Documenter: Josef Sibala

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Lupe Medina, who spoke on behalf of the Kerman Youth Cheer Junior/Senior Squads, asked the Council for donations for competition in Las Vegas in January next year. The Council (5-0) unanimously agreed to allocate $500 per squad. 

  • Council by motion (5-0) adopted a resolution appointing members Robert Felker and Victor Villar to the Planning Commission. 

  • Mid Valley Disposal President Joseph Kalpakoff stated that SB1383 aims to reduce garbage, increase recycling, and process green and food waste. 

The Scene

According to its website, the City Council serves as the policy-making board of the City. The Kerman City Council has five members, including the Mayor. The City elects its mayor for a two-year term and Council Members 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 meeting is accessible through Zoom.

Officials Present:

  • Mayor Gary Yep 

  • Mayor Pro Tem Ismael Herrera 

  • Council Members: Jennifer Coleman, Kevin Nehring, and Bill Nijjer 

Others Present:

  • Lupe Medina

  • Robert Felker

  • Carolina Camacho

  • Harmeen Kaur

  • John Jansons

  • Ken Sansone

  • Mary Rodrigues

  • Uma

  • Victor Villar

  • Mid Valley Disposal President Joseph Kalpakoff

  • Mid Valley Disposal Chief Financial Officer Joe Heisdorf

  • Hilda Cantu Montoy

  • Community Service Director Philip Gallegos

Discussions/Actions

The Council (5-0) unanimously approved the items as follows:

A. Council approved minutes as presented. 

B. Council approved payroll as presented. 

C. Council approved warrants and electronic bank transfers as presented. (Under Government Code 37208) 

D. Council by motion adopted a resolution reauthorizing remote teleconference public meetings by the City Council and all boards, commissions, and standing committees of the City under Assembly Bill 361. 

E. Council accepts the monthly investment report as presented. 

Department reports centered on the following:

A. Council review letter of request from Kerman Youth Cheer Junior and Senior Squads (MR)  and direct staff accordingly. 

Lupe Medina, who spoke on behalf of the Kerman Youth Cheer Junior/Senior Squads, asked the Council for donations for competition in Las Vegas in January next year. 

The Council (5-0) unanimously agreed to allocate $500 per squad. 

B. Council by motion (5-0) adopted a resolution appointing members Robert Felker and Victor Villar to the Planning Commission. 

C.City Council waived the full reading and introduced an ordinance adding Chapter 8.12A to Title 8 of the Kerman Municipal Code relating to Organic Waste Disposal Reduction, Recycling, and Solid Waste Collection and received reports regarding potential costs from Mid Valley Disposal. 

Mid Valley Disposal President Joseph Kalpakoff stated that SB1383 aims to reduce garbage, increase recycling, and process green and food waste. 

The annual cost of implementing SB1383 are as follows: 

  • $58,500 for container labels revised with prohibited contaminants.

  • $20,200 for OnBoard camera systems for contamination monitoring and

  • tracking.

  • $15,000 for new public education materials that contain State-mandated information.

  • $32,800 to perform contamination inspections and waste sampling. Necessary action and education for violations. Administration of waiver applications.

  • $34,000 for procurement of renewable products, including compost and bio-fuels.

  • $5,000 to establish City ordinances for SB1383 mandates and associated enforcement.

  • $22,100 for reporting for tier 1 and tier 2 edible food generators. Distribute information and educational material.

  • $14,000 for additional reporting metrics to CalRecycle regarding organic waste generators and diversion program results.

  • $84,500 for additional route personnel and equipment related to organics collection.

The composting facility includes the following: 

  • In-vessel GORE system

  • Produces organic compost within 8 weeks

  • Uses food/green materials from existing and new collection routes

  • Produces valuable product for agriculture “Certified Organic.”

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 150,000 metric tonnes of CO2

  • Divert 82,000 tonnes from landfill each year at build-out, 290,000 tonnes over ten years

  • With 2020 8 new bunkers

  • Built capacity for existing jurisdiction under SB 1383

The total annual cost for SB1383 is $286,100. The cost for Mid Valley Disposal is $247,100, while the cost for the city is $39,000. 

The Council (5-0) unanimously approved the ordinance. 

D. Council by motion adopted a resolution approving the program application for Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant Funds. 

Community Service Director Philip Gallegos said the program allocated $187,432 for severely disadvantaged parts of the community, especially Northwest Park. 

E. Council adopted a resolution approving settlement agreements with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceutical, Inc., 

The Council agreed to terms of the State-Subdivision Agreements allocating settlement proceeds, while approved entry into the State-Subdivision Agreements with the Attorney General; and authorized  City Manager to execute said documents and take related actions.

Hilda Cantu Montoy stated that the agreements have a “trickle-down” effect on cities and counties, but only if a “critical mass” by both state and local governments is achieved by Jan. 2, 2022. 

In the closed session, the Council centered on the following item: 

A. Government Code Section 54956.9 Conference With Legal Counsel- Existing Litigation

Case Name: City of Kerman v. The Dow Chemical Company et al., No. CGC-20-584598 

The Council adjourned at 8:00 pm. 

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