• Council Appoints Clifton Jenkins to County Board

    The San Marino city council at its adjourned regular meeting tomorrow morning is expected to appoint San Marino resident Clifton Jenkins to the Los Angeles County Vector Control District Board of Trustees.  The District was formerly called the mosquito abatement district.

    Jenkins will replace Jeff Groseth who resigned recently. The appointment will fill the remainder of Groseth’s term, which ends January 4, 2014 and will extend for a regular two-year term.

    Mosquito abatement has taken headlines this week as California officials have caught for the first time the species that transmits dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever, aedes aegypti. The highly dangerous insect can breed in the tiniest of water puddles. Its eggs can stay dry for extended periods of time until hatching is revived by water.

    ADA Requirement Could Double Cost of City Hall Rehab

    The cost of San Marino’s city hall rehabilitation would nearly double if the project complies fully with the Americans With Disabilities Act. City staff projects that full compliance would cost $482,247 alone. Excluding ADA compliance, the project is budgeted at $546,416.

    San Marino’s city hall is an historic structure that does not allow remodeling for ADA compliance without destroying or heavily impacting its structure and historic characteristics. The city council will study an alternative plan to provide substantial compliance with the ADA for a cost of $145,128. That plan would be monitored after construction to determine whether anyone is inconvenienced by lack of full compliance. Currently, there is no elevator to the second floor.  Installation of an elevator would then mean that corridors and other access points would not comply.

    Parking Insufficient at Lacy Park,  Crowell Public Library

    City-funded parking studies show that parking at Lacy Park and the Crowell Library are woefully inadequate for the demands on those two facilities. Lacy Park has over 152,000 visits annually – peaking on the July 4th holiday event – with an average of 416 visitors on a typical weekend. The park itself has only 80 regular parking places, including two handicapped spaces.

    Proposals to increase on-site parking range from adding about 8 spaces to a second alternative that would add 20-30 new spaces by relocating storage and service buildings in the park.

    The council will be asked to decide whether to instruct city staff to explore either of these options.

    The Crowell Library faces similar parking shortages, but not as critical because of the joint use agreement with the San Marino Unified School District. Parking demands range from a typical day needing about 69 spaces to event parking  which adds demand for another 20 spaces.

    In both instances, on-street neighborhood parking comprises a large portion of technically available parking. The city will consider whether to reduce the “no parking”  red curbs to increase on-street parking.

    The council will meet Friday morning at 8:00 am in the Barth Room of the Crowell Public Library.

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