Council to hear about RC Blvd., Petroglyph Fest

An update on the Ridgecrest Boulevard construction project and the upcoming Petroglyph Festival are on tonight’s agenda for the Ridgecrest City Council meeting, set to take place at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Representatives of the city’s design firm will give a PowerPoint presentation on Ridgecrest Boulevard’s Phase I construction, covering from China Lake Boulevard to Mahan Avenue.

Mayor Dan Clark will also ask for a $10,000 sponsorship from the council in support of the rock art festival, planned for November 2014.

“The plan is to make this festival an annual event. This could be a tremendous draw to bring tourists to the Ridgecrest area to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop at other local businesses,” reads the proposal.

“Once tourists have been to Ridgecrest, we expect many of them to come back again because there is much to see within a short drive of the Ridgecrest area.”

The sponsorship would include cash and in-kind contributions.

Two other presentations relate to petroglyphs. Steve Brown, publisher of Sun Runner and host of “The Real California Desert” on PBS, will discuss production of a petroglyph show. In the other presentation, a Bakersfield-based firm will discuss the marketing and benefits of the proposed festival.

Other presentations include a proclamation for Safe Surrender Baby Month.

Items on the consent calendar include a resolution approving the Ridgecrest Successor Agency’s property-management plan and a recognized obligation payment schedule for the agency.

The public is invited to attend. Proceedings will be broadcast live on Mediacom channels 6 and 41, as well as streamed on (search Ridgecrest).

Story First Published: 2014-02-19