Calpipe, rock quarry only items of public business at Council meeting

November 04, 2011
Santa Paula City Council

The City Council again has a scant agenda when it meets Monday for two public hearings and a handful of consent calendar items.

The November 7 meeting will first move to a closed session to address “anticipated litigation” involving SouthWest Water, a city service contractor. The meeting will move to open session at 6:30 p.m. and be broadcast live by Time Warner Cable Channel 10 and replayed per schedule. The session will also be streamed live on the city’s website and then archived for later viewing. There are no presentations scheduled for the meeting.

The consent calendar features two public safety items, the Santa Paula Police roof replacement project - a $50,000-plus job - and the purchase of three SPPD vehicles. The SPPD had to move its Dispatch Center early last month when a heavier than expected storm caused rain leakage at the station, located on South 10th Street.

Public hearings will be held on the Calpipe project, a manufacturing facility to be located west of the city near the new water recycling plant. The request for zone change and General Plan amendment also includes the request to rename a small stretch of Todd Lane Calpipe Road, where the 13,000-square-foot pipe processing plant will be located.

The council at a past meeting signaled a strong green light to the project that when built out would employ about 200 skilled workers.

The council will also have a public hearing on an appeal of a planning commission action that approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow storage and processing of tons of rock, gravel, sand and recyclable building materials on Harding Park-owned property located east of 12th Street and south of Highway 126. 

The project had been challenged by a lawsuit that among other issues claimed the EIR was not adequately prepared for the project, whose owners recently caught up with outstanding bills owed the city for utilities and the property lease. Tom Staben filed the appeal to the city based on air quality, traffic and other negative impacts he believes the project will create.

City Hall Council Chambers are located at 970 E. Ventura Street. 

For more information call Deputy City Clerk Peggy Higgins at 933-4208.

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