Documenter: Eunice Choi

Here’s what you need to know:

  • There will be a National Night Out on Friday, August 13 at Kerman High School Football Stadium.

  • There will be a grand opening to celebrate the finished construction of a park in Kerman on August 28.

  • Kerman City Council plans on discussing more on updating or amending the ordinance on glass pipes.


  • Gary Yep, Kerman City Mayor

  • Ismael Herrera, Mayor Pro Team

  • Jennifer Coleman, Council Member

  • Kevin Nehring, Council Member

  • Bill Nijjer, Council Member

  • John Jansons, City Manager

The Scene

The meeting took place at the Kerman City Hall on Wednesday August 11, 2021. It formally began at 6:00 PM PST. All members involved in the meeting were in attendance in-person. No council members wore their masks. Zoom was available for the general public to view. The opening ceremonies included a Welcome to the Mayor, Call to Order, Roll Call, Invocation, and Pledge of Allegiance. There were 7 members of the public on the Zoom call. 

*The Meeting had technical issues with the audio in the Zoom, so I was not able to hear for the first 15 minutes. 

Presentations/Ceremonial Matters

  • Sheriff Margaret Mims gave special recognition to Kerman Police Department for Response and Mutual Aid at the 2020 Creek Fire. 

  • John Jansons noted that the officers’ actions were “all voluntary and they were willing to help out as they could.” He recognizes their leadership.

  • Public Comment: none.

Consent Agenda

Everything listed under the consent agenda was enacted under one vote. There was no separate discussion of these items. All items are listed as uncontroversial.

  1. Approve July 28, 2021 Minutes Meeting 

  2. Approve Payroll as presented below.

    1. Simplified Report: 06/27/21 – 07/10/21: $184,786.98; Retro Pay & Other: $193.11; Overtime: $6,517.96; Holiday at 1/2 Time: $1,034.30; Standby: $1,359.49; Comp Time Earned: 24.00

    2. See “additional information on the meeting” above for more details regarding the payroll.

  3. Approve warrants and electronic bank transfers as presented. 

    1. To see the long list (over 2 pages long) of warrants and electronic bank transfers, see “additional information on the meeting” above.

  4. Accept Monthly Investment Report Ending on July 31, 2021 as presented.

  5. Adopt resolution accepting the California Ave. & Goldenrod Ave. Intersection Control Project and authorize the City Engineer to record the Notice of Completion. 

  6. Adopt Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Execute Agreements with the California Department of Transportation for the City of Kerman SRTS and ADA Transition Plan 

All approved.

City Manager/Staff Recommendations

John Jansons said there was a lot of “excitement” on California Street, these past couple of weeks. “An oversized load takes down a C-lining.” There was an overturned truck, a week later. Yesterday, there was a small residential fire near there. Fortunately, no one was injured. “It was ironic that these incidents were all coincidental.” 

Monday night’s Planning Commision Meeting was well attended. One council member was absent. Community Development Director Orozco presented a presentation on the railroad from the San Joaquin Valley. He provided updates on development and approval process responsibilities, as the council has discretionary measures on various projects. He was very general and vague about the update. 

Jansons wanted to put out a reminder for National Night Out on Friday August 13 at Kerman High School Football Stadium. It will be a big night and everyone should look forward to it very much.

A park in Kerman (they did not specify its name) is nearly complete in the next week or two. There will be a grand opening on August 28.

Mayor/Council Reports

Nijjer wants to see if the council can direct staff to come up with a direct report on how they can update or amend our ordinance on glass pipes and things like that. He wants to figure that out before things get out of hand. 

The thrift store in Kerman likes to put their displays out in the parking lot or in the sidewalk area, and they want to know why they are being harassed by permit people. It is mainly a safety issue. The Council wants to discuss this at a later time. 

Closed Session

There was no comment before convening into a closed session. Closed session began at 6:34 PM and ended at 6:55 PM.

  1. Government Code Section 54957.6 CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS Agency Designated Representative: City Manager Employee Organization: Kerman Police Officers Association 

  2. Government Code Section 54957.6 CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS Agency Designated Representatives: Mayor Gary Yep and Mayor Pro Tem Ismael Herrera Unrepresented Employee: City Manager

There were no recordable actions during this session.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m. 

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