Documenter: Lorissa Rankin

Here’s what you need to know

  • The council motioned to adopt a resolution to approve professional services agreement with PBK-WLC to provide a needs assessment for the future police station. Total cost of assessment will be $58,560.

  • The celebration of the 75th year of incorporation for the city of Kerman is scheduled for July 17, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There will be vendors, music, food, as well as unveiling of a mural. Covid-19 safety restrictions will be followed. 

Purpose of Agency

The Mayor is elected for a two-year term, and Council Members are elected for four-year terms. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Kerman City Hall, 850 S. Madera Ave. The City Council serves as the policy-making board for the city of Kerman.

Kerman City Council Members

  • Gary Yep, Mayor – term ending in 2022

  • Ismael Herrera, Mayor Pro Tem District 3 – term ending in 2022

  • Kevin Nehring, Council Member for District 1 – term ending in 2024

  • Jennifer Coleman, Council Member for District 2 – term ending in 2022

  • Bill Nijjer, Council Member for District 4 – term ending in 2024

The Scene

The Kerman City Council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 by Mayor Gary Yep. Invocation was conducted by City Clerk Marci Reyes. The meeting was streamed live virtually through Zoom. The in-person meeting consisted of City Council members Mayor Gary Yep, Mayor Pro Tem Ismael Herrera, Council member Kevin Nehring, Council member Jennifer Coleman, and Council member Bill Nijjer. City staff that attended the meeting in-person consisted of City Clerk Marci Reyes, City Manager John Jansons, and City Economic Manager Mike Dozier. Attending the meeting virtually through Zoom included City Engineer Jerry Jones. Due to the global pandemic, the meeting will be held via Zoom. Kerman City Hall is now open to the public. The council shared one camera that streamed during the entire meeting. There was also a separate camera on the podium. No one at the in-person meeting wore a mask as people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks in public indoor spaces. 

Closed Session Report

  • Council member Jennifer Coleman recused herself from the closed session due to a financial interest in item 7A.

  • No action to report for closed session item 7A or 7B.

Public Comment

No public comments were made. 


  • Manuel Cunha Jr. introduced himself as the President of the Nisei Farmers League. Cunha addressed the council to inform them of his organization’s action to pass legislation that protects farm workers. Cunha stated, “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a Bipartisan bill that protects farm workers from deportation, and provides them a path to citizenship.” Cunha requested support from the council for H.R 5038 and discussed the bill further in detail. More information can be found in this article. 

Department and City Manager Reports

  • City Economic Manager Mike Dozier – reported to the council on Attachment: Resolution Approving Professional Services Agreement with PBK-WLC to provide a Needs Assessment for the future Police Station. The City Economic Manager reported that PBK-WLC is the chosen company to provide the needs assessment due to their experience with other similar projects concerning police stations. The budget for this project is $50,000 so an amendment will be needed to cover the cost of the needs assessment which is $58,560. 

Consent Calendar

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

  • A – Minutes for June 23, 2021

  • B – Payroll

  • C – Warrants

  • D – Resolution Authorizing Memorandum of Understanding with Kerman Unified School District for City Use of District Property Located 720 S. Eighth Street Adjacent to District’s Kerman Floyd School (JAJ) 

  • E – Ordinance Repealing Chapter 2.08 of Title 2 of the Kerman Municipal Code Relating to Appointive Officers (JAJ) 

  • F – Resolution Approving Amendment No. III to Agreement with County of Fresno for Community Development Block Grant Funds for the Kerman Stanislaus Avenue Park Development Project No. 17371 (JJ) 

  • G – Monthly Investment Report Ending May 31, 2021 (CC)

  • H – Resolution Approving Agreement for Common Use of Easements with Fresno Irrigation District for Tract No. 6236 (JJ) 

  • I – Resolution Concerning Local Transportation Purposes Funds (Measure “C”) (CC) 

  • J – Resolution Amending 2021-2022 Miscellaneous Salary Schedules (CC) 

  • K – Resolution Authorizing Cost Sharing and Reimbursement Agreement with Joseph Crown Construction and Development, Inc. for Public Improvements for Tentative Tract No. 6293 (JAJ) 

Public Hearings

  • City Engineer Jerry Jones – Resolution Confirming Diagram and Assessments for the Annual Levy, 2021- 2022, for Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1 (JJ) – no public testimony was made. The council motioned to approve the adoption of the resolution. 

New Business

There was no new business. 

Brief City Council Reports and Request

  • Mayor Gary Yep discussed his role as MC for the Fresno Veteran’s Memorial Service, which recognized Chinese-American WWII Veterans. The Mayor recognized the event as a “proud moment” as the highest ranking Chinese elected official, which he was happy to be a part of due to the recognition of four Chinese American WWII veterans who were honored. 

  • Mayor Pro Tem Ismael Herrera had nothing to report. 

  • Council member Kevin Nehring had nothing to report.

  • Council member Jennifer Coleman had nothing to report.

  • Council member Bill Nijjer had nothing to report.

  • City Clerk Marci Reyes announced the 75th Diamond Jubilee, scheduled for July 17, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, to celebrate the 75th year of incorporation. There will be vendors, music, food and overall celebration, as well as unveiling of the mural at 7:00 PM. (Flyer for the event included at the end of notes)

Social Media

Next Regular Meeting 

  • Wednesday, July 28 , 2021 at 6:00 PM


  • The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m. 

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