4/23/2013 Council Preview – Zero Waste, Fair Oaks Park, and Seven Seas Artwork

Interesting and varied night.  We start the evening with a study session regarding the proposed Mary Avenue Streetscape Allocation Study.  Lacking specifics, I believe this will look at possible changes to parking, driving lanes, and bicycle lanes along portions of Mary.

We get to the general meeting, and we’ve got three special orders of the day – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Earth Day Posters and Green Business Recognitions (always fun), and some awards from the California Water Environment Association.  I have no idea on the third one.  The consent calendar only has one additional item this time – another library grant.

Item 2 is a fun one – selection of the artwork for the new Seven Seas Park.  We include public art as part of any public project like the new park, and we have three different proposals for Seven Seas.  Interestingly, staff is recommending one piece, while the Arts Commission is recommending a different one.

Item 3 involves a discussion of the ongoing problems at Fair Oaks Mobile Home Park.  There is no staff report on it.

Item 4 is a continuation of a recent item – potential adoption of a Mello-Roos district for the new single-family homes occupying half of the Corn Palace.  There are ongoing maintenance costs associated with the new projects, and those costs need to be paid for.  So staff and the developer are proposing a Mello-Roos district (a special sort of property tax unique to the affected houses) as the mechanism for paying for the ongoing maintenance.

And item 5 involves our ongoing efforts towards Zero Waste.  The state has required cities to achieve certain diversion goals for our trash – we have to prevent certain percentages of materials from going to landfill by certain dates.  That means recycling, composting, conversion to energy, and other approaches for various types of materials.  We are currently at 66% diversion, and we have upcoming goals of 70% in two years, 75% in seven years, and 90% in 17 years.  Staff has various proposals that involve technology changes, behavioral changes, and other approaches to reach these goals, including a specific technological proposal to get us most or all of the way to the 70% goal.  We’ll be reviewing these options and providing direction.

That’s about it.

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