BY NICK DIAMANTIDES
Joining a growing trend among municipalities throughout the United States, the Signal Hill City Council authorized the creation of a “sustainable city committee.” The body will help establish goals and policies to make the city more environmentally friendly.
The decision came at the June 10 council meeting after presentations by Tom Bowman, president of Bowman Design Group, and Lance Williams, executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter. Both men stressed the importance of cites working to reduce negative environmental impacts in the public and private sectors.
The council appointed two of its members to the committee: Larry Forester and Ed Wilson. A representative of every city department and three Signal Hill residents will also be appointed to the committee, which will act as an advisory body. Upon its future recommendations, the council may adopt ordinances requiring new buildings to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
In another action related to Signal Hill’s impact on the environment, the council approved the development of a zinnia flower and water conservation demonstration garden in front of the city’s public works yard on 28th Street. The garden, which will include public art, will serve as an example of how to create a garden that requires little water.
The council also approved a conditional use permit allowing the development of a 24-hour drive-thru Jack In The Box in the Signal Hill Gateway Center at 801 Spring Street. The eatery will be an upscale version of the national chain’s fast-food restaurants and will include a fireplace visible from outside the building.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 24 in the council chambers of Signal Hill City Hall.