LONG BEACH - At Monday night's meeting of the Long Beach City Council, development guidelines for construction within the city limits were adopted. The group discussed an advertising option brought forth by the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, and a report was given on filling potholes.

Possibly in response to a local debate regarding speed bumps on city streets, the city adopted resolution 2004 - 1and setting development guidelines for new construction. The document of over 500 pages is available for review at city hall, and it is the council's hope the published guidelines will clear up any future confusion.

"For the past eight to 10 years, the city has been working on different versions of this," said interim city administrator David Glasson. "The idea is if a developer or the city itself wants to build a street, now we have guidelines to ensure it is done properly. Anything construction related will be in this book."

Oddly enough, the guidelines contain no information about the recommended size or shape of residential speed bumps.

The Unconventional ConventionAs a member of the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau Board, Councilman Fred Cook explained the procedure involved in publishing "The Unconventional Convention," a spiral-bound pamphlet advertising the city of Long Beach as a destination point for group meetings or retreats.

"It is a pretty good piece of literature," said Cook. "The goal is to attract church groups and other smaller organizations."

The council voiced some concern because the pamphlet does not include every business in Long Beach. According to Cook, only members of the Visitors Bureau are mentioned in the pamphlet, and yet all local businesses contribute to the tax pool partially funding the Visitors Bureau.

The city puts money aside from its budget to fund advertising and events that may have a positive impact on local tourism. The Long Beach Ad Committee met on Tuesday afternoon (after press-time) to discuss the brochure among other things.

PotholesIn the last issue of the Chinook Observer, it was reported that the city would be holding a "48-hour pothole-filling extravaganza." Glasson said the information was misleading because it sounded like no pothole would be filled after the asphalt affair had ended.

Rather than a mad road spackling squeezed into a two-day period, the city wants to address all requests inside of 48 hours. So there is still time to contact the city regarding a concourse crater in front of your house.

"We have filled 10 potholes already," said councilman Gordon Zuern. "If you have a pothole in front of your place, just let us know and we will do what we can, as soon as we can."

Merrill PUD AmendmentThere will be a special meeting on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at city hall to discuss a new planned unit development. There are also plans to discuss this matter at the planning commission meeting scheduled on April 1.

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