The bulk of the meeting tonight was consumed by a discussion about the Rosemead Park Trail enhancement, which would have added a half-mile, cement sidewalk through the park. Councilwoman Margaret Clark sent out another round of mailers to hundreds of neighbors in the area about the proposal — which she was against. There were about 15 people that spoke against the idea of the jogging trail, exercise equipment and tai chi and volleyball pads.
People were concerned about everything from sweaty joggers stopping by near picinic tables where people are eating, to what a bad idea it is to add even more cement to a city that has so few parks, to why in the world there needs to be a cement jogging trail in the park when the track at the local high school is used more by joggers.
But the biggest issue was about the cost, which was esimated to be just under $500,000. And the construction management firm is none other than Del Terra.
In the end, and much to the surprise of Mayor John Tran, the council unanimously agreed: Reject all bids.