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Manhattan Beach council makes progress in parking lot upgrade

The Manhattan Beach City Council on Aug. 5 approved an application to seek financial assistance from the state for blacktop in the city hall parking lot.

During their July meeting, council member Clyde Brodt informed the council that the cost to complete the lot in August was roughly $8,600, and the price would go up $1,000-$1,500 if completed after August because of further travel to get the hot mix, according to Anderson Brothers Construction Co.

At that same meeting, Mayor Paul Allen suggested the construction of a rain garden to prevent drainage from going onto the road. He asked Brodt to continue discussions with Anderson Brothers and bring more information to the August meeting.

In August, Allen told the council about the State Cost-Share Assistance program, which would be able to cover roughly 75 percent of the total cost. The council unanimously agreed to apply for the program.

In other action Aug. 5, the council changed the date of planning and zoning meetings to the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The planning and zoning commission was having difficulty getting everyone to attend their regularly scheduled meetings, and felt moving them to the third Monday would better accommodate commission members' schedules.

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper