Jamie Newton of the Orange County Employees Assn., who spoke on behalf of the city's haulers said, "It's still early" in any outsourcing process, and that an important element missing from the equation is resident feedback.

Newport's haulers have on average 15 years with the city under their belts, she said, which makes "the service they provide as unique as the citizens of Newport Beach."

The council will likely will revisit the topic in the future in a special meeting or workshop.

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Balboa seawalls

In other business, the city voted to accept two reports pertaining to Newport Harbor — the Harbor Commission's objectives for the 2012-13 fiscal year, and a five-year tidelands capital plan.

One of the projects listed in that capital plan is the eventual replacement of aging Balboa Island seawalls. The council voted to contract with URS Corp. to begin developing plans to remedy that situation.

The council also voted to require that written correspondence for council meetings be submitted by 5 p.m. the Monday before the meeting (unless otherwise permitted by law). This allows the council enough time to read and review those letters.

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