Documenter: Lorissa Rankin

Here’s what you need to know

  • The Council approved a motion to execute an engineering and construction management contract with A&M Engineering for engineering services relating to the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Road Rehabilitation Project.

  • Two public comments were made by members of the Lemoore Ladies Golf Club expressing their appreciation for the current Lemoore Golf Course manager Tom Ringer. Public comment also expressed concern over losing Tom Ringer as the manager of the golf course once the city finds a lessee to take over the golf course.

  • Lemoore residents expressed concern over the City’s decision to find new management for the golf course. Mayor Lyons explained that the city of Lemoore funds the golf course, but does not wish to do golf course business any longer. They have spoken with the possible lessee candidates and all of them have intent to keep as many current employees as possible. 

  • The Board thanked the city staff and Michelle Speer for their work and completion of the city budget. 

Purpose of Agency

The five City Council members are elected at large to serve four-year, overlapping terms. Municipal elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Council selects one of its members to serve as the Mayor, who presides at meetings and represents the City in all official matters and at official functions. Council Members do not spend all day at City Hall; they have regular jobs like everyone else. The variety of experience they bring to meetings helps them as a group to make wise decisions. 

Lemoore City Council Duties

The City Council is responsible for approving all legislation and formulating City policies. The Council’s objectives are broad and include translating public attitudes and service requirements into policies and programs, so that desired levels of service can be provided efficiently and economically. The Council keeps abreast of current State and Federal legislation. By participation in the League of California Cities, Council members are able to compare policies, techniques and procedures with other cities throughout the state. Close liaison is maintained with other Kings County elected officials to ensure that Lemoore’s policies and programs are coordinated with other public agencies. 

Lemoore City Council Board Members

  • Stuart Lyons, Mayor and Council Member for District A

  • Patricia Matthews, Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member for District E

  • Jim Chaney, Council Member for District B

  • Frank Gornick, Council Member for District C

  • David Orth, Council Member for District D

The Scene

The Lemoore City Council meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by Mayor Stuart Lyons. Invocation was conducted by Pastor Seth of the South Valley Community Church in Lemoore. The meeting was streamed live virtually through Zoom, where a total of three participants showed up throughout the night. The in-person meeting consisted of all five council members, which included Mayor Stuart Lyons, Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member Patricia Matthews, Council Members Jim Chaney, Frank Gornick and David Orth. City Staff and contract employees also present included City Manager Olson, Assistant City Manager Speer, Police Chief Kendall, City Attorney Lerner, Community Development Director Holwell, and City Clerk Avalos. Due to the global pandemic, physical attendance by the public is limited given the current circumstances and the need to ensure the health and safety of the City Council, City staff, and the public as a whole. Space is reserved for 15 members of the public on a first come, first serve basis.  The Zoom camera was directed towards the Council, where City Council Members were visible. None of the Council members wore masks at the meeting.

Closed Session Report

Nothing to report from the closed session. 

Public Comment

  1. April Davis made a public comment regarding the mosquitos in her neighborhood. Davis commented that her children are unable to play outside without being bitten by mosquitos 10-30 times in a matter of minutes. She would like the city to investigate possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

  2. Lori Menezes made a public comment as the President of the Lemoore Ladies Golf Club. Menezes expressed her gratitude for current golf course manager Tom Ringer and commented on his character, skill and the success he has brought to the golf course. Menezes indicated she fully supports Tom Ringer.

  3. Pauline Welsh made a public comment as a member of the Lemoore Ladies Golf Club in support of current golf course manager Tom Ringer.

  4. Connie Willis made a public comment through Zoom chat that she is happy the city of Lemoore is reopening. 

Ceremonial Presentations

There were no ceremonial presentations. 

Department and City Manager Reports 

There were no Department or City Manager Reports. 

Consent Calendar

The Council unanimously voted to approve the agenda items on the consent calendar. 

  • Approval – Minutes – Regular Meeting – May 18, 2021

  • Approval – Engineering and Construction Management Contact with A&M Engineering for Engineering Services for FY 21-22 Road Rehabilitation Project **Contract provided as handout at meeting**

Public Hearings

There were no public hearings. 

New Business

There was no new business. 

Brief City Council Reports and Request

  • Council Member Orth: Thanked the community and business owners for a great Friday night event, “the block party was great; everyone had fun.” Thanked the city staff for work on budget and great negotiations with the union. 

  • Council Member Gornick: Discussed with council concerns over well water levels. He believes the wells need more attention as they will be affected by the drought this year. 

  • Council Chaney: Thanked everyone for their work at the block party event, “Friday was a wonderful event, with lots of people.” Recognized Veterans Park’s display honoring veterans of the armed forces, where he spent time on Memorial day Monday. 

  • Mayor Pro Tem Matthews: Thanked all the first responders for their continued service to the community. Reminded everyone of events coming up “Rock in the Arbor” on June 18, 2021, King Lion’s Brew Fest on June 19, 2021, and the Parking Lot Sale on June 6, 2021. Thanked residents for feedback regarding the golf course and thanked the city staff for their work on the city budget. 

  • Mayor Lyons: Thanked Pastor Seth for joining the council meeting for invocation. Thanked Bobbie and recognized the King’s County Commission on Aging for their service to senior citizens as well as their education on elderly abuse. 

Social Media

  •  Keep up with the city of Lemoore news and events through their Facebook page where they do LIVE Q&A Sessions with city council members and city staff. 

Next Regular Meeting 

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 7:30 PM


  • The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. 

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