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Paso Robles City Council Meeting Highlights 

city of paso robles news–Highlights from the Aug. 20, Paso Robles City Council meeting, as submitted by the City of Paso Robles, are as follows:

The council:

Received a Capital Projects Update. Sewer work along Spring Street from 24th to 36th street is underway and is about 80-percent complete. Pipeline construction at 19th Street as part of the main west tank replacement project is 80-percent complete. Excavation for the new round water tank is underway. The Sherwood Park restroom replacement is now complete.

Approved two new one-time events in City Park. On Sept. 21, 2019, Museum Day will be held in City Park. The North County Historical Co-Op will promote and manage this free-to-the-public event. The California Army National Guard 40th Infantry Band will present a concert in City Park on June 28, 2020. The Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association will promote and manage this free-to-the-public concert.

Approved a final map of lot line adjustment for a parcel exchange. The parcel exchange between Zenique Hotels and the City of Paso Robles has been approved by council. It will enable the city to acquire the Motor Lodge site and enable Zenique Hotels to acquire Ccty-owned property on Theater Drive, so that the construction of the Hyatt Hotel can proceed. The lot line adjustment is necessary to equalize the value of the parcels being exchanged. The owners of the Hampton and La Bellasera then have an 18-month option on the Motor Lodge site, as part of a settlement of a lawsuit.

Received updates on selected projects and programs:
• Riverbed Cleanup – Fire hazard abatement is underway in the Salinas Riverbed. Masticator equipment and hand crews are clearing 150-foot firebreaks along the riverbed. The brush clearing will also open up the walkway area and improve public access along the riverbed. In addition, the fire breaks will also allow trash removal in the riverbed by approving access. This work is anticipated to take 30 days.
• Specific Plan Project Proposals – There are several approved or pending specific plans that outline the framework for future development in Paso Robles. Work is underway on Olsen-South Chandler, Beechwood, and Gateway developments and final proposals are anticipated to come before the Planning Commission and City Council this winter.
• County/City Annexation Revenue Sharing Agreement – Preliminary discussions with the County are underway to improve the revenue sharing agreement for pending (and potentially previous) annexations.

Received a Councilmember update on SLOCOG. Councilmember Strong provided an update about the work of the San Luis Obispo County of Governments (SLOCOG). SLOCOG is responsible for transportation planning and coordination, obtaining and programming transportation funding, developing and funding strategic plans, building consensus, and connecting communities. There are several transportation planning efforts underway that would positively impact Paso Robles. More information is available at https://www.slocog.org/.

This represents just a subset of the total actions by the Council. The full agenda can be found at https://www.prcity.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08202019-275 and the audio from the meeting can be found at https://www.prcity.com/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2. The minutes will be available as part of the packet for the city council’s next regular meeting.

The next City Council meeting takes place on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Center at 1000 Spring Street. Please note that the meeting will be on Thursday rather than Tuesday to allow the community sufficient time to review the agenda after the Labor Day holiday.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.