Nancy is still fairly fresh roasted about the ignominious fate of that unisex bathroom she wanted to see in Memorial Park. Along with the ping pong table storage room that has now become something akin to a PODS container. So she really doesn't want to hear too much from you guys anymore. Not now, and never again. You have all let her down and, as everyone surely understands by now, this Mayor does not forgive that easily.
So anyway, all of that said, here is the meeting agenda. Along with my percipient commentary and predictions of what is likely fated to be. I hope you are able to enjoy this evening's show.
ACTION ITEMS - 1. CONSENT
a) ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION No. 14- 15 OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE APPROVING CERTAIN DEMANDS: Our City spends a lot of dough, as I am certain you no doubt know. As residents paying the highest utility taxes in the state, you hardly need me to tell you that. And this week the outlay comes to a thumping' $550,566.71. Not quite as large as some previous spends, but hardly Neil feed, either. Third World Edison gets $41,018.63 for keeping the lights on, I guess. Athens receives a check of $7,592.45 for sweeping the streets. Axontech gets $4,765.64 for keeping the cities computers rolling, and Bob Wondries Ford receives $3,780.87 for fixing a vehicle. My question being was it a Police car that Bob fixed? I've heard some rather wild rumors about this one. Colantuono & Levin gets $24,085.00 for keeping us townies at a safe distance. It does go on.
b) RESOLUTION No. 14-17: TO ADOPT THE LOW INCOME WATER METER DISCOUNT RATES BASED UPON ORDINANCE No. 1351 WATER METER RATES: During the City Council's now legendary deliberations on their latest water rate increases, it was deemed appropriate that they give some later consideration to a low income water meter discount program. And that is exactly what they are going to do here. Just in case you might think City Hall doesn't care.
c) SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE No. 1303, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL AMENDING CHAPTER 12.20 OF THE SIERRA MADRE MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING PROTECTED TREES: This is the legacy tree matter that caused so much excitement on The Tattler a couple of weeks ago. You know, where you get to dedicate a tree to dear departed Aunt Hazel, thereby guaranteeing her essence will live on forever after in the guise of a tree. Something that I believe has its origins in Druidic mythology. However, nothing really lasts forever, and should you sell your property to somebody else, legacy tree and all, the new resident can send Aunt Hazel screaming into eternal oblivion by obtaining a permit from the city to cut down her legacy tree. And for free. Who says there isn't a lot of pain in this life? And after? Also included in this item is some 3rd World Edison hanky-panky, but when do they ever not get their way?
d) CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION No. 14-16: ADOPTION OF TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 COMPLIANCE PROGRAM FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES - This is kind of quaint. You cannot be denied a seat on the Roundabout because of your race, creed or religious beliefs. But apparently Sierra Madre never signed off on the accompanying paperwork. I'm sure this is an oversight, but how exactly did Rosa Parks get overlooked in Sierra Madre for the last 60 years?
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼e) SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE No. 1353 AMENDING TITLE 8.24 OF THE SIERRA MADRE MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO FIREWORKS: Fireworks are illegal in this state, I am not sure that you are aware of that. Judging by the roar of low caliber explosives every 4th of July, many in this town obviously missed the memo. But what makes matters even more dicey today is that the mountains are bone dry from the drought, and should they catch on fire life could change radically for many of us living here. The City Council is going to finish jacking up fines for fireworks possession and use in this town, and by a whole lot. It's probably a good idea.
2. DISCUSSION –
ACCEPTANCE OF COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (CAFR) FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 2013: This will likely start out as a rather bold sales pitch by our Finance Director for you to vote Yes for Measure UUT. Whether the discussion stays on that tacky track or not depends on a number of factors. There are some big thumping cash amounts stuck in the CAFR that need to be aired out. Like did you know we owe $ 337,248.00 for some unexplained "open spaces" debt? Check out page 113 of the report for this item. It's in there, townie taxpayer. My take is that the "open spaces" in question are actually Goldberg Park. Hopefully some members of the City Council will raise these kinds of issues.
3. DISCUSSION –
CONSIDERATION OF PREPARATION OF ORDINANCE PROHIBITING SMOKING IN HOUSING MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING: As much as I hate cigarettes, I also hate being told what to do by well-meaning people who think that I am incapable of making good decisions on my own. On the other hand, having smoke blown into my living room by some neighboring idiot would irk me just about as much. So I don't know. Maybe the concerned parties should step outside and just have at each other with broom sticks.
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CITY HALL RE-LANDSCAPING PROJECT: Nancy Walsh wants to yank out all of that yellowed grass they have in front of City Hall and replace it with barrel cactus and other drought tolerant plants native to the Californias. The construction costs alone for this lulu could run as high as $50,000.00, though the City Mangler claims she can reduce that amount by using Public Works personnel to do some of the work. But to use the reasoning City Hall drags out every time they want to raise fees, aren't there real recuperable costs involved in using city labor? Hmm? The SGVMWD says they will kick in $8,000. Something that I guess could come out of our the high water rates they charge us.
5. DISCUSSION –
GRAYWATER SYSTEMS FOR NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: It is important for this community to save water. Especially now that we are incapable of generating very much of it on our own. This is something that needs to be looked at very carefully, and approved. Of course, should graywater systems be put into place and become prevalent, the Sierra Madre Water Enterprise could lose some appreciable amount of their billable revenue. That could be a consideration in the minds of some this evening, though they would be unlikely to admit it.
6. DISCUSSION –
STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE FROM OCTOBER 15, 2013 RETREAT - It's back. Basically this is a pitch for increasing staff salaries and benefits. Every once in a while it gets tagged onto the end of a meeting just to remind everyone that we need to beef up staff salary and benefit spends. You know, otherwise they'll leave for other cities, and we will all suffer greatly. That is, if we even notice.