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Council Quick Take: July 28, 2020

Glendale’s Council Quick take is here to give you the breakdown on the City’s Weekly Council Meetings. On July 28, 2020, Council met for afternoon sessions, as well as their regularly scheduled Council Meeting.

Joint Meeting: City Council and Housing Authority

City Attorney, re: Consideration of Amendment to By-laws of Glendale Housing Authority Pertaining to Qualifications of Tenant Commissioners (Continued from 7/21/2020) In May 1978, the Glendale Housing Authority amended their By-laws to include two tenant commissioners joining the five elected Council Members as commissioners making up the full Authority body. The By-laws directed the two tenant commissioners to come from the ranks for those enrolled in the Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). Over the last five years, the Housing Authority has had difficulty recruiting and retaining tenant commissioners from the pool of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) tenants. To enlarge the pool of potential tenant commissioners, the City Council and Housing Authority approved an amendment to the By-laws allowing one of the two tenant commissioners to come from tenants of the affordable housing projects assisted by the Housing Authority and whose income does not exceed 60% of the Average Median Income (AMI); under federal regulations, the other Commissioner is required to come from the HCV program. View the Report Here

Special Meeting: Glendale City Council

Community Development, re: Citywide Pedestrian Plan and Bicycle Transportation Plan Study Session The City Council conducted a Study Session to get a status report of the Citywide Pedestrian Plan and the Bicycle Transportation Plan. Both documents are designed to provide strategies and tools to improve the accessibility to and safety of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure as a safe alternative to the automobile. Since it was prepared in 2012, Council gave staff direction to prepare an updated Bicycle Plan taking into account many of the new strategies and philosophies advanced since the original drafting. Staff also alerted the Council to the timing for the Pedestrian Safety Plan’s upcoming approval. The environmental review will take place over the next month and staff will return for formal consideration of the Plan within 45-60 days. View the Presentation Here

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Glendale Water and Power, re: Mylar Balloons and Related Outages

Metallic balloons or Mylar balloons are a safety hazard when they come in contact with or come close to high-voltage power lines. Electricity between two lines can arc when the conductive material from the balloon becomes tangled in the lines, causing power outages, explosions, downed power lines and significant damage to City’s electric distribution system. Since 2007, GWP customers have experienced 168 outages as a result of Mylar balloons. These outages account for about 18.8% of power outages and equate to 223,317 hours of customer interruption. Mylar balloon outages occur throughout the year, with the most outages happening in the months of May-July. Cost Impacts vary on the type of outage and duration that actually occurs. GWP regularly educates / informs residents about Mylar balloon outages, GWP’s website has an educational Mylar balloon safety and information video produced with GTV6 has been viewed 42,580 times. A Mylar Balloon Information web page (Created-May 2016) has had 834 visits, which is also linked on our social media posts and newsletter articles. The city council directed staff to return with a proposed ordinance banning the sale of Mylar balloons within the City’s boundaries. View the Report to Council

The next Glendale City Council Meeting will be held on August 4, 2020 at 6:30pm. They will also meet at 3:00pm for Housing Authority as well as a Special City Council Meeting.

Meetings can be viewed on local cable: Charter Cable Channel 6 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. Meetings can also be streamed online by visiting our Public Meeting Portal, or by tuning in to our YouTube channel.

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