City Council to meet tonight

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

While the Ridgecrest City Council has an otherwise light agenda for tonight’s meeting, the council is expected to receive and discuss a report on the settlement in the drawn-out dispute between the city and former contractor Benz Sanitation (see related stories, this page).

City Attorney Keith Lemieux is also scheduled to brief the council on the most recent developments during the closed-session meeting prior to the public meeting.

Other topics scheduled for closed session include litigation between Ridgecrest and City Council Candidate Dale Howard over his purportedly blighted property, potential litigation with an undisclosed party and an update on labor negotiations.

The council decided at its previous meeting to limit the business considered at tonight’s regular meeting since Councilmem-ber Jason Patin is unable to attend.

In order to accommodate a conflict in his schedule, the council has canceled its next two meetings, and will hold special meetings to conduct business on the evenings following the regularly scheduled meetings.

The council is expected to hear the second reading necessary to adopt an ordinance to grant a nonexclusive taxi franchise to Antonio Rubio.

Items on the consent calendar include a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a program supplement agreement with the California Department of Trans-portation, a resolution authorizing the destruction of certain accounting records and proclamations for the month of October.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

Proceedings will be broadcast live on Mediacom channels 6 and 41. A digital recording will be uploaded to the city’s media vault on us.

Story First Published: 2012-10-03