Friday, December 14, 2018

• City Council Meeting December 2018

I'm experimenting with blogs about city council meeting recaps.

They will be much drier than in the past, but still have valuable information (assuming I still have the time to do them). It's a work in progress, so it may take some time getting my bearings here.

I'll try to get some pictures of the presentations when I can, but I still need to figure out the logistics on such. My apologies to the winners of the Holiday Lights Contest. 
A map of the winning entries.
I won't be logging the public comments, and will only add the parts most interesting to me. 
1.5 Video Streaming/On Demand and PEG Broadcasting City Meetings

The City of Wildomar will immediately be able to broadcast our meetings on the custom Livestream web address: 
Be sure to bookmark this page and/or utilize the "get notified" option.
Additionally, The City of Wildomar public meetings (City Council and Planning Commission) will be live and rebroadcasted on: 
AT&T Channel 99
Frontier Channel 36

So far the two December City Council meetings have been recorded, and are still up and available. Please remember that the equipment used for the December meetings was temporary, therefore the produced videos weren't perfect. 

Please allow some time for the kinks to be worked out, and they will be in short order. 
1.6 Declare a Vacancy on the Planning Commission
(directly from the agenda packet) At the November 6, 2018 election, the incumbent, Timothy Walker was not re-elected. 

Since the Planning Commissioner terms run concurrent with the appointing Council Member terms, the appointee of former Councilman Walker will also have her term expire on February 10, 2019. 

With the declaration of the vacancy, the City Clerk will take applications for a period of 30 calendar days. In this case the open filing period will be December 13 – January 14 (the 13th is a Sunday so it would go to the next business day). It is anticipated that an appointment would be made at the February 13, 2019 meeting.

If you are interested in serving the community, consider putting in your application. 

I'm hoping to fill the position by the next city council meeting after the filing period. 
1.13 Measure AA
On November 6, 2018, the voters of the City of Wildomar approved Ordinance No. 161, establishing a Transactions and Use Tax (Measure AA) that will be administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). 
Effective on April 1, 2019, Measure AA establishes a 1.0% transactions tax on the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of tangible property sold within the city limits. In addition, an excise tax of 1.0% is imposed on the storage, use or other consumption within the city limits of Wildomar of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer.

3.1 Resolution Approving Increase in City Manager Compensation
The City Council approved a Third Amendment to the Agreement for Employment of the City Manager on April 12, 2017. This Third Amendment, among other things, increased the base salary for the City Manager and provided that the City Council may, in open session of a City Council meeting, increase the City Manager’s base salary in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Section 2 of the Third Amendment provides in part: 

“Subject to a satisfactory performance review and the approval of the City Council in open session of a City Council meeting, the City Manager’s annual base salary may be increased as follows: 
• $201,000 effective January 1, 2018 
• $210,000 effective January 1, 2019 
• $219,000 effective January 1, 2020” 

Therefore, the City Council may increase the City Manager’s base salary for 2019 through the approval of the attached Resolution upon completion of a satisfactory performance review.

I will not be making a habit out of abstaining from votes, but this was a "performance review" of the City Manager's past year. I wasn't there in a position to see the work that was done, so I thought it only reasonable to abstain from the vote.

There is a lot for me to learn between now and next year's "performance review". The job of a city council member is a lot more complex and nuanced than I understood when I was looking in from the outside... as is that of the City Manager.
3.2 2019 Parks and Community Services Special Event Dates
There are 17 events on the calendar so far. That's not counting the various events at the library or the schools (check with those entities for their calendars of events).
The Proposed items from July 1st onward are in the next fiscal year... that budget hasn't been set yet.
3.4 Appointment of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for 2019
The Mayor for 2019 will be Marsha Swanson, and the Mayor Pro-Tem will be Dustin Nigg.

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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
– Bertrand Russell

Wildomar Rap has been full of doubt since day one.

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