Council: New PD Chief to be sworn in, Sheriff to discuss jail, SPARC update
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 16, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
It’ll be the end of a long vacation when the City Council meetings Monday, August 19 at the Community Center, where the city’s 14th police chief will be ceremoniously sworn in, the county sheriff will talk about the jail, and the council will hear a report on the no-kill animal shelter.
The council, which last met June 17 before having a two-month hiatus, will first meet at 5 p.m. in a closed session at the City Hall Administration Room. According to the agenda the sole item to be discussed behind closed doors is “existing litigation” regarding the City of Santa Paula v. Santa Paula Water LLC.
The agenda notes an arbitration hearing is being formally initiated with Santa Paula Water LLC, the partnership of PERC and Alinda Capital Partners that owns and operates the city’s wastewater treatment plant. According to City Attorney John Cotti, the arbitration issue is “related to the plant’s inability to treat for chlorides.”
Following the closed session the meeting will be continued to the Community Center, where the general session will start at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast live by Time Warner Cable Channel 10 and replayed per schedule; the session will also be live streamed on the city’s website and archived for viewing on demand.
Steve McLean, who became Santa Paula’s police chief July 1, will ceremoniously take the oath of office. He was initially sworn in when he started working for the city. During the communications portion of the meeting City Manager Jaime Fontes will discuss a new accounting system.
Business will see the presentation of the updated Housing Element covering the period 2013-2021, a document that must pass state muster to be approved. The update, part of the city’s General Plan, addresses housing needs and allocations for coming years.
Habitat for Humanity will be asking for approval of eight single-family residences on Cemetery Road south of Santa Paula Street. The Planning Commission already passed the plan.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean will be telling the council of a multi-million grant application to create new space for approximately 64 inmates at Todd Road Jail, a complex specifically to house prisoners with mental health and health issues. The expansion is the first for the jail, approved for more than 2,000 beds in the early 1990s. Only the first phase of about 800 beds has been completed at the 20-acre jail site.
The Santa Paula Theater Center is on the agenda to gain a release of the easement agreement they had with the city when it grant funded fire sprinklers for the historic Ebell Club building.
The council will also hear an update on the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, where noise from barking dogs and other contract issues will be discussed. According to the report by SPPD Lt. Ishmael Cordero, SPARC - the first no-kill shelter in Ventura County - has taken numerous measures to control barking including animal behavior measures, sound proofing and monitoring, among others. His report also notes SPARC is serving more than twice the anticipated animal population, saving the city more than double the initially estimated $3,000 month it was paying for county animal services.
The Community Center is located at the corner of West Main Street and Steckel Drive.