Highlights from Aug. 1 SH City Council meeting

<strong>Mayor Larry Forester presented a proclamation to representatives of Shell Oil Company in recognition of National 811 Day on Aug. 11 at the Aug. 1 Signal Hill City Council meeting. From left to right: Don Herman, Area Manager, So. Calif. Distribution Complex for Shell Pipeline Co.; SH Mayor Larry Forester; Jessica Neil, Operations Awareness Coordinator, Shell Pipeline Co.; and Alan Caldwell, Communications Manager for Carson/LA Basin, Shell Oil Co. </strong>

CJ Dablo
Staff Writer

Day Laborer Shelter: In a 3-2 vote with Councilmembers Ed Wilson and Mike Noll dissenting, the Signal Hill City Council voted to allow the City to enter into a contract agreement with Jose A. Hernandez, who will now serve as manager of the day laborer shelter at the Home Depot on Cherry Ave. Hernandez has worked at the day laborer camp since 2007 and was the site coordinator for Centro Shalom, the nonprofit organization that previously held the contract with the City. (For more information, refer to article on page 4.)

National 811 Day: Mayor Forester presented a proclamation to representatives of Shell Oil Company in recognition of National 811 on Aug. 11. A special event is also planned on Aug. 11 at Shell’s Signal Hill distribution center. The 811 campaign is directed to residents and others who wish to dig on their property. The campaign asks people to call 8-1-1 to avoid injury or property damage when they plan to dig. Callers who use the 811service notify utility companies and the owners of petroleum lines. The program hopes to promote safe-digging practices.

Congestion Management Program: In a public hearing, the City Council adopted a resolution stating that the City conformed to the Congestion Management Program (CMP). According to a staff report, the CMP had required the City to submit local development reports, continue a land-use analysis program and to keep on implementing a city ordinance that dealt with traffic congestion relief.

Reservoir Park Improvement:
The City Council approved an application for grant money that will fund a project that replaces the restrooms at Reservoir Park. The cost of the project will total about $170,000. About $150,000 of that cost will be funded through a grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOS). According to a staff report, these funds were provided through Proposition A and were only allowed to be used for a capital project.

Revised Ordinances for Special Meetings: In a second reading vote, the City Council approved ordinance changes that would allow City staff to issue notifications of special meetings via telephone or other electronic means. Before these ordinance changes passed, the municipal code required staff to announce special meetings in writing to legislative members and news media. These notifications will now be issued largely through email and phone calls, City Manager Ken Farfsing confirmed. The changes to the ordinances will also enable the Council to make financial decisions during special meetings, according to Farfsing. The ordinance changes were introduced at the July19th City Council meeting and approved at that time in a first reading vote.
 
Next Scheduled City Council Meeting: The next City Council meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7pm in the Signal Hill Council Chambers, 2175 Cherry Ave.

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