Assistant to the City Manager, Maggie Le, presented the City Council with an update on the City’s Economic Development efforts. This included a recap of the ICSC Conference that was recently attended, commercial development and redevelopment at Warner Plaza, Magnolia & Warner Plaza, Callen’s Corner and Fountain Valley Square. She also highlighted areas of opportunity at the Boomers site, Mile Square Plaza, and the Village Center. Businesses that we are trying to attract include Goals USA and Toptracer Golf Range Game. The consultant for the Experience Fountain Valley City App also spoke to encourage City Council and the public to download the app as it has many benefits and many restaurants and businesses include coupons to encourage patrons to visit their businesses. You can download the app on the Google Play and Apple App store – look for “Experience FV”
City Council Regular Meeting
There were four presentations on the agenda. First was the recognition of Police Captain Mike Simko, who is retiring from the Fountain Valley Police Department. The Mayor presented Captain Simko with a plaque and thanked him for his many years of service and dedication to the city. Captain Simko thanked all of those that he has worked with in the Police Department, the staff whom he has worked closely with and his wife and son for supporting him all these years.
Representatives from PCTA were recognized for their work and as a recipient of the 2018 Star Awards from the States of California and Nevada National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN-NATOA).
The Fountain Valley High School Boys Tennis Team was honored for their 1st ever CIF-SS title. It was the first tennis championship ever won by Fountain Valley High School.
Lanae O’Shields from SoCal Gas introduced herself as the new public outreach representative for SoCal Gas and highlighted some safety information for the public as well as statistics in regards to Natural Gas use.
There were two Public Hearing items on the agenda. The first was the 2018/19 budget presented by Finance Director Jason Al-Imam. This was an overview of the budget presentation from the May 15th meeting, again highlighting the city’s overall health monetarily, and what the future looks like based on the future forecast. Again, it was noted that we have a healthy fiscal plan that includes a surplus of $5.9 million.
The other item was a revised purchasing ordinance that amended chapters 2.30.020 through 2.30.070. The revised ordinance will now reflect best practices and ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations. An update on the specifics of these changes will be coming from the Finance Department later in the month.
There were six Consent Calendar items for consideration. The minutes of the May 15th meeting, approval of Parcel Map 2016-191, the Hazard Mitigation Plan and award of Grant Funds and the contract amendment with R.F. Dickson for street sweeping all passed without being pulled for discussion by a 5-0 vote.
The first item that was pulled for discussion from the consent calendar was the contract with United Pacific Services, the tree trimmers the city uses. Council wanted to clarify the reason for the increase of 5%, and also noted that the requested increase of 5% is less than what the actual costs will be for United Pacific Services in the coming years. The other item pulled was the restoration of the fountain contract award to Condor Inc and Merchants Landscape Services. The City Council just wanted clarification on the amounts and wanted to know why this item was not under the administrative items portion of the agenda. The item passed 4-1. The fountain work will begin in July and be completed by the end of the summer.
The only item for discussion on the Administrative items calendar was for Council to consider and revise the parliamentary Procedures. The Council was pleased with the modifications that were made after the meeting on the 15th of May and approved the item by a 5-0 vote.