In what may be a short agenda, the Ridgecrest City Council on April 18 will tackle only two discussion action items. 

In one, council will be asked to waive municipal code requirements to allow two tentative tract maps and a tentative parcel map to proceed in the land division process toward final map recordation prior to forming a maintenance district for lighting and landscaping.

This is a follow-on from the previous council meeting April 4 and would apply to tentative tract maps 6908, 7188 and tentative parcel map 12200.

“The Ridgecrest City Council finds, determines and declares the waiver requiring the maintenance districts to be established prior to recordation will not adversely affecting the City; will allow more time to respond to concerns of cost and Southern California rate structures; will ensure that the Land Owners/Developers have a requirement of forming a Maintenance District for Landscape and Lighting in the Improvement Agreement as a condition of recording; and the City Council did not want to hold up the land division process for recording final maps,” according to the staff report.

The only other discussion/action item is discussing and providing direction to the city’s representative on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (Mayor Peggy Breeden). This is a routine and recurring item.

Also on the agenda is a second reading of an ordinance amending the Ridgecrest municipal code prohibiting smoking in public parks.

The consent calendar contains an item asking for approval of letters of support for the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical and an item approving a resolution reaffirming and approving the annual investment policy.

Three presentations are scheduled for the meeting. The first is regarding the fiscal year 2018-2020 road program. The second is regarding new media forums. The third presentation is on the adult welfare to work program and will be given by Ridgecrest Police Department Captain Ryan Marrone.

A closed session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., in council chambers conference room at City Hall. The topic is conference with legal counsel – existing litigation between Michael Neel and the city of Ridgecrest. Note: there is a public comment period prior to the closed session.

The regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 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