Feb. 28, 2023 — Reedley City Council

Documented by Alejandra Obregon

What happened: At the Feb. 28 meeting, the Reedley City Council approved the city’s annual military equipment use report for 2022 as required by California Assembly Bill 481 and Reedley City Ordinance 5-14-5 presented by the fire department.

Chief Jose Garza presented the item and the list of military equipment owned by the city, includes aircraft systems (UAS/drones), remotely powered ground vehicles, 40mm less-lethal launchers and kinetic energy munitions, flash-bang grenades, explosive breaching tools, tear gas, and pepper balls.

Garza said that a public meeting will be held on March 21 for the public to ask questions about the military equipment.

And also: The council discussed the city’s strategic capitol spending plan and how it should align with the city’s goals.

Main expenditures include replacing old infrastructure, developing a new storm basin, and a future sports complex.

City staff said they also will consider adding electric vehicle charging to public areas.

Up next: The Reedley City Council will meet again at on March 14 at 7 p.m.

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