Council: Cal Poly Downtown Survey results on presentation-heavy agenda

March 02, 2012
Santa Paula City Council

The City Council will learn about a new online/television program celebrating Santa Paula and the results of a Downtown Implementation Project update by Cal Poly students at Monday’s meeting.

The council will first interview candidates for various boards and commissions, starting at 5:45 p.m. in the Council Conference Room. At 6:30 p.m. the regular business meeting will be held in Council Chambers; Time Warner Cable Channel 10 will broadcast the session live and replay according to schedule. A live stream will be available on the city website and archived for later viewing.

The meeting has few items of business but a heavy presentation schedule, starting with the Girl Scouts of America, which will be lauded by the council in honor of their 100th year anniversary.

Ventura County Human Services Agency Director Barry Zimmerman will update the council on the status of the local facility, which also contains the Job & Career Center. Although the center is rumored to be slated for closure, Zimmerman is expected to tell the council that streamlined operations will remain at the East Main Street offices, even as some employees are transferred to other offices. 

The council will also have a presentation on Singular Santa Paula, a new online and television program celebrating what makes the Glen City unique. Connie Tushla is executive producer of the program, which will premiere later this month. 

Students from Cal Poly who have spent months visiting the city getting input on the Downtown will present the results of their survey and recommendations for the future.

Two issues on the four-item Consent Calendar might draw council discussion: the Fuchsia Tank water main connection project at a cost of $214,000 will ensure water distribution at proper levels. The city took the aging Teague Tank offline in January and found water pressure problems for 30 to 40 fire hydrants; some hydrants were replaced with stronger models, and staff is recommending the new connection to cover water needs.

Another report centers on the city canceling their contract with Ventura County Animal Control to help get closer to an agreement with the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. The city would save about $50,000 in costs annually by canceling the county contract and working with the center, which proposes to have a no-kill shelter and offer other services such as spay and neuter programs.

Also a Consent Calendar item is an $87,000 contract for construction management of the 6th/Bradley and Olive streets pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalk paving project, and upgrades to water mains. The total cost of the project is about $1.145 million. Construction should start mid-March; the report does not note an anticipated completion date.

The council has just two agendized business items to consider: appointments to the Planning Commission and Housing Authority.

City Hall is located at 970 E. Ventura Street.

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