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Manhattan Beach City Council Sets 2019 Budget at 2018 Level

Web posted September 11, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to hold the line on any increases in the city budget when it met in regular session Tuesday, September 4. Mayor Paul Allen was present along with Council members Janis Allen, Marlene Yurek, and Clerk-Treasurer Amy Wannebo.

The Council decided to preliminarily set the 2019 budget at $70,000, the same as the current budget figure. Under state law, that figure can be reduced but not increased between now and December when the budget must be finalized. Mayor Allen complimented Clerk Wannebo on the preparation of the budget presentation.

Planning and Zoning Bylaws
The Council approved a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a resolution adopting a set of bylaws for the commission. The bylaws are the first formal bylaws for the commission. The bylaws include a requirement that all meetings of the commission be recorded. The Council agreed that the recordings should be placed on the city’s website and approved purchasing a recording device to be used by the commission for that purpose.

The Council also named John (Jack) Skurdalsvold to replace resigning Ralph Iverson on the commission and instructed Clerk Wannebo to place in the newspaper, on the city website and on a postcard mailed to residents a message asking any resident with an interest in serving on the commission to submit a letter of interest to the city.

Public Meeting Response
The Council voted to place on its October agenda a discussion of the results of the town meeting that took place in July. Mayor Allen said he would like the Council to respond “line by line” to the results since some of the feedback received related to matters outside the jurisdiction of the Council.

SSTS Ordinance
Following a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission and a public hearing where there were no objections raised, the Council approved a new Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) ordinance. Among other things, it requires approval of applications for new systems for the first time.

Radar Signs Update
The two new radar signs in town have been a source of frustration since they arrived last winter. Because they were to be placed on County Road 66, county crews had to do the installation and the city was told the work would be done when the ground was free of frost. When the signs were finally installed in early summer, they didn’t work. Then it became a question of who to call. The manufacturer said it was an installation problem and the county said it was a manufacturer’s problem.

Mayor Allen told the Council he was told by the manufacturer that since the signs work during the day but not at night, the problem was probably caused by a plug inside the sign not being connected to a battery. The mayor called the county and asked to have that checked. He said when several weeks passed with no action, he took his own tools and opened the signs to find that the plugs indeed had not been connected to the batteries and he connected them himself prior to the Council meeting. Hopefully, that will solve the problem, he said.

Other Business
In other business, the Council:
• Approved the purchase of an eight terabyte external hard drive for $189 and

• Acknowledged an invitation to attend an October 24 R5 Summit hosted by Sourcewell, formerly known as NJPA.

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