Here’s what you need to know

  • The Reedley City Council met on Oct. 25, 2022 and voted 5-0 to approve full-time employee benefit renewals for 2023. Currently in 2022, the projected annual cost for full-time medical benefits is $1,801,150, which will be rising to $1,955,407 in the year of 2023. 
  • Fresno County gave a presentation on a $4.2 million grant from the HOME American Rescue Plan Program to help address the housing crisis in Reedley. Notification of the funds were received a year ago, however, funds were held until the county decided how to allocate the funds. The Reedley city manager said that the city would not be the ideal place to build a shelter due to construction pricing and the given budget, but that the services would be useful. 

Follow-up questions

  • Who will be in charge of the money being distributed to tenant participants?
  • If shelters will be built, who will be managing and maintaining the shelters? 
  • Given qualification criteria, how will residents of the shelter be decided to ensure there won’t be safety issues in the shelters? 
The Reedley City Council met on October 25 and discussed the use of $4.2 million HOME-ARP funding to address homelessness and housing insecurity.

The Scene

The Reedley City Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m on Oct. 25, 2022. The meeting was open to the public in person on 845 G Street in Reedley and accessible online via Zoom. The agenda was made available online. Council Member Matthew Tuttle guided the pledge of allegiance and Horacio Aleman Sr. guided the invocation. Meetings typically occur at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Names of Officials

Mary L. Fast, Mayor, District 2

Anita Betancourt, Mayor Pro Tem, District 5

Matthew Tuttle, Council Member, District 1

Suzanne M. Byers, Council Member, District 3

Ray Soleno, Council Member, District 4

Presentations

  • Introduces Eddie as the new supervisor of Reedley’s Roads & Ground
  • The city manager compliments Eddie’s accomplishments. 
  • Police Explorer Program – Representatives of the program, Carlos Comargo and Matthew Chavez were present members of the program.
    • A program open to young adults ages 14 to 21 who would like to learn about law enforcement. 

Actions/Presentations/Discussions:

  • Item 8: Consider and approve full-time employee benefit renewals for 2023. (Page 77)
    • A.) Approve and authorize the city manager to execute all renewal documents and plan changes necessary for the provision and plan changes necessary for the provision of dental, medical, life & vision coverage for eligible city employees, retirees, and dependents for the 2023 calendar year.
    • B.) Adopt Resolution No. 2022-087 of the city council of the City of Reedley amending the salary and benefit schedule for unrepresented employees revising the life insurance benefit. 
  • Paul Melikian: Retains a $50,000 minimum benefit for the employees making less than $50,000. “One of the most beneficial coverage for employees in the city.”
  • Kathy: “We are seeing more employees dust and the first place they go to is us.” Insurance and beneficiary are the most common questions they receive. 

Voted 5-0: To consider and approve full-time employee benefit renewals:

  • Mary L. Fast – Yes
  • Anita Betancourt – Yes
  • Matthew Tuttle – Yes
  • Suzanne M. Byers – Yes
  • Ray Soleno – Yes
  • Presentation: The County of Fresno – “Home-ARP” – Presented by Yvette Quiroga, Principal Planner
    • Funding from the Federal Government – Fresno County received $4.2 million American Rescue Plan (ARP) allocation to fund programs or projects that assist qualifying populations. HOME (Investment Partnership Program)
    • Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA): Rental assistance for eligible households for up to 4 years. Families who are being assisted must be examined and applicants of housing choice vouchers.
    • Supportive Services – Assist eligible households transition to and maintain more appropriate housing, such as; mental health/counseling/abuse counseling.
    • Acquisition/Development of non-Congregate shelter or rental units.
    • Qualifying populations: Homeless/risk of homelessness, fleeing or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.
    • Notification of the funds were received a year ago, however, funds were held until the county figured out how to distribute it within counties.
    • Yvette says that the funds distribution process has been difficult because there are criterias that counties must follow in which the funds will be spent/given to. 
    • The city says that the counties who would benefit most would be Selma & Reedley due to its homelessness rates.
    • The city manager says that Reedley would not be the ideal city to build a shelter due to construction pricing in the city and the given budget. However, services would be useful. 
    • Matthew Tuttle: “The $4.2 million won’t get too far. People are comfortable where they are. They live where they live.” Tuttle says that services for mental health would be more beneficial than the shelters. He adds, “They might stay there, but will they stay there for the rest of their lives?”
    • Yvette says that after the four years of its contract, the tenants will be moved to the fourplex. 
    • The 20% of the funding will be used for social services.
    • Betancourt says that shelters are useful and questions if property is already available, why would it not be possible to add onto it. 
    • CDBG: Community Development Block Grant – funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
      • Grant funds are used for eligible housing and community development activities such as infrastructure, community facilities, housing rehabilitation and public services.
      • Due to Reedley’s small size, the city cannot apply for the program on its own. It must compete with other small cities in applying for loans, or, conjoin with Fresno for assistance. 
      • HOME – A program funded by HUD to assist with housing rehabilitation, homebuyer assistance, and affordable housing development. 
      • Examples of CDBG – Parks & recreational facilities, water and sewer system improvements, etc. Only available for low income residents in the city.
      • Recent CDBG projects include: Buttonwillow Avenue Widening, Reedley Senior Meals (funded with CARES Act CDBG Funds.)
      • Housing programs have assisted 116 households in Reedley, assisting first-time homebuyers and homeowners needing housing rehabilitation. 
      • $3,325,000 in HOME funds have been invested in housing developments.
      • Two multifamily housing developments with 115 units completed.
  • Item 10: Receive, review, and file the quarterly investment report for 1st quarter ending September 30, 2022 for fiscal year 2022-23. 

Reports:

  • Councilmember Matthew Tuttle: Attended the Marjaree Mason Center prayers event and attended the ribbon cutting for a new business in Reedley, the Oaks. 
  • Councilmember Suzanne Byers: Prayers for domestic violence at Marjaree Mason Center. Byers compliments the police chief for being a great emcee at the event. Byers urges the community to attend the senior center. Byers had the opportunity to attend the Police Explorer graduation ceremony. 
  • Mayor Mary Fast: Attended a chamber mixer and the Reedley College election. 
  • A councilmember says that she has been seeing numerous graffiti with the tag “EDD” and asks the Police Chief Jose L. Garza if it could potentially be a new gang. Chief Garza replies that the police department will look into it.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. 


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