More than six months after a split City Council voted to sever ties with the city’s lobbying firm, Turch & Associates, the council approved a $93,000 one-year contract with a new firm, the Ferguson Group.
City Council members have said they look forward to having more contact with the new lobbying firm after several council members criticized the previous firm.
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The firm’s first action will be to help the city in coming weeks with submitting funding requests to local legislators for consideration during the federal appropriation process.
The City Council on Tuesday reviewed an appeal stemming from a Planning Commission decision overturning the zoning administrator’s decision to approve a setback variance for 1149 Cordova Ave.
The appellant initially applied for a variance to legalize illegal construction of a gate after being cited by city code enforcement officers.
After the council, with Councilman John Drayman abstaining, was split in whether to uphold the decision, the case was continued to next week.