The following is from the Jan. 30 Laguna Beach City Council meeting.
Approved without comment:
Pulled for discussion:
COMMUNITY/SENIOR CENTER PROGRAM MANAGER, 4-0
The council authorized City Manager Ken Frank to contract with Griffin Structures Inc. to be “program manager at risk” for the centers project. The company will take the risk of cost overruns on the project, with any savings from the maximum price guarantee to be returned to the city. All work is competitively bid and constructed, in accordance with the California Public Contracting Code. The city has full audit rights. Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman recused herself because state law prohibits an elected official from voting on a project within 500 feet of property they own if the project has a financial effect on the official.
THIRD STREET COTTAGES, 3-2
The council voted, 3-2 — Egly and Iseman opposed — to continue the disposition of the cottages to the Feb. 6 meeting. Councilman Kelly Boyd said he is having second thoughts about moving the cottages and wants more information about offers.
A special appeal hearing on the Temporary Use Permit for the removal of four of the cottages to Big Bend was set for Feb. 20, six days after the Planning Commission is expected to make its recommendations on the permit, meaning the council will not have to wait the usual 14-day appeal period before making its decision — assuming the commission completes its review on the 14th. Both the commission and council hearings would be canceled if the council decided on Feb. 6 not to move the cottages.
“I think most of the people who want the cottages saved, want them saved where they are,” Kinsman said.
CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION WASTE, 5-0
A proposed amendment to the Municipal Code relating to the disposal of construction and demolition waste would almost certainly put the city over the state-mandated landfill diversion requirement.
The city is now at 49% , just 1% shy of the state goal. City staff recommended that any construction, demolitions or renovation project within the city that requires a building or public works permit and meets specified criteria for reuse must recycle or divert a minimum of 50% of the debris as measured in tonnage.
The council voted unanimously to pass the proposed ordinance to a second reading, by which time staff is expected to come up with an annual, rather than per project, plan so that small haulers would not be penalized.
NYES STREET SIDEWALK PROJECT TABLED, 5-0
The council delayed to an unspecified date a decision on the proposed cancellation of a sidewalk project on the inland side of Coast Highway from Nyes Place to M-Street (Ruby’s Diner) due to geotechnical and right-of-way issues.
City Manager Frank said he was not ready to give up on the project, which has been awarded a $528,600 grant.
BREATH OF FRESH AIR, 5-0
The council approved a proposal to open discussions with Eco Oxygen Technologies LLC to be the city’s sole source for additional odor control equipment for the sewer system. The company is the developer of Super Oxygenation, which was installed at the Bluebird lift station and virtually eliminated the revolting odors that used to emanate from the lift, according to David Sizzler, director of water quality.
The cost for future installations will be added to a future budget.
NO SALE, 5-0
An amendment to the Municipal Code is expected to strengthen and make more defensible the city’s ban on the sale of services or products in City Parks, while protecting the public’s constitutional rights.
The proposed amendment was passed to a second reading.
SIGN HERE, 4-1
The council directed the Planning Commission to consider an amendment to the city’s sign ordinance that would regulate all signs visible from a public street or sidewalk. Councilman Boyd voted no.
CHURCH PARKING, 5-0
The Planning Commission will be asked for recommendations about additional parking requirements for church ancillary uses. Currently the code only requires additional parking if a church sanctuary size is increased, although ancillary uses may increase overall church use.