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Lafayette council notes LIVE!

By Jonathan Morales
Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 9:12 pm in Lafayette, Roads.

It’s cupcake night in Lafayette.

Carl Anduri was appointed the city’s mayor, replacing Brandt Andersson. Carol Federighi was appointed vice mayor. Andersson was sworn into his second term on the council. Don Tatzin was sworn into his 1,356th term (roughly).

Council is now discussing the final 2010-11 budget, including about $500,000 in cuts.

Council members and staff (and reporters!) have been here since 4:30 p.m., when the council began discussion potential “streetscape” (don’t call it a sidewalk upgrade, says city engineer Tony Coe) improvements along Mt. Diablo Boulevard between Oak Hill Road and Mountain View.

Pretty much all of the debate centered on the south side of Mt. Diablo between Mountain View and Dewing. The property owners of the shopping center worried, among other things, that a proposed wall — designed to better separate the pedestrians on the sidewalk from the parking lot — would negatively impact their parking lots. And a number of residents were worried about a proposal to ban U-turns on westbound Mt. Diablo at Happy Valley.

The council directed staff to move ahead with designing the improvements for everywhere but the aforementioned section. On that section, they asked staff to come back with more barrier options as well as more options for the Mt. Diablo/Happy Valley intersection.

Timing is important on this project, Coe said, because the city must have the design approved by the beginning of February in order to be eligible for some $1.3 million in federal grants.

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