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Auburn City Council meets Monday

Bud Anderson Drive, redevelopment issues on the agenda
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn City Council is reconvening for the year after the holiday break Monday at 6 p.m. Several notable issues will be part of the council’s business. The council will vote whether or not to move forward with the first step in renaming a portion of New Airport Road to Bud Anderson Drive Council Member Mike Holmes said two other items related to Bud Anderson, including a possible monument to him and the renaming of the airport after him will also be discussed. “There are three different Bud Anderson things going on. We need to sort that out and figure out where we are going to go,” Holmes said. “Some of these things will be in conflict I think and we need to sort of sort that out before the city makes any decisions.” The Council will also vote whether or not to opt out as the successor agency to the Auburn Urban Development Authority, also know as the Auburn Redevelopment Agency. Since the state ruled last month that the legislature had the right to pass legislation dissolving the agencies, Auburn’s is one of more than 400 around California that will come to an abrupt end by Feb. 1. City staff recommended in the agenda that the City of Auburn not take over any of the agency’s responsibilities. Holmes said he has not made a decision yet about how he will vote, but would be in favor of the city having a part in redevelopment if the legislature voted to restructure the agencies somehow. “If the legislature authorizes a restructured kind of redevelopment authority, I am totally in favor of joining that and quite frankly there are some redevelopment agencies that have overstepped their bounds in my opinion,” Holmes said. “We don’t have a major redevelopment authority. We have been very careful in using what we had. I’m disappointed that the legislature and governor did not take that into consideration.” The meeting will be held at Auburn City Hall, located at 1225 Lincoln Way. For more information, call the City of Auburn at (530) 823-4211. ~Sara Seyydin