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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 6:18 pm

Several major topics that would directly impact residents were addressed by the Coronado City Council during their Sept. 17, 2019 meeting. A practical issue facing residents is the council passed the first reading of an ordinance that would ban portable gas engine powered leaf blowers from the City. The motion for passage included a 30-day delay before the second reading and final approval of the ban.

Mainly a noise and pollution issue, the proposed ordinance didn’t have the support of Mayor Richard Bailey or Councilmember Marvin Heinze. Bailey said, “Our No. 1 complaint about leaf blowers is noise. To call the police for a gas powered leaf blower doesn’t quite sit right. We should address the time constraints and hours of operation.” Heinze added, “We don’t have it quite right and we need to re-attack it. Outlawing something people use to keep their yard clean isn’t something I would support.”

Councilmember Whitney Benzian was in favor of the motion and went along with the idea of having community outreach on the ordinance. The first reading passed 3-2 with Councilmembers Mike Donovan, Bill Sandke and Whitney Benzian voting in favor. Bailey and Heinze voted against the ordinance.

The City Council also passed a resolution by a 5-0 vote to award a contract in the amount of $3.692 million for construction of the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus Force Main Sewer project. The motion also allowed for additional financing of $1.05 million from the Coronado Successor Agency Loan Repayment Fund; a work order for construction support and inspection services not to exceed $150,000; and the motion also approved the City Manager being able to execute change orders in excess of the 10 percent authorized by the municipal code, but not to exceed $500,000.

The City is on a tight schedule to provide sewage services to the new Navy installation. The project includes three miles of pipe that would connect the Coastal Campus with the Coronado Cays sewer line. The contractor will bore under the highway on the east side of the Silver Strand Highway to avoid tearing up landscaping in the area.

Toward the end of the meeting, the City Council voted to authorize the release of an RFQ for a consultant to help the City with the preparation of their Housing Element Update, which currently stands at 1,001 over an eight-year period. Bailey noted there were still a few procedural steps in the final approval process for that total amount of low to moderate income housing to be constructed in the City, a notion the council agreed with. Councilmember Bill Sandke said, “We’re firing on all cylinders to make sure we have the least impact possible on our community.”

As an editorial aside, after attending the SANDAG meeting where the housing formula was passed, planning on the housing number being reduced or amended, wouldn’t be the way to bet.

In other City Council actions:

Caylee Jackman-Pinsonneault and Nicole T. Lenhart were voted to positions on the Design Review Commission.

City Manager Blair King announced the City will receive the Voice of the People Award for Excellence in Foundations from the National Research Center. During a survey conducted by that organization, 96 percent of respondents approved of the appearance of the city, 97 percent enjoyed the quality of life in Coronado, and 97 percent thought the city was safe.

Another big ticket item was the next step in the city’s slow but steady progress toward creating the Gateway to the City. This step included the appropriation of $2.472 million from the Bridge Toll Fund Budget and the authorization to advertise a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a design firm for preliminary engineering. The motion passed 5-0.

The next meeting of the Coronado City Council will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at 4 p.m. City Council meetings are held at Coronado City Hall, located at 1825 Strand Way in the city.

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