Council Approves Improvements

By Brian CHERNICK

Glendale City Council moved forward with approving the plans and specifications for curb ramp installations, pavement repairs and other miscellaneous improvements as per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Public Works Dept. will begin advertising for bids to help improve 16 bus stops on Verdugo Road, Chevy Chase Drive and Wilson Avenue. The locations will be modified in order to fit the required minimum of five-by-eight foot access area for passengers in wheelchairs.

The work also includes a five-foot wide sidewalk construction along the east side of Lowell Avenue between Honolulu and the Park and the ride lot south of the 210 freeway.

Construction is anticipated to begin in April and to be completed by July. Estimates for the project range from $460,000 to $510,000.

The council also approved the donation of two 1994 Pierce Fire Engines to the Republic of Armenia. While it is typical for the city to place surplus equipment to auction, the fire engines were estimated to have minimal auction value.

Mayor Paula Devine commended and honored Glendale police officers Jimmy Mercado, Matthew Stafford and Christopher Clay for their heroism and “going above and beyond the call of duty” when they saved a resident from the balcony of a two-story building that had caught fire on Dec. 19.

Devine, joined by director of Public Works Roubik Golanian, also recognized and commended Public Works employee Rod Torres for saving an elderly woman at the Chevy Chase Drive crossing from an oncoming train.

Torres accepted the commendation while also thanking Roy Rodriguez and Rick Beltran who also helped in assisting the woman.