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Here are some items the council will consider tonight...

July 26, 2005|By:

Here are some items the council will consider tonight:

BALBOA YACHT BASIN SECURITY

To combat theft and vandalism on boats in the Balboa Yacht Basin,

the council will consider spending $31,695 on a security system from

Post Alarm Systems with digital cameras that could be monitored by

the city's Harbor Resources staff and Newport Beach police.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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More than twice the cost of the camera system was budgeted last

year for Balboa Yacht Basin security but the project was delayed, so

the council is likely to approve the item.

RECREATION DIRECTOR PAY RAISE

The council in 2002 split the former position of community

services director into two jobs -- the directors of library services

and of recreation and senior services. The recreation director's

salary range was set lower than some other department directors

because the position was new.

The current pay range for the recreation and senior services

director is $99,720 to $121,500 per year. Citing an increase in

responsibilities and growth of city recreation programs, the city

manager is recommending boosting the range to $104,760 to $127,632

annually to match department heads such as the utilities and building

directors. The move would not increase the salary of the current

recreation director.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council probably will agree to raise the pay range.

RIDGE PARK ROAD TRUCK BAN

The council will consider setting a weight limit of 8,000 pounds

for vehicles on Ridge Park Road, which would restrict some

construction trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. The limit was

suggested after trucks crashed in two separate incidents earlier this

year at the intersection of Newport Coast Drive and Ridge Park Road

Parents have been concerned by the truck traffic passing Newport

Coast Elementary School. The weight limit would divert construction

vehicles to Vista Ridge Road, which connects with Ridge Park Road

east of the school, while construction workers could still drive

their cars and pickup trucks on Ridge Park Road.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Homeowners who live off of Vista Ridge Road are likely to object

to the plan, so it's unclear whether the council will respond to them

or to parents worried about truck traffic near the school.

HOAG HOSPITAL BONDS

The city would be the middleman in the sale of up to $200 million

in construction bonds for improvements at Hoag Hospital, if the

council agrees. It would be the fifth time the city has backed a bond

sale for Hoag, and the city would not have any obligation for the

hospital's debt.

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