CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake City Council will take on several big issues at its meeting this week, including ordinances to address panhandling and allow dogs in parks, consideration of whether to pursue a city park smoking ban and a survey on support for a sales tax ballot measure to improve local roads.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive.
Council members will discuss the results of a polling effort by the Lake County/City Area Planning Council on a proposed countywide sales tax measure to support local road improvement and transportation projects.
A report that will be presented at the Lake County/City Area Planning Council's Wednesday meeting said the polling results are encouraging, showing broad support among several hundred county residents who were surveyed.
City Manager Joan Phillipe will ask the council whether it supports a ban of smoking in all city parks, an item she said was first discussed at the April 12 meeting.
Included in the agenda packet is a copy of the city of Lakeport's ordinance banning smoking in parks, enacted in 2006. After meeting with Police Chief Craig Clausen, Phillipe said he favored an ordinance like Lakeport's, although he told Phillipe it would not be a high priority enforcement issue for his staff.
In other business, following on recent discussions, the council will hold the introductions and first readings of ordinances restricting panhandling in the city – which police say is a growing problem – and setting guidelines for allowing dogs in parks.
Also on the agenda, the council will discuss erecting a peace pole in Austin Park in recognition of the Lake County Summer of Peace; continue a previous discussion on the city's multi-way stop sign review; and consider a joint use agreement between the city and the Konocti Unified School District for use of Haverty Field.
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