Dock fees, trash back on Newport's agenda

Dock fees and trash outsourcing return once again to the Newport Beach City Council during Tuesday's study session and regular meeting, respectively.

During the 4 p.m. study session, council members will review changes to the rents of residential and commercial piers and moorings made from 2010 through 2012, according to the agenda.

This "look back" will allow city staff to present feedback from two public workshops held in August. Past changes to be discussed include the increase of fees for residential piers over city-administered tidelands, which the council voted to raise last December amid public outcry.

The fee raises were needed to meet state requirements for the city to charge fair market rents on state-owned lands, council members said at the time. It was intended to be used for improvements to the harbor.

During its regular meeting, the council will vote on whether to modify, deny or approve a contract for trash hauling with CR&R; waste services, which is expected to save the city at least $15.8 million over the next seven years, according to a staff report. Originally, an independent consultant estimated that the proposed contract would save $17 million, but optional services have since been added.

Council members will also vote on a new contract for tree maintenance services. The city's current agreement with West Coast Arborists expires in December. Staff has recommended the council approve a new, 10-year agreement with Great Scott Tree Service.

During the study session, the council will also discuss rates for nonprofits using the Civic Center community room and lawn. And during the regular meeting, the council will consider a $1-million contract with All American Asphalt for pavement rehabilitation on Bayside Drive and area streets, including Harbor Island Road, Harbor Island Drive and part of Avocado Avenue. A $2-million contract with GMC Engineering for a Balboa Boulevard landscaping project is also up for consideration.

The council will also review plans for the demolition of two buildings and a parking lot to build 23 town-house style, multi-family dwellings on Via Lido.

The removal of permits needed for those who have between three and six horses in the Residential Equestrian District in Santa Ana Heights is on the consent calendar, while the establishment of a one-hour time limit for non-permitted parking during school days on Aralia street near Corona Del Mar High School is up for second review.

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