Council to present employee awards

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest City Council will present service awards to employees and hear from the public on unmet transit needs at tonight’s meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Mayor Dan Clark will present awards to employees with five or more years of service to the city.

The council will also hold a public hearing on unmet transit needs.

The council is also expected to approve (via the consent calendar) a resolution related to the completion of the most recent Safe Routes to School project, a resolution authorizing an application for federal funding under the Federal Transit Act and a resolution amending the city’s lease agreement with the county for the sports complex.

Closed-session discussion items include a performance evaluation of Interim City Manager Dennis Speer. The council is also scheduled to hear from legal counsel on potential litigation with an undisclosed party.

Next Monday, March 11, a special session will be held at 9 a.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss budget strategy and preliminary priority planning for the fiscal year budget 2013-14.

Speer revealed to the council in December that financial obligations left out of the budget and underperforming revenues have left the city with a much larger than anticipated structural deficit, compounded by the debt of continued borrowing from other accounts.

The public is invited to participate in the workshop.

Both meetings will be broadcast live on Mediacom channels 6 and 41, as well as on justintv.com. A digital recording will also be uploaded to the city’s website at www.ci.ridgecrest.ca.us.

Story First Published: 2013-03-06