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City Council Wrap-Up

August 12, 2010

Eminent domain authority

The City Council on Tuesday extended the Glendale Redevelopment Agency's eminent domain authority in the Central Glendale project area, which was set to expire on Sept. 29. The ordinance extends the agency's condemnation authority for up to 12 years.

WHAT IT MEANS

City officials say eminent domain is an important tool for redevelopment efforts, but emphasize it is used as a last resort.

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VOTE: 5-0

Communication cables

The City Council approved a $150,000-contract with Volt Telecommunications Group Inc. for the testing and repair of Glendale Water & Power's system of fiber optic communications cables, which interconnect electric substations and water facilities.

The fiber optic network will also be used to collect information from the new smart water and electric meters being installed by the utility.

WHAT IT MEANS

Under the contract, the company will provide testing and maintenance of the cables for three years.

VOTE: 4-0; Councilman Frank Quintero was absent.

FYI

What: Glendale City Council meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: City Council Chambers, 613 E. Broadway

Contact: (818) 548-2090

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