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The City was awarded $265,537 from Caltrans for the Reedley Active Transportation and Parkway Master Plan; the City will also allocate $34,403 for the project.
The Council approved to adopt Resolution No. 2022-002, which accepts the construction improvement and authorizes the City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion for Phase 1 of Tract 6196 (Self Help).
The Council voted and approved to adopt Resolution 2022-003, which accepts the public improvements and authorizes the City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion for Tract MAp No. 5263 Monte Vista Estates.
Reedley City Council Board Members
Mary L. Fast, Mayor
Robert Beck, Mayor Pro Tem
Ray Soleno, Councilmember
Anita Bentacourt, Councilmember
Matthew Tuttle, Councilmember
The Reedley City Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 by Mayor Mary Fast. The meeting was streamed live through Zoom. The meeting consisted of the five council members who were present, which included Mayor Mary Fast, Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember Robert Beck, Matthew Tuttle, 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 a recent increase in cases, the California Department of Public Health has mandated that everyone in California wear a mask in indoor public spaces and workplaces. The order is in effect December 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022. The Council members wore masks during the duration of the meeting.
There was no public comment.
The Council unanimously approved all four items on the consent calendar as presented:
Approval of Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of December 14, 2021
Update on the California Department of Transportation Planning Grant Awarded for the City of Reedley Active Transportation and Parkway Master Plan
Adopt Resolution No. 2022-002, Accepting the Construction Improvements for Phase 1 of Tract 6196 (Self Help), and Authorize the City Engineer to File a Notice of Completion with the County of Fresno Recorder’s Office
Adopt Resolution No. 2022-003, Accepting the Public Improvements Contained in Tract Map No. 5263, Monte Vista Estates and Authorize the City Engineer to File a Notice of Completion with the County of Fresno Recorder’s Office
Senior Planner Ellen Moore stated the following:
“Site 1 is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of North Sunset and Manning Avenues. The site is an undeveloped area approximately one acre in size located at 645 and 677 East Manning Avenue. The site currently has a High Density Residential Land Use Designation and a RM-2 (Multi-Family Residential) Zoning Designation, which means that the site could allow for the development of approximately 17-33 multi-family dwelling units. The project includes a General Plan Amendment (GPA) from High Density Residential to Neighborhood Commercial and a Change of Zone from RM-2 (Multi-Family Residential) to CN (Neighborhood Commercial). The project proponent proposes to construct a drive-through restaurant on the site, but no site plan has yet been submitted and is not part of this project.
Site 2 is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of North Sunset and Manning Avenues. The site is currently developed with First Southern Baptist Church, an apartment complex, and two single family residences. The site is approximately 1.5 acres in size and is located at 767, 787, 799, and 729 East Manning Avenue. To create continuity with surrounding land uses, the project includes a GPA from High Density Residential to Neighborhood Commercial on the parcel developed with the church and from High Density Residential to Community Commercial on the parcels developed with the residences. Additionally, the project includes a Change of Zone from RM-2 (Multi-Family Residential) to CN (Neighborhood Commercial) on the parcel developed with the church. No changes in zoning are proposed on the parcels with the residences. No development is currently proposed on this site.
Site 3 is located northeast of the intersection of North Sunset Avenue and East Springfield Avenue. The site is currently undeveloped and is approximately 2.65 acres in size and is located on the east side of Sunset Avenue. The project includes a GPA to make the General Plan designation and zoning classification on the site consistent. The General Plan designation would be changed from Low Density Residential (4-8 dwelling units/acre) to High Density Residential (15-19 dwelling units/acre). No change is proposed for the zoning. No development is currently proposed on this site.
On December 16, 2021, the Planning Commission held a Public Hearing to consider the various applications associated with the actions proposed within the staff report. The Commission received a written staff report and presentation, and invited the public to comment. Multiple parties spoke both in favor and in opposition to the proposed amendments. After hearing all the testimony the Planning Commission, using their independent judgment, recommended to the City Council adoption of Environmental Assessment 2021-9, General Plan Amendment Application No. 2021-1, and Ordinance No. 2021-005 (Change of Zone Application No. 2021-1), via Resolutions 2021-16, 2021-17, and 2021-18.” The Council voted to approve the following actions:
Adopt Resolution No. 2022-004 adopting Environmental Assessment No. 2021-9, an Addendum to the City of Reedley certified Program Environmental Impact Report, prepared for the Reedley General Plan Update 2030, dated December 16, 2021; and
Adopt Resolution No. 2022-005 approving General Plan Amendment Application No. 2021-1; and
Hold an Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance 2021-005, an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Reedley approving Change of Zone Application No. 2021-1 , and authorizing the amendment of the official Zoning Map of the City of Reedley
City Clerk Ruthie Green stated “The Planning Commission has 3 vacant positions to fill. It is a nice change that we had more applicants than positions available. The Mayor’s nominees are Jayne Clark, Pete Perez, and Patrick Turner.”
Pete Perez is renominated for a position on the Planning Commission. “Mr. Perez has served on the Planning Commission in the past and brings extensive knowledge.”
Jane Clerk: “I am a Reedley girl. I have an extensive background in municipal government, planning, development, and I look forward to serving the City of Reedley.”
Patrick Turner is the Director for Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission. I am from Malaga, just outside of Fowler and I have lived in Reedley for 17 years now. I joined the army right after high school. I have been with Fresno County, Fresno County EOC. I am excited to see how I can help out the town.”
The Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Fast’s three nominations to fill the vacant roles in the Planning Commission.
There were no workshops.
Receive Information & Reports
The Council received the Quarterly Expense & Travel Report for Elected and Appointed Officials – October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.
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City Clerk Ruthie Green: “The County will be mailing out at-home test kits. Right now we are not hearing about further restrictions. The mask mandate is still in effect by the Governor.”
The Council went to Closed Session at 7:52 p.m.
The Council resumed from the closed session at 8:55 p.m. With no further discussion, Mayor Mary Fast adjourned the City Council meeting at 8:55 p.m.
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