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City Manager’s Weekly Update – December 8, 2017

  • Ride the Lights event is Sunday, Dec. 10. Decorate your bike and meet at 4:30 at Spreckels Park
  • Country Club Lane 500 block to be closed on Dec. 10 from 5 to 6:30pm for Candy Cane Lane holiday open house
  • Cays slurry application completion date extended to mid December
  • City Council did not vote on LimeBike’s request to operate dockless bike sharing in Coronado
  • New trash bins coming to the city’s business district and trial receptacles were supported
  • A Community Grant Program subcommittee has been created to develop a draft policy and plan for grants
  • City Council directed staff to identify recommendations to prohibit, restrict or mitigate basement construction and address issues such as zoning, and groundwater and dewatering
  • Sunset park will be regraded and re-sodded, irrigation boxes will be relocated, and a sidewalk will be added along Ocean Drive
  • Accessory Dwelling Units amendments continue
  • Stop sign to be placed on Ynez Place at B Avenue due to safety concerns in this heavy pedestrian intersection
  • No damage has been done to the public portion of the terrazzo on Orange Ave near Village Theatre by the contractor working a the UPS Store and the new Fair Trade Home Decor store
  • The City Council and Library have accepted a bequest from the Ross family to support childhood reading and activities related to American history and the U.S. Constitution
  • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will be Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 kicking off at 5pm from Shelter Island each Sunday evening
  • Semi-annual pest-control spraying into sewer manholes will take place in the village area
  • Coronado Police participated in the delivery of teddy bears to Rady Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 5

Each week, the City Manager’s Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary.

Get up to speed on what’s going on in Coronado with this video preview of the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update, as well as a sampling of the updates below. Read the full update on the City’s website.

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  • Sunset Park Improvements: The City Council on Tuesday, December 5, awarded a contract for a $538,766 capital project to make improvements to Sunset Park. The project was initiated in the 2016-17 Capital Improvement Plan to ensure that the park remains a safe, attractive and functional asset in the City’s parks system As part of the project, irrigation boxes will be relocated to the perimeter of the park to improve safety and the irrigation system. The park now has significantly high and lows spots and many blends of grasses. It will be regraded and re-sodded to improve the aesthetics and safety of the park. Finally, a sidewalk will be added along Ocean Drive so people can walk safely in the park instead of in the street. Look for work to begin early next year. The park is set to be closed from February 1 through March 30, and possibly later if the grass hasn’t taken root.

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  • Accessory Dwelling Units: The City Council is working to adopt amendments to the Municipal Code as it continues to implement changes to state law to facilitate the development of accessory dwelling units. The Council on Tuesday, December 5, adopted a second ordinance dealing with in-law units, as they are also known, that requires: a recorded covenant to establish owner occupancy requirements; a covenant for transient rental limitations; and a fee, pursuant to the California Plumbing Code, to allow the connection of detached in-law units to the City’s sewer system. The Council will continue to review accessory dwelling units and will more than likely adopt a third ordinance to adapt the state law to local standards.  
  • Community GrantsThe City Council elected a two-member ad-hoc subcommittee to develop a draft comprehensive policy and implementation plan for Coronado’s Community Grant Program. The Council awarded nearly $1 million this fiscal year for community grants to 14 organizations. The current program has no formal procedures or guidelines. The subcommittee will return with its initial report at the first Council meeting in February.  
  • Basement Construction Rules: At its Tuesday, December 5, meeting, the City Council reviewed the existing regulations and requirements for basement construction in Coronado to determine if changes are warranted to address issues, such as zoning, building, and groundwater and dewatering. About a dozen buildings in recent years have added basements for parking and livable space. Construction has cause disruption and inconvenience to neighbors and is often prolonged due to excavation. New regulations would address these issues. The Council directed staff to identify recommendations to prohibit, restrict or mitigate basement construction in Coronado. Recommendations would be vetted by the Planning Commission and the community before coming back to the Council for consideration.

For the complete City Manager’s Weekly Update, visit the city’s website.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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