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Del Rio Project and Pickleball Courts have been authorized to go ahead.
ATASCADERO – The Atascadero City Council met at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13th, for their regularly scheduled meeting after a closed session with no business to discuss.
The meeting started with a presentation by Mayor Pro Tem Heather Newsom, who delivered a proclamation from the city council declaring July 2021 as Parks Make Life Better Month.
Following the council’s proclamation, the consent calendar was approved by a 5-0 vote, followed by a series of updates from City Manager Rachelle Rickard.
Beginning Aug. 10, city council meetings will be held in a hybrid format, with residents having the choice of attending in person or online.
The upcoming launch of GoGo Thai, which is presently at the soft-opening stage, was emphasized by City Manager Rickard.
The Farmer’s Market Summer Sizzle Series, the Ice Cream Zoofari, the Summer Concert Series, Cruisin’ Weekend, Dancing in the Streets, Movies in the Gardens, and the Annual Cornhole Showdown are just a few of the activities scheduled for the summer.
Public comment was allowed for any issues that were not on the night’s agenda, but no one spoke out.
The conference then went on to the public hearings on Community Facilities District No. 2005-1’s proposed annexation.
Resolution Proposal A resolution approving the levy of a special tax and submitting the levy to eligible electors received a 5-0 vote.
The City Clerk gathered and tallied the votes cast by landowners in a special election. The landowners voted unanimously in favor of annexation, and Draft Resolution B announcing the special election results received a 5-0 vote.
The pickleball courts in Colony Park were the subject of a budgetary impact study given by Public Works Director Nick DeBar. Kirk Construction was granted the contract, but rival R. Burke Corp. filed a Bid Protest because of an administrative oversight. After conferring with the City Attorney, Director DeBar testified that the “omission” was found to be more of an irregularity. This anomaly did not provide any business an edge in the bidding process, according to the findings. As a result, a move was made to reject R. Burke Corp.’s bid protest and award the contract to Kirk Construction.
Kirk Construction’s proposal will result in a projected expenditure of $173,143, with a total project cost of $240,000. The renovation is anticipated to be funded by $150,000 in Parkland Facilities Impact Fees from the city and $47,000 in contributions from the Atascadero Pickleball Club (APC). The council next heard and debated several ideas for addressing the $60,000 financial gap.
Director DeBar offered the following options:
• Reject the Bid (Option A)
• Delay the Project (Option B)
• Option C – Pickleball Club Funds on Loan
• Charge Court Fees (Option D)
• Option E – The City Covers the Funding Gap
• Any combination of B, C, D, and E
Other ideas included APC continuing to fundraise, having a pickleball competition in the future, and looking at using TOT money. Barbara Sims, the president of the APC, phoned in and pledged to pay the costs of compaction and soil testing, as well as the supply and upkeep of club equipment. She also promised the council that APC’s fundraising efforts would continue.
After considerable debate, a suggestion was made to instruct the City Manager to negotiate with APC on an agreement in which the City and APC would share anticipated shortfall expenses, with the understanding that any contingency costs would be paid completely by the City. The idea received a 5-0 vote of approval.
The Del Rio Ranch General Plan zoning map modification was approved 5-0.
Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore presented the Atascadero General Plan update, which was addressed in broad terms since it would be a long-term effort. Terry Lawrence, a resident of Del Rio, phoned in to voice his worry about the section of US 101 north of the Del Rio exit, where the highway makes a rather steep curve, particularly given the anticipated increase in traffic as the Del Rio Project takes shape. Director Dunsmore reassured the public, saying, “Careful assessment of the highway system is a component of every major undertaking.”
Susan Funk, a council member, recommended that the General Plan update include problems such as the effect of short-term rentals on communities, childcare, broadband, and the strain put on one Atascadero community as a consequence of having just one authorized homeless shelter.
Council Member Bourbeau recommended that the General Plan update look at the “Amazon effect,” which has resulted in many small commercially zoned buildings being abandoned and likely never to be occupied by commercial enterprises again.
Director Dunsmore acknowledged that “a lot of things have changed,” noting the growth of remote work and delivery services as examples. As the General Plan is revised, all of these issues should be addressed.
The budgetary effect of the Improvement and Reimbursement Agreement with M P Annex, LLC—the Madonna Enterprises firm that bought The Annex site in 2014, the planned retail complex that Wal-Mart was previously anticipated to call home—was then addressed by Director DeBar. The most recent cost estimate for the Reimbursable Improvements is $733,000, with a 20% contingency included in. The deal was adopted 5-0 by the council.
From the closed session, there was no report.
The Atascadero City Council’s next open session meeting will be place on July 27 at 6 p.m., and the agenda will be posted on the City’s website as soon as it is ready.
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The Sacramento 2040 general plan is a document that outlines the future of Sacramento. It’s been in the works for about 10 years. Reference: sacramento 2040 general plan.
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