By Natalie Kim
Diamond Bar -The first Diamond Bar Council meeting of the year began with the Council announcing the winners of the annual Through My Lens Photo Contest of 2016. Residents of Diamond Bar submitted pictures in the categories of People, Places, Pets, Nature, and Digitally Altered. The photos depicted stunning and striking spaces and residents of Diamond Bar.
Following the recognition of the contest winners, the Council heard public comments. One resident expressed concern over the rising crime in Diamond Bar and the possibility that not all residents are well connected to the local police, due to language barriers or other obstacles. A representative from the Diamond Bar Public Library announced upcoming events for kids and teens, and a representative from the Diamond Bar Breakfast Lions Club announced a Drums for Kids Multicultural Concert.
Following the public comments, the schedule of future events was read, which included the next General Plan Advisory Committee meeting on January 19; the cancellation of the Winter Snow Fest due to excessive rains; the cancellation of the January 24 Planning Commission meeting; the next Parks and Recreation meeting on January 26; and the next City Council meeting on February 7.
Next, the Council approved all items on the consent calendar, including the minutes from the City Council meeting of December 20 and the special meeting of December 19; ratification of a check register totaling $2,112,884.78; the Treasurer’s Statement for November 2016; approval of notice of completion for construction of Diamond Bar Blvd./Brea Canyon Rd. intersection enhancement project; approval of notice of completion for construction of area 4 residential and collector road maintenance project; a resolution awarding a construction contract for the traffic signal battery backup project in the amount of $193,560; and awarded a design services contract for area 5 residential and collector street rehabilitation and Brea Canyon Cut-off Rd. drainage improvement and pavement rehabilitation projects to Onward Engineering.
Finally, after individual reports and comments, the Council adjourned to February 7, at 6:30 p.m.