Newport to review CdM entry, city budget

Entryway design concepts for Corona del Mar, the city's next fiscal year budget and disestablishing two business improvement districts are on the Newport Beach City Council's Tuesday agendas.

During its 4 p.m. study session, the Public Works Department will show concepts aimed at enhancing Corona del Mar's parkway near MacArthur Boulevard and Coast Highway.

The project has been scaled back in recent years, city staff wrote, and will include more landscaping and a pedestrian area along Coast Highway between Begonia and Carnation avenues.

Various city officials will also go over the proposed budget for fiscal 2013-14, which starts July 1. It will be the first public, formal review of the document. The presentation will also include capital improvement projects, such as traffic management, beautification and new parks.

After a recess, the council's regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. At the beginning of the meeting, there may be a report from the council's closed session regarding the city's lawsuit with the Newport Beach Dock Owners Assn. over the recent dock fee increases.

There will also be public hearings regarding disestablishment of the business improvements districts for Marine Avenue on Balboa Island and Balboa Village on the peninsula.

If the districts were gone, according to city staff, a merchant association independent of the city could be formed.

Per Councilwoman Leslie Daigle's request, the council will also discuss a city resolution about the philosophy on its total compensation packages for employees. The council adopted the resolution in June 2011.

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