Documenter: Ramiro Merino

Here’s what you need to know

  • The Council recognized the month of July as “Park and Recreations” Month. 

  • The Council approved to adopt the Resolution regarding Levying the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Assessments for the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1, which the City will collect approximately $199,371.02 to offset the costs. 

  • The Council approved the request from the River City Theatre Company for rent payments to be waived for the months of June, July, and August 2021 due to the financial impact of Covid. 

Reedley City Council Board Members

  • Mary L. Fast, Mayor

  • Robert Beck, Mayor Pro Tem

  • Ray Soleno, Councilmember 

  • Anita Bentacourt, Councilmember

  • Matthew Tuttle, Councilmember 

The Scene

The Reedley City Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 by Mayor Mary Fast. The meeting was streamed live through Zoom. The meeting consisted of the five council members, which includes Mayor Mary Fast and City Councilmembers Matthew Tuttle, Robert Beck, Ray Soleno, and Anita Bentacourt. Other City staff present included Community Services Director Sarah Reid, City Engineer Marilu Morales, City Clerk Ruthie Greenwood. Due to new Covid-19 masks guidelines, “Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear masks indoors.” the uplifted COVID guidelines, the Councilmembers did not wear masks during the meeting. 

Presentation

Mayor Mary Fast read the Proclamation recognizing July as Parks and Recreation Month. “Whereas the Parks and Recreation profession in California creates community through people, parks and programs. Our parks help to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of California and the parks and recreation services support more productive workforces, enhance the desirability of locations for business and families, and stimulate tourism revenues to increase a total community development model. Hundreds of California children, adults and seniors benefit from the wide range of services, facilities and programs provided by the City of Reedley Community Services Department. Now, therefore, be it resolved that City Council of the City of Reedley urges all residents to enjoy and recognize the social, physical, mental, economic, environmental and community benefits derived from our community center, public parks, community swimming programs and all services and programs offered through Community Services Department, which provide something of value to everyone, and recognize July as “Parks and Recreation Month”

Public Comment

There were no public comments. 

Consent Calendar

The Council unanimously approved all eight items on the consent calendar.  

  • Approval of Minutes of the Regular Council Meetings of May 25, 2021 and June 8, 2021

  • Recommendation of Rejection of Claim-Luna, Cristyann A.

  • Approve and Authorize the City Manager to Sign the Sierra Kings Health Care District (SKHCD) Special Initiative Agreement for the River Parks Water Safety Materials 

  • Adopt Resolution No. 2021-033 Approving the Amending of the Final Map and Subdivision Improvement Agreement for Phase One of Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map 6229

  • Consider the Following Items (A), (B), and (C) for the Annexation of Tract 6196 Phases II and III (Reed and Aspen) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1

    • A) Adopt Resolution No. 2021-058 Initiating Proceedings for the Approval of the Annexation of Territory (Tract 6196 Phases II and III) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 as Zone BB, and the Levy and Collection of Annual Assessments within such Annexation Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Pursuant to the Provisions of Part 2 of Division 15 of the California Streets and Highways Code, and Ordering the Preparation of an Engineer’s Report in Connection Therewith.

    • B) Adopt Resolution No. 2021-059 Approving the Engineers Report for Zone BB and the Levy and Collection of Assessments within such Annexation Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023

    • C) Adopt Resolution No. 2021-060 Declaring the Intention to Order the Approval of the Annexation of Territory (Tract 6196 Phases II and II) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance within such Annexation Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023 and Setting a Time and Place for a Public Hearing. 

  • Consider the Following items (A), (B), and (C) for the Annexation of Tract 6178 (Frankwood and South) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1.

    • A) Adopt Resolution No. 2021-061 Initiating Proceedings for the Approval of the Annexation of Territory (Tract 6168) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No.1 as Zone AA, and the Levy and Collection of Annual Assessments within such Annexation Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Pursuant to the Provisions of Part 2 of Division 15 of the California Streets and Highways Code, and Ordering the Preparation of an Engineer’s Report in Connection Therewith.

    • B) Adopt Resolution No. 2021-062 Approving the Engineer’s Report for Zone AA and the Levy and Collection of Assessments within such Annexation Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023.

    • Adopt Resolution No.2021-063 Declaring the Intention to Order the Approval of the Annexation of Territory (Tract 6178) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 as Zone AA, to Levy and Collect Assessments within such Annexation Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023 and Setting a Time and Place for a Public Hearing. 

  • Adopt Resolution  No. 2021-064, Accepting the Construction Improvements for the Manning Ave Phase 1 Project from 1 Street to Frankwood Avenue, and Authorize the City Engineer to File a Notice of Completion with the County of Fresno Recorder’s Office.

  • Adopt Resolution No. 2021-065 Amending the 2021-21 Adopted Budget Recognizing and Appropriating in the General Fund a Donation of $10,000 Towards the Purchase of the New City Christmas Tree

Public Hearing

The Council conducted a public hearing to adopt Resolution No. 2021-057 Levying the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Assessments for the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting District No 1. “The City of Reedley LLMD No. 1 was formed in November of 1989. LLMD No. 1 was established to maintain on-going maintenance operation and servicing of the local pocket parks, open spaces, landscaping and irrigation in local area buffers, entryways and median islands,street trees in park strips, block walls and local street lighting within said District. The City will collect approximately $199,371.02 to offset the cost of maintaining landscaping and street lighting in the District, which is an increase of $8,155.23 from the previous fiscal year.” There was no public that spoke during this time, at which the Council unanimously approved the resolution. 

Administrative Business 

Sarah Reid, the community services director, introduced the request from River City Theatre Company (RCTC) for rent payments, for use of the Opera House, to be waived for the months of June, July, and August 2021 due to the financial impact of Covid. The request submitted stated “The pandemic is nearly behind us and we are beginning to be allowed to gather safely. This has let most businesses fully re-open. However, for the theatre company, the ability to gather means we can now just begin the process of reopening. Our first full stage production will open this July.” Mark Luzania, President of the RCTC Board of Directors stated “We are not able to gather, this means that we are barely in the process of restarting again. We are starting our first summer camp. I am also proud to announce that we will be opening the theater company to a more diverse community. We offered 4 scholarships, where these students may not have otherwise been able to attend the camp. Our city manager’s daughter can attest to that. We are just beginning to gain traction. The first camp is for acting, the second is behind the scenes, with lighting and sound, and the young actors will be performing onstage. The camp is actually 2 weeks for stage and lighting and 3 weeks for acting, so comes down to $2 for babysitting fee. The first performance won’t be until September. It is so fun to watch, some of them are wildflowers and very dramatic but there are also kids who are breaking out of their shells. I am hoping the students go back to their friends and spread the way to generate interest. The pandemic brought many inefficiencies to light so we are cleaning them up. We lost our website from the inefficiency but we are working on getting it back up. We are renting out the Opera House to private events as a means to cover some of the costs the pandemic has brought onto the theatre. 

One of the councilmembers asked if the City is paying for the electricity bill for the Opera House during the private events. Sarah Reid stated “We capped the electricity where they are able to rent out the venue to private events but they do not go over that. They are very mindful of it and have done a good job at keeping the costs down. The air conditioning is getting replaced so this will help with the costs. The Councilmembers expressed support for the reopening of the Opera House and suggested more marketing be done in order to reach a more diverse community. With no further discussion, the Councilmembers unanimously approved to waiver the rent payments for June, July and August of 2021. 

Workshop

City Engineer Marilu Morales presented the workshop for the proposed measures for Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 for Zones A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. She stated that only Zone F passed out of the eight zones, and will be assessed in the new assessment for Fiscal Year 2021-22. The following is a list of planned measures to minimize the cost of maintenance for the six zones that did not pass as well as the planned improvements for the zone that did pass. 

  • Zone A: Remove shrubs on S. Kings River Road 

  • Zone B: Remove all shrubs and pine trees from median island on Kingswood Parkway, leave crape myrtle and Chinese pistache trees if healthy and remove red bricks along median curb 

  • Zone D: Remove all shrubs and pine trees from median island on Kingswood Parkway, leave crape myrtle and Chinese pistache trees if healthy and remove red bricks along median 

  • Zone E: Remove all redwood trees in pocket park joint pocket park with Zone H), leave Chinese pistache trees, remove shrubs and junipers, add bark to landscaping buffers 

  • Zone F: Remove pine trees and replace with Chinese pistache trees, fill in blank spots of landscaping with new shrubs, inspect irrigation and repair/replace as needed, add bark and remove red bricks along median curb 

  • Zone G: Removal all shrubs on Frankwood Avenue 

  • Zone H: Remove all redwood trees in pocket park joint pocket park with Zone E), leave Chinese pistache trees, remove shrubs and junipers, add bark to landscaping buffers

Marilu Morales also stated that the onetime cost of $30,000 for the listed proposed measures was approved and included in the City’s fiscal year 2021-22 budget. Mayor Fast said “We did receive multiple resident calls so that’s why we are having the community meeting. A person complained but after looking at their address, it turns out they are not in the zone, so what we are recommending is to notify those living in that small block and educate them on who got notified, why they got notified, and how this process works. There are people who are vocal but there are also people who do not care about those meetings.Yes, they have to pay the current rate no matter what.” 

Council Reports

  • Councilmember Robert Beck – No report. 

  • Councilmember Ray Soleno – No report. 

  • Councilmember Anita Betancourt -No report. 

  • Councilmember MatthewTuttle – No report. 

  • Mayor Mary Fast – “Ms. Nicole has been here for 10 years so it’s time to do an evaluation. Do we want to do a written evaluation and write comments? I would like to write down notes and Ruthy can get us a format for the evaluation.” 

Staff Reports

  • City Clerk Ruthie Greenwood reported that “There are currently 28 Covid cases in the city, of which 37 are in the same hospital so it is pretty isolated. 85% of those 65 and older are reported to have been vaccinated. The vaccination site at the high school is closing at the end of June. We now have free walk-thru pharmacies and other sites, which makes these resources available for anyone that wants to get vaccinated. We go dark for two meetings in the year. The new lighting at the water tower project is almost done. In speaking with Valencia with the Chamber, we want to do a live event but have decided to plan another event that does not take away from the Fourth of July event. 

  • Community Services Director Sarah Reid stated that there will be a site visit for the Camacho Park project. She said in the past, the City of Reedley hosted an event where all City Councilmembers were present and they went all out. This time, however, the State has asked they do not want any people present during the site visit. 

Closed Session

The Council went to Closed Session at 8:11 p.m. 

Adjournment

The Council resumed from the closed session at 9:22 p.m. With no further discussion, Mayor Mary Fast adjourned the City Council meeting at 9:22 p.m. 

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