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UPDATED: City Council Agenda for Jan. 21: Superblock Settlement, City Manager's Contract

UPDATED: City Council Agenda for Jan. 21: Superblock Settlement, City Manager's Contract

The following is the agenda for the Long Beach City Council meeting for Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1 W. Chester St. 

UPDATE: Tuesday's meeting has been postponed to Wednesday

1. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into an Agreement for Professional Services to Update and Increase the Current Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS) Ranking of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City Council wants to do everything possible to fight for lower flood insurance rates in Long Beach. Under the Community Rating System, communities that go beyond the minimum equired by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, can be recognized and rewarded by flood insurance premium reductions and adjustments. We currently enjoy a 10% insurance reduction because of the City’s efforts and we are trying to get to 20%. If we attain a 20% rating, the City of Long Beach will have the highest CRS rating on Long Island.

2. Resolution Authorizing Settlement of Claims Regarding the Property Known as the Superblock.

Legislative Memo: After 35 years of meetings, public hearings, planning and litigations, the City desires to settle all legal matters relating to the property known as the “Superblock” in order to move forward with potential development of the property.

3. Resolution Authorizing an Amendment to Ordinance No. 2078/13 and Ordinance No. 2079/13 in Order to Allow for Height Limits to be Permanently Raised for the Building of Residential Structures.

Legislative Memo: These Ordinances allowed for the raising of the height limit of new residential structures after Superstorm Sandy in order to comply with all FEMA and New York State Building Code requirements and it is the desire of the City Council to remove the time limitation of one year and make these amendments a permanent portion of the City’s Code.

PUBLIC HEARING: Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach Re: Water and Sewers.

4. Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach
Re: Water and Sewers.

Legislative Memo: This resolution is brought before the City Council seeking to amend the City’s Code in order to reduce infiltration and inflow into the sanitary sewer system, groundwater and waterways, by requiring inspection, testing, repair, replacement and ongoing maintenance of privately owned sewer laterals within the City. Inspection will only be necessary by the owner at the time of sale of a property or when renovation costs exceed fifty (50%) of the assessed value of the property. This amendment would be effective April 1, 2014.

5. Resolution Authorizing the Submission of a Home Rule Request to the Legislation of the State of New York Authorizing the City of Long Beach, Nassau County, New York, to Issue Serial Bonds to Finance Extraordinary Expenses Resulting from Superstorm Sandy and to Restore the Fiscal Balance of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City is submitting this Home Rule Request for the third time, as it needs to be resubmitted for the new calendar year. The purpose of this request is to allow the City to issue serial bonds to finance extraordinary expenses resulting from Superstorm Sandy during the last two months of 2012 and into 2013 which are not eligible for reimbursements from state and federal grants as well as the issuance of serial bonds to liquidate remaining accumulated deficits in City funds as of the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. This will provide tax relief from the third year of the inherited deficit surcharge.

6. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into an Agreement for the Removal, Furnishing and Installation of the Diesel and Gasoline Dispensers and Fuel Management System at the City’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility.

Legislative Memo: As a result of Superstorm Sandy, the City’s Vehicle Maintenance facility was completely flooded, severely damaging the diesel and gasoline dispensers and fuel management system. The fuel dispensers will be elevated to make them more resilient and in conformance with hazard mitigation protocol to insure future safety from flood waters. Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA.

7. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Amend the Current Agreement with LiRo Engineers to Close Out Phase One of the Boardwalk Project and Initiate Phase Two.

Legislative Memo: The City desires to amend our current agreement with LiRo Engineering in order to include engineering design services that are needed to complete the entire boardwalk and bathroom reconstruction. Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA.

8. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a Contract for the Furnishing and Installation of a Duplex Plunger Pump and In-Line Grinder at the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant Digester Building with the Lowest Responsible Bidder.

Legislative Memo: The duplex plunger pump has been in use since 1950 and has outlived its useful life. The installation of a new in-line grinder pump will eliminate potential damage to the new plunger pump when unsuitable items are flushed through the system. Money was budgeted and planned and is available in the City’s Capital Program.

9. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Amend the Current Agreement for the Rehabilitation of the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Roosevelt Boulevard Sewage Pump Station.

Legislative Memo: Due to the severity of the damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy, additional work is required. Funding is being provided through public assistance grant monies from FEMA.

10. Resolution Authorizing the City Council to Enter into a Contract Extension.

Legislative Memo: The City Council desires to extend the City Manager’s employment contract for an additional two year period.

11. Resolution Confirming the Appointment of a Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City Manager desires to renew this members' term which expired on December 31, 2013, for another three year term.

12. Resolution Confirming the Appointment of a Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: The City Manager desires to renew this members' term which expired on December 31, 2013, for another three year term.

13. Resolution Confirming the Appointment of a Member to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Long Beach.

Legislative Memo: After public postings for this position and numerous interviews held, the City Manager recommends the appointment of a new member to the ZBA.

14. Resolution Authorizing the Retention of Special Labor Counsel.

Legislative Memo: Said counsel shall represent the City in the area of Labor and employment law on any and all upcoming negotiations with the City’s unions.

15. Resolution Authorizing Publication of a Notice of Public Hearing of an

Application to Waive the Off-Street Parking Requirements for Premises: 8 West Park Avenue (street floor), Long Beach, New York.
Re: Ralph’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream Shop

16. Resolution Authorizing Publication of a Notice of Public Hearing of an Application to Waive the Off-Street Parking Requirements for Premises: 143 East Park Avenue (street floor), Long Beach, New York.
Re: Insurance/Tax Preparation Center


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