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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

December 16, 2010

The following is from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting of Dec. 7.

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Retiree Condon honored

Public Works employee Anthony Condon was honored by retiring City Manager Ken Frank and outgoing Mayor Elizabeth Pearson for his 20 years of service to the city.

Condon works in the Parks Department and is now primarily responsible for the landscaped areas downtown.

"He is unique," Frank said. "He has found a way to live in Laguna Beach which is difficult for our employees. But it is a blessing for us to have employees who care about the city and are close enough to respond in an emergency.

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"We have a gift for him. I guess it is no surprise that it is a tool kit."

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Also on the consent calendar, the council approved the purchase of a chopper pump for the operation of the SuperOxygenation System installed at the Laguna SOCWA Lift Station.

The Chopper pump will replace the current pump which cannot handle the increase in discarded wipes and disposable mop covers.

Dave Shissler, city director of water quality, reported that the situation is so dire, wastewater agencies are seeking legislative help, but for immediate relief the chopper pumps are needed.

The pump will cost $14,000. An appropriation of $22,000 was approved to cover the cost of the pump and its installation.

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Council assignments

With each election, council representation on organizations and committees is reviewed and some are changed — principally those permanently assigned to the mayor or mayor pro tem.

As mayor, Toni Iseman automatically will represent the council on the Business Improvement District, Festival of Arts Board of Directors, the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities, the county City Selection Committee, the Southern California Assn. of Governments and the South Orange County Assn. of Mayors.

She also will continue to partner with Pearson in efforts to improve water quality in Aliso Creek, the Village Entrance and the Long Term Business Assistance Task Force.

Iseman added representation on the League of Coastal Cities Coalition to her other duties, but relinquished her assignment as liaison to the Housing and Human Services Committee to Councilwoman Verna Rollinger.

Rollinger also volunteered to fill the request by the Laguna Canyon Foundation for an alternate and joined Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly on the Complete Streets Act Task Force.

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