The public will have plenty of opportunity to speak their opinions at tonight’s City Council meeting as there are two public hearings scheduled for the night.

The first of the public hearings concerns a proposed sidewalk vending ordinance. Sidewalk vending was recently made legal and open, meaning sidewalk vending is now less restricted by law and vendors are allowed to set up pretty much anywhere they’d like. Because of the general regulations set by the state, the city of Porterville is looking to set a few of their own regulations when it comes to sidewalk vendors. 

The public will be offered time to speak on this issue and to provide feedback to the Council. The Council will consider all statements before making any final decisions.  

The second public hearing for the night will discuss rentable park area fees. In a previous Council meeting, rental fees for park areas, both covered and uncovered, were brought forward for discussion. The city would like to raise the fees, but the proposed new fees could not be agreed upon. Council member Milt Stowe would like to see the rates increase by more than was proposed, and his fellow Council representatives agreed. Tonight the discussion will continue and new rental fees and rates will be proposed. The public will have their chance to offer the Council suggestions on this matter.

Each Council member will give updates about meetings they have attended, during the regularly scheduled AB 1234 reports. These reports will be followed by city staff reports, at which time City Manager John Lollis will relay important updates and information to the Council about recent or ongoing city happenings.

Mayor Martha Flores will open oral communications at the conclusion of all Council and city staff reports. This is the time when members of the public are encouraged to speak at the podium and address the Council on any matters under their jurisdiction. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes to speak.

The night’s consent calendar sits at nine items. All of these items may be approved in one motion, unless a member from the Council would like to pull an item for further discussion. A list of the items up for approval will be located at the end of this article.

There are four scheduled matters that will be discussed at tonight’s meeting.

The first will consider the approval of purchasing a Motorola Solutions Spillman Flex computer aided dispatch and records management system for $1,028,292.72 and CallWorks 9-1-1 system for $269,390.88.

The second scheduled matter is a request for direction related to microenterprise home kitchens operations. The Council will consider an option within Assembly Bill (AB) 626 which established Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation (MEHKO) as a new category of retail food facilities that cities or counties have the ability to opt-in and authorize a local MEHKO program. With AB 626, serving homemade meals in home is permitted. Servers can make and serve up to 30 meals a day, and up to 60 meals a week.

The third scheduled matter concerns the Tulare County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). The Council will consider appointing a Council representative to the LAFCO board.

The final scheduled matter will hear recommendations from the Cannabis Ad-Hoc Committee on which direction the city should take regarding the cannabis industry.

Mayor Flores will open oral communications a final time, before the Council moves on to other matters. During the other matters portion of the evening, each Council representative will be permitted to request future agenda items or provide any information they feel is necessary. 

After the closing of other matters, the meeting will adjourn.

The following is the list of items on tonight’s consent calendar:

Approval of the draft minutes from Dec. 10, 2018

Awarding a contract in the amount of $63,500 to A.S.I., Inc. for the library, fire station, and airport asbestos and other hazardous materials abatement project

Approval to advertise a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for consultants to provide the software and services needed to implement and update a complete pavement management program

Approval to operate a fare free shuttle to the Porterville Fair from May 16-18, and a fare free shuttle to the Porterville Freedom Fest on June 29

Approval of financial support not to exceed $5,000 toward the development of a regional strategic plan to address homelessness

Consideration of a letter of support for AB 213 to restore funds for city annexations

Approval of a letter of support to delete the soil portion of the Beckman Instruments Superfund Site

Approval of an event to take place on April 13 at Veterans Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Approval of the continuance of the declaration of local emergency

This meeting is scheduled for tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Hall located at 291 N. Main Street.

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