Here’s what you need to know:

  • The council approved five items on its consent calendar, including a bid award for a new Sunnyside Ave. bike lane and a feasibility study exploring solutions for bringing the Clovis Landfill into compliance with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Rule 4311 pertaining to flares. 
  • The council also voted to repeal all remaining Covid-related emergency orders. 

The Scene

The Clovis City Council meeting took place on March 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting was made available via Webex and YouTube Live.

The agenda no longer states that face masks are required for those who attend in person. Ashbeck was the only council member who wore a face mask. Per the direction of the council at the last meeting, more space was added between the council members on the dais. 

Two attendees were present via Webex and four were watching live via Youtube.  

Names of officials:

Jose Flores, Mayor (also Chief of Police, State Center Community College District Police Department)

Lynne Ashbeck, Mayor Pro Tem (also Senior Vice President Community Engagement and Population Wellness, Valley Children’s Healthcare)

Vong Mouanoutoua, Council Member (also External Relations and Project Development Director, Community Medical Foundation)

Bob Whalen, Council Member (also Fresno County Deputy District Attorney and candidate for Fresno County Superior Court judge)

Drew Bessinger, Council Member (also Chief of Police, Fresno Yosemite International Airport)

Ashbeck was absent from the meeting, but Flores noted that she would join them for the closed session at the end of the meeting.

Flores called for a moment of silence for the City of Fowler Mayor David Cardenas, who died of a heart attack on Friday. 

Whalen led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

From there, the meeting was open for public comment and no public comments were made online or in council chambers. 


  • Approved minutes from the March 7 meeting. 
  • Approved ordinance adding Chapter 6.3.2 of the municipal code regarding organic waste disposal reduction. 
  • Approved amending the FY 21-22 position allocation plan by adding one staff analyst position and deleting one management analyst position within the Planning and Development Services Department. 
  • Approved $92,757 bid award to Bush Engineering, Inc. for a new Sunnyside Avenue bike lane between Herndon and Alluvial Avenues. 
  • Approved award of a $141,651 engineering consulting services contract to Tetra Tech, Inc. for a feasibility study exploring alternative solutions for bringing the Clovis landfill into compliance with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Rule 4311 related to flares. 
  • Approved repealing eight remaining Covid-related emergency orders. 
    • City Manager John Holt presented the item. 
    • Holt said a couple of the orders contained “anomalies.” 
      • He said that one of them will still be in place for one year from the time the orders were rescinded. 
    • Whalen made the motion to rescind all emergency orders and all council members voted in agreement. 

Flores opened the meeting for comments by City Manager John Holt: 

  • Noted that a joint meeting with Clovis Unified is being discussed and a meeting with the Planning Commission is scheduled for April 4. 

Flores then opened the meeting for council comments:

  • Mouanoutoua reported that they had a Measure C Committee meeting last week. He said they are shooting for something to be on the November ballot. 
    • He said he and Bessinger were at the Twist Realty ribbon cutting in Old Town Clovis. 
    • He said that he toured a Community Heritage Center and extended an invitation for staff to attend. 
  • Bessinger thanked Flores for the homage to Cardenas. He said that he worked for him as the Chief of Police in Fowler. “It’s really a loss to have a public servant pass quickly,” he said. 
  • Flores said that he and Cardenas joked that they were twins separated at birth. 

The meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m. to move into closed session to conference with labor negotiators and real property negotiations, which Flores said he would not participate in because he has nearby property. 

The next meeting will be March 21.

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