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Ender, Kellar take City Council oath

• Laurie Ender will be new face at meetings.

Posted: April 23, 2008 2:35 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The new City Council poses for a photograph. From left are Laurene Weste, Laurie Ender, Bob Kellar, Marsha McLean and Frank Ferry.

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A new member is on board on the Santa Clarita City Council and the council voted Tuesday night to move forward on the plans to "streetscape" 10 blocks of Main Street in downtown Newhall.

Laurie Ender and Mayor Bob Kellar were sworn into office to begin their four-year terms on the council after voters decided in the April 8 election. Kellar was re-elected to his seat on the council, while Ender was elected to fill TimBen Boydston's expiring seat.

The first order of business was to weigh in on one of two plans to streetscape - or landscape - Main Street as part of the city's effort to redevelop downtown Newhall. The council agreed with the staff's recommendation to use the traditional design over what was referred to as the "organic" design, which consisted of a walkway with a curvy pattern to complement the nearby Newhall Creek. The traditional design has a straight walkway as well as shade trees, shrubs, boulders, outdoor cafe seating and benches.

The first phase of the streetscape project includes installing a storm drain down Main Street and complete the streetscaping on Main Street between Market Street and Sixth Street.

Assistant City Engineer Chris Price said the plans will be "a streetscape that will tell people what downtown Newhall is all about."

The design phase has already been completed and the council authorized the city to move forward with construction plans to allow the city to go out to bid.

Construction could begin in the fall.

A few members of the public expressed concern that ongoing construction could hurt the local businesses.

"If it's under continuous construction, you are going to drive the businesses out of there and Newhall needs its mom and pop businesses," said former Councilman TimBen Boydston, the artistic and executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild in downtown Newhall.

City Manager Ken Pulskamp said, however, "We'd love to do it all at once. It's money."

The city staff plans to hold meetings with businesses to determine the best timeline of construction.

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