Documenter: Lorissa Rankin

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Redistricting of the city of Kerman is in progress based on the 2020 Census data. Redistricting needs to be completed by April 2022 – National Demographics Corporation is assisting with the redistricting process. The next public hearing is on September 8, 2021. For more information, or to make a comment email City Clerk Marci Reyes or call 559-846-9380. The council must provide a list of communities and neighborhoods to recognize for the purpose of redistricting. 

  • A person in attendance of the meeting that did not name/identify themselves expressed concern over the city of Kerman not having an official Facebook page. Mayor Gary Yep indicated that Facebook had removed multiple city pages that were created and stated he did not know why they were taken down but mentioned, “they were removed due to Covid.”

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 Board 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 28, 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, Chief of Police John Golden, city Attorney Hilda Montoy, and City Manager John Jansons. Attending the meeting virtually through Zoom included City Engineer Jerry Jones and Finance Director Carolina Camacho. Due to the global pandemic, the meeting will be held via Zoom for the convenience of the public. 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 of July 27, 2021 the CDC recommends all unvaccinated and vaccinated people wear masks indoors. 

Closed Session Report

  • None 

Public Comment

  • No public comments were made. 


  • None to report

Department and City Manager Reports

The council unanimously approved all items. 

City Engineer Jerry Jones presents items:

  • A. RECOMMENDATION: Council by motion adopts resolution approving final map, subdivision agreement, and annexation into Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1 for Tract No. 6302 and authorizing the mayor to sign the subdivision agreement. 

City Clerk Marci Reyes presents item:

  • B. RECOMMENDATION: Council by motion designate a voting representative and alternate(s) for the 2021 League of California Cities Annual Conference. 

    • Council member Bill Nijjer voted in by City Council as the designated voting representative for the 2021 League of California Cities Annual Conference. No members of the Council wanted to fill the role of alternate, it was decided by Mayor Pro Tem Ismael Herrera that if an alternate was needed, the Council would decide on one at that time.

Staff Communications

  • Chief of Police John Golden – Thanked the city clerk Marci Reyes for setting up the city event for the 75th anniversary of incorporation and mural unveiling. Chief Golden stated, “Thank you public works for getting crosswalks refreshed for the beginning of the new school year.”

Consent Calendar

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

  • A. SUBJECT: Minutes RECOMMENDATION: Council approves minutes as presented. ATTACHMENTS: July 14, 2021 

  • B. SUBJECT: Payroll Report: 06/13/21 – 06/26/21: $164,368.60; Retro Pay & Other: $1,968.39; Overtime: $6,056.72; Standby: $948.02; Comp Time Earned: 39.38 RECOMMENDATION: Council approve payroll as presented. ATTACHMENTS: Payroll/Overtime Report 

  • C. SUBJECT: Warrants 1. Nos. 20558-22214 $1,356,450.32 ACH $83,964.38 RECOMMENDATION: Council approve warrants and electronic bank transfers as presented. (Pursuant to Government Code 37208) ATTACHMENTS: Accounts Payable 

  • D. SUBJECT: Request from Nesei Farmers League for Letter of Support Relating to Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 (MR) RECOMMENDATION: Council by motion approve letter of support. ATTACHMENTS: Letter of Support 

  • E. SUBJECT: Resolution Approving Memorandum of Understanding with Kerman Miscellaneous Employees Association (JAJ) RECOMMENDATION: Council by motion adopt resolution approving Memorandum of Understanding with Kerman Miscellaneous Employees Association and Rescinding Resolution No. 21-51. ATTACHMENTS: Staff Report and Resolution 3 

  • F. SUBJECT: Ordinance Repealing Chapter 2.08 of Title 2 of the Kerman Municipal Code Relating to Appointive Officers (JAJ) RECOMMENDATION: Council by motion waive second reading and adopt ordinance repealing Chapter 2.08 of Title 2 of the Kerman Municipal Code Relating to Appointive Officers. ATTACHMENTS: Staff Report – Ordinance 

Public Hearings

  • A. SUBJECT: Public Hearing to Receive Input from the Community Regarding the Redrawing of Election District Boundaries (MR) 

    • RECOMMENDATION: City Council: 1) receive a report from staff and consultants on the redistricting process and permissible criteria to be considered to redraw district boundaries; and 2) conduct a public hearing to receive public input on district boundaries and discuss the process. 

    • Dr. Jeff Tilton presented the redistricting plan from National Demographics Corporation for the city of Kerman during the public hearing – in person. No public hearing comments were made by the public in person or through zoom. 

    • The next public hearing for redistricting will be on September 8, 2021. The city of Kerman needs input from the community about redistricting. For more information, or to make a comment email City Clerk Marci Reyes or call 559-846-9380. The council must provide a list of communities and neighborhoods to recognize for the purpose of redistricting. 

New Business

There was no new business. 

Brief City Council Reports and Request

  • Mayor Gary Yep had nothing to report.

  • 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.

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Next Regular Meeting 

  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM


  • The meeting adjourned at 6:54 PM.

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