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Thursday, April 28, 2016 Written by 
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At Tuesday’s council meeting, a public hearing was set for May 3, 2016 at 2pm.  The public will have an opportunity to comment on priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the FY 2016-2017 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.


The council agreed to reject all bids and authorize rebidding for the Vincent Park Swimming Pool Tank Replacement Project. The action will allow modifications to bid specifications.  The Hollywood Park Casino Public Art Plan was approved.


An agreement was approved with the Susan Narduli Studio for Phase II Design Build Artist Services including final design, technical drawings, and oversight of artwork fabrication and installation for the Inglewood Senior Center Project.


A three-year agreement with Willdan Engineering was approved for as-needed professional engineering services. 


The council also approved Memorandums of Agreement between the City of Inglewood, several other cities and the County of Los Angeles regarding cost sharing to implement monitoring programs of the Ballona Creek Watershed and Dominguez Channel Watershed Management Areas.


A two-year agreement with Braden Consulting to provide professional management support services for the Capital Improvement Program was also approved.


City Treasurer Wanda Brown commented on last week’s State of the City Address by Mayor James Butts.  The mayor was joined by L.A. Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.  


“The State of the City Address—that was an extraordinary address,” Brown said.  “I think attendance must have been over--”


“Over 1,400,” Butts said.


Councilman George Dotson also commented on the SOTC:


“What can I say about the State of the City?  It was well done, well represented, and we had more people there than I’ve ever seen since we’ve been going to the State of the City.”  


Councilman Ralph Franklin echoed Dotson’s comments:  “It was well received and it exceeded the level of expectation, and people were buzzing when they left.” The councilman announced that Operation Clean Sweep will be in effect during the month of May and the first Saturday in June.


“Now is the time to clean out your closets and attics.  Look to see what day of the week you have your trash pickup and put your things out curbside,” he said.  Items should not exceed 60 pounds.  


Councilman Eloy Morales noted aspects of the mayor’s address that point to overall progress in the city:  “We are improving so many streets now.  In the past, we weren’t improving any.  Crime is down, and property values are up.”


Mayor Butts closed the meeting in honor of music legend Prince.  “The last biggest run he did was here at the Forum, when it was owned by Faithful Central Bible Church. We’ll miss him.”



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