First up on the agenda will be a presentation by Police Chief Steve McLean of actions taken during his first 100 days heading up the SPPD since he joined the city July 1.
The council will also consider a proposal for a $250,000 grant from Limoneira Co. that the city must match that would allow the SPPD to hire up to three more officers for a stipulated three-year period. Thereafter according to Fontes report, the city would be on their own to fund the positions.
The fund would hire an additional two to three officers to supplement the city’s authorized force of 28 officers to bring the total up to 30 to 31. The council will also consider the purchase of two inspection vehicles used by Building & Safety, an expenditure of more than $65,000 but one already almost fully covered by fines and fees collected by the department
Planning Director Janna Minsk will offer an update on the Planning Commission roles and responsibilities, a report requested by Mayor Ralph Fernandez after his choice, Planning Commissioner Marilyn Appleby, an architect, was not reappointed by a council majority for a second term.
The council will also consider ordering a long awaited study that some citizens believed was already in progress regarding water and wastewater rates and fees; calculating the controversial wastewater processing fee, a charge separate from the basic sewer bill; the city’s water and sewer connection fees and “potential impacts of future acquisition” of the city’s wastewater treatment plant which is privately owned and operated.