Although the meeting of the Lindsay City Council was a short one, on Tuesday evening the Council took action on several items.
The meeting began with Council reports and Council member Yolanda Flores was the first to give her regular report. She state that she had received several complaints about the road work being done, and requested a timeline for estimated project completions.
Council member Laura Cortes gave thanks to the ambulance service in town for their speedy response to the emergency situation involving her son. She said that even though she was a short distance away, the ambulance was there before her, and she appreciated the quickness of their response.
Mayor Pamela Kimball invited the Council and audience to the annual “Night at the Museum” dinner and labyrinth dedication on Saturday. She then read a proclamation for the Lindsay Hospital District commemorating all that the district does for the city.
Last to report was Interim City Manager Bret Harmon who gave a brief update about city happenings and utilities. He thanked the Department of Public Safety for the tour they gave the Council of their facility, and then announced that roof repairs to the department would be happening soon. He briefed over the citywide clean-up event that happened on October 4 and 5, and stated that it was a success. Harmon then reported about current and upcoming street projects, and invited everyone out to the Health Fair at the Wellness Center on October 19. He also announced that the City of Lindsay will have a booth at the annual College and Career Expo on October 25.
When the Council approached the consent calendar, one item was pulled for further discussion. This item concerned the acceptance of a $100,000 grant to put toward public safety. The remaining items on calendar were quickly approved with a vote of 5-0.
Following the approval of the consent calendar, the Council immediately began discussing the pulled item. City staff had requested Council approval of a $100,000 grant that would cover the salary of one police officer and the partial salary of one Chief Security Officer. Without much discussion,the Council approved the acceptance of the grant with a vote of 5-0.
City staff had requested direction as to which way Cortes should vote on two resolutions that will be up for discussion at the League of California Cities Conference next week. Cortes was chosen by the Council to represent Lindsay as the voting delegate on the board for the League of California Cities. City staff recommended that Cortes vote in favor of both resolutions, and the Council agreed with a vote of 5-0.
The Council approved a final parcel map, splitting one parcel into two at 1030 N. Parkside Avenue, with a vote of 4-0. Council member Brian Watson had to abstain from voting as the property in question is relative to him.
Before the meeting was adjourned, Kimball requested a discussion regarding the second meetings in both November and December.
The second meeting of the Council in November was up for discussion because Kimball wanted to make sure that they would meet quorum, as she will not be there. This meeting falls near Thanksgiving, and Kimball was concerned that other Council members would also be out of town. The remaining Council members stated that they would prefer to meet near Thanksgiving, and will be able to meet quorum.
The final meeting of the year for Lindsay’s City Council falls on Christmas Eve this year, so the Council decided it would be best to hold only one meeting in December. Harmon warned that the agenda would be busy for the December meeting.
The next meeting of the Lindsay City Council is scheduled for October 22, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 251 E. Honolulu Street.