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City Faces Monstrous Cost In Complying With Environmental Law; Mayor Pro Tem's Mother Dies; Station Square; Development; Etc.

City Manager Oliver Chi says in his weekly report ( ) that ...

- Monrovia estimates it will cost the city $214.15 million to comply with state stormwater treatment requirements and at a meeting, representatives from the State Water Resources Control Board "were unapologetic about the implications that we face in complying with the provisions of our MS4 Permit, which mandate the completion of significant capital projects by 2017." Chi adds that, "the indications we received from the State Water Resources Control Board staff point to a situation where we will likely be at odds with the State regarding this particular matter moving forward."

- On Jan. 12, Geneva Monroe Spicer, mother to Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer, passed away. She was born on April 26, 1931, and moved to Monrovia in 1954. Known as Mother Spicer by Second Baptist Church of Monrovia, she served faithfully as a foster care parent for Los Angeles County.

- Station Square Park, the new train station area at 1601 S. Myrtle, will be decicated on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live entertainment, arts and crafts for children, a Canyon Park critter display, giveaways, refreshments. LA Metro will distribute train safety and other Gold Line materials.

- The city has been working on proposed modifications to its development standards and is about ready to present the results of its work. Details here on meetings to give feedback on the plan:

- The Monrovia Chamber of commerce wil hold a banquet to honor its various award winners. The Iris Award will go to Janet Wall; The Monroe Awar to BMW Monrovia; The Dick Lord Award to Alfredo Mejia (CIBA Real Estate); and Military Service and Stewardship Award to Hector Elizalde.

- The Library has established a display in the Youth Services Room to highlight the 115 entries received for the 2016 Water Conservation Calendar Contest. You can also pick up a calendar when you view the entries.

- Wednesday, Feb. 3, Monrovia will host an open workshop to discuss the Bicycle Master Plan at the Community Center (119 W. Palm.) at 6 p.m. Also, a pre-workshop bicycle ride starting at 5 p.m. at the bicycle rack in Library Park.

- Brad Haugaard

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