The Lindsay City Council had a productive meeting on the evening of Tuesday, June 11. Among the any public hearing items for the night, a proposed boxing gym was approved and is set to open in the city in the near future.
The boxing gym in question was proposed by Nestor Varela, who began teaching boxing at the Boys and Girls Club in Exeter, before he brought his teachings to Lindsay as his children grew older. Nestor's three sons, Sergio Varela, Ivan Varela and Nestor Varela II, were in attendance with him. He stated that he wanted to bring the boxing gym to Lindsay to encourage youth to be more involved.
All of Nestor's children approached the podium during the public hearing to address the Council and explain the importance of bringing the boxing gym into the city.
Sergio stressed that the gym is an outlet for kids who may not have any other resources to express themselves. Instead of turning to the streets, it is Sergio's hope that they will use the gym as a way to release pent up emotions.
Ivan also expressed that his main goal for the gym is to help youth in the community.
Nestor Jr. echoed his father and brothers by sharing a story. He stated that a group of four boys entered into their program at McDermont. Three of the fours boys dropped out of the boxing program and went back to causing trouble, while the fourth boy who stayed has excelled and improved in a positive way.
When the item came back to the Council for discussion, the boxing gym was quickly approved with a vote of 5-0. The Varelas graciously said thank you before quietly exiting the chambers.
Mayor Pamela Kimball was announced as the winner of the recycling contest, and Sol Flores with Mid Valley Disposal presented her with a bouquet of sunflowers.
Council member Yolanda Flores informed the Council that she had received phone calls over the past few weeks from constituents asking how money from Measure O revenues have been spent, and what the regulations were for tiny homes. City Manager Bill Zigler took down the caller's information, and told Flores that he would be in contact with them to answer their questions.
Council member Brian Watson updated the Council on the Parks ad-hoc committee who had met and are making “positive progress.” The plans for a park on the east side of Lindsa are in the works, and the ad-hoc committee is working closely with Lindsay's school district to push the project forward.
Council member Laura Cortes stated that she attended the Lindsay High School graduation, and said it was very exciting.
Kimball reminded the Council that they need to complete their anti-harassment training, before the meeting moved forward to city staff reports from Zigler.
Zigler stated that the consumer confidence report on the city's water quality would be mailed out on the first of July. He pointed out that work on the labyrinth outside of City Hall has begun, and is looking good. The electrical box at the newly completed roundabout still has not been moved, and Zigler stated that a walk-in medical office has been proposed to go in the shopping center off of Highway 65. He wrapped his report up with news from the Lindsay Wellness Center, namely that their Silver Sneakers program is growing, facility rentals are up and their have been recent troubles with the pool's main pump and motor.
As the Council moved forward, the consent calendar was approved with little discussion with a vote of 5-0.
The birrieria y mariscos El Apatzingan restaurant that has made its home off of Highway 65 in the old Lindsay Waffle House building received the Council's approval for an ABC license, allowing for the sale of beer and wine.
The Council approved a general plan amendment that changed the zoning for a parcel of land to allow for the residential development of single family homes, and expressed excitement in what could come during development.
The first reading of ordinances 575 and 576, were approved by the Council. Ordinance 575 establishes sidewalk vendor permitting procedures and regulations, and Ordinance 576 established noticing regulations and procedures for property subdivisions, in order to allow for a public hearing in matters that have to do with the splitting of city properties. The Council continued the public hearing for Ordinance 575 in hopes that the public will participate at the next meeting, and provide the Council with feedback on the potential regulations and procedures for sidewalk vendors.
The next scheduled meeting for the Lindsay City Council is set for June 25, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 251 E. Honolulu Street.