Here’s what you need to know:
- According to the Fresno County Transportation Authority, the City of Kerman will receive $630,859 in Measure C funds in the Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
- The Council (5-0) adopted a resolution supporting the design and refurbishment of a roundabout with a monumental gateway sign located at State Route 145 and West Jensen Avenue.
- The Council (5-0) adopted a resolution approving First Amendment to a consultant services agreement with Precision Civil Engineering Inc. for entitlement, land use, and planning services.
- The Council (5-0) adopted resolutions approving the City’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and the 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
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.
- Mayor Gary Yep
- Council Member Bill Nijjer
- Council Member Jennifer Coleman
- Council Member Kevin Nehring
- Mayor Pro Tem Ismael Herrera
- City Attorney Hilda Cantu-Montoy
- City Manager John Jansons
- Public Works Director Michael Barajas
- City Engineer Jerry Jones
- Chief’s Administrative Assistant Mary Rodrigues
- Chief of Staff Marc Benjamin
- Luis M
In the consent calendar, the Council (5-0) unanimously approved the items as follows:
A. Council (5-0) approved the minutes of June 22, 2022, as presented.
B. Council (5-0) approved the payroll as presented.
C. Council (4-1) approved warrants and electronic bank transfers as presented. (Under Government Code 37208). Council Member Kevin Nehring recused.
D. Remote City Council Meetings Under New Brown Act Requirements (AB 361)
Council by motion (5-0) adopted a resolution reauthorizing remote teleconference public meetings by the City Council and all City boards, commissions, and standing committees under Assembly Bill 361.
On September 16, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 361 into law.
AB 361 amends the Brown Act to allow for remote public meetings without having to comply with standard provisions and restrictions for remote meetings under the Brown.
AB 361 temporarily writes into the Brown Act some remote meeting requirements the City has already met and implemented under the Governor’s prior Executive Orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AB 361 includes additional requirements in the form of an initial authorising resolution (effective for up to 30 days) and subsequent resolutions to extend the use of remote meetings for additional periods of 30 days after that.
The bill included an urgency provision making the law immediately effective upon signature by the Governor.
E. Resolution Amending 2021-2022 Miscellaneous and Public Safety Schedules (JA)
Council (5-0) adopted a resolution approving an amendment to the Miscellaneous and Public Safety Salary Schedules effective July 1, 2022.
The City of Kerman, the Kerman Municipal Employees Association and the Kerman Public Safety Employee Association contracts result in changes to the salary scales effective July 1, 2022.
Staff will present the management salary schedule at the next Council meeting.
California state law requires a payment schedule approved and adopted by the City Council under public meeting laws that indicate the position title and the pay rate for every position, along with the effective date of any revisions.
The salary scale must be posted or immediately accessible for public review or on the City’s website.
F. Resolution Concerning Local Transportation Purposes Funds (Measure “C”) (JA)
Council (5-0) adopted a resolution concerning Local Transportation Purposes Funds (Measure “C”)
The voters of Fresno County in 2006 approved an extension of the one-half-cent sales tax increase known as Measure “C” to fund regional and local transportation projects.
The Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA) is the administering agency for these funds.
The FCTA, on an annual basis, determines the allocation of Measure “C” funds to all cities and the County of Fresno based on population and road miles.
For the Fiscal Year 2022-2023, the FCTA is projecting $38,179,590 in Measure “C” funds.
The FCTA allocates these funds in the following categories:
- Street Maintenance ($16,882,882)
- ADA Compliance ($590,901)
- Flexible Funding ($16,972,627)
- Pedestrian/Trails Urban ($2,372,431)
- Pedestrian/Trails Rural ($502,857)
- Bicycle Facilities ($857,892)
The allocations for the City of Kerman are:
- Street Maintenance ($279,538)
- ADA Compliance ($9,784)
- Flexible Funding ($341,537)
These allocations are based on Kerman’s 2022 population of 16,639 and 50.9 road miles.
These revenues are a critical funding source to help the City maintain streets, sidewalks, and infrastructure.
The City Council must adopt a resolution claiming the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Measure “C” funds, agree to spend the funds for local transportation-related purposes, separately account for the funds, and report prior fiscal year funding claims by November 15, 2022.
According to the Fresno County Transportation Authority, the City of Kerman will receive $630,859 in Measure “C” funds in the Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
G. Resolution Approving First Amendment to a Consultant Services Agreement with Precision Civil Engineering Inc. for Entitlement, Land Use, and Planning Services (JRO)
The Council (5-0) adopted a resolution approving First Amendment to a consultant services agreement with Precision Civil Engineering Inc. for entitlement, land use, and planning services.
On March 24, 2021, City Council approved a professional services agreement with Precision Civil Engineering Inc. to provide entitlement, land use, and planning services.
Amendments to the agreement include an extension of the term of the agreement, minor modifications to the scope of services that encumber specific department needs, and an adjustment to compensation to account for inflation.
The contract with said revisions will allow continued services supporting anticipated heavy land use and planning projects.
H. Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance Adding Chapter 2.53 to Article 2 of the Kerman Municipal Code Relating to Adoption of a Military Equipment Use Policy (JG)
The Council (5-0) adopted the ordinance adding Chapter 2.53 to Article 2 of the Kerman Municipal Code Relating to Military Equipment Use Policy.
The Council held a public hearing on June 22, 2022, and introduced the proposed ordinance after its conclusion.
On September 30, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 481, relating to law enforcement agencies’ use of military equipment.
Assembly Bill 481 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of the applicable governing body before taking certain actions relating to the funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment.
“Military equipment” is defined in California Government Code section 7070.
In compliance with AB 481, The Military Equipment Use Policy, as outlined in Kerman Police Department Policy Manual, Policy 706 was published on the Kerman Police Department’s internet website on May 4, 2022.
The Kerman Police Department Policy Manual, Policy 706, was presented to City Council on May 4, 2022.
Notice of Public Hearing was published in the Kerman News on June 8, 2022.
The Council conducted a public hearing at the June 22, 2022 meeting.
The proposed policy remained posted on the City website for public comment.
The Military Equipment Use Policy meets the requirements of California Government Code section 7070, subdivision (d).
Currently, the City of Kerman does not have any military equipment.
The public hearings include:
A. Continued Public Hearing and Adoption of the City’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan (MB)
The Council (5-0) adopt resolutions approving the City’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and the 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
On June 8, 2022, opened the public hearing for consideration of the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and the 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
At the public hearing, Angela Hall, from A&M Consulting Engineering, presented to Council the process for the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
Hall also presented to the Council comments received by Fresno Irrigation District (FID) via email at 4:22 p.m. on June 8, 2022.
During public comment, Mr. Glen Foth submitted concerns regarding both plans at the June 8th, 2022, Council meeting.
The Council voted to continue the public hearing to address all newly received comments.
The notice of continued public hearing was printed in the Fresno Bee and posted at City Hall.
The Draft 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) evaluates the City’s current water supply and delivery systems and plans for current and future water use trends to balance supply and demand through 2045.
The purpose of the UWMP is to evaluate long-term resource planning and establish management measures to ensure that adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future demands.
The UWMP provides a framework to help water suppliers efficiently use urban water supplies.
Urban water suppliers can evaluate their water supply and demand through the UWMP to ensure availability.
The California Water Code requires all urban water suppliers to submit a UWMP to the California Department of Water Resources every five years.
Moreover, the code states that an urban water supplier is those who either supply over 3,000 acre-feet per year or have over 3,000 connections.
To receive state grants or loans, an urban water supplier must submit the 2020 UWMP and WSCP.
The City of Kerman supplied 1,110 million gallons of water for municipal purposes to 3,767 service connections in 2020.
The 2015 UWMP required the City to calculate baseline water use during the baseline period to comply with the state target of a 20 percent reduction in urban per capita water use by the end of 2020.
According to the 2015 UWMP, The City’s 10-year daily urban per capita water use amounts to 253 gallons/per capita per day, while in 2020, the amount is 203 gallons per day.
In 2015 UWMP, the City complied with the 20 percent state target. For the 2020 UWMP, urban water suppliers must observe the target reduction.
The 2020 UWMP includes a system description, water use for 2025 through 2045, compliance targets based on 2020 water usage, and drought risk assessment.
According to the 2020 UWMP draft, the city’s per capita water use is 173 gallons/per capita per day, which is well below the target of 203 gallons/per capita per day.
The City has the adequate capacity to meet future water needs through water conservation programs.
The primary objective of the WSCP is to ensure that the City has in place the necessary resources and management responses and to preserve environmental and community assets during water supply shortages and interruptions.
The WSCP has been updated to define six prescribed water shortage levels and includes response actions that align with the six shortages based on water supply and demand conditions.
The WSCP also includes procedures for conducting annual supply assessments and communication protocols corresponding to the defined shortage levels.
The WSCP is included in Chapter 8 of UWMP but must be adopted independently from the UWMP.
Any future amendments to the WSCP can be independent of the UWMP.
B. Public Hearing and Approval of Resolution Confirming Diagram and Assessments for the Annual Levy, 2022-2023, for Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1 (JJ)
Council (5-0) adopted a resolution confirming the diagram and assessments for Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1 for the 2022-2023 annual levy in the amounts specified.
The Landscape and Lighting District maintains public landscaping in median islands and landscape strips along major streets.
The revenue from the district also pays for street lighting costs for areas within the district.
All new developments are annexed into the district and charged with an annual assessment collected with property taxes.
There are currently 12 sub-areas within the Landscape and Lighting District No. 1.
One new sub-area, Sub-area No. 13, will be created as part of this year’s proceedings.
One existing area, Sub-area No. 12, also had subdivisions of existing parcels within its boundaries that resulted in modified assessments.
The proposed total assessments for 2022-2023 are $355,503.98, and 2,157 properties are within the District.
4. Department Reports consist of:
A. The Council (5-0) approved the request from Kerman Cal Ripken to Waive Community Center Rental Fees (TJ).
The Kerman Cal Ripken is hosting the annual State Tournament at Goldenrod Elementary School beginning July 3 through July 10.
Fourteen Central Valley and Central Coast teams will play throughout this year’s tournament.
Kerman Cal Ripken has reserved the Kerman Community Center on Saturday, July 2, to host a welcome luncheon for coaches, players, and their families to kick off the tournament week.
General reservations require a fee of $1,500. However, the City processed the reservation request under the KUSD & Community Non-Profit Banquet Usage flat fee reservation rate of $375.
Therefore, if the request is approved, it would provide them with a fee much lower than for KUSD and other community non-profits.
On June 21, 2022, Kerman Cal Ripken submitted a Request for Community Services Funding to cover the cost of renting the Kerman Community Center on July 2.
B. Consideration of a Resolution Supporting the Design and Refurbishment of the Roundabout with a Gateway Monumental Sign Located at State Route 145 and W Jensen Avenue (JRO)
Council (5-0) adopted a resolution supporting the design and refurbishment of the roundabout with a monumental gateway sign located at State Route 145 and W Jensen Avenue.
The Council adjourned at 9:00 pm. The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 6:00 pm through Zoom.
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