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Trash outsourcing on council agenda

Also up for discussion is a request for a development bond waiver and the removal of a protected eucalyptus tree.

September 07, 2013|By Emily Foxhall

The Newport Beach City Council will return from a brief hiatus Tuesday to discuss outsourcing the city trash service, waiving the bond requirement for the AERIE condominium development project and removing a protected eucalyptus tree.

Trash Pickup

Newport Beach is the only city in Orange County that uses city employees to pick up residents' trash. In an ongoing discussion of whether this service should be outsourced, city staff will present to the council the proposals solicited in May from outside companies willing to do the work instead.

One company's proposal projects that it could save the city $17 million over the next seven years.

But many city employees and residents are dubious of the stated amount and contend that the current service is of higher quality regardless.

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The council can request that city staff pursue a contract with one or several of the seven outside companies. The council could also dismiss the issue or request more information.

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Eucalyptus Tree

The Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission voted in July to remove a eucalyptus tree at 300 Poppy Ave. that neighbors believe endangers residents because its roots have pushed up the sidewalk.

Councilwoman Nancy Gardner asked staff in July to bring the issue to the council. On Tuesday, staff will recommend that the council consider the approval of the tree's removal.

The tree had previously been designated a "special tree," a protective category reserved for those trees that "have historical significance and/or contribute to and give character to a location or to an entire neighborhood."

But city staff found that the tree creates a "hazardous situation" that warrants it be taken away.

Many skateboarders enjoy riding over the sidewalk at night, according to a letter submitted by resident Mary McCarthy, who raised the initial concern. This practice is an "an accident waiting to happen," she wrote, also sharing concerns that people walking without fully paying attention could trip and fall.

The cost to remove the tree and repair the sidewalk is about $3,000, according to the staff report. A replacement tree would also be planted.

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AERIE Project

Because the AERIE condominium project at Carnation Avenue and Ocean Boulevard has been downsized, Brion Jeannette Architecture requested a waiver of the city requirement to provide the city with a performance bond to "ensure timely completion."

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