Council to meet tonight

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Financial support for a petroglyph festival and an update on budget projections are among the items of business for the Ridgecrest City Council, which meets tonight at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Mayor Dan Clark will present a resolution recognizing the 2014 Petroglyph Festival as a signature event for the city of Ridgecrest and committing an allocation of funds to support the event.

“Council is actively seeking methods of generating new revenue for the city’s general fund budget,” states Clark’s report. “One option which has been proven in cities throughout the country is to create and hold an annual signature event which in time will bring visitors to the city in large numbers.”

He said that events such as Mardi Gras and the Boston Marathon bring revenue into the host cities.

The festival is still in the early planning stages, but is scheduled for Nov. 7-9, 2014.

“There is a need for a monetary commitment to be determined and approved for inclusion in the city’s fiscal year 2014-15 budget, but the return on this small investment through increased sales tax within the city for lodging, food and gasoline could aid the general fund budget in an amount far greater than our initial investment.”

Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston is expected to give a report on budget projections. “At the time of the posting of the agenda, the projections worksheet was in process,” states McQuiston’s report. “These projections and the impact to the current budget will be presented and discussed at the council meeting.”

The council will hear the introduction and first reading of an ordinance in the Municipal Code permitting the conditional use permits of ham radio antennas and windmill towers to be erected within certain zones.

The council is expected to make appointments for city representation on outside boards and committees.

The council will also discuss a process for appointing a replacement for resigned Councilmember Jason Patin. (See related story, this page).

Consent calendar items include:

• Resolution approving the city’s appropriations limit of $19,556,487

• Resolutions amending the job specifications of the assistant public works director-city engineer and custodian

• Resolution approving the application for funds to move ahead with various street- and shoulder-paving projects

The meeting is open to the public. Proceedings will be broadcast live on Mediacom channels 6 and 41 and streamed live on Justintv.com. (Search term “Ridgecrest.”)

Story First Published: 2013-08-21