The Tehachapi City Council held its regular meeting at the Beekay Theatre on Monday, March 4, with all council members present.
Assistant City Manager Chris Kirk gave a presentation on the newly updated Emergency Operations Plan to meet current National Incident Management System guidelines. Kirk noted that these guidelines must be met to be eligible to receive disaster funding before and after a disaster. The plan was originally adopted in 2004 updated in 2008.
The document is available on the city website at: liveuptehachapi.com/documentcenter/view/2255.
"At the department heads and staff level we have been making certain that people understand their role and empowering them to make decisions," City Manager Greg Garrett said. "It's really working out well. It's not if something is going to happen, its when."
The council agreed to receive and file the update.
In other business, a hearing was held to authorize the city to place the cost of clean up of a major public nuisance at 111 W. "D" Street. Mayor Phil Smith recused himself from the hearing as he lives in the area.
Police Chief Jeff Kermode presented a report noting that the resulting cost to the city of the cleanup was $35,615.30. The property owner had been billed and failed to pay. City staff asked for approval to file a lien against the property for the cost of abatement and place the cost on the property tax roll to recover the costs. There were no opposing comments. The hearing was closed and council voted to approve the report and place the lien on the property by a 4-0 vote with Smith being recused.
City Manager's report
Garrett announced that Rex Moen recently moved out of the area and has resigned from the Airport Commission effective April 1. The city will be advertising for his replacement and applications will be due by March 27.
Garrett also announced the that the the adopt a flag program for this year is coming soon and the city is taking applications for that now. The flags are up from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The cost is $50.
The city also received authorization forthe Curry and Pinion improvement project, which is a "safe routes to school" program in the vicinity of Tompkins School.
The meeting lasted just over 30 minutes. The next meeting regular meeting of the council is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 18 at the Beekay Theatre.