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Briefly In The News

February 16, 2012

City's sewer lift station project progressing

The mammoth Main Beach sewer lift station project is on time and within its budget.

Director of Water Quality David Shissler and Project Director Wade Brown gave a PowerPoint presentation at the Feb. 7 City Council meeting that showed how well the project is progressing.

"The amount of equipment and manpower is extraordinary," Shissler said. "It is like Tonka Toys times 10.

Shissler said much of the same equipment will be used for the construction of the city's new Lifeguard Headquarters at Main Beach.

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As of the report, 80 truckloads of dirt had been removed. It will be replaced by a prefabricated lift station. The 67,000-pound base will be transported to Laguna on a truck with 60 wheels.

"We are going down 14 feet below sea level," Shissler said. "It has to be watertight. We are doing the biggest possible job in the smallest possible space."

He described it as a "thumb puzzle," where one thing has to be moved in order to do another thing.

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New app features Laguna news, photos and more

If you ever wanted to stay constantly connected to the latest goings-on in Laguna, now there's an app for that.

Available now for smartphones is Laguna Beach 7, the free app available now in Apple's app store and the Android marketplace.

In addition to real-time weather and news, there is also an events calendar, interactive photo galleries, streaming videos and integrated Google maps, according to a news release.

"It's a very exciting new way to stay connected with everything that's going on around town," Teri Morin, founder of Laguna Beach 7, said in a statement.

For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeach7.com.

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Building upgrades will save Laguna money

Thanks to federal stimulus funds, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at City Hall is now more energy efficient, which will save the city thousands of dollars a year.

Improvements include new units that will provide each zone of the building with tempered air and sensors that will turn off lights when they are not needed, according to a news release.

Recent upgrades also replaced the lighting of 2,500 lamps with efficiency-engineered ballasts at places like City Hall, the Community Center, Fire Stations Nos. 1 and 2, and more.

The funding of $131,000 came from a block grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from theU.S. Department of Energy.

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