BY NICK DIAMANTIDES
If it is ever achieved, making Signal Hill into a truly environmentally friendly city will take many years. During its Tuesday night meeting, the Signal Hill City Council approved three actions designed to move toward that goal. City staff will begin implementing the actions during the 2009/2010 fiscal year, which begins in July.
The actions were recommended by the Sustainable City Committee, which is composed of residents and city staff. Actions include: adopting urban planning principles and practices that advance higher-density, mixed-use, walkable, bikable, and disabled-access neighborhoods; every year, reducing or eliminating the city government’s use of at least one product that poses a risk to human health; and reducing the volume of untreated wastewater discharges by 10 percent in seven years by the expanded use of recycled water and the implementation of a sustainable watershed plan.
In his report to the council, Gary Jones, director of community development, quoted the definition of sustainability from a 1987 United Nations Commission Report. “Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” Jones said. After Jones’ presentation, councilmembers expressed their support of sustainability plans, but asked staff to, in the future, include cost estimates for any proposed city actions.
In a separate action, the council authorized City Manager Ken Farfsing to contact the United States Postal Service and express the city’s concerns over the possibility of moving some operations of the Redondo Avenue postal facility to Los Angeles or Santa Ana.
The next meeting of the Signal Hill City Council is February 17, at 7pm in the council chambers of Signal Hill City Hall.