Documenter: Ramiro Merino

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Council held a public hearing regarding the annexation of Territory Tract 6229 into the city of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 as Zone CC, where the City will collect approximately $16,405.20.

  • The Council approved the License Agreement with Joseph Briseno to host swap meet events in Mueller Park. 

  • The Council voted to approve the purchase of a new fire pumper for the Fire Department for $746,503.70. 

  • The Council voted to approve the installation of a vinyl Veterans Murals on the Cortezia Styling Salon building.

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, September 28, 2021 by Mayor Mary Fast. The meeting was streamed live through Zoom. The meeting consisted of the five council members who were present, which include Mayor Mary Fast and City Councilmembers Matthew Tuttle, Robert Beck, Anita Bentacourt and Ray Soleno. Other City staff present included Community Services Director Sarah Reid, City Engineer Marilu Morales, City Clerk Ruthie Greenwood, and Police Chief Joe Garza. Due to new Covid-19 masks guidelines, “Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear masks indoors”, the Councilmembers did not wear masks during the meeting. 


Police Chief Joe Garza presented the Pink Patch 2021 Project. “Law enforcement officers throughout the Valley sell pink versions of their uniform patches to raise money and awareness during Cancer Awareness Month. The pink patches are sold for $10 each. 100% of the donations will stay local to support patients at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center.”

Public Comment

There was no public comment. 

Consent Calendar

The Council unanimously approved all nine items on the consent calendar: 

  • Approval of Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of September 14, 2021

  • Recommendation of Rejection of Claim – Viada, Andrew

  • Approve and Authorize City Manager to sign the Special Event Facility Use Agreement with Clovis Area Modelers (CAM) – Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Club 5405 (CAM) 

  • Second Reading Adoption of Ordinance No. 2021-001, an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Reedley approving Change of Zone Application No. 2021-2 and Authorizing the Amendment of the Official Zoning Map of the City of Reedley

  • Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 2021-003 Repealing and Replacing Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the Reedley Municipal Code Concerning Solid Waste

  • Approve the following actions associated with the automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) at the Reedley Municipal Airport:

    • Adopt Resolution No. 2021-089 Amending the 2021-22 Adopted Budget Appropriating $128,414 in the Airport Enterprise Fund to replace AWOS

    • Approve and Authorize the City Manager to Execute the First Amendment to AVCOM AWOS Inspections, Verifications, and Maintenance Service Agreement

    • Approve and Authorize the City Manager to Execute the RSINET Service Agreement/Service Order for AWOS Communications Services

  • Approve the following actions for the After School Programs at Washington and TL Reed:

    • Ratify the Authorization for City Manager to Execute Amendment 1 to the Memorandum of Understanding with Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) and the City of Reedley

    • Adopt Resolution 2021-090 Amending the 2021-22 Adopted General Budget Appropriating $108,277 in the General Fund for Part Time Salaries, Benefits and Administrative Costs

  • Adopt Resolution No. 2021-091 Amending the 2021-22 Adopted Budget Appropriating $3,759 in the General Fund for a Donation Received from Dayka & Hackett, LLC for Senior Center Programs

  • Adopt Resolution No. 2021-104 Awarding a Construction Contract to Mac General Engineering, Inc for the Reed Avenue Sidewalks Project from I Street to 8th Street 

Public Hearings

  1. Open Public Hearing for the Annexation of Territory (Tract 6229) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 as Zone CC. 

  2. Adopt Resolution No. 2021-103 Approving the Annexation of Territory (Tract 6229) into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 as Zone CC, the Levy and Collection of Annual Assessment within such Territory Commencing with Fiscal Year 2022-2023 and Confirming a Diagram and Assessment Pursuant to the Provisions of Part 2 of Division 15 of the California Streets and Highways Code. 

City Engineer Marilu Morales stated “On August 10, 2021, the City Council approved resolutions initiating the annexation process, approving the preliminary Engineer’s Report and declaring the City’s intention to levy and collect the annual assessments and setting the public hearing today for the annexation of territory into the City of Reedley Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) No. 1 as Zone CC. In order to maintain and provide for ongoing costs for future landscaping, street trees and street light utility costs within the public right of way, the territory is being annexed. There was not a majority protest against the annexation.” Mayor Fast opened a public hearing, to which no one from the public spoke. The Council members agreed to adopt the resolution. 

Administrative Business 

City Manager Nicole Zieba opened the discussion regarding approving the agreement with Joseph Briseno to offer swap meet events in Mueller Park. “In July 2021, staff received a request from Joseph Briseno, an individual of Fresno and business owner in Reedley, to host on-going Swap Meet Events in Mueller Park. Since this request is on-going and is a for profit event in a public space, staff recommends a License Agreement as opposed to the Special Event Application. Joseph Briseno is requesting to offer these events twice a month year-round from 5-10 pm on Fridays. As shown on the site map, the event will not interfere with the public use of the skate park, basketball courts, playground, and dog park. This event will generate $472 in Park Rental fees per event. This amount may fluctuate depending on the number of hours requested as the fee is an hourly rate of $59.00. There is a 30 day termination clause where both parties can terminate the agreement.” Ester Rodriguez, the business partner for Joseph Briseno, stated that they would only be able to host the swap meet event twice in the fall since it will get cold to host more of the events in the winter time. “We are looking at taking a break after November and picking it up again in March.” Mayor Fast asked if she has experience with swap meets, to which Esther said she no but that she has 17 years of experience in planning and marketing other events. The Council were in support of the event and voted to approve the agreement, where Joseph and Esther will return in nine months to provide feedback on the event. 

Fire Chief Jerry Isaak spoke on purchasing a new fire pumper. “The pumper requested tonight will replace a 1999 model year Pierce fire pumper that is 22 years old, which is beyond the typical 15-20 year service life of front line equipment. While the Pierce pumper has served the community well, it is now exhibiting signs of age. The most concerning is that department staff are experiencing issues with the primary electronic control module, which is no longer supported or available for this pumper model, causing concern for firefighter safety and equipment reliability. This is a fire safety issue. Fire department staff researched and recommended the Rosenbower model, the same company that made the ladder.” The Council discussed the fiscal impact, which has a purchase price of $746,503.70, which reflects an additional discount of $23,264.92 below the contract price if the City pre-pays for the truck, with delivery occurring 13 months from the order date. The Council voted to approve to purchase the fire pumper. 

Police Chief Joe Garza presented the Veterans Mural to be placed on the west facing wall of the Cortezia styling salon building located at 1452 11th Street. “Jeff Carnie had the original conceptual design as a dog tag. Due to some scheduling, the artist was not going to be able to place the design according to the plans schedule. Pro Screen Graphics was then asked if they could design the mural. The new design will be printed on a vinyl canvas due to the logical issues, The cost of the proposed amended mural is still estimated at approximately $16,000 total, including all work, materials and anti-graffiti coating. Funding for the mural will be provided through a donation of $5,000 from the Reedley Rotary Club ($2,500 Rotary District Grant + $2,500 Rotary donation), $5,000 from the City of Reedley Arts in Public Places Program, $5,000 from the PG&E Better Together Giving Program, and $1,359 through past donations from the public for Arts in Public Places. The Council discussed the mural and voted to approve the installation of the vinyl Veterans mural.

Council Reports

  • Councilmember Robert Beck:  “I attended with the Mayor at the Reedley Community College where we received a million dollar check for the Aviation Program.” 

  • Councilmember Ray Soleno: “I attended the conference and got some takeaways.”

  • Councilmember Anita Betancourt – “I attended the Caruthers Fair and it was really clean. I would like for us to figure out how to have a fair in Reedley.”

  • Councilmember Matthew Tuttle: No report. 

  • Mayor Mary Fast: “I attended the Senior Prom Night, where everyone had a good time. I attended Reedley Community College where we received $1 million for the Aviation Program. I also attended the Kings River Conservancy Dinner and Auction.”

Staff Reports

City Manager Nicole Zieba: “Reedley is declining but Fresno and Fresno County is still a hot spot for Covid cases. There is a rumor that classes at Reedley Community College  will be online but that’s not the case. We are looking at a bill on the governor’s desk that would remove combustion and require electric tools by 2024. Also a reminder that the Council will go dark in November and December.” 

Closed Session

The Council went to Closed Session at 8:35 p.m. 


The Council resumed from the closed session at 9:10 p.m. With no further discussion, Mayor Mary Fast adjourned the City Council meeting at 9:11 p.m.

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