Council to meet tonight

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest City Council will honor a departing employee and citizens, as well as discuss routine items of business at tonight’s meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Mayor Dan Clark will present a certificate of appreciation to Jim Ponek, who is leaving the city after serving for 13 years as the head of the Parks and Recreation Department. Mayor Pro Tem Chip Holloway will present a proclamation to Gregory Ostrom II, who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Vice Mayor Jason Patin will present proclamations to Dr. Katherine Ferguson and Dr. William Ferguson, who are retiring after many years of serving the IWV community as pediatricians.

The council will reappoint members of the Planning Commission to the city’s standing committees. One of Clark’s first actions as mayor was to remove commissioners from committees. According to a staff report, City Attorney Keith Lemieux reviewed that action and determined it was not in line with the requirements of the municipal code.

Based on the current code, the council must appoint two commissioners to each of the following committees: Infrastructure, City Organization and Services, Parks and Recreation, Community Development and ACTION.

Other items for discussion include recommendations from the Planning Commission to defer site plan reviews relating to modifications to the existing locations of Ridgecrest Self Storage and Southern California Edison.

City Manager Dennis Speer will also present a request to revise the rate for solid waste services and adjust the contract management fee by 2.5 percent for the next fiscal year.

The meeting is open to the public. Proceedings will be broadcast live on channels 6 and 41, and streamed live at www.justintv.com (search “Ridgecrest”).

Story First Published: 2013-08-07