City councilmembers selected the two among them who will represent Rancho Santa Margaita when it comes to toll roads and firefighting in 2012.
At Wednesday’s meeting, officials chose Carol Gamble to be the city’s representative to Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors and chose Mayor Tony Beall to be the city’s representative on the Foothill/ Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Board.
Councilmember Jesse Petrilla will serve as Gamble’s alternate and incoming Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baric will serve as Beall’s alternate.
Nominees to the positions left the room while the remaining council members voted.
The votes for Beall, Baric and Gamble passed 4-0. The vote for Petrilla passed 3-0 with Jerry Holloway abstaining.
“I felt it was better than voting no,” Holloway said. “I just didn’t want to make it any more negative than it already was.”
An earlier nomination for Holloway to take the OCFA position failed 2-2 with Petrilla one of the dissenting votes.
• After six years at the helm, City Manager Steve Hayman had his last official regular city council meeting.
In a brief ceremony, Mayor Tony Beall presented Hayman with the city seal and a key to the city.
“We give this to you, Steve, in appreciation for your outstanding service to this fine community and with the heartfelt notion that you shall always consider Rancho Santa Margarita your home,” Beall said.
Members of city staff and representatives from State Senator Mimi Walters, State Assembly Member Jeff Miller and Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates also honored Hayman.
At the meeting, the council voted that Hayman would continue serving in an interim capacity until a replacement could be found.
• Rancho Santa Margarita received a clean bill of financial health when it comes to how they report money matters, according to the city director of administrative services.
• Councilmembers voted to ask the Orange County Transportation Authority for funding to help synchronize some of the city street lights.
The roadways up for improvement include the Santa Margarita Parkway corridor, the Los Aliso Boulevard corridor and the Antonio Parkway corridor.
If approved, the synchronization would be funded under the OCTA Measure M2 Regional Transportation Signal Synchronization Program.
• Myra Spicker, member of the Orange County Grand Jury, urged residents to consider signing up to be part of the organization.
For more information, interested applicants can visit ocgrandjury.org. The application deadline is Jan. 13.
• The city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration takes place December 31, from 5-9 p.m., in Central Park, 22232 El Paseo.
• City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.