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Sewer Rates, Proposed Power Plant to be Discussed: June 26 Council Agenda

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Below is a summary of what is due to occur at this week's Council meeting.

The council will continue discussion and move to adopt or reject an ordinance that would amend section 17.12.030 of the Municipal Code, increasing the single-family residential sewer billing cap from 22 units to 28 units bi-monthly.

The proposed resolution was first heard at the June 12 council meeting, but after hearing oral testimony from many residents who did not fully understand the resolution, it was tabled until Tuesday's meeting. The resolution is meant to prevent lower-usage residents from continuing to have to subsidize costs for higher-usage residents.

The Council will also hear presentations from both opponents and proponents of the proposed Quail Brush Power Plant Project, which would be located within the Mission Trails Design District.

After hearing both sides, the council could take action and either support or approve the project, by resolution or letter.

In other agenda items:

– The council will conduct its annual interviews for applicants who wish to join the city's various boards, commissions and committees. The applicants have been asked to give brief three-minute presentations, which say why they should be considered for positions on said boards, commissions and committees. There are approximately 26 candidates seeking 24 positions on 12 different boards, commissions and committees.

– The council will move to uphold or deny an appeal of the Planning Commission's determination of a conditional use permit for a public charter school at , 5150 Jackson Drive, in a residential zone. currently uses the facility, and is seeking the council to uphold a decision that the school be allowed to increase its enrollment, which was voted on and approved by the council in October 2011.

For more agenda items, see the attached agenda. The city council meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Deena While June 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Most interesting is the Streetscape Improvement Project's report -- identifying what items will be cut if there isn't a 'mechanism in place to pay for the maintenance' of such improvements. They are listed for no other reason than to show what will not happen without a PBID, right? These items will require the most maintenance, right? While I completely understand that less trees, benches, and lighting will reduce the maintenance aspect, I am confused about the remaining items on the chopping block. Are they listed because of their high maintenance costs, or are they listed as a means to make people want to sign the PBID petitions? For 40 years of events in La Mesa, the bollards, and electrical would be great improvements for all the events. What maintenance expenses do these items require? Public Restrooms? I don't see them in the original plans. PBID did not budget for the maintenance of Public Restooms. Why is that even listed on the chopping block? What additional maintenance does brick crosswalks and enhanced paving at intersections require? I am also curious about the appointments of city boards and commissions...do we really need to have the SAME people apppointed over and over again? With a population nearing 60,000 folks you'd think we could look a little deeper and find fresh faces, new ideas. These are questions that I hope get answered at tonight's city council meeting beginning at 6pm.
Deena While June 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
...also, if you take a look at the Streetscape Improvement Project maps available on the city website http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1946 with regard to the archways identifying the gateways into La Mesa Village, the archway at Palm and Allison seems out of place, and the large flow of peple coming from the south on Spring Street is overlooked. As a contact for people asking about Village events, directions etc. I always direct people from the east to come by way of 125 to 94 to Spring Street. It's so much easier than to give directions to the Village from 8 at El Cajon Blvd. That end of Spring Street is a well-traveled gateway into La Mesa Village. (and as we've seen in recent patch blogs, that area needs our attention.)
Kevin George June 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Wow, better pack a lunch for this one! 26 board candidates at three minutes each, the Quail Brush discussion/ vote and of course the much maligned sewer " increase" flap plus twelve other agenda items. If I have to listen to Greg Humora ( who must have the patience of Job) graciously explain the sewer billing cap one more time it may drive me to drink. But that will work out fine because it will be so crowded tonight that I won't be able attend in person and that gives me the opportunity to watch on TV and grouse at will from my garage recliner which thankfully is near my garage refrigerator.
Deena While June 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Not Fair! Foul! You have to come and endure in-person just like the rest of us!!! Better yet, why not bring your garage frig and share with the rest of us???
Eric Yates June 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I may or may not be packing a flask myself, Kevin! Or at the very least a venti iced coffee.
DEXTER LEVY June 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Eric, Please review your facts, regarding the Councils approval of College Preparatory Middle School of Oct. 2011! They (CPMS) has been approved & opoerating under that approval!----they are requesting a considerable expansion to that approval!
Kevin George June 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Deena, I don't do crowds. I'm a bit agoraphobic especially when it concerns municipal gatherings. I suggest a satellite meeting at my garage where we like minded folks could gather. It is close enough to City Hall that they could hear us if we yelled (and even closer to the frig). Only two recliners, so bring your own chair and bull horn. Eric, you're invited too but no coffee is allowed in the garage after noon.
Eric Yates June 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
The school has been approved to have an enrollment of 180, but are seeking further expansion to enroll 259. Which was what was originally determined in the first approval of the CUP, wasn't it? I'm a bit confused.
Deena While June 26, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I like the satellite meeting....we'll have to do that some time!
Claudia Erickson June 26, 2012 at 09:22 PM
You are right Eric. As for Mr. Levy, I do not consider 45 more kids a “considerable expansion” and all of the sound and traffic studies support that this will NOT negatively impact the community and that even up to 259 will be acceptable. I think some are unaware that when kids are outside from the school they are out in staggered shifts NOT all out at once. The additional 45 will be staggered as well with different lunch, drop off and pick up times just as they do now. There are two classrooms available to accommodate the increase in kids. The staff is extremely conscientous and according to SDPD there have been no reports of graffiti, vandalism, drugs, like you have around other middle schools in the area. There have also been no noise complaints. These days, with much of the school system beginning to fail our children miserably, you have here a shining example of a school doing things right. They have the top API score for all public middle schools in the area and I for one would like to see what they can do if they can add on these two 5th grade classes. By the time those kids graduate from CPMS they will be ready to take on any challenge. I would hope the community of La Mesa could see that it is a benefit to have a high performing school around and how that is bringing up the value of the area. I live close to the school and really appreciate having had this opportunity to send my child to CPMS.”
Kevin George June 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Just to prove that I watched each and every minute of the meeting I am checking in at 11:14pm. What an ordeal. AND I WAS AT HOME!!!! Thank you Deena While and Bill Jaynes for sticking it out for five hours to give your pointed presentations. Bill I especially liked the 21st and 22nd question in the game of twenty questions!
Selina Forte June 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I briefly considered going... but so glad that I didn't. Five hours? Yikes.
Deena While June 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Quote of the night from our mayor: PBID opponents should have 'velcro lips'
Kevin George June 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Event of the night: The Mayor couldn't get his personally motivated, vindictive motion seconded re College Prep Middle School. Oucho!
Kevin George June 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It's on TV, you can watch from the komfort(sic) of your home.
john June 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The La Mesa sewer billing plan (to incorporate it with the county taxes) will only create an accounting nightmare! Just how do they propose to collect from the impound accounts established by likely a majority of home owners in La Mesa? Wowwa that just created 100+ accounting jobs!!!!
Deena While June 27, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Many communities have the sewer bill included in the property tax. It's just a new idea in La Mesa.

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