improved hospital facilities and a $200,000 bond issuance fee

that Hoag would pay to Newport Beach.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council will likely agree to back the bond sale, since the

city would net $200,000 from the bond issuance fee and the city's

credit rating would not be affected by the debt.

ST. ANDREW'S

CHURCH HEARING

The council in August will hold a hearing on the controversial

expansion proposal from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. On Tuesday

the council must decide how that hearing will be conducted -- for

example, how much time to allow for public comment.

Planning department staff members suggest giving 20 minutes to

church representatives to present their plan, 20 minutes for

residents of Cliff Haven and Newport Heights to offer their response,

and two minutes for each speaker during public comment.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Council members likely will agree to the hearing procedures, but

it's unclear whether they'll hear all public speakers or limit

comments to a specified amount of time. The hearing itself will be

opened Aug. 9 and continued Aug. 11.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Newport Beach City Council meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

WHERE: City Council chambers, City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd.

FYI: Call (949)644-3005 or visit

http://www.city.newport-beach.ca.us online for agendas and staff

reports

-- Compiled by Alicia Robinson

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