First Look at Next Monday's Council Meeting
Join us for the next meeting of the Visalia City Council on Monday, June 18th.
Monday’s meeting starts with the Work Session at 5 p.m. and includes the following items:
- Annual Report from the Parks & Recreation Foundation
- The Foundation, which works on projects with the Visalia Parks & Recreation Department that provide benefits to City community centers, parks, trails and special events, will present their annual report on the projects and accomplishments from the past year. The City Council will also consider the option to extend the Foundations cooperation agreement for another year.
- Annual Recertification of the Measure T Plan
- The Council will receive a presentation on Measure T; the voter approved ¼ cent sales tax that increased public safety efforts by enhancing police and fire services in Visalia.
- Vote on awarding a contract to Axon Enterprises, Inc. for Visalia Police Department’s body-worn camera equipment and related services.
- Provide authorization to approve agreement with the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County to continue the Environmental Cleanup Opportunities (ECO) Project.
- The authorization would continue the ECO program through Fiscal Year 2019. The ECO Project is a transitional jobs program for those that are homeless or in transitional housing. It’s a coordinated effort between the City, the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County, ABLE Industries, and community agencies that provide services to the homeless. ECO participants work throughout the City on clean-up projects, with the goal of participants ending up prepared to obtain jobs in the public or private sector.
The Regular Session starts at 7 p.m. and Items and Public Hearings include:
- Introduce Ordinance and conduct public hearing for the sale and development of City-owned properties to Self-Help Enterprises.
- Properties are located at 101, 105, 111 and 113 North West 5th and 1105 North Court Street. Staff is requesting that Council conduct a public hearing and consider an approval of an ordinance and resolution authorizing a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA). The DDA with Self Help Enterprises would allow for forgivable loans for the acquisition of each parcel, provided the properties noted above are used as affordable housing. It also allows for federal funds to be utilized to develop affordable housing.
- Zoning Text Amendment, a request by American Ambulance Visalia to amend Zoning Ordinance Section 17.25.030
- Council will consider approving a Zoning Text Amendment that will allow American Ambulance to establish their new station on the City’s west side, ultimately allowing American Ambulance to provide adequate medical response coverage. In addition, this Amendment allows similar stations to be located throughout this area to better respond to future growth.
- Second public hearing and adoption of the proposed Fiscal Years 2018/19 and 2019/20 Measure N budget and recommended changes.
- Measure N is the voter approved half-cent sales tax increase that took effect in 2017 and addresses public safety services, repair, and maintenance for streets and roads, maintenance of parks and trails and emerging needs. Proposed changes to projects included in the original Measure N plan includes advance relocating Fire Station 56 and combining the various street maintenance categories. Proposed new projects/programs not in the original Measure N plan include, but are not limited to, continuing to fund PD’s body camera program, purchasing a Community Services Officer vehicle in Fiscal Year 2019/20 and replacing the downtown street lighting system.
- Adoption of the City of Visalia 2018/19 and 2019/20 multi-year budget.
- The Council has spent the last two months reviewing the Capital Budget as part of the City’s larger budget process. Staff recommends that the Council adopt a budget by June 30th to comply with the City Charter requirements. However, Council can decide to continue the public hearing to another meeting to adopt the budget.
Once finalized, the full agenda is viewable here.
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