Election Section

Council Extends Panoramic Hill Moratorium, Refuses Cell Phone Ban

By Judith Scherr
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:18:00 AM

The City Council addressed dozens of issues at its Tuesday meeting, the last before its summer break. The council reconvenes Sept. 16. 

• The City Council voted unanimously to work with the school district to relocate the warm-water pool to an unnamed school district site. Members of a city-school group addressing the question of the four city pools will be named by the superintendent of schools and the city manager. School Board President John Selawsky said most of the meetings would be open to the public, but that the group is not one of those for which open meetings are legally required. 

• The council decided not to address a proposed ballot measure on ending the war in Iraq, but to come back with further council action on the question in September. In a straw vote, councilmembers Max Anderson, Kriss Worthington and Linda Maio said they wanted to place getting out of Iraq on the ballot. 

• The council unanimously voted to extend the moratorium on building in the Panoramic Hill area by 10 months and 15 days. 

• The council voted unanimously to extend residential parking permit areas to Francisco Street between Grant Street and McGee Avenue, Ashby Avenue on the south side between Claremont Crescent and Claremont Avenue, and Fulton Street between Ashby Avenue and Prince Street. 

• A proposed moratorium on new telecommunications antennas was defeated, with councilmembers Laurie Capitelli, Darryl Moore, Gordon Wozniak and Betty Olds voting in opposition, Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmember Max Anderson voting in favor, Councilmember Kriss Worthington abstaining and Councilmember Linda Maio recusing herself. 

• The council unanimously approved wording for the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance referendum that was also applauded by those who worked to get the referendum on the ballot.