SH Council meeting full of surprises

Joseph Serna, Staff Writer

For a Signal Hill City Council meeting short on legislation, it certainly was long on the surprises.
Tuesday’s first pleasant surprise came to Chandler Brainard and Gilbert Greigo, two gentlemen recognized this year as Signal Hill’s Outstanding Older Americans.
It was the 42nd annual Outstanding Older American Recognition Day, where outstanding older persons from 88 cities in Los Angeles County are honored for their services.
This year’s theme was “Making Choices for a Healthier Future.”
Seen flipping through the agenda staff reports, four-term City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco’s eyes grew wide when she read the next item for the Council: a proclamation to her in recognition of Municipal Clerks Week, from Sunday, April 29, to Saturday, May 5.
“After this year’s election, you certainly deserve this award,” joked Vice Mayor Mike Noll.
Topping off the pleasantries, resident Timothy Kraushaar offered what he said was one of the last pictures of Signal Hill’s skateboard races down Hill Street decades ago.
City Manager Ken Farfsing and Public Works Director Charlie Honeycutt also introduced the Hamilton Bowl Trash Capture System Project.
While only Long Beach’s trash capture system has been approved by the state water board, Signal Hill is moving forward with experimental, cheaper and effective systems for capturing trash more than a quarter-inch large, Honeycutt said.
Farfsing cautioned that the city will soon face regulations on other pollutants (bacteria, chemicals and more), many of which will be more difficult and costly to regulate.
The Council also approved funding for a new Signal Hill Police Department recruitment video, which can be altered in sections to keep information up to date.
The next Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

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