Council addresses infrastructure, groundwater

Council addresses infrastructure,  groundwater By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Wednesday night the Ridgecrest City Council got its first chance to use its new electronic-voting system. However, the system worked only long enough for council to approve the consent calendar. When it came to approving the allocation of $319,948 in Community Development Block Grant funds, they had to do it the old fashioned way.

The federal and state funds will go toward bringing public spaces in low- to moderate-income areas of town into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Council also approved allotting $39,000 in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds to crosswalk upgrades near Immanuel Christian, Mesquite, Las Flores, Monroe, Faller, Pierce and Gateway Schools.

The agenda included a discussion to provide direction to Mayor Peggy Breeden, representative to the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority board. Because of a schedule change for the IWVGA, no agenda information was available before the meeting. But Breeden said the board would probably be discussing near-future expenditures.

“I’m having concerns over the costs,” said Councilmember Lindsey Stephens. “I know we applied for grants, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to cover it.”

The costs regarding the state’s groundwater sustainability mandates have continually been a subject of uncertainty as the IWVGA waits to know the availability of grant funds. But City Attorney Keith Lemieux added that the board was optimistic because Ridgecrest qualifies as a disadvantaged community.

The IWVGA will meet Dec. 13, 10 a.m. at City Hall.

The Ridgecrest City Council meets again on Dec. 20, 6 p.m. Due to the holiday closure, council will not meet the first week of January.

Story First Published: 2017-12-08