Tuesday's Council Agenda
The Costa Mesa City Council will meet again on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 for their first meeting of the month. Proceedings begin at 5:00 p.m. for a closed session and at 6:00 p.m. for the regular meeting. The agenda may be found HERE.
This might be a fairly short meeting, meaning we may actually head home by 10:00 p.m. or earlier. However, don't hold your breath for that.
There are several items on the Consent Calendar that might interest you. You will recall that the new, more jovial Mayor Jim Righeimer prefers that nobody pull anything from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion - but that doesn't mean it won't be happening.
THE COST OF RUNNING
Item #6 is the resolution for the closure of several streets for the Orange County Marathon, HERE. A casual review of the closures planned show less negative impact on traffic than in previous years. I guess we'll see.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE
Numbers 7 and 9 are for the acquisition of 10 Police cars and 5 Police motorcycles for a total cost of just over $450,000. You can read the staff reports HERE and HERE, respectively.
The only Public Hearing on the agenda involves an amendment to the Municipal Code relating to the establishment of Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing and Supportive Housing to comply with State Law. You can read the staff report HERE. It identifies two areas of town that will be designated as appropriate for Emergency Shelters, among other things.
There's no Old Business on the agenda, but a couple items on the New Business agenda may draw some attention. Item #2 is "Fairview Park Projects", HERE. Included is new/old Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bob Graham's request for stairs into the park at Canary Drive, replacing the slippery dirt/mud ramp that's been created by visitors over the years.
Also included are several items requested by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger. They include the re-creation of the Fairview Park Citizen's Advisory Committee, which will "analyze and make recommendations on future project proposals". The staff will recommend be composed of 11 members - two city council members; two members of the Parks and Recreation Commission; the Public Services Director and six members at large from the community that will be selected by the council after a recruitment effort is complete. I guess Mensinger still has friends he needs to pay back for campaign support. This is the third committee he has either asked to be created or expanded since he took office.
TALBERT NATURE PRESERVE
Mensinger also asked the staff to bring to the council a proposal for the construction of bluff stairs at the south end of the park to provide direct access to Talbert Nature Preserve and also information on the potential acquisition of Talbert Nature Preserve from the County of Orange.
STUDYING NEW FACILITIES AT CMHS
The final item on the agenda, New Business #3, is another Mensinger brain storm - the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between The City and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for a "design feasibility study" in the amount of $15,000 to analyze the placement and development of a joint use athletic facility at Costa Mesa High School, HERE. The fifteen grand is chump change, but according to the staff report and the Daily Pilot report by Jeremiah Dobruck, HERE, this is the first step to The City spending more than $3 million to build a complex at CMHS. That's NOT chump change, for sure. And, of course, it is the last item on the agenda...