On The City Council Agenda – August 20, 2013

Hidden Agenda ClipartAlthough the the city council appears to have a lengthy agenda, with 14 items on Regular Business, it is the one Public Hearing that will garner the most attention and most likely cause the meeting to run late – that is, if the city council will let the public speak.

The Wilcox application for a CUP had been postponed from earlier this year, mostly due to allegations of ethics issues. Originally scheduled for a September hearing, it has been moved up and we are not sure why.

Of the remaining items, thirteen are on the consent calendar. However, some of these should be pulled in the interest of the city for discussion.

Item 4, the Quarterly Investment Report, is one item that bears discussion. Since the passing of George Jeffries, the longtime City Treasurer, Finance Director Pamela Arends-King has been the “interim” Treasurer. She has yet to explain any change or lack of change in the city’s investment strategy. I’ll give her one thing, the finance report is easy to read these days.

Item 5, Determining the Industrial Disability Retirement of Mark Hocevar, should also be examined under the public light. This case will be discussed in closed session.  It’s unfortunate that police officers get hurt on the job. This particular injury, however, is a typical back injury, which is “assumed” under the Labor Code to be work related. That said, an open discussion should be in order to satisfy the questions of an uninformed public.

Closed Session

Conference with Legal Counsel – Initiation and Exposure to Litigation, 2 items each.

Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation, Workers Comp – Mark Hocevar.

Conference with Real Property Negotiators – MCAS properties.

Consent Calendar

Item 4 – Quarterly Investment Report

Item 5 – Determining the Industrial Disability Retirement of Mark Hocevar. Workers Comp Appeals Board case.

Item 6 – Vehicle Purchases Honda Police Motorcycles. Replace 5 motorcycles in the traffic enforcement division. Vendor is Huntington Beach Honda who handles all OC Honda Police motorcycle sales and service.

Item 7 – Authorization to Advertise for Bids for Graffiti Removal Program. Graffiti Control Systems has provided service to Tustin since 2003. Expect them to continue. The city, however, should look into seeing if Orange County Probation still provides these services through their Juvenile Court Work Program.

Item 8 – Adopt Resolution 13-03 Approving Lot Line Adjustment. To facilitate the construction of the restaurant and multi-use facility at 125 W. Main St.

Item 13 – Award Contract for Enderle Center Drive and Vandenburg Lane Intersection Enhancement Project. Award contract to lowest responsive bidder, Sequel Contractors, Inc.

Regular Business

Item 14 – First Reading Ordinance 1430 to Amend Tustin Subdivision Code. Update and streamline subdivision codes and processes. Proposes to decrease costs and improve process.

That’s it for this week’s city council meeting. Stay tuned to hear more about the Wilcox Manor.

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