Council: Partial fix for parking
near SPHS, GP tweaking on agenda

April 18, 2014
Santa Paula News

A potential partial solution to the parking problems surrounding Santa Paula High School, a discussion of change orders and contingencies for public contracts and setting hours of operation and other issues related to a new banquet hall are on the City Council’s agenda for the Monday meeting.

The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with a closed session in the administration conference room to discuss the dispute between the city and Santa Paula Water LLC, the owners of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Late last month a Superior Court judge ordered SPW to the negotiating table after the company refused to take part in the contract mandated arbitration process.

The council will also discuss the evaluation of City Manager Jaime Fontes; at the April 4 meeting the council met in closed session before and after the regular meeting to discuss Fontes’ job performance.

The meeting will be continued at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers where the session will be broadcast live by Time Warner Cable Channel 10 and replayed per schedule. The meeting will also be live streamed on the city website and archived for viewing on demand.

Ventura County Healthcare Agency will offer a presentation followed by public comment.

The consent calendar, those items considered routine and not requiring discussion, contains changing the police lieutenant title back to commander; although the report notes there is no change related to the position renaming although “staff is currently preparing a revised job description with payroll impacts” to be included “as part of this year’s negotiation and budgetary process.”

Another consent calendar item is an enforcement agreement that has been crafted for La Terraza’s new banquet center. The agreement governs hours of operation, beer and wine service and the requirement of valet/shuttle transportation for larger crowds anticipated to attend events at the venue, located just east of the existing restaurant on the corner of 10th and Main streets.

The council will also be asked to approve “in concept” of a four-party agreement between the cities of Santa Paula and Fillmore, County of Ventura/Piru and the Ventura County Transportation Commission to jointly manage transit in the Santa Clara River Valley. The agreement hinges on a “good faith” finalization of the fare structure for fixed route and Dial A Ride services.

The last consent calendar item is the transfer of approximately $27,000 of unclaimed funds to the city’s general fund.

There will be a public hearing on proposed amendments to elements of the city’s General Plan and as a separate issue the council will be asked to participate in a property assessed clean energy program.

The council will also be asked to add the Santa Paula Housing Authority as an additional member of the Santa Paula Utility Authority and discuss the 2014 legislative platform.

The city’s traffic committee is recommending  allowing only one-way traffic at the top  portion of Palm Court be the first step in trying to get a grip on the parking issues that have plagued residents living near the high school where construction replaced onsite parking.

The council will also hear a report on the costs and impacts of construction project change orders and contingencies. 

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