Council to meet tonight

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Updates on crime and the budget will highlight tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, scheduled for 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand will give a presentation on current crime trends. Maintaining public safety has been an ongoing challenge, said Strand, in light of state measures to reduce law enforcement’s ability to incarcerate, and therefore seek criminal charges.

The council is also slated to hear an update from Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston on adjustments to the fiscal year budget for 2013-14. The council will be asked to approve those changes after hearing the report.

McQuiston will also present for adoption an updated agreement for fire services between the city and Kern County.

City Manager Dennis Speer will follow up on the council’s previous workshops to develop a strategic plan by presenting for adoption a mission statement, a vision statement and core values for the city. The council is also scheduled to discuss and adopt a procedure to establish goals for the city.

Mayor Dan Clark will present an award honoring Police and Community Together Volunteer of the Month and certificates of appreciation to the chairpersons of the 50th celebration committees.

Items on the consent calendar include a resolution authorizing an agreement for preliminary engineering and construction of a roadway widening and realigning of Drummond Avenue, a resolution authorizing a traffic signal at China Lake Boulevard and Bowman Avenue and a resolution for a professional services agreement for construction management of a project to improve West Ridgecrest Boulevard.

The public is invited to attend. Proceedings will be streamed on the city’s website,, and broadcast live on Mediacom channels 6 and 41.

Story First Published: 2013-12-04