Monday, December 12, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda

Here is an analysis of the Santa Rosa City Council agenda for this Tuesday, Dec 13th, provided by our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa:

Friends:   There is no Study Session before this meeting.  This coming year, friends, plan on attending the meeting especially for  Study Sessions.  They contain the grist for many future proposals and City plans and policies and it's good to have the information.  They generally start at 3PM.

11.3 Resolution Adopting Amended Conflict of Interest Code.   New positions, new people require an update on these requirements.

13.1 Extension of the Proclamation of Homeless Emergency.
          On August 9, 2016, the Council made the first Proclamation of homeless Emergency, which affects how much of certain types of financing can proceed.   Since then they've renewed the proclamation 4 times, each one for 30 days.

13.2 Courthouse Square Reunification Project.   Due to several recently discovered or expanded discovery of issues related to the work, more money is recommended  to be applied to the project.  Happily ,there's a fund called the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance that can cover this.   First a greater power supply had to be designed and built to provide power for events and equipment all over the Square.  Then Wi-Fi was found to be necessary across the Square (well, of course!)   And most recently, a very old fuel oil tank was found submerged in soil in front of the Empire Building in the northwest side of the Square.  It had to be evacuated and removed.  
More dollars for preservation of the Azawa panels and for an independent review of ADA compliance was found to be necessary.   It's a little galling (but I'm ignorant of standard planning) that more money is requsted for Construction Management, ($530,00), since many of the reasons for delay in finishing were unanticipated, but important  The project is now slated for a finish date in March, 2017, weather allowing, of course.
The Council is asked to approve an additional $1.3 million for the project.

19 Upcoming meetings.  Please notice that the Budget Priorities Public Hearing will be held on January 24.  Neighborhood groups, civic interest groups, get your priorities set and present them to the council at this meeting.

See you there!    Anne

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