Council Meeting June 25, 2019
Various members of the Friends of the Library described their history of raising funds for the library (approximately $150,00/yr). They have developed a very specific way of processing the donated books and getting ready and putting on quarterly book sales. They are requesting space on the City Hall campus to continue operations during construction of the new Community Center. Council decided to form an ad hoc committee to come up with a short term solution (now until December 2020) and a long term solution for housing Friends of the Library. 2 members of the City Council appointed by the Mayor, 2 members of the Friends and 1 member of the History Museum will form the ad hoc committee and are to report to the Council at the next council meeting.
Council announced that the Community Development Block Grant contemplated for funding the El Monte Avenue Sidewalk Gap Closure - Edith Avenue to Almond Avenue, Project TS-01038 was no longer available! No explanation was provided. Up to $325,000 of eligible Community Block Grant funds were planned to be used for this project.
The Council acknowledged defeat of the Storm Drainage Tax.
A resolution approving adjustments to the compensation for non-represented staff was approved for FY 2019-20.
Council Meeting June 11, 2019
There was a 2 hour discussion regarding whether the city should assume 100% of the cost of school crossing guards. The City Council approved a motion to fund 100% of the school crossing guards including additional crossing guards as necessary. The Council approved the proposed budget and the 5 year CIP (with little to no discussion) and a last minute $100,000 pool feasibility study thrown into the mix by Council Member Jan Pepper. Mayor Lynette Lee Eng asked for funds for a lobbyist to work with the city on local zoning and local government control legislation. This matter was to be taken up by the Council in future discussions.