When the Ridgecrest City Council meets Wednesday,  July 19, it may be a short meeting. Other than one proclamation regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the agenda for the regular meeting has only consent calendar items. No agenda items are listed under discussion and other action items, public hearing or ordinances.

Council will recognize July 26, 2017 as the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act along with Desert Area Resources and Training (DART). The ADA affirms principles of quality and inclusion for people with disabilities.
On the consent calendar is an item asking council to approve the 2017 Petroglyph Festival as a signature event for the city and thus authorize special event insurance, as well as approve in-kind services to support the event.

The fourth annual Petroglyph Festival will take place November 4 to 5, 2017. The Petroglyph Education Foundation is seeking donations to fund this year's event. They are asking the city to sponsor the event, because it will then be able to use the city's general liability insurance coverage at no additional cost to the city, according to a staff report. The foundation is also requesting the use of in-kind services including traffic and crowd control.

Also on the consent calendar are two items requesting Interim City Manager Ron Strand to sign applications for $87,245 and $89,269 in Federal Transit Act funding. The FTA provides funding for public transportation in rural areas. The city's Ridgerunner transit has used the funds for operational expenses. The grant of $87,245 would go toward expenses in fiscal year 2016-17 and the grant of $89,269 would go toward expenses in fiscal year 2017-2018.

In another consent calendar item, council will be asked to dedicate right of ways for streets and utilities  for Graaf Avenue, Ward Avenue, Sydnor Avenue and McLean Street.

Council will also be asked to approve a contract change order with the Griffith Company for additional roadway reconstruction of West Bowman Road as part of the South China Lake Boulevard Regional Surface Transportation Project (RSTP). As part of the same item, they will also be asked to approve an allocation of TAB funds toward completing the project.

“This project was original funded by Tax Allocation Bonds (TAB) for matching funds in the amount of One Hundred Nineteen Dollars ($119,000.00). Currently there are unallocated TAB funds in the Street Department in the amount of Two Hundred Seventy-Eight Thousand Dollars ($278,000.00). Staff is recommending that the Ninety-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Eighty-Two Dollars ($99,682.00) be allocated to complete this very important project with the unallocated TAB dollars assigned to the Street Department.

”Therefore, staff is recommending using TAB allocations to fund the completion of the West Bowman Road Project,” according to a staff report.

Also on the consent calendar is an item requesting an increase of three percent or $11.01 for sewer fees for this year. This item has already proven controversial, including at least one accusation that it did not appropriately belong on the consent calendar. For more on this topic, see upcoming editions of the Daily Independent.

The closed session will begin at 4:30 p.m. On the closed session agenda is potential litigation between the city and Kern County; pending litigation between Christopher Calvi and the city of Ridgecrest; and public employment regarding the city manager.
The regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 19 at 6 p.m., at City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 W. California Ave in Ridgecrest. It will also be broadcast on Mediacom Channel 6 and streamed online at www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/city-media/rc6-live.