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- The Council (3-1) approved Option 2 – a 4 percent increase which would result in a monthly salary of $1513 for council members. Councilmember Drew Bessinger voted no.
- Councilmember Drew Bessinger supports Option 3 – no increase, maintaining the salary at $1455 – due to pending negotiations with bargaining units.
- The Council (4-0) approved the $75,000 grant funding to Magnolia Crossing Assisted Living.
According to its website, The city council acts as the legislative branch of city government. Approval of items requires majority support (i.e., three out of five council members must support the request to be approved).
The Council meets the first three Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. On Monday, April. 11, 2022, the meeting was at 6:00 pm
Clovis City Council members present:
- Mayor Jose Flores
- Mayor Pro Tem Lynne Ashbeck
- Councilmember Drew Bessinger
- Councilmember Vong Mouanoutoua
Clovis City Council members were not present.
- Councilmember Bob Whalen
- City Clerk Karen Cha
- Fresno County Civil Service Commissioner Michael Cunningham
- Affordable Housing Management Analyst Claudia Cazares
The Council unanimously (4-0) approved items 1-2.
1. Minutes from the April 4, 2022, Council Meeting.
2. Selection of Roofing Contractor to Repair/Re-coat the Roof of Building A at the Corporation Yard.
The public hearings are on:
3. Amending Clovis Municipal Code Section 2.1.32 establishing City Council members’ salaries and increasing the present salary to become effective after the November 2022 municipal election.
State law allows a 5 percent increase per year, which would become effective after the November 2022 election.
City Council salaries were last adjusted in 2018, setting the present monthly wage at $1,455 and reviewed every two years.
Option 1 will be a 15 percent increase and result in a new monthly salary of $1673.
Option 2 will increase salary to equal what City employees receive over two years.
Also, Option 2 will be a 4 percent increase and result in a new monthly salary of $1513.
Option 3 will take no increase and maintain the salary at $1455.
Mayor Pro Tem Lynne Ashbeck approves Option 2 as a “moderate choice.” Fresno County Civil Service Commissioner Michael Cunningham also supports Option 2.
Councilmember Drew Bessinger supports Option 3 due to pending negotiations with bargaining units.
The Council (3-1) approved Option 2. Councilmember Drew Bessinger voted no.
Administrative matters centered on:
4. Amendment to the Disposition and Development Agreement and Grant Deed Containing Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions with Innovative Development and Living Solutions of California (IDLS) to provide an additional $75,000 in grant funding, secure two additional affordable housing units, and ensure the continued affordability and availability of the Magnolia Crossing supportive senior housing development.
Magnolia Crossing is a 48-unit senior assisted-living facility. 24 units are income-restricted for 55 years.
The facility employs 20 employees and provides services such as the following:
- High need clients, lower-income, assisted living, affordable housing, health-related, birthdays, gardens, and communal space.
Magnolia Crossing suffered financially due to additional costs related to COVID. Hence, IDLS requests a $75,000 grant to cover operating costs.
Also, Magnolia Crossing will add two income-restricted units, which will result in 26 affordable units. The units will remain affordable for 55 years.
The Council (4-0) approved the $75,000 grant funding to Magnolia Crossings.
During the closed session, the board discussed the following item:
5. Government Code Section 54957.6
Conference With Labor Negotiators
Agency Designated Representatives: John Holt, Andrew Haussler, Jeffrey Blanks, Shonna Halterman, Lori Shively, Scott G. Cross
Employee Organization: Clovis Police Officers Association, Clovis Firefighters Association, Clovis Employees Association, Clovis Public Works Employees Association, Clovis Public Safety Employees Association, Clovis Professional and Technical Employees Association, Clovis Transit Employees Bargaining Unit, Clovis Technical and Financial Professionals Association, and Unrepresented Employee: Management Employees
6. Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2)
Conference With Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation
Significant Exposure to Litigation
One potential case
The meeting lasted until 6:37 pm. The next board meeting will be on Monday, April. 18, 2022, at 9:00 pm.
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