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[00:00:12]

LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY, MADAM CLERK.

I AM READY.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S GOING AHEAD AND CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

[1) CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Cortez]

GOOD EVENING. THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD PURSUANT TO SECTION B EXECUTIVE ORDER N-29-20 ISSUED BY GOVERNOR NEWSOM ON MARCH 17TH, 2020 AND ALL MEMBERS JOINING THIS MEETING REMOTELY VIA ZOOM WEBINARS.

WE WILL NOW CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

PLEASE STAND FOR THE FLAG SALUTE.

SALUTE, PLEDGE.

THANK YOU. SO WE DON'T HAVE ANYBODY HERE FOR THE INVOCATION.

SO IF WE COULD HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

YEAH, A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. ROLL CALL, MADAM CLERK.

MAYOR CORTEZ. PRESENT.

MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA.

HERE. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

PRESENT.

COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES.

HERE. COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA.

I'M HERE. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT.

FANTASTIC. WE HAVE NO PRESENTATIONS THIS EVENING.

[6) PUBLIC COMMENTS:]

WE'LL GO STRAIGHT TO PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THIS PORTION OF THE MEETING IS RESERVED FOR PERSONS DESIRING TO DRESS THE COUNCIL, ADDRESS THE COUNCIL AND INCLUDING THE COUNCIL ACTING AS THE GOVERNING BOARD FOR THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY ON ANY MATTER NOT ON THIS AGENDA OVER WHICH THE COUNCIL AND SUCCESSOR AGENCY HAS JURISDICTION.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE THE RAISED HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK. IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE SPEED DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD, YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENTS.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED.

ANYONE WHO HAS NOT PROVIDED THEIR COMMENTS BY THE CLOSE OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION OF THE MEETING CAN EMAIL THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CITY CLERK AT CITY CLERK@CITYOFWASCO.ORG AND YOUR COMMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL RECORD.

THE CITY COUNCIL IS VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR COMMENTS.

HOWEVER, DUE TO BROWN ACT REQUIREMENTS, NO ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING.

SHOULD YOUR COMMENTS REQUIRE FURTHER CONSIDERATION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OR THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY, ITEM WILL BE AGENDIZED FOR A REPORT AND DISCUSSED AT A FUTURE CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT THIS TIME.

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC? GIVE ME A MINUTE. I DO HAVE AN EMAIL THAT I NEED TO READ OUT.

SEE IF ANYBODY IN THE PUBLIC HAS COMMENTS.

I'M GOING TO READ OUT AN EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER BROWN, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT THIS COMMENT TONIGHT, NOT AS A RESIDENT OF THE CITY DIRECTLY, BUT AS A GUEST, A GUEST WHO SEEKS TO HELP THE CITY.

LIKE MOST OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT OUR REGION, CAPITAL RESERVES ARE DOWN, AND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE AT RISK.

IT IS A TOUGH TIME TO BE A CITY LEADER.

AND I COMMEND ALL OF YOU FOR THE WORK YOU ARE DOING.

I WISH TO COMMENT BRIEFLY UPON.

SORRY. I WISH TO COMMENT BRIEFLY UPON THE CITY'S CORE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE FACILITY, THE WATER, THE WASTEWATER, THE PUMPING, THE STREET LIGHTING AND THE ASSOCIATED EXPENSE.

I BELIEVE THE CITY DOES NOT NEED TO SPEND AS MUCH AS IT IS CURRENTLY SPENDING ON UTILITIES. MUCH OF THOSE DOLLARS CAN BE RE RELOCATED TO OTHER CRITICAL WORK OR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. OLD FACILITIES, OFTEN ENERGY, OLD EQUIPMENT, REQUIRE MORE OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE ATTENDANTS.

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THIS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

THE WATER PUMPS AROUND TOWN CAN PROBABLY RUN MORE EFFICIENTLY IF WE CAN TREAT THE WATER ONSITE MORE EFFICIENTLY.

WASTE WATER PROCESSING ANALYZED AND OPTIMIZED UNCOVERING SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS.

SAFE, QUALITY, LED STREET LIGHTING IS SOMETHING THE CITY REALLY NEEDS.

THERE ARE DARK STREETS.

THERE ARE STREETS WITH OLDER, ENERGY CONSUMING, HIGH PRESSURE THE STREET LIGHTING NETWORK CAN ALSO UNLOCK REVENUE.

WE NEED REVENUE STRENGTH THE CITY HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

THIS NETWORK CAN ALSO BRING BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE CITY WIDE AND FOR FREE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT. THE ABOVE I REPRESENT IS A PLATINUM PARTNER TO THE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES.

SINCE YOU ATTEND THE LEAGUE EVENT, THEN WE HAVE CROSSED PATHS.

WITHOUT ANY NEW PERFORMANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.

THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

THIS IS WHAT DRIVES US, WE'VE DONE THIS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD FOR DECADES KEEPERS TO HAVE A HIGH LEVEL DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS.

MY CONTACT INFO FOLLOWS THIS EMAIL AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

TO THE GUARDS.

THANK YOU. ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC? NO OTHER COMMENTS.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

ITEM SEVEN, SUCCESSOR AGENCY BUSINESS.

WE HAVE NONE THIS EVENING.

ITEM EIGHT, WASCO PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY BUSINESS.

WE HAVE NONE THIS EVENING.

[9) CONSENT CALENDAR:]

MOVE ON TO CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS.

ITEM NINE AND UNDER THE CONSENT CALENDAR CONSISTS OF ITEMS THAT INSTEPS OPINION ARE ROUTINE AND NON-CONTROVERSIAL.

THESE ITEMS ARE APPROVED IN ONE MOTION UNLESS A COUNCIL MEMBER OR MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC REQUEST REMOVAL OF A PARTICULAR ITEM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE A PARTICULAR ITEM USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISED HAND BUTTON. IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

WE HAVE ITEMS A THROUGH K.

AND I WILL READ THEM OFF ONE BY ONE.

ITEM A APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR JULY 7TH SPECIAL MEETING, ITEM B RECEIVE AND FOLLOW DEPARTMENT PAYMENTS TOTALING ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED NINETY DOLLARS AND FORTY THREE CENTS.

RECEIVE ITEM C, RECEIVE THE FINAL INVESTMENT REPORT FOR THE MONTH ENDED JUNE 30TH 2020, ITEM D AS IN DAVID ADOPT A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE TITLE 6 COMPLIANCE PLAN FOR WASCO DOLLAR RIDE, ITEM E IS APPROVE OF THE FINAL BALANCE AND CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF NINE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE DOLLARS AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE AVENUE PROJECT AND AUTHORIZATION FOR THE CITY CLERK TO FILE THE NOTICE OF COMPLETION.

ITEM F ACCEPT A BIT AND ADOPT A RESOLUTION FOR THE AWARD OF THE JANITORIAL CLEANING SERVICES APPROVING AN AGREEMENT WITH GRIDIRON'S SERVICES INC.

AMOUNT OF FORTY SIX THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY DOLLARS YEARLY.

ITEM G AWARD AND ADOPT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH TWENTY THREE DOLLARS AND ALLOWING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE CONTRACT CHANGE ORDERS IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED AN AGGREGATE OF TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SEVENTH STREET MAGNOLIA TO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT.

ITEM H. ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE TASK ORDER NUMBER EIGHT FOR DEE JASPAR AND ASSOCIATES TO COMPLETE THE DESIGN AND ENGINEERING FOR THE TEST WELL MUNICIPAL WELL SITE DEVELOPMENT OF WELL NUMBER FIFTEEN REPLACEMENT WELL FOUR WELL NUMBER TEN IN THE AMOUNT NOT EXCEED TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS . ITEM I APPROVAL OF TRAINING EXPENSES EXCEEDING FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER REGISTRATION FOR THE FACILITIES. MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR INSPECTOR WAYNE JACKSON TO ATTEND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION PUBLIC WORKS EXPO IN ST.

LOUIS, MISSOURI FROM AUGUST TWENTY NINTH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1ST.

IF HE IS SELECTED, PARTICIPATE IN THE EMERGING LEADERS ACADEMY VIA THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION FROM NOVEMBER 2020 TO OCTOBER 2021.

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ITEM J ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE TASK ORDER NUMBER SEVEN FOR DEE JASPAR AND ASSOCIATES TO PRODUCE THE 2020 URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED TWENTY TWO THOUSAND NINE ONE SIX.

ITEM K ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FEDERAL FUNDING UNDER SECTION FIVE THREE ONE ONE FORTY NINE USC SECTION 5311 AND THE EXECUTION OF A STANDARD AGREEMENT WITH THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO ASK THE MEMBERS IF THEY HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON ANY PARTICULAR ITEM ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR.

WE'LL START WITH MEMBER ESPITIA.

THE ONLY QUESTION I HAVE THE PROJECT ON PALM AVENUE SINCE I LIVE ON PALM AVENUE.

I KNOW, WE HAD DISCUSSED LAST MEETING IT WOULDN'T BE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IF IT WAS IN A BETTER INTEREST TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.

ONLY QUESTION I HAVE. WHICH WHICH ITEM IS THAT? ITEM E, I AM SORRY.

APPROVAL OF THE FINAL BALANCE CHANGE ORDER.

YEAH.

I THOUGHT I THOUGHT WE SAID WE'RE OK.

YEAH, I DON'T SEE ANY ANY POPPING UP AT ME HERE.

OK, SO YOU HAVE MY APPROVAL TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE ON IT.

SO YOU HAVE NO CONFLICTS MEMBER REYNA, I HAVE NO CONFLICTS.

MEMBER GARCĂ­A.

NONE. MEMBER PALLARES.

NO CONFLICT.

AND I HAVE NO CONFLICT, SO FANTASTIC, LET'S OK, SO WE WILL THEN FOR A SECOND HERE.

WOULD ANY MEMBER LIKE TO PULL ANY ITEM.

MEMBER ESPITIA.

I'M GOOD. MEMBER REYNA. MAYOR, I'D LIKE TO PULL 9G, 9H, AND 9J.

OK.

MEMBER GARCIA? NONE HERE.

MEMBER PALLARES. NO ITEMS. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

MAYOR. IF I CAN CONFIRM REAL QUICK WITH TOM TO DANNY'S QUESTION WITH ITEM E ON THE PALM AVENUE PROJECT.

DANNY LIVES ON ADJACENT TO THAT STREET THAT WHERE THE SIDEWALK AND THE IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE AND THAT THAT WAS THE REASON FOR HIS QUESTION, I BELIEVE.

BUT IF I IF I CAN INTERRUPT AND INTERJECT, I BELIEVE IT'S IT'S IT'S A ROAD PROJECT, PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT THAT THAT'S NOT CONSIDERED A CONFLICT.

RIGHT. BECAUSE IT'S IMPROVING ON THE ROAD THAT FOR THE OVERALL BENEFITS.

BUT I THINK THE PROJECT INCLUDES SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO HIS PROPERTY LINE. AND WELL.

OK, IF THERE'S IF THERE'S SOME IF THE CITY MANAGER HAS SOME QUESTION, I'M NOT GOING TO I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE PROJECT.

APPARENTLY, I SAID DANNY COULD VOTE ON IT PREVIOUSLY.

IT'S BECOME MORE FOCUSED NOW, I GUESS, ON THE SIDEWALK RIGHT NEXT TO HIS HOUSE, WHICH IS WITHIN 500 FEET.

IT'S PROBABLY SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL THE PUBLIC GENERALLY EXCEPTION.

BUT I CAN'T FIGURE THAT OUT BY JUST SITTING HERE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO IF YOU WANT TO SIGN OFF ON IT.

YEAH, OK.

I'LL PULL ITEM E FOR DISCUSSION AND WE'LL SAY.

WELL. YEAH, YOU CAN GO AS LONG AS NOBODY PULLS IT, DID GILBERT PULL THAT MATTER.

NO. OK, AS LONG AS NOBODY PULLS IT FROM CONSENT YOU CAN JUST SHOW THAT YOU ABSTAIN BUT YOU GO AHEAD AND VOTE. YEAH THEY COULD SEPARATELY.

OK, THANK YOU.

SO I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE ALL ITEMS EXCEPT FOR 9G, 9H AND 9J.

WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

OK, SO THERE'S A MOTION BY MEMBER GARCIA, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT.

DO I HAVE A SECOND FROM COUNCIL.

WE'LL DO VOTE BY ROLL-CALL, MADAM CLERK.

MAYOR CORTEZ. AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA. AYE. BUT I NEED TO ABSTAIN FROM VOTING ON ITEM E. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

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COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

HE'S MUTED.

OR NOT. I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE WENT.

MEMBER PALLARES.

PALLARES. AYE COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA.

AYE.

THERE HE IS. YOUR VOTE? AYE. OK, THAT'S WHY WE CAN'T TAKE YOU NOWHERE.

MY WIFI, I AM SORRY .

A MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

SECOND BY MEMBER PALLARES ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. MEMBER REYNA, ITEM 9G.

[9g. Award and adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Nagle Earthworks in the amount of $432,423.00 and allowing the City Manager to execute Contract Change Orders in an amount not to exceed an aggregate of $25,000 for the Reconstruction of 7th Street (Magnolia to WWTP) project.]

THANK YOU, MAYOR. I HAD A QUESTION REGARDING THIS PROJECT, AND IT'S IN REGARDS TO WHAT'S UNDERNEATH THE STREET.

AND MY QUESTION IS, WILL WATER OR SEWER LINES UNDER THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION AREA BE IN NEED OF REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT? AND WILL SUCH REPAIR IF THERE NEED TO BE DONE BEFORE THE NEW ROAD SURFACES LAY DOWN? MR. REYNA, WE WILL NOT BE PROCEEDING WITH ANY INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR WHILE WE DO THIS PROJECT AND THIS PROJECT WAS AWARDED IN 2018 AND WE WERE UNABLE TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE NEEDS OF THE GRANT.

SO WOULD YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION? ARE REPAIRS NEEDED AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE UNDERNEATH? I AM I'M NOT SURE IF REPAIRS ARE NEEDED.

WE DID NOT DO AN ANALYSIS OF THAT.

I'M I'M WONDERING IF I CAN INTERJECT HERE, IF WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THE OVERALL OUR OVERALL INFRASTRUCTURE AND SOME OF OUR THOUGHTS AND PLANS OF POSSIBLY IMPROVING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. IS THAT THE QUESTION YOU'RE ASKING FOR, MR. REYNA THAT'S GOING TO BE INCORPORATED FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION? RIGHT. I, I SEEM TO REMEMBER OUR CONVERSATION WITH OUR CITY MANAGER REGARDING WATER LINES FOR SEWER LINES. I'M NOT CLEAR ON THAT.

I THINK THERE WERE WATER LINES.

I BELIEVE THERE ARE TWO, AND THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THEM.

AND SO IF WE'RE GOING TO BE RESURFACING THIS ROAD, I WAS THINKING THAT WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REPLACEMENT OR RECONSTRUCTION OF THOSE LINES BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD.

AND I BELIEVE THE I'M THINKING BACK ON THE CONVERSATION, IT WAS SPECIFIC TO THE SEWER LINES AND IT WAS AROUND THE TOPIC, IF IF THE CITY WERE EVER TO ENVISION GROWING BEYOND OUR EXISTING POPULATION AND INDUSTRIES, WHETHER THERE BE A NEED IN THE FUTURE TO EXPAND AND UPGRADE THE SEWER LINES THAT RUN EAST TO WEST ON SEVENTH STREET OUT TO THE WASTEWATER PLANT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PLANS WERE SUBMITTED BEFORE MY TENURE WAS ULTIMATELY APPROVED.

BUT AS I WAS STARTING AND SO THAT WASN'T FACTORED IN.

AND THERE'S NO THERE'S NOTHING RIGHT NOW IN THE PIPELINE IN TERMS OF DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD REQUIRE A SIGNIFICANT SEWER SEWER LINE UPGRADE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT.

SO IF WE WERE TO DELAY IT AND NOT MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT, WE RAN THE RISK OF LOSING OUT ON THE GRANT FUNDS THAT WOULD PAY FOR THE BULK OF THIS THIS PROJECT.

THANK YOU, DANIEL. UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT, BUT IF WE NEED TO UPGRADE THE SEWER LINES, WE WILL HAVE TO TEAR THE ROAD ONCE AGAIN TO DO IT. AM I NOT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

YEAH, THAT'S UNFORTUNATE.

IT IS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT THAT'S GOING TO OCCUR.

I'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM NINE H.

OK, I, I'D LOVE TO APPROVE ITEM NINE.

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON ITEM NINE G.

NO COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

ALL RIGHT. SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER REYNA.

DO I HAVE A SECOND. SECOND.

MADAM CLERK, WE'LL DO A VOTE BY ROLL-CALL.

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MEMBER CORTEZ. AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

AYE.

COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES.

AYE.

COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA.

AYE. MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA TO APPROVE ITEM 9G.

MOTION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. THANK YOU.

ITEM NINE, PLEASE.

[9h. Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Approve Task Order #8 for Dee Jaspar & Associates to complete the design and engineering for the test well, municipal well, and site development of Well #15, replacement Well for Well #10, in an amount not to exceed $277,500.]

THANK YOU, MAYOR. THE NEXT TWO ITEMS ARE HOUSEKEEPING.

I WAS JUST READING THE REPORTS.

IT SAYS TASK ORDER EIGHT AND AN ENGINEERING DESIGN OF WELL 15.

ON PAGE 268, I BELIEVE IS THE THIRD PARAGRAPH FROM THE BOTTOM.

STAFF WOULD LIKE TO PROCEED WITH THE EXECUTION, DESIGN AND ENGINEERING OF FOR WELL 10.

AND I BELIEVE THAT SHOULD READ WELL 15, AM I CORRECT? RIGHT, RIGHT, ABOUT FISCAL IMPACT.

THAT IS CORRECT. SO WE NEED TO CORRECT THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS ITEMS HAVE ANY LEGALITY ATTACHED TO THEM WHEN WE DON'T HAVE THE CORRECT VERBIAGE. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I BRING THAT UP.

SO I MOVE TO APPROVE ITEM 9H WITH THE CORRECTION I JUST MENTIONED.

THANK YOU, MR. THAT'S FANTASTIC. IT'S A GREAT CATCH.

ALL RIGHT. DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC? NO PUBLIC COMMENT. ALL RIGHT, SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER REYNA, DO I HAVE A SECOND.

I'LL SECOND THAT, MAYOR. ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS THE SECOND BY MEMBER GARCIA.

WE'LL DO A VOTE BY ROLL-CALL, MADAM CLERK.

MAYOR CORTEZ.

AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA. AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

AYE.

COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES. PALLARES, AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA.

AYE. MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA TO APPROVE ITEM 9H.

MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

MEMBER REYNA.

[9j. Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Approve Task Order #7 for Dee Jaspar & Associates to Produce the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan in an Amount not to Exceed $22,916.00.]

NINE J. ITEM UWMP THAT WOULD ACTUALLY BE TASK ORDER NUMBER 7.

PAGE 284. STAFF RECOMMENDS COUNCIL ADOPTS A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE TASK ORDER NUMBER TWO.

I BELIEVE THAT SHOULD BE SEVEN.

THAT IS CORRECT. THANK YOU.

I MOVE TO APPROVE THIS ITEM WITH THE CORRECTIONS THAT I JUST MENTIONED.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME MONEY OUT OF THE TARDY JAR FOR YOU, MR. REYNA. SO THERE'S A MOTION BY MEMBER REYNA AND I'LL ENTERTAIN A SECOND. PALLARES SECOND. THANK YOU MR. PALLARES. ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? NO. ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL TAKE A VOTE BY ROLL-CALL.

MAYOR CORTEZ. AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA. AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA. AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES. AYE. COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA. AYE.

MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES TO ITEM 9J.

MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

THANK YOU. ITEM 10, PUBLIC HEARINGS, WE HAVE NONE.

ITEM 11 DEFERRED BUSINESS.

WE HAVE NONE. MAYOR CORTEZ. YES, MA'AM.

YOU HAVEN'T DONE 9E. DID I MISS 9E? WE VOTED THAT IN CONSENT. THAT WAS CONSENT.

AND I JUST SHOW THAT HE ABSTAINED ON THAT AS LONG AS IT STAYED ON CONSENT.

THANK YOU. ITEM 12, NEW BUSINESS ITEM, A REPORT REGARDING ILLEGAL FIREWORKS ENFORCEMENT

[12a. Report regarding Illegal Fireworks enforcement efforts made by the Kern County Fire Department and City of Wasco Code Compliance Division. (Cobb)]

EFFORTS MADE BY THE KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF WASCO.

YES, MR. MAYOR. MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AT THE LAST CITY COUNCIL MEETING, COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA ASKED THAT THIS ITEM BE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION.

ON JUNE 11TH, COUNCIL MEMBERS REYNA AND PALLARES MET WITH CITY STAFF IN KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFF TO DISCUSS ENFORCEMENT STRATEGIES FOR ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.

KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AT THAT MEETING EXPLAINED THAT THEIR ONLINE REPORTING SYSTEM WAS THE BEST WAY TO REPORT USE OF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.

AND WE AGREED THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WOULD FORWARD THEIR THEIR REPORTS OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN THE CITY OF WASCO THAT THEY RECEIVED EACH MORNING TO OUR CODE COMPLIANCE DIVISION FOR FOLLOW UP WITH INFORMATIONAL DOOR HANGERS.

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CODE COMPLIANCE STAFF RECEIVED INFORMATION REGARDING ILLEGAL USE OF FIREWORKS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON JUNE 22ND THROUGH THE 25TH AND ALSO ON JULY 1ST.

AND IN TOTAL, THERE WERE WERE FIFTY ONE GENERAL AREAS THAT WERE REPORTED.

THEY WEREN'T REPORTED BY SPECIFIC ADDRESS, BUT BY GENERAL AREA, FOR INSTANCE, AT THE CORNER OF SUCH AND SUCH STREET AND SUCH AND SUCH STREET OR THE 4800 BLOCK OF SUCH AND SUCH STREET CODE COMPLIANCE WAS UNABLE TO WALK ALL FIFTY ONE AREAS THAT WERE REPORTED AS THEY WERE HEAVILY FOCUSED ON WATER PRESSURE DOOR HANGERS DURING THIS TIME.

BUT THEY DID REACH THE AREAS SHOWN IN GREEN ON THE SPREADSHEET ATTACHED AND YOUR STAFF REPORT WHERE THEY DISTRIBUTED APPROXIMATELY 100 DOOR HANGERS.

WE STILL HAVE SEVERAL DOOR HANGERS LEFT THAT WILL BE USABLE IN FUTURE EFFORTS.

THERE AREN'T ANY DATES ON THEM, SO WE MADE SURE THEY WOULD BE USABLE IN THE FUTURE.

AND STAFF IS HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE EFFORTS ON CODE COMPLIANCE SIDE OF THINGS. AND I BELIEVE CHIEF DUNCAN WAS GOING TO BE HELD IN TONIGHT TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S SIDE.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RIGHT HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST IT.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE.

STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD, YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU GET YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED AT THIS TIME.

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC? WE HAVE NO FURTHER COMMENTS AT THIS TIME.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. COMMENTS FROM THE COUNCIL.

MEMBER ESPITIA.

MEMBER REYNA. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THE REASON WHY I REQUESTED THIS ITEM BE ON THE AGENDA IS BECAUSE I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING WHAT OUR STAFF DID AND WHAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DID TO ALLEVIATE THIS PROBLEM.

INCREASING PROBLEM.

I WANT TO COMMEND THE STAFF FOR GOING OUT THERE AND PUTTING THOSE DOOR HANGERS, AT LEAST 100 OF THEM. THAT'S AN EFFORT TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE.

BUT I ALSO WANTED TO FIND OUT IF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO ISSUE ANY TICKETS, FINES TO PEOPLE THAT WERE USING ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.

AND I'M NOT SURE WHETHER THE CHIEF IS HERE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

MEMBER REYNA.

YES.

OK, WELL.

I'M CURIOUS AS TO HOW MANY OF THOSE INSTANCES THEY RESPOND TO IF THEY ISSUED ANY TICKETS.

WHAT IF THEY RESPONDED? WHAT WAS THE RESULT OF THE RESPONSES AND WHAT WILL THEY DO DIFFERENT NEXT YEAR TO AVOID THIS? AS I SAID, INCREASINGLY GROWING PROBLEMS. FIFTY ONE DIFFERENT INSTANCES OF FIREWORKS OR AREAS OF FIREWORKS.

THAT'S A LOT OF FIREWORKS.

AND I THINK ON THIS GRAPHIC THAT IS SHOWING RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN SEE HOW MANY TIMES PEOPLE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, TO THEIR WEBSITE AND REPORTED IT.

I CAN SEE ONE FOR 20, WHICH IS NEAR MY AREA, I BELIEVE.

AND I MEAN, PEOPLE ARE DOING THEIR THEIR DUE DILIGENCE BY REPORTING THIS.

BUT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND WE CAN WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR TO PUT A PLAN IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE ILLEGAL USE OF FIREWORKS, THAT FIREWORKS ARE STILL GOING ON.

I HEAR THEM JUST ABOUT EVERY NIGHT.

AND SO PEOPLE ARE VERY CARELESS ABOUT THE USE OF THESE ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. HOPEFULLY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAN ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS IN WRITING SINCE THEY'RE NOT PRESENT AND GIVE US AN IDEA AS TO WHAT THEIR PLAN IS FOR NEXT YEAR. AND I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ANY SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE ORANGE PARK FOUNDATION FOR NEXT YEAR TO HELP US DISTRIBUTE THIS DOOR HANGERS AND ANY CITIZENS.

I WANT TO DO IT AS WELL BECAUSE THAT WILL CERTAINLY LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE ARE AWARE THEY ARE THE ONES DOING IT.

THAT'S ALL FOR ME. THANK YOU.

MAYOR CORTEZ.

YES. WE'RE GOING TO READ OFF THE PUBLIC COMMENT.

I'M SORRY, I DIDN'T CATCH THAT.

YOU'RE GOING TO READ OUT PUBLIC COMMENT.

NO, THERE IS A PUBLIC COMMENT, BUT WE HAVEN'T READ OUT

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I HAVE NOT, THOUGHT I DID.

OK. FOR THIS ITEM, YES.

OK, SO AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER, IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE IT BY USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISE HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU'LL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU'RE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED YOU WILL BE MUTED.

AT THIS TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? THERE IS ONE.

HELLO, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, HI.

THIS IS A I JUST LIKE TO ADD ON TO WHAT OUR COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA MENTIONED.

I'D LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT WE ALSO DID RECEIVE A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT FIREWORKS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DO MESSAGE US REGARDING THAT BECAUSE NORMALLY WE'RE THE ONE THAT HOSTS THE FIREWORKS SHOW. SO I DEFINITELY WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AND PLEASE ADDED ON TO ANY PARTICIPATION OR ANYTHING THAT ORANGE HEART FOUNDATION CAN DO TO HELP THIS OUT.

GREAT, THANK YOU, ALL RIGHT. YES, THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR US? I ACTUALLY JUST MUTED HER.

ALL RIGHT. ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS? ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS, NO OTHER PUBLIC COMMENT.

ALL RIGHT. ANY COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS, MEMBER ESPITIA.

ALL THOSE FIREWORKS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE DEPENDENT ON THE NEIGHBOR TURNING THEM IN, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT THING TO DO WITH THE VIRUS.

IT JUST GOT WORSE AND WORSE BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS HOME DOING NOTHING.

BUT WE CAN DO ALL WE CAN DO AS A AS A COUNCIL.

AND SO CAN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE THAT NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET IN TERMS OF BECAUSE OF RETALIATION.

MEMBER GARCIA.

NO OTHER COMMENTS ASIDE FROM I WOULD ECHO WHAT MEMBER REYNA SAID ABOUT HAVING THE CAPTAIN MAYBE BE RIGHT IN RESPONSE SO THAT THEY CAN, I REALIZE THAT IT'S A BUSY SEASON, BUT WE REALLY NEED THEM TO BE MAKE TIME FOR US.

AND BECAUSE I MEAN, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE TRYING TO RAISE OUR BUDGET BY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT IN THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS, I WOULD EXPECT MORE FROM THE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

MEMBER PALLARES? YES, DEFINITELY, I ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE WITH THE WEB REPORTING THAT, OF COURSE, WILL GENERATE THESE SUMMARIES.

I WOULD LIKE, HOWEVER, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE AT LEAST THE MONTHLY REPORT, A GRAPHIC SUCH AS THIS ONCE A MONTH.

SO KEEP TABS OF ALL THE ILLEGAL FIREWORKS ARE HAPPENING.

AND WHEN THEY DO THEIR REPORT, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE NOT JUST THE MINIMAL HOW MANY INCIDENTS OR HOW MANY WEB REPORTS IT IS.

I WOULD LIKE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HAVE A COLUMN WITH THE INCIDENT RESOLVED.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, IS IT RESOLVED BY SIMPLE DOOR HANGER OR IS IT RESOLVED BY A CITATION OR IS IT RESOLVED BY DIFFERENT FORMS FROM THEM? AND OF COURSE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM AT EVERY MEETING.

INSTEAD OF JUST PERIODIC QUARTERLY.

AND THAT'S IT FOR MY COMMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU.

HE HAS COVERED IT ALL, SO I DON'T NEED TO SAY ANYTHING.

MAYOR, I DO HAVE SOMETHING THAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW HAT I SUBMITTED SOME WRITTEN QUESTIONS TO DANIEL THAT WERE FORWARDED TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

AND SO I'D LIKE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS.

AND THAT INCLUDES EXACTLY THOSE THINGS, NOT ALL OF THEM, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE THINGS THAT MEMBER PALLARES MENTIONED.

AND I WANT ANSWERS TO THEM.

I DID NOT MENTION EVERY SINGLE ONE IN THE INTEREST OF TIME, BUT I'D LIKE TO HAVE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS THAT I SUBMITTED WITH THE AN EMAIL.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

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WE'LL MOVE ON.

ITEM B.

[12b. Review and accept Water System Demand and Pressure Evaluation Memorandum by Dee Jaspar & Associates, Inc. (Bishop)]

REVIEW AND ACCEPT A WATER SYSTEM, DEMAND AND PRESSURE EVALUATION MEMORANDUM BY DEE JASPAR AND ASSOCIATES.

BISHOP. THE MAYOR, I THINK I'M GOING TO HANDLE THAT ONE.

WE WANTED TO BRING BACK TO THE COUNCIL AN UPDATE ON THE WATER EMERGENCY THAT WAS DECLARED BACK ON MAY 30TH.

IF YOU RECALL THE THE SATURDAY MORNING COUNCIL MEETING WE WE HELD AND WE GET THE PRESENTATION GOING.

SO WE'RE HERE SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER WE INITIALLY DECLARED THE WATER EMERGENCY THAT THE COUNCIL DECLARED BACK ON THAT SATURDAY AND WE IMPLEMENTED SOME SOME STRICTER WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES WITH THE INTENT OF ALLEVIATING THE PEAK DEMAND THAT WAS PUSHING UP AGAINST OUR CAPACITY.

AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WAS NEEDED TO DO THAT IN ORDER TO BEGIN REPAIRS ON THE WATER WELLS SPECIFICALLY WELL 10 THAT WAS EXPERIENCING ISSUES AT THE TIME WELL EIGHT THAT WE BELIEVE WAS A WAS ALSO EXPERIENCING MINOR ISSUES.

SO PART OF THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION REQUIRES THAT I BRING BACK AND GIVE YOU GUYS AN UPDATE AND HELP TO DO SO HERE.

PART OF THAT PROCESS WE REVIEWED.

THE BOTH EVENTS THAT TRIGGERED AND CAUSED THAT CIRCUMSTANCE, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND WE'LL GET INTO SO HOPEFULLY YOU'LL BEAR WITH ME, HAVE A FAIRLY LENGTHY PRESENTATION.

SO BEAR WITH ME IF YOU CAN.

SO THE CITY MANAGER AND PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR HAVE REVIEWED THE EVENTS THAT RESULTED IN THE WATER EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND EMERGENCY REPAIRS.

WELL 10 HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND IS CURRENTLY ONLINE.

WELL 8, THE ORIGINAL RATED CAPACITY WAS OR WAS INCORRECT, AS WELL AS UPON FURTHER REVIEW, WE DETERMINED THAT THE VFD, THE HDMI SCREEN THAT IS AT THE WATER WELL WAS DAMAGED AND BROKEN, THAT HAD TO BE REPLACED.

WE ALSO DETERMINED THAT THE HYDROMATIC TANK AT THE WATER WELL WAS HYDROCARBONS WATERLOGGED. SO THAT ALSO HAD TO BE REPAIRED AND BOTH HAVE SINCE BEEN RECTIFIED.

CITY MANAGEMENT MYSELF REVIEWED AND WE UNCOVERED MULTIPLE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AND DEFICIENCIES IN THE CITY'S OPERATIONS OF THE WATER SYSTEMS, PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF LONG RANGE. I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT YOU.

THERE IS A LOT OF NOISE IN LINE.

CAN EVERYBODY MUTE THEIR IPADS OR IPHONES OR WHATEVER YOU'RE USING, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF INTERFERENCE AND MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR ME TO HEAR YOU, DANIEL.

I'LL MUTE MYSELF NOW. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? LET ME CHANGE MY MIC.

OK, SO GOING BACK, I REVIEWED IT, UNCOVERED MULTIPLE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AND DEFICIENCIES IN THE CITY'S OPERATIONS OF THE WATER SYSTEM, BOTH THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF LONG RANGE CAPITAL NEED THAT ATTRIBUTED TO THE ISSUE WE HAD AND A DECLARATION, A WATER EMERGENCY DECLARATION WE HAD TO ISSUE.

WHILE THE WATER SYSTEM DID EXPERIENCE MECHANICAL ISSUES RELATED TO ITS WATER WELLS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, THE ISSUES WERE FORESEEN IN 2007 AND WERE NOT HELPED BY THE CURRENT OPERATIONAL PRACTICES.

SO. SO JUST GIVE YOU THE TIMELINE BACK ON MAY TWENTY SEVENTH, THE CITY EXPERIENCE LOW PRESSURE WITHIN OUR WATER SYSTEM, SPECIFICALLY AT OUR AT THE DECOMMISSIONED WATER.

WELL NUMBER FIVE, WHICH IS LOCATED AT THE PUBLIC WORKS YARD AT THE TIME, AT THE LOWEST POINT ON MAY TWENTY SEVENTH, THE WATER PRESSURE DROPPED TO TWENTY EIGHT PSI.

OUR SYSTEM AVERAGES.

WE TRY TO KEEP IT AT 50 PSI AND ANYTHING BELOW 30 TRIGGERS AN ALERT WITHIN OUR DATA SYSTEM. ON THE FOLLOWING DAY, WE REVIEWED THE SYSTEM DATA AND DETERMINED THAT TWO OF OUR WELLS WERE UNDERPERFORMING AND DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION ON THE TWENTY NINTH ON FRIDAY.

TWENTY NINTH STAFF, ALONG WITH OUR CITY ENGINEER, WE CONTACTED THE STATE WATER BOARD AND NOTIFY THEM OF THE ISSUES AND REQUESTED PERMISSION TO PLACE, WELL NUMBER 14 ONLINE, WHILE 14 IS THE WELL THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION BEHIND CITY HALL.

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IT WAS FAR ENOUGH ALONG IN THE CONSTRUCTION THAT I WAS ABLE TO BE BROUGHT ONLINE AS AN EMERGENCY BASIS WITH A DIESEL GENERATOR AND MANUAL CONTROLS WITH THE STATE AGREEING ON THAT KIND OF ACTION. WE BROUGHT THAT ON LINE THAT FOLLOWING FOLLOWING WEEK, CITY ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE THAT WEEKEND AND WE STRESSING FOR STAGE THREE WATER CONSERVATION, ALONG WITH A MODIFIED CONSERVATION SCHEDULE SO AS TO STAGGER THE CITY INTO ZONES SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS AND MOVE PEOPLE AWAY FROM IN ALL AT A GIVEN POINT THAT WOULD DRIVE UP THE PEAK DEMAND. AND AGAIN, ON MAY 30TH, THE EMERGENCY COUNCIL MEETING AND THE WATER EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED AT THAT POINT ON JUNE 12, PUMP TESTING WAS PERFORMED WELL SEVEN, EIGHT, 10 AND 12 DETERMINED THAT WELL 10 WAS, IN FACT, UNDERPERFORMING.

IT ALSO REVEALED THAT THE CITY LACKED DETAILED MAINTENANCE RECORDS AND PUMP CURVES FOR THE WELLS. WE HAD TO SCRAMBLE AND OBTAIN THE WELLS FROM PRIOR CONTRACTORS WHO HAD SERVICED THE WELLS IN THE PAST ON MAY 30TH THROUGH THE 16TH.

THE CITY WORKED WITH THE CONTRACTOR TO COMPLETE THE NECESSARY WORK TOOK PLACE WHILE NUMBER 14 ONLINE AND ON JUNE 17TH, ONE NUMBER 14 BECAME AVAILABLE FOR OPERATION.

AND ONCE THEY PASSED ALL THE CLEARANCES FROM THE STATE WATER BOARD AND ON JUNE 17 TO THE TWENTY SECOND.

CITY OPERATED WELL 14 TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WAS OPERATING PROPERLY AND BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN WATER PRESSURE THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AFTER THAT, BETWEEN JULY 22ND, JUNE 22ND AND JULY 8TH, THE CITY TAKES WELL 10 OFF LINE FOR INSPECTION AND REPAIRS.

ON JUNE 7TH, WE EVALUATED THE THE VFP AND THE PUMPS THINGS AT WELL 8.

AND WE DETERMINE THAT THE PUMP CAPACITY WAS APPROXIMATELY EIGHT HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE GALLONS PER MINUTE VERSUS WHAT WAS BELIEVED AND WAS STATED TO BE ONE HUNDRED ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE GALLONS PER MINUTE.

SO ROUGHLY FIVE HUNDRED FIVE HUNDRED POUND PER MINUTE DIFFERENCE BASED ON WHAT THE PUMP CURVE FOR THAT. WELL ACTUALLY SAID AND WHAT OUR RECORDS AND OUR CITY'S ASSUMPTIONS WERE AT THE TIME, WE CORRECTED THE ASSUMPTION THAT, WELL 8 AND ONCE WE ACCOUNTED FOR THAT THE WELL WAS ACTUALLY IN FACT PERFORMING AT ITS CAPACITY.

ON JUNE 9TH, THE CITY PLACED A WELL 10 BACK ONLINE, COMPLETED A PUMP TESTING TO CONFIRM THE PUMP, WHICH WAS PERFORMING PROPERLY, AND THE PUMP WAS, IN FACT PERFORMING BACK ON ITS ORIGINAL CURVE. A PUMP CURVE, THE PUMP CURVE IS A PERFORMANCE CURVE THAT INDICATES HOW IT PUMP WILL PERFORM IN REGARDS TO PRESSURE, HEAD AND FLOW.

THE CURVE IS DEFINED FOR A SPECIFIC PUMP OPERATING SPEED OR RPM'S AND A SPECIFIC PUMP IN DIAMETER. WHEN YOU'RE READING THE PUMP, THE PUMPS FLOW RATE WILL BE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAPH AND THE PRESSURE WILL BE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE PUMP CURVE IS WHAT DETERMINES AND GUIDES WHAT THE RATING CAPACITY IS, IS FOR THAT.

GIVEN THAT GIVEN WELL THE PUMP CAPACITY VERIFIES THE WELLS OPERATING ON THAT PUMP CURVE THAT DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS.

SO ONCE WE HAD, WELL 10 REPAIRED AND VERIFIED THAT IT WAS OPERATING ON ITS CURVE, THAT RESOLVED THAT MATTER IN ADDRESSING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN, WELL 8 AND WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED AS THE CAPACITY, BASED ON BOTH PREVIOUS REPORTS, STATED INFORMATION AND STAFF'S ASSUMPTIONS.

THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIRTY ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FORTY FIVE GALLONS PER MINUTE AND EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY FIVE.

THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE OPERATING AT OUR PEAK.

AND WE ALSO AND LOOKING BACK AND TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE DETAILS AND RECORDS, WELL 12 PUMP CURB IS NOT AVAILABLE AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO TRACK THAT DOWN AND OBTAIN THAT.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT WAS THE ASSUMED CAPACITY OF THE WITH, WELL 8 AND THE OVERALL SYSTEM CAPACITY AND WHAT IT ACTUALLY WAS WAS FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY FIVE GALLONS PER MINUTE. AS I MENTIONED IN THE BEGINNING, THE CURRENT WATER SYSTEM ISSUES WERE IDENTIFIED IN 2007, WE'RE NOW IN 2020 OR 2020.

I WOULD SAY WE HAVE NOT ADDRESSED SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED THEN THAT WOULD HAVE ALLEVIATED AND WOULD HAVE PREVENTED ISSUES WE ARE ENCOUNTERING TODAY.

BACK IN 2007, THE CITY UNDERTOOK THESE TO TO USE TWO GUIDING DOCUMENTS.

ONE WAS THE INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION WATER FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE CITY OF WASCO.

THE OTHER ONE WAS A WATER MASTER PLAN.

THERE WERE BOTH DONE CONCURRENTLY.

THE WATER MASTER PLAN BORROWED AND GOT SOME INFORMATION FROM THE WATER AND FEASIBILITY STUDY AS IT WAS BEING CONDUCTED.

THEY BOTH MIRRORED, ALTHOUGH THEY BOTH SERVE TWO DIFFERENT PURPOSES.

SO KIND OF GET INTO BUT THEY BOTH IDENTIFIED SPECIFICALLY THE WATER FEASIBILITY WENT INTO

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GREATER DETAIL AND IDENTIFIED THE ISSUES WE ARE EXPERIENCING NOW.

THE WATER MASTER PLAN WAS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL ON MAY 1ST, 2007.

THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR REHABILITATION FEASIBILITY STUDY.

FROM 2007 AND I READ IT VERBATIM, THE STUDY WAS PREPARED FOR THE CITY OF WASCO TO ADDRESS THE EXISTING WATER SYSTEM CIRCUMSTANCES AND TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF REHABILITATING THE CITY'S WATER SYSTEM TO ENSURE RELIABLE WATER DELIVERY.

DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR THE PAST YEAR? THE GOALS OF THE PROJECT ARE TO IDENTIFY THE PREFERRED PROJECT ALTERNATIVE THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE HEALTH, SAFETY, WELFARE AND ECONOMIC THREATS POSED BY THE LACK OF WATER STORAGE AND TO PRESENT THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO DEVELOP A COMPLETE APPLICATION FOR AN INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION PROGRAM.

CONSTRUCTION GRANT.

I'M ASSUMING SINCE MOST OF THESE, I GUESS THE LARGER RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MORE COSTLY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE FOUND, A REHABILITATION STUDY HAD NOT BEEN COMPLETED, THAT THE CITY EITHER WAS NOT AWARDED THE GRANTS OR WE DIDN'T PURSUE IT FOR WHATEVER REASON.

BUT REGARDLESS, THE STUDY PRESENTED A NUMBER OF DETAILED INFORMATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS.

IT ALSO FORESHADOWED SOME MANY OF THE ISSUES, IF NOT ALL THE ISSUES WE'RE HAVING TODAY WITH OUR WATER SYSTEM. THIS IS A GRAPH FROM THE STUDY.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT DETAILS THE CAPACITY OF THE WATER SYSTEM, AS WELL AS THE AVERAGE DAILY USAGE IN BLUE AND THE DAILY USAGE.

IF YOU LOOK AT RIGHT WHERE THE CAPACITY AND THE DAILY USAGE INTERSECT, THAT IS ROUGHLY EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

NOW, WHILE THIS STUDY PRESENTED OR DETAILED THAT WE WOULD REACH THAT PEAK IN TWENTY SEVENTEEN, THIS HAS VARIED SINCE 2007.

FOR STARTERS, OUR CAPACITY HAS DECREASED AS WELL AS THE PEAK DAILY USAGE HAS NOT REACHED THAT LEVEL. I BELIEVE IN PART FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS.

ONE BEING THE CONSERVATION MEASURES OF THE CITY IMPLEMENTED SOME YEARS AGO TO TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WE WERE GOING THROUGH AT THAT TIME.

SO THAT SKEWED THE PERIOD IN TIME WHEN WE WOULD REACH THAT THAT NEXUS.

SO PART OF THE STUDY CAPACITY SINCE THEN HAS DECREASED SINCE 2007, THREE WELLS THAT WERE AVAILABLE BACK THEN HAVE BEEN DECOMMISSIONED.

WHILE WE CURRENTLY HAVE WELLS AND OTHER WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS PLANNED, THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE TODAY.

WELL 14, AS I MENTIONED, IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WELL 13 PLANS ARE BEING REVIEWED.

THIS IS A REPLACEMENT TO, WELL NINE THE WATER WELL THAT WAS WITHIN THE HIGH SPEED RAIL CORRIDORS ALIGNMENT'S AND HAD TO BE DECOMMISSIONED BECAUSE OF IT.

WE'RE REVIEWING PLANS AND HOPE TO SEE CONSTRUCTION MOVE FORWARD ON THAT HERE SHORTLY, POSSIBLY BY THE END OF THE YEAR, IF NOT EARLY NEXT YEAR.

AND THE DAILY PEAK USAGE LIKELY SHIFTED, AS I MENTIONED, DUE TO WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES AND OTHER PRACTICES THAT RESIDENTS HAVE IMPLEMENTED.

HERE'S A TABLE FROM TABLE 11 OF WELL EFFICIENCY AND KIND OF CIRCLE TO THE GALLONS PER MINUTE OF AT THAT TIME WAS EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHTEEN GALLONS PER MINUTE BASED ON A PSI OF 50. AGAIN, FROM THE STUDY, DAILY PEAK DEMAND DURING THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER IS PUSHING THE PUMPING SYSTEM TO THE PEAK CAPACITY.

THAT IS WHERE WE ARE AT TODAY.

THE LACK OF STORAGE ALSO CREATES A PROBLEM FOR EMERGENCY WATER AND PRESSURE SHOULD A FIRE OCCUR WHEN SUPPLIES ARE ALREADY LOW, THERE SHOULD BE ENOUGH STORAGE FOR THE CITY TO FIGHT A LARGE COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL FIRE.

FIVE THOUSAND GALLONS PER MINUTE AND A FIRE LASTING THREE HOURS.

THIS THIS WOULD BE ABOUT NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND GALLONS WITHOUT BACKUP GENERATION EACH PUMP AND NO ABOVE GROUND STORAGE, THE CITY'S WATER SYSTEM IS IN GREAT RISK.

I WILL ADD ALMOST ALL OF OUR WELLS, IF NOT IF I BELIEVE ALL OF THEM CORRECTLY, HAVE NOW HAD DIESEL GENERATORS INSTALLED AS BACKUP POWER.

SO PART OF THE CONCLUSION FROM THAT 2007 INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION FEASIBILITY STUDY, THE CITY OF WASCO WATER SYSTEM, IS INADEQUATE.

WELL THERE MAY BE LEAKS AND OLD PIPES, NAMELY CAST IRON, THAT SHOULD BE REPLACED.

THIS IS NOT THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE WITH THE CITY SOLELY BEING DEPENDENT UPON GROUNDWATER. THE CITY CANNOT SIMPLY RELY ON PUMPS ALONE TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE FLOW OF WATER AS THE CITY GROWS LARGER AND WILL NEED TO SUPPLY MORE WATER, WHICH CAN SIMPLY BE DONE BY DRILLING MORE WELLS.

THIS DOES NOT, HOWEVER, MITIGATE THE PROBLEM OF NOT HAVING ABOVEGROUND STORAGE FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

REHABILITATION OF THE EXISTING WATER TOWER MAY HELP TO MITIGATE THESE PROBLEMS, BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO MAKE IT FEASIBLE.

INSTALLING BACKUP GENERATORS AND VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES, AS RECOMMENDED IN FUNDING FOR

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THIS, SHOULD BE COVERED THROUGH THE WATER IMPACT FEES.

RECENT INCREASES AND IMPACT FEES AND RATES SHOULD PROVIDE THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO MAKE THIS PROJECT FEASIBLE. I WOULD ADD, AS I MENTIONED, WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED AND INSTALLED THE GENERATORS AND ALL OF OUR WELLS, I BELIEVE, HAVE VDS ON THEM CONTINUING ON.

THE RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE FOR THIS PROJECT IS TO BUILD THE THREE MILLION GALLONS OF WATER STORAGE TANK, NOT FOR THE PURPOSES OF ACCOMMODATING ANTICIPATED NEW CITY GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. INSTEAD, IT IS PROPOSED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY STORAGE NECESSARY FOR FIRE FLOWS AND TO MEET PEAK DEMAND WITH ADEQUATE PRESSURE, COMBINED WITH A WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES DESCRIBED IN THIS REPORT, THE PROPOSED THREE MILLION GALLONS STORAGE TANK SHOULD PROVIDE THE CITY WITH ENOUGH WATER FOR TWO DAYS DURING AN EMERGENCY.

OVERALL, THE SYSTEM WILL BEHAVE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND PRESSURES WILL BE KEPT CLOSER TO THE OPTIMAL LEVELS. ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING, THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE IS NOT EXPECTED TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT.

IF CONCERN SHOULD ARISE, THE STATE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO MITIGATE ANY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS. THIS PROJECT MAY INCUR, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT PROPOSED WATER TANK PROJECT IS SELECTED FOR FUNDING BY THE STATE.

THE CITY SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO FUND THIS PROJECT.

THE CITY CAN ILL AFFORD TO BE WITHOUT ABOVEGROUND STORAGE, ESPECIALLY AS THE CITY GROWS LARGER. THIS WAS BACK IN 2007.

LOOKING BACK AT OUR CURRENT WATER SYSTEM CAPACITY, IN 2007, AS I MENTIONED, THE GALLONS PER MINUTE CAPACITY WAS A LITTLE OVER EIGHT THOUSAND GALLONS PER MINUTE TODAY BASED ON THE REVISED FIGURES OF WHAT WE KNOW BASED ON WELL 8 AND WHERE IT SHOULD BE BASED ON THE ORIGINAL PUMP CURVE. WE ARE AT ABOUT FIFTY SEVEN HUNDRED GALLONS PER MINUTE.

THAT'S A DIFFERENCE OF TWENTY TWO HUNDRED GALLONS PER MINUTE.

NOW I'M TWENTY SEVENTH, AND THAT'S WHEN THINGS REALLY CAME TO THE FOREFRONT AND CAME TO MY ATTENTION AND OUR PUBLIC WORKS TO THE ATTENTION OF THIS ISSUE AND THAT IS ON ON MAY TWENTY SEVENTH AT 8:17 PM.

WELL FIVE WATER PRESSURE DROPPED BELOW 30 PSI TO THE LOWEST OF THE DAY AT TWENTY EIGHT POINT SEVENTY EIGHT. YOU SEE THE OTHER NUMBERS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW WITH, WELL SEVEN WELL 8 BEING BELOW 40 PERCENT IN WELLS, 10, 11 AND 12 BEING ABOVE 40.

I'VE INCLUDED A CHART SHOWING THE PERCENTAGE OF THE OPERATING CAPACITY.

YOU SEE THAT THREE OF THE WELLS ARE OPERATING ABOVE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.

WELL 10 IS OPERATING AT SEVENTY TWO PERCENT.

THAT'S THE ONE THAT WAS REPAIRED AND WELL ELEVEN WAS OPERATING AT EIGHTY FOUR PERCENT.

THAT WAS IN OUR TOTAL CAPACITY OF NINETY TWO PERCENT.

WE'VE REACHED OUR PEAK CAPACITY FOR.

I WENT AHEAD AND I PULLED AS MUCH DATA AS I COULD TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR WATER SYSTEM WAS DOING, I PUT IT TOGETHER IN AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET BASE, JUST LIKE YOU SEE BEFORE YOU ON THE SCREEN.

HOPEFULLY IT'S NOT TOO SMALL, BUT I NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT OUR WATER SYSTEM WAS DOING, BOTH IN TERMS OF WATER PRESSURE AT EACH AT EACH OF OUR MONITORING POINTS.

THAT IS EACH WELL AS WELL AS WHAT THE PUMPING CAPACITY IS AND PERCENTAGE OF OPERATING CAPACITY. SO I'VE DONE THAT FOR EVERYTHING.

FOR EVERYTHING FOR TWENTY NINETEEN AND FOR MOST OF TWENTY TWENTY.

HERE'S A CLOSER SNAPSHOT, LOOKING AT THE WATER PRESSURE AND THE WATER PERCENTAGE OF OPERATING CAPACITY FOR THAT GIVEN DAY.

YOU CAN SEE THAT ALTHOUGH I MENTIONED WE DROPPED DOWN TO LOW WATER PRESSURE OF TWENTY EIGHT PSI ON THAT 8:17 AND THE EVENING, YOU CAN SEE FOR MOST OF THAT HOUR AND ABOVE WHAT THE WATER SYSTEM WAS DOING IN TERMS OF WATER PRESSURE AND THAT AT LEAST THREE ZONES OR THREE WATER WELLS, WE WERE BELOW 40 PSI.

SO AS I MENTIONED, MYSELF AND THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, WE REVIEW THE EVENTS AND THE SYSTEM INFORMATION AND DOING SO, UNFORTUNATELY, WE DETERMINE THAT MAY TWENTY SEVENTH WAS NOT THE FIRST OCCURRENCE THAT WATER PRESSURE DROPPED THIS LOW, AT LEAST THIS YEAR.

SUNDAY, MAY 31ST, MYSELF, THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND OUR WATER SUPERINTENDENT, WE WE MET IN THE MORNING AND REVIEWED WHAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM COULD DO.

I THEN BEGAN TO COMPILE AND EXTRACT THE INFORMATION NECESSARY FROM THE COMPUTER AGAIN.

AND YOU GET TO ANALYZE THE DATA AND IDENTIFY TRENDS AND OTHER INFORMATION TO DETERMINE APPROPRIATE WATER RESTRICTION TIMES.

AS WE WERE GETTING READY TO IMPLEMENT STRICTER WATER CONSERVATION AND DIVIDED CITY UP INTO ZONES, I NEEDED TO VERIFY THAT I WASN'T JUST SHIFTING ONE PROBLEM TO A DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD. BUT AS I MENTIONED, THIS WASN'T THE FIRST TIME, MAY 27TH WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT THE CITY EXPERIENCED LOW WATER PRESSURE, IN FACT, AS I REVIEWED THE INFORMATION, I FOUND AND REALIZED THAT ON BACK ON APRIL 30TH, THE CITY EXPERIENCED AN

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EVEN LOWER WATER PRESSURE EVENTS.

THAT IS ON APRIL 30TH AT 7:00 P.M., WELL FIVE RECORDED A PRESSURE READING OF SEVENTEEN POINT SIX.

WELL SEVEN TWENTY FIVE POINT FORTY THREE WHILE EIGHT.

TWENTY TWO. WELL TEN, TWENTY EIGHT.

WELL WHILE ELEVEN.

TWENTY WHILE TWELVE.

FORTY EIGHT. THE WATER OPERATORS MISSED AND FAILED TO REPORT THIS, THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND PURSUANT TO THE STATE'S REGULATIONS, ANY TIME THAT OUR WATER PRESSURE DROPS BELOW 20 PSI HAS TO BE REPORTED TO THE STATE'S WATER BOARD.

WE FAILED TO DO SO ON THAT DAY.

AND IT WASN'T UNTIL JUNE 1ST ONCE I BROUGHT THIS ISSUE UP TO OUR PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND THEN TO THE WATER SUPERINTENDENT THAT THE ISSUE AND THE MATTER WAS REPORTED TO THE STATE AT THAT TIME.

WELL 12 WASN'T ONLINE.

IT WAS THE LAST AND FINAL WELL TO COME ONLINE AND DIDN'T COME ONLINE UNTIL MAY 14TH.

PART OF WHAT I LOOKED AT WAS OUR OWN SYSTEM, IT'S REFERRED TO AS SCADA OR SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION.

IT IS A A COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT INTEGRATES ALL OF OUR WATER FACILITIES, WATER, UTILITY ASSETS OR WATER WELLS, OUR PRESSURE SENSORS, ANYTHING REALLY THAT YOU WANT TO TIE INTO IT TO MONITOR AND MANAGE YOUR WATER UTILITY AS WELL AS YOUR WASTEWATER UTILITY.

AND IT'S ABLE TO DO SO.

IT IS A COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS FOR REMOTE CONTROL AND MONITORING OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE WATER UTILITY ASSETS.

IT IS LOCATED IN THE WATER DEPARTMENT AND THE WATER SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE.

ALL WATER WELLS ARE CONNECTED TO THE SCADA.

ITS PROGRAMED TO RECORD SPECIFIC INFORMATION PARAMETERS SUCH AS WHAT I SHOWED YOU WITH PRESSURE, GALLONS PER MINUTE POWER, ELECTRICAL LOAD, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, AND ALSO HAS THE ABILITY TO ESTABLISH ALERTS AND TO SEND ALERTS OUT TO OUR WATER OPERATORS.

IN TERMS OF WHO MONITORS AND WHO HAS KNOWLEDGE OF THE DATA SYSTEM, THE ISSUE WITH MONITORING THE DATA AND INTERPRETING DATA AND THE MANNER THAT I PRESENTED IT TO YOU IN THE MANNER THAT I DISSECTED AND ANALYZED IT, IT'S NOT A MATTER OF WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE IS COMPUTER LITERATE OR HAS A CERTAIN LEVEL OF I.T.

KNOWLEDGE. SCADA KNOWLEDGE.

AN OPERATION IS REQUIRED OF WATER OPERATOR CERTIFICATIONS, THE EXPECTED RANGE FOR KNOWLEDGE OF A CERTIFIED WATER OPERATORS.

THE STATE'S WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD INCLUDES ANYONE THAT'S CERTIFIED FROM A D2 TO A D5 HAS TO INCLUDE KNOWLEDGE, HAS TO BE AWARE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE OF KNOWLEDGE OF COMPONENTS OF SCADA SYSTEM COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES AND THE ABILITY TO INTERPRET STATE INFORMATION WITHIN OUR WATER SYSTEM AND WITHIN OUR WATER DEPARTMENT.

WE HAVE TWO OPERATORS THAT ARE D THREE AND TWO OPERATORS THAT ARE D2.

THE EXPECTED RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR DRINKING WATER DISTRIBUTION EXAM IS AS FOLLOWS THE COVERS DISINFECTION, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM DESIGN, HYDRAULIC EQUIPMENT, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTIONS, DRINKING WATER REGULATIONS, MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY, WATER MAINS PIPING, WATER QUALITY WATER SOURCE.

HERE'S A LIST OF JUST THE THE VARIOUS TERMS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR WATER OPERATORS.

SO I'M LOOKING AT THE DATA AND SHARING THIS INFORMATION WITH OUR WATER ENGINEER, PART OF WHAT WE LOOKED AT WAS THE PEAK DEMAND AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT WAS GOING ON IN 2019.

AND IN DOING SO, WE REALIZED THAT THE PEAK DAY FOR TWO THOUSAND NINETEEN OCCURRED NOT IN THE SUMMER MONTHS, BUT ACTUALLY IN THE EARLY DAYS OF MAY ON MAY 2ND 2019.

THAT WAS OUR PEAK DAY FOR THE YEAR WITH A PEAK FLOW OF SIX THOUSAND GALLONS PER MINUTE, RECORDED SEVEN IN THE MORNING, LOOKING AT THE PERCENTAGE OF WATER OPERATING A PERCENTAGE OF OPERATING CAPACITY.

YOU CAN SEE THAT WELL SEVEN, EIGHT, 11 AND 12 WERE OPERATING ABOVE 100 PERCENT.

WELL 10 WAS OPERATING AT SEVENTY FOUR PERCENT.

RED FLAG SHOULD HAVE GONE ON THEN.

LOW DAILY PRESSURE WAS AT 30 PSI THAT WAS RECORDED AGAIN AT, WELL 5 AT 30 PSI AT 6:40 IN THE EVENING. SO HAD THE SCADA BEEN MONITORED AND THE DATA INTERPRETED, STAFF SHOULD HAVE REALIZED THE PEAK DAY FOR PREVIOUS YEAR WAS MAY 2ND AND HAD SHOULD HAVE HAD ALL AVAILABLE WELLS ONLINE BEFORE MAY 30TH WHEN WE EXPERIENCED THOSE LOW WATER PRESSURE READINGS IN THE TEENS. THE ANALYSIS ALSO REVEALED THAT WE'VE HAD ISSUES WITH WELL 10 AS FAR BACK AS MAY

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19, MAY 2019.

THE UNFORTUNATE PART OF THAT IS THAT BACK IN FEBRUARY OF TWENTY NINETEEN, IF YOU MAY RECALL, STAFF TOOK TO COUNCIL A REQUEST TO PERFORM EMERGENCY REPAIRS ON WELL 10.

THIS WAS TO REPAIR THE BEARINGS AND SHAFT WERE COMPLETELY WORN AND THE PUMP IMPELLER IS PARTIALLY WORN, THE BOWLS WERE OR TO BE REBUILT AND KEPT ON SPARES FOR BACKUP THAT WERE UTILIZED DURING THIS MOST RECENT REPAIR.

BUT AFTER THAT REPAIR WAS COMPLETED, A PUMP CAPACITY TEST WAS NOT PERFORMED TO VERIFY THAT THE REPAIRS ADDRESS THE ISSUES AND THE PERFORMANCE ISSUES OF THE PUMP.

OF THE WELL, I SHOULD SAY.

HAD WE DONE OUR DUE DILIGENCE, WE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED FOR PROPER MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS TO BE DONE DURING THE OFF PEAK, NOT DURING THIS PAST MAY OR JUNE THROUGH JULY PERIOD WHEN WE WERE AT OUR PEAK. BACK IN 2016, THE CURRENT SCADA SYSTEM COUNCIL APPROVED TO BE UPGRADED AT A COST OF ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH A PROPOSAL FROM ELECTRONIC ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND INSTRUMENTATIONS, INC..

LOOKING BACK AT THE SYSTEM AGAIN IN TWENTY NINETEEN SIXTY EIGHT, ALARMS FROM THE SCADA SYSTEM WERE ASSOCIATED WITH LOW PRESSURE.

THE LOW PRESSURE ALARMS ARE TRIGGERED WHEN LOW PRESSURE FALLS BELOW 30 PSI AT ANY OF OUR HOUR, MONITORING OUR PRESSURE GAUGES, 30 OF THOSE ALERTS, WE'RE SHOWN AS ACTIVE AND UNACKNOWLEDGED. THIRTY FOUR WERE CLEARED AND ACKNOWLEDGE AND FOUR WERE CLEARED UNACKNOWLEDGED. THIS IS HOW THE DATA SYSTEM THAT SHOWS ARE IN HISTORY WITH THE THE RED OR THE PINK BEING THE ACTIVE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PURPLE BEING CLEARED AND ACKNOWLEDGED AND THE GREEN BEING THE ACTIVE ACKNOWLEDGED CASES.

AS I LOOK BACK AT THIS INFORMATION AGAIN, I'M LOOKING AT WHAT'S THE SYSTEM DOING AND UNFORTUNATELY NOW REALIZING THAT THERE WERE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES, MISSED SIGNS WITH OUR SCADA SYSTEM AND MANAGING OUR WATER UTILITY AND ENSURING THAT THEY WERE PROPERLY MAINTAINING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS TO AVOID THE VERY ISSUES WE ENCOUNTERED.

THIS MAY BACK ON JULY 21ST OF 2019, THE SCADA RECORDED A LOW WATER PRESSURE ALERT THAT WELL NUMBER FIVE, THE WATER PRESSURE AT 8:15 WAS RECORDED AT TWENTY NINE POINT FIVE PSI.

THE SYSTEM SHOWED TO BE ACTIVE AND UNACKNOWLEDGED.

AS I REVIEWED THE INFORMATION FURTHER, THE PRESSURE FELL BELOW 40 BPCI TO THIRTY EIGHT AT 4:09 IN THE AFTERNOON AND DID NOT RETURN ABOVE 40 UNTIL 10:21 P.M..

I'VE HIGHLIGHTED I'VE BOXED THAT THAT ALERT AND SHOW YOU HOW IT COMES UP WHEN THE ALERT COMES UP, IT DOES GO OUT VIA OUR TEXT OR EMAIL FEATURE TO THE CITY ISSUED CELL PHONES THAT ARE WATER OPERATORS AND OUR WATER SUPERINTENDENT.

AS I LOOK BACK AT THE INFORMATION AS WELL YOU LOOK AT HOW ON THAT GIVEN TIME PERIOD, YOU SEE HOW LONG WE WERE BELOW 30 AND WHAT THE OTHER WATER WELLS WERE DOING WITH THREE OF THE WELLS BEING BELOW 40 PSI FOUR FOR MOST OF THAT PERIOD.

AND AGAIN, LOOKING BACK AT WHAT THE SYSTEM WAS OPERATING AT AN OPERATING CAPACITY, WELL SEVEN, EIGHT AND 12 ABOVE 100 PERCENT OF ITS CAPACITY.

WELL 10, 11, WELL 10 BEING AT SEVENTY EIGHT, WELL 11 BEING 82 PERCENT OF ITS CAPACITY.

SO AGAIN, WE WE'VE HAD ISSUES WITH THE WATER WELLS GOING BACK AS FAR BACK AS LAST YEAR, BUT AT A TOTAL CAPACITY OF NINETY FIVE.

AGAIN, THE ISSUE WE'RE AT OUR PEAK CAPACITY FOR, FOR A DAILY PEAK GALLONS PER MINUTE.

UNFORTUNATELY, THAT WASN'T THE ONLY INSTANCE ON AUGUST TWENTY SEVENTH AT 552, AGAIN, ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE ALARM MEETING THAT WENT UNACKNOWLEDGED.

AGAIN, DROPPING TO TWENTY NINE PSI.

LOW PRESSURE FOR THAT PERIOD WAS WAS FROM THREE TWENTY NINE IN THE AFTERNOON, THAT'S BELOW 40 PSI, THAT DIDN'T GO BACK UP ABOVE 40 UNTIL 1021 IN THE EVENING.

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THE INTERESTING OR THE THE ANOMALY WITH THIS INSTANCE IS THAT WE WERE EXPERIENCING LOW WATER PRESSURES TO THE EXTENT THAT, WELL FIVE'S WATER PRESSURE AGAIN DROPPED THIS TIME DROPPED BELOW 20 PSI, AN OCCURRENCE THAT WOULD HAVE TRIGGERED AND REQUIRED REPORTING TO THE STATE AND DID NOT.

BUT THE TOTAL CAPACITY OF THE SYSTEM AT THAT GIVEN POINT, WE WERE NOT AT OUR PEAK.

WE WERE ONLY AT SIXTY EIGHT PERCENT OF OUR TOTAL CAPACITY.

AND WITH MOST OF OUR WELLS OPERATING WITHIN NOMINAL RANGE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF, WELL 12, WHICH WAS ONE HUNDRED AND THREE PERCENT.

BUT YOU HAVE WHAT, ELEVEN AT FORTY SIX PERCENT.

WELL TEN, SEVENTY SIX, EIGHT POINT FIFTY EIGHT PERCENT AND WHILE SEVEN AT THIRTY EIGHT PERCENT. SO WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A SYSTEM CAPACITY AND THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT WASN'T WORKING RIGHT. BUT WE DIDN'T MONITOR, NOR DID WE FOLLOW UP TO IDENTIFY WHAT WERE THE ISSUES GOING ON THEN? SO THE ISSUES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED IN 2007, STUDY AND MASTER PLAN, WE ARE REALIZING THOSE TODAY, THERE HAVE BEEN VERY MANY MISSED OPPORTUNITIES SINCE 2007 THAT COULD HAVE ADDRESSED THESE ISSUES.

THE OPERATIONAL SUPERVISION HAS FAILED TO PROPERLY MONITOR AND IDENTIFY THESE ISSUES IN A PROACTIVE MANNER, WE DEAL WITH A LACK OF DETAIL, RECORD KEEPING, GIVEN THE INSTANCE OF THE LACK OF THE PUMP CURVES AND OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION AND THE MERE FACT THAT THE RADAR CAPACITY FOR WELL 8 WAS INCORRECTLY STATED, WE LACK PROPER AND PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING SUCH AS TO THE SCREEN OUT OF WELL 8, NOT KNOWING HOW LONG THAT HAD BEEN IN INOPERABLE AND HOW LONG THE HYDRO PNEUMATIC TANK WAS WATER LOGGED.

WE ALSO HAVE FAILED TO COMPLETE ROUTINE PUMP CAPACITY TESTS.

THAT IS THE TEST IN WHICH WE ACTUALLY PUMP IN THE TEST FOR THE FLOW CAPACITY OF IT, OF EACH WELL IN THE PAST AND ROUGHLY EVERY TWO TO THREE YEARS WE HAVE DONE MORE.

SO A BASIC ELECTRICAL TESTING TO TO TEST ALL THE COMPONENTS OF THE WATER WELLS.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, ADMITTEDLY, WE KNOW WE HAVE A LACK OF AN INDIFFERENCE TO TRAINING.

THAT IS THE ONE THING I THINK WE'VE MENTIONED AND BROUGHT UP IN THE PAST WAS THE LACK OF INVESTMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT OF STAFF AND APPROPRIATE TRAINING TO TO ENSURE WE WE AVOID AND DON'T RUN INTO THE ISSUES WE'RE ENCOUNTERING TODAY.

IN TERMS OF THE WATER OPERATOR CERTIFICATION, THE STATE WATER BOARD PRIMARILY INTERFACES WITH THE CERTIFIED OPERATORS, NOT THE CITY MANAGER, NOT THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, WE ARE INVOLVED WITH THOSE DISCUSSIONS.

BUT IN TERMS IF WE WERE HAVING TO FACE TO FACE DISCUSSION, THEY WOULD FOCUS THEIR ATTENTION ON THOSE CERTIFIED WATER OPERATOR, NOT MYSELF OR MRS BISHOP.

DRINKING WATER OPERATORS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CERTIFIED BY THE STATE AND THE WATER TREATMENT AND WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS. SUPERVISORS AND SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE TO BE CERTIFIED BY THE STATE AND HAVE AT LEAST A MINIMUM CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS OF D ONE OR D TWO.

POOR STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD, OPERATION BIFURCATIONS, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO MAKES A DECISION ADDRESSING THE OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IDENTIFIED IN SUBSECTION SIX THREE SEVEN SEVEN ZERO B MUST POSSESS A DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR CERTIFICATE, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO MAKES DECISIONS ADDRESSING THE OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IDENTIFIED IN SUBSECTION SIX THREE SEVEN SEVEN C OR D MUST POSSESS THE DISTRIBUTION TO OPERATION OR A TREATMENT OPERATED CERTIFICATE WITH THE NEED FOR TREATMENT IN OUR WATER SYSTEM.

WE HAVE RECENTLY BEGUN ENSURING THAT AT LEAST PART OF OUR OPERATORS ARE RECEIVING AND OBTAINING THE TREATMENT CERTIFICATION AS WELL.

IN TERMS OF WATER SYSTEM OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT DEFICIENCIES, UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, BACK ON MAY TWENTY NINTH WHEN I WAS BRIEFED ON THE SITUATION REGARDING THE LOW WATER PRESSURES THAT WERE EXPERIENCE ON THE TWENTY SEVENTH, YOU KNOW, THE ONE THING THAT CAME TO TO THE FOREFRONT WAS THE THREE STORY APARTMENT COMPLEX THAT WAS THAT WAS DRASTICALLY AFFECTED BY THE LOW WATER PRESSURE, ESPECIALLY WITH IN THE PAST INSTANCES, ALTHOUGH WE DIDN'T KNOW IT AT THE TIME.

BUT THE PAST INSTANCES WHERE WE DROPPED BELOW 20 PSI, THERE WAS THE POTENTIAL THAT THE THREE STORY LEVEL WAS SERIOUSLY HAD DIMINISHED WATER CAPACITY OR NO WATER AT ALL.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE RESPONSE THAT I WAS GIVEN OR THE THE ASSUMPTION THAT OUR STAFF OPERATED UNDER WAS THAT WE DON'T GUARANTEE WATER PRESSURE.

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THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS STATED IS NOT AS NOT BEING REQUIRED OR STATED ANYWHERE IN MUNICIPAL CODE, BUT IN REVIEWING THESE EVENTS AND WHAT TRANSPIRED COME TO FIND OUT THAT WHILE IT'S NOT IN OUR MUNICIPAL CODE, IT IS REQUIRED BY THE STATE.

THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATIONS REQUIRES THAT A WATER SYSTEM MAINTAIN AN OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE PLAN AND ALSO SPECIFIES MINIMUM WATER PRESSURE AS WELL AS RECORD MAINTENANCE. IN TERMS OF MINIMUM PRESSURE, IT'S DISTRIBUTION UP TO OPERATE IN A MANNER TO ASSURE THAT THE MINIMUM OPERATING PRESSURE AND A WATER MAIN AT A USER SERVICE LINE CONNECTION THROUGHOUT THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IS NOT LESS THAN 20 POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH AT ALL TIMES. I'VE MENTIONED AT LEAST THREE OCCURRENCES IN WHICH WE FELT WE'VE FALLEN BELOW THIS THIS REQUIREMENT.

EACH NEW DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM THAT EXPANDS THE EXISTING SYSTEM SERVICE CONNECTIONS BY MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OR THAT MAY OTHERWISE ADVERSELY AFFECT THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, SHALL BE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A MINIMUM OPERATING PRESSURE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OF NOT LESS THAN 40 POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH AT ALL TIMES, EXCLUDING FIRE FLOW IN 2007 WITH THREE WELLS MORE THAN WHAT WE HAVE NOW.

WE'VE OBVIOUSLY GROWN IN POPULATION.

WE'VE SEEN NEW SUBDIVISIONS COME IN, BUT YET WE HAVEN'T MADE SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT TO ALLEVIATE THE ISSUES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED THEN.

AND WE STILL HAVE EXPERIENCE NOW.

THE ESTIMATED TOTAL THUS FAR FOR THE EMERGENCY REPAIRS AND OPERATIONS COSTS DURING THIS EMERGENCY PERIOD OR CURRENTLY ARE ESTIMATED AT ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY EIGHT DOLLARS, THAT WILL POSSIBLY INCREASE AS ELABORATE MORE ON ON WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO HERE MOVING FORWARD IN THE RELATIVELY SHORT FUTURE.

THAT INCLUDED REPAIRS TO WELTNER AT A COST OF FORTY EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS, AS WELL AS THE ONGOING FUEL EXPENSE FOR OPERATING THE WELL FOR THE DIESEL GENERATOR TO BE MAINTAINED AT THAT SITE. AND THAT IS GIVEN THAT WE ARE NOT OPERATING THE THE WELL 14 ON AN EXTENDED PERIOD BASIS. WE ARE OPERATING IT FOR ROUGHLY ABOUT FOUR TO FIVE HOURS EVERY EVENING TO ACCOUNT AND AND PROVIDE THAT ADDED WATER CAPACITY AND THE PEAK EVENING HOURS.

IN TERMS OF A RESPONSE PLAN, INCREASE DISCHARGE, SET POINTS, PRESSURES FOR ALL FIVE EXISTING WATER SUPPLY WELLS BY APPROXIMATELY 10 PSI, AS I MENTIONED IN EARLY IN THE PRESENTATION, WE KEEP OUR OUR EYE FOR OUR SYSTEM AT FIFTY TO FIFTY FIVE.

WE, THE CITIZENS AND THE ENGINEERS RECOMMENDATION IS TO CONSIDER INCREASING THE PRESSURE TO SIXTY TO SIXTY FIVE PSI.

THAT PART OF THE REASON IS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE US A GREATER CUSHION WHEN WE EXPERIENCE LOWER WATER PRESSURE SO THAT WE CAN RESPOND BEFORE IT DROPS TOO LOW.

WE ALSO WANT A PART OF THAT LOOKING AND POSSIBLY FINE TUNING THE VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE RAMPS AND THE RAMP DOWN TIMES TO INCREASE THE REACTION TIME FOR OUR WATER WELLS.

THAT IS, WHEN THE TRIGGER GETS SET, THE NEXT WELL CAN COME ON LINE TO TO ADJUST AND PROVIDE THAT CAPACITY.

WE'RE CONSIDERING WANTING TO KEEP WELL 14, THE ARRANGEMENT WE HAVE WITH KEEPING OUR EMERGENCY STANDBY AND PARTIALLY OPERATED DURING THE DAY THROUGH FROM JULY AND AUGUST TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY CAPACITY REDUNDANCY.

LATE THIS AFTERNOON WE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION FROM THE STATE WATER BOARD WITH MOVING BACK TO STATE THREE WATER CONSERVATION SCHEDULE.

THE STATE DOESN'T REGULATE ARE OUR CONSERVATION MEASURES, BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY ADVERSE OBJECTIONS TO US GOING BACK TO THAT SCHEDULE.

WE WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO DO THAT IF WE KEEP, WELL 14 ON THE MODIFIED SCHEDULE AND CONTINUE TO INCUR THE FUEL EXPENSE WE WOULD HAVE FOR THE DIESEL GENERATOR THAT THAT OPERATES IT. WE ALSO WOULD LIKELY EXPERIENCE ADDITIONAL CONSTRUCTION COSTS DUE TO REMOBILIZATION FOR THE CONTRACTOR ONCE WE GO BACK AND COMPLETE AND FINALIZE THE WELL CONSTRUCTION LATER THIS FALL OR WINTER.

PART OF THE ISSUE IS WHERE THE DIESEL GENERATOR CURRENTLY IS SITTING.

IT'S IN THE WAY OF THE CONTRACTOR TO BE ABLE TO FINISH ITS CONSTRUCTION.

WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT MODIFYING OUR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANS, REGULATIONS TO OUR WATER PROJECTS AND MOVE SOME THINGS, SPEED THEM UP, AS OPPOSED TO THE STAGGERED APPROACH THAT WE INITIALLY HAD.

WE'RE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING AND PLANNING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ADDITIONAL WELLS. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT.

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WE ARE LOOKING AND MRS BISHOP WAS BRIEFED ON ON STATE FUNDS THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE FOR WATER RESOURCES, THAT WHILE WE ARE GOING TO EXPLORE THAT, THE TIME FRAME THAT WE WERE GIVEN FROM WHEN WE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION TO WHEN WE MAY RECEIVE THE FUNDS WAS ANYWHERE FROM A MINIMUM OF 12, 12 MONTHS OR MORE.

SO CERTAINLY NOT WITHIN A TIMEFRAME THAT WE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.

OR WE'LL BE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE OTHER FUNDING SOURCES, SUCH AS CONGRESSMAN COX AND THE LEGISLATION YOU PUSHED FORWARD.

BUT AGAIN, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE NOW THAT WE'VE WAITED SINCE 2007 TO REACH THIS POINT.

AND WHILE WE WERE IN THE WORKS OF PLANNING FOR SOME OF THESE WATER PROJECTS, LIKE, I CAN'T REITERATE THAT THESE ISSUES WERE IDENTIFIED SOME 13, 14 YEARS AGO.

AND WE'VE GOT WE'VE LASTED THIS LONG SINCE THEN.

TERMS OF LONG TERM PLANNING, WE NEED A COMPLETE WELL 14 AND PLACE IT INTO PERMANENT SERVICE, COMPLETE WELL 13, THIS IS THE WELL THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE REPLACED BY HIGH SPEED RAIL AND IT'S CONTRACTOR CALIFORNIA RAIL BUILDERS.

WE NEED TO PURSUE CONSTRUCTION OF A MINIMUM OF A ONE MILLION GALLONS STORAGE TANK AND BOOSTER PUMPING STATIONS TO PROVIDE SYSTEM STORAGE.

WE CAN BUILD ALL THE WATER WELLS WE WANT.

WE NEED TO BUILD A STORAGE TANK.

WE NEED TO PROCEED WITH RELEASING THE FOUR NEW REPLACEMENT WELLS FOR WELLS SEVEN, EIGHT, 10 AND 11 IN 2007.

WE WERE AT THE POINT WHERE WE JUST NEEDED WE NEEDED TO ADD ADDITIONAL WELLS FOR CAPACITY PURPOSE. NOW WE'RE AT THE POINT WE NEED TO WE NEED TO DRILL NEW WELLS TO REPLACE THE WELLS THAT ARE AGING.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW JUST TO REPLACE THE EXISTING WELLS, NOT NECESSARILY TO ADD ADDITIONAL CAPACITY.

OTHERWISE WE'D BE LOOKING AT ROUGHLY A HYPOTHETICALLY SIX TO EIGHT WELLS VERSUS THE FOUR THAT THAT I ILLUSTRATED.

PLANS FOR THIS IS CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS, AS WE TALKED ABOUT DURING THE BUDGET WORKSHOP AND IN OTHER MEETINGS, MAINTENANCE PLAN, WE NEED TO OBTAIN THE PUMP CARE FOR, WELL 12 TO DETERMINE WHAT MAKE AND MODEL THE PUMP CURRENTLY IS THAT'S CURRENTLY INSTALLED.

THIS MAY INVOLVE PULLING THE WELL PUMP TO IDENTIFY THAT WE WILL PROBABLY WAIT DURING THE OFF PEAK PERIOD TO DO SO AND DO ANY OTHER PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE WHILE WE'RE AT IT, NEED TO MAINTAIN DETAILED RECORDS OF ALL WELL AND PUMP WORK PERFORMED AS WELL AS ANY ADDITIONAL SYSTEM INFORMATION.

WE ALSO NEED TO GET GOING TO HAVE TO PERFORM ANNUAL PUMP TESTING AT EACH LEVEL TO MONITOR CHANGES FOR ISSUES THAT MAY NECESSITATE REPAIRS OR PUMP WORK.

THIS WILL PROBABLY THIS IS GOING TO BE AN ADDITIONAL COST AND ANY ANY REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE ITEMS ON THE EXISTING WELLS WILL PROBABLY BE ADDITIONAL COSTS.

REMINDER, MOST OF OUR WATER WELLS CURRENTLY IN SERVICE ARE ABOVE FORTY FIVE YEARS OLD AND REACHING THE END OF LIFE EXPECTANCY.

WE NEED TO MAINTAIN A HYDRAULIC MODEL FOR THE CITY, FOR THE WATER SYSTEM, TO INCORPORATE NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND DEMANDS TO REFLECT CITY SUPPLY AND DEMAND AND TO EVALUATE THE NEED FOR WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS IN ADVANCE.

THE QUESTION OR TOPIC THAT COMES TO MIND AND WHAT SOME MAY BRING UP IS WHETHER OR NOT WE PUT A MORATORIUM ON DEVELOPMENT.

I DON'T KNOW. RIGHT NOW WE'RE STILL DELVING INTO THE INFORMATION.

WE'RE STILL TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER THE PIECES OF INFORMATION ON OUR SYSTEM, WHICH, AS I HOPEFULLY EXPLAINED, AS HAS NOT BEEN EASY FOR VARIOUS REASONS.

SO WE DON'T HAVE A GOOD ANSWER ON THAT YET.

IN TERMS OF OPERATIONS WE NEED TO DEVELOP, A DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS AN OPERATIONS PLAN PREVIOUSLY REQUESTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR.

I HAD PREVIOUSLY REQUESTED FOR THIS AND HAVEN'T RECEIVED IT YET.

WE ALSO NEED TO INTENSIFY SCADA TRAINING FOR ALL CERTIFIED WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATORS.

I'M NOT A CERTIFIED WATER OPERATOR, BUT I KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE OUR SKATING SYSTEM.

AND WHEN I ASK THAT OF OUR WATER OPERATORS, UNFORTUNATELY, THEY CAN'T GIVE ME THE INFORMATION AND ADDRESS THE QUESTIONS THAT I ASK.

WE ALSO NEED IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE TRAINING TO MEET THE COMMUNITY'S NEEDS AND STATE DEMANDS. MY FINAL OBSERVATIONS IN ALL THIS IS THE CITY HAS SOME SERIOUS, CONSIDERABLE CHALLENGES, THERE ARE COMMENTS ABOUT THE CITY GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION BASED ON THESE ISSUES AND THE CHALLENGES WE'VE NAVIGATED THESE LAST TWO YEARS SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE.

IT WOULD APPEAR WE HAVE BEEN GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, AT LEAST SINCE 2007.

WE NEED TO INVEST IN OUR WATER SYSTEM AS WELL AS OUR APPROPRIATE STAFF DEVELOPMENT TO ENSURE THAT WE AVOID THESE COSTLY MISTAKES IN THE FUTURE.

I'LL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

WE ALSO HAVE NOT SURE WE HAD OUR ENGINEERS, CURTIS WAS ONLINE EARLIER.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE STILL THERE. YOU'RE MUTED, MR. MAYOR.

THANK YOU FOR THAT. OK, SO AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED.

TWO MINUTES FOR SPEAKER.

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IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RACE BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK. IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU'LL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM.

WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT. ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED AT THIS TIME.

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? HI, GOOD EVENING, CAMPBELL.

ONE QUESTION, WILL THE PRESENTATION THAT WAS JUST MADE RIGHT NOW FROM THE CITY MANAGER WILL BE MADE TO THE PUBLIC? WOULD THAT BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR US TO REVIEW? SO YOU CAN'T WE'RE RECORDING THIS MEETING AND YOU CAN REQUEST.

I THINK IT'S ON A WEBSITE, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, OR REQUEST IT THROUGH A PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST. WE'LL MAKE YOU A COPY.

OK, THANK YOU. ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? THIS IS VINCE MARTINEZ COULD HEAR ME.

YES. HEY, JUST TO ANSWER OUR CURIOUS QUESTION, I RECORDED IT FOR NPR NEWS.

ASSUMING THERE'S NO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WE WILL BE POSTING THIS SECTION OF THE MEETING HERE IN JUST A LATER TONIGHT, DANIEL, BECAUSE THAT WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE TO DIGEST.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO KIND OF MAYBE SUMMARIZE? BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WATCH THIS 30 MINUTES VIDEO.

CAN YOU KIND OF SUMMARIZE WHY IT IS THAT YOU SAID THAT THE CITY'S GONE IN THE WRONG DIRECTION SINCE TWO THOUSAND AND SEVEN? YEAH, I THINK, IN SUMMARY, BEST PUT IT, WE'VE THE CITY WAS AWARE OF THESE ISSUES THAT ATTRIBUTED TO OUR PEAK CAPACITY OR PEAK DEMAND PUSHING UP AGAINST OUR OUR OVERALL PEAK CAPACITY SINCE 2007.

AND DUE TO FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, I CAN'T I CAN'T SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS WHY, BUT WE HAVEN'T FOLLOWED THROUGH IN FULL WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS LAID OUT IN THOSE STUDIES THAT WOULD HAVE ALLEVIATED THESE ISSUES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. DANIEL ANSWERED MY QUESTION.

THANK YOU, MADAM CLERK.

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS? NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS.

GIVE ME A QUICK SECOND, PLEASE.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS? NO OTHER COMMENTS. OK, THANK YOU.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS ONE BY ONE.

MEMBER ESPITIA. NOTHING LIKE THE CITY MANAGER PUTTING THE CITY COUNCIL ON BLAST IN A PUBLIC MEETING.

REALLY NICE OF HIM. THANK YOU, DANIEL.

BUT I KNOW BACK WHEN OPPORTUNITY TO GET WATER, WATER STORAGE TANKS MADE AVAILABLE.

GRANT FUNDING. AND WE WENT FOR SOME REASON.

I DON'T KNOW WHY WE WENT IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.

THE FUNDING WAS THERE, THE OPPORTUNITIES WERE THERE.

BUT I DON'T KNOW WHO WAS A CITY MANAGER AT THE TIME THAT STEERED US NOT TO PUT WATER STORAGE TANKS UP. AND FOR SOME, LIKE I SAID, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE WENT THE OTHER DIRECTION WITH THAT. I THINK I THOUGHT THAT LARRY HAD A GREAT IDEA ON DOING THAT.

I THINK THE COUNCIL WAS ON BOARD, BUT I THINK TIME AND I THINK WE WENT TO WORK ON DOWNTOWN BEAUTIFICATION OR SOMETHING.

I DON'T KNOW, BUT.

HERE WE ARE. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TO TRAIN OUR STAFF.

IT'S GOING TO COST OVER TIME.

I DON'T EXPECT THE PUBLIC OR THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR OR THE MANAGER OF THE DEPARTMENT TO BE OUT THERE MONITORING IT, BECAUSE THAT'S THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE IN PLACE TO DO THAT FOR. SO IT'S GOING TO COST US SOME MONEY DOWN THE ROAD.

AND IT'S GOING TO BE INCUMBENT ON THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR TO DO WEEKLY AUDITS OF THEM,

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OF THAT AREA.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

MEMBER REYNA. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

MANY SERIOUS ISSUES.

HOW LONG WAS THE PANEL AT WELL 8 BROKEN, HOW LONG WAS THAT? I FORGET WHAT THE TERM WAS USED FOR.

WATER LOGGED, WE DON'T KNOW.

WHY DO WE NOT HAVE RECORDS ON THIS OF.

WHY WAS, WELL 8 CAPACITY OVERSTATED? MANY SERIOUS ISSUES, MANY MISSED OPPORTUNITIES, MANY IGNORED WARNINGS WITHIN OUR WATER SYSTEM. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THIS.

IT IS A COUNCIL WHO SETS THE DIRECTION OF THE CITY, AND SO SINCE TWO THOUSAND SEVEN, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE OR VERY LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE TO CORRECT THE ISSUES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED THEN AND NOW, WE'RE PAYING THE PRICE.

THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS PAYING THE PRICE.

SO I THINK WE NEED TO BE VERY AGGRESSIVE AT RESOLVING THESE ISSUES.

I KNOW, DANIEL, YOU'VE ALREADY MENTIONED THAT.

I THINK THAT YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT.

I DO WANT TO. DISAGREE WITH YOU ON SOMETHING, AND THAT IS INDIFFERENCE TO TRAINING, I CAN SPEAK FOR MYSELF, I BELIEVE IN PROVIDING TRAINING TO OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE HAVING WELL-TRAINED EMPLOYEES BENEFITS THEM AND BENEFITS OUR CITY.

SO I THINK THAT I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WELL I DO KNOW THAT MAYBE THERE WAS A RELUCTANCE TO SEND PEOPLE TO TRAINING.

I'M NOT SURE. I DON'T KNOW.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE NOW.

I KNOW THAT OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS APPROVE OF IT, AND MR. ESPITIA JUST MENTIONED THAT AS WELL .

SO I THINK THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT.

AND SO WE NEED TO PROVIDE THE TRAINING NECESSARY FOR EMPLOYEES, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE THAT FAIL TO DO THEIR JOB.

THIS IS A LIST OF MANY, MANY THINGS THAT HAVE GONE WRONG SIMPLY BECAUSE SOMEBODY DIDN'T DO THEIR JOB. AND THAT ANGERS ME.

THAT REALLY DOES ANGER ME BECAUSE WE ARE PAYING A BIG PRICE NOW BECAUSE SOMEBODY FAILED TO DO THEIR BASIC JOB.

THAT'S ALL FOR ME.

MEMBER GARCIA? YEAH, I'M EQUALLY FLABBERGASTED AT THE LACK OF OVERSIGHT ON THIS MATTER.

I THINK THERE'S SOME EXCEPTIONS WHERE I UNDERSTAND THERE LAPSES BECAUSE OF THE OVERTURNING. OVER THE LAST DECADE, THERE'S BEEN AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF TURNOVER IN OUR STAFF, ESPECIALLY FROM MANAGEMENT LEVELS.

BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY JUST STUNNED THAT THIS HAS GOTTEN THIS FAR.

WE HIRE PROFESSIONALS TO TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND THE FACT THAT THAT WAS MISSED SEVERAL TIMES I FEEL IS CORRECTABLE.

I AM ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGED.

I'M LIVID THAT OUR CITY ESSENTIALLY BEEN HEADING IN THE DIRECTION OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, OVER THE LAST 14 YEARS OR SO THAT.

I ABSOLUTELY FEEL LIKE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY AND AND EFFORT, ESPECIALLY SPECIFICALLY ON THE WATER STUDY THAT WAS ALREADY CONDUCTED, SO.

ASIDE FROM MY MY ABSOLUTE SURPRISE, I HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO GET THIS DONE AND RECTIFIED AND HEADED IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

WHATEVER IT TAKES, IT MEANS PUTTING SOME ITEMS ON THE BACK BURNER WHEN IT COMES TO OUR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN.

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE JUST CAN'T DO NOW.

SO LET'S GO GO AT IT, OF COURSE.

AND I WOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO THE STAFF.

WE ARE ABSOLUTELY APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT THEY DO, BUT WE EXPECT THEM TO BE GOOD STEWARDS IN RETURN.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH OVERSIGHT THAT WE CAN DO WITH.

THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE DEDICATED TO THIS.

THEY HAVE THEY ESSENTIALLY HAVE A SOLEMN OATH OR A DEDICATION TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY. AND I.

WITHOUT A DOUBT, WITHOUT HESITATION, I CAN SAY THAT SOMEONE HAS FAILED OUR RESIDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

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THANK YOU. MEMBER PALLARES.

WELL JUST YOU KNOW, IT'S MOST UNFORTUNATE, BUT MY WORD TO THE STAFF, ESPECIALLY THE ONES ON THE FRONT LINE, DON'T LOSE HOPE.

DUST OURSELVES OFF OR MOVE FORWARD OR WORK ON THIS.

WE ALL KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND WE'LL WORK THROUGH THIS AS A AS A TEAM AND THEN AS A COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU.

WHERE DO I START? I WAS ELECTED TO COUNCIL 2004, SO I WAS PART OF THE SHIP THAT THAT RAN THE CITY, PART OF THE PARTY MEMBERSHIP THAT THAT GUIDED THE CITY.

ABSOLUTELY FEEL LIKE WE HAVE FAILED THE RESIDENTS FOR NOT MAKING SURE THAT THIS WAS DONE AT THE SAME POINT IN TIME.

WE DO NEED TO HOLD WE NEED TO HAVE THE PROPER STAFF IN PLACE THAT THAT CAN EXECUTE THEIR DUTIES PROPERLY.

THIS IS THIS IS THESE ARE HUGE MISTAKES.

I KNOW. GOING BACK TO 2008, NOT TRYING TO MAKE EXCUSES, BUT TRY AND SHED SOME LIGHT ON POSSIBLE REASONS AND ONE BEING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN.

I KNOW THE CITY DEALT WITH A LOT OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THAT HAPPENED THEN.

WE HAD TO LET GO A LOT OF STAFF TO MAKE UP FOR IT.

THAT MAY BE A POSSIBILITY.

BUT HONESTLY, IF I LOOK BACK AND AND I'LL GIVE YOU MY HONEST OPINION, I THINK IT'S BEEN OUR TURN OVER. I THINK OUR TURNOVER, OUR TURNOVER AND MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT DIRECTORS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM. AND I BELIEVE THIS JUST FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS.

AGAIN, ULTIMATELY, I'M NOT MAKING EXCUSES.

I THINK ULTIMATELY IT COMES DOWN TO CITY COUNCIL TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR NOT MAKING SURE THAT THESE PLANS AND SOLUTIONS WERE IMPLEMENTED.

I I WANT TO THANK THE CITY MANAGER FOR DOING HIS JOB.

I WANT TO THANK THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR FOR HER DOING HER JOB AND FINDING THESE THINGS NOW THAT THEY'RE HAPPENING BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE CONTINUED LIKE WE LIKE YOU PRESENTED IT COULD HAVE CONTINUED BECAUSE IT HAPPENED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT FOR DOING YOUR JOB.

THAT'S WHAT WE EXPECT OF YOU.

AND AS UGLY AS THAT MAY BE AND AS BAD AS MAY BE, I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE FINDING THESE PROBLEMS, FLUSHING THEM OUT AND GETTING THEM ADDRESSED BECAUSE THE RESIDENTS OF WASCO DESERVE IT.

SO THANK YOU. ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

ANY ANY OTHER COMMENTS IN PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? ITEM C, INFORMATION REGARDING THE TRANSITION FROM AT LARGE ELECTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL TO DISTRICT BASED ELECTIONS.

MR. ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ. MAYOR, MAY I REQUEST A FIVE MINUTE RECESS? LET'S TAKE A FIVE MINUTE RECESS AT SEVEN THIRTY FOUR.

LET'S GET BACK HERE AT SEVEN AND LET'S SAY SEVEN FORTY FIVE.

I'LL GIVE YOU NINE MINUTES, MR. REYNA. I DON'T NEED NINE MINUTES, BUT FIVE WILL BE FINE.

NINE THIRTY SEVEN. THIRTY NINE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, THERE HE IS.

OK, WE'RE GET GET BACK ON TRACK.

SO ITEM C INFORMATION REGARDING THE TRANSITION FROM.

[12c. Information regarding the Transition from at Large-Elections for City Council to District-Based. (Ortiz Hernandez)]

FROM AT LARGE ELECTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL TO DISTRICT BASED.

MR. ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ.

THIS WAS ITEM REQUESTED BY, I THINK, MS. OCAMPO ON ON REASONS WHY THE CITY WENT TO DISTRICT VERSUS AT LARGE ELECTIONS PRIOR TO THE 2000 ELECTION PERIOD.

UNFORTUNATELY, I WASN'T HERE, SO I CAN'T SPECIFICALLY SPEAK AS TO THE REASONS WHY I PROVIDED COUNSEL AND THE COUNSEL PACKET, THE STAFF REPORT, AS WELL AS THE RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL DURING THAT PERIOD TO MOVE FORWARD WITH DISTRICT WIDE ELECTIONS. IN SUMMARY, A LARGE PART AS TO WHY WE MOVED WAS THAT THERE WAS A MOVEMENT BY SOME OUTSIDE GROUPS THAT WERE FILING LITIGATION AGAINST CITIES UP AND DOWN THE STATE FOR VIOLATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

AND MANY CITIES WERE FACED WITH WHETHER OR NOT TO FIGHT IT OR SAVE THE EXPENSE AND MOVE

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TOWARDS DISTRICT ELECTIONS HAVE INCLUDED SOME INFORMATION FROM RECENT LEAGUE TRAININGS THAT OUR CITY CLERK HAS GONE TO THAT SPEAKS A LITTLE BIT MORE IN DETAIL AS TO SOME OF THOSE CASES AND AS WELL AS THE REASONS BEHIND.

I'LL PUT THOSE IN FRONT OF YOU BEFORE YOU HERE SHORTLY, SO SOON AS I FIND THE CASES THAT REFERENCE. BUT THE CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT, THAT WAS THE LEGISLATION THAT ENABLED AND THAT OTHER GROUPS OUTSIDE OF THE CITIES WERE UTILIZING OR TO FORCE CITIES TO MOVE TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS THAT WERE DISTRIBUTED IN AN EQUITABLE MANNER BASED ON DEMOGRAPHICS.

SO THAT INCLUDES ETHNICITY AND GENDER AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

SO SINCE THE CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

THIS IS AS OF DECEMBER 2019 TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE SWITCHED TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS.

THIRTY FOUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS, ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX CITIES, ONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THIRTY FIVE WATER AND OTHER SPECIAL DISTRICTS.

THESE ARE THIS IS THE FINANCIAL IMPACT AT THAT TIME, KEY SETTLEMENTS BASED OFF OF THE LITIGATION THAT WAS INITIATED IN THE SETTLEMENTS THAT WERE REACHED, PALMDALE, FOUR POINT SEVEN MILLION, SANTA CLARA, THREE POINT SIXTEEN MILLION.

MODESTO, THREE MILLION.

HIGHLAND, ONE POINT THREE MILLION.

ANAHEIM, ONE POINT ONE MILLION AND SO ON.

PALMDALE, SANTA CLARA AND SANTA MONICA FOUGHT ON THE MERITS.

AND UP UNTIL A CERTAIN POINT, THEY ALL LOST.

I DON'T I DON'T RECALL OR SEEING ANYTHING IN MY RESEARCH THAT ANY ANY GOVERNMENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY PREVAILED AGAINST SUCH LITIGATION.

SANTA MONICA, SANTA CLARA SHOWS THAT IT'S STILL APPEALING.

PALMDALE SPENT ONE POINT EIGHT MILLION ON ITS DEFENSE.

SANTA CLARA SPENT OVER EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND.

SANTA MONICA SPENT BETWEEN SIX AND 10 MILLION DOLLARS ON DEFENDING THE CITY AGAINST THE LITIGATION BROUGHT BEFORE THE PLAINTIFFS IN SANTA MONICA CASE REQUESTED.

TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS AN AWARD AS OF DECEMBER 2013.

THERE WAS NO RULING ON THAT YET AND NO JURISDICTION HAD WON THE CASE.

SO AND RESEARCH IN THE MATTER THAT WAS THE PIVOTAL REASON WHY THE CITY SWITCHED TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS WAS TO AVOID ANY COSTLY LAWSUITS THAT WOULD BE BROUGHT ABOUT BY BY GROUPS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY THAT WOULD SEEK TO FORCE THE CITY TO MOVE TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS. SO IF I CAN ADD TO THAT, DANIEL, DURING OUR OUR TRAINING, GOING TO GO OUT TO THE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES AND TALK ABOUT HOT TOPIC ISSUES, THINGS THAT ARE AFFECTING THE CITIES, AND THIS WAS A HOT TOPIC ISSUE.

I REMEMBER WHO TOOK THE TRAINING WHEN I DON'T KNOW IF MR. REYNA WAS THERE AT THE SAME TRAINING THAT WAS.

YES, MAYOR, I WAS THERE.

BUT IT WAS IT WAS IMPERATIVE IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE CITY'S ADDRESS THESE ISSUES BECAUSE THE CITIES WERE GETTING THESE LAWSUITS OR LAWSUITS AND TO TAKE A SECTION OFF THE STAFF REPORT, IF THE CITY COUNCIL WAITED TO TAKE ACTION ON THE ITEM UNTIL IT RECEIVES A LETTER FROM A POTENTIAL PLAINTIFF.

SO THESE THESE COMPANIES WHO WERE SUING CITIES UP AND DOWN THE STATE, THE POTENTIAL PLAINTIFF CAN MAKE A CLAIM FOR ATTORNEY'S FEES, UP TO THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS UNDER ELECTIONS, CODE SECTION ONE THOUSAND, ONE THOUSAND OR TEN THOUSAND TEN.

SO WHAT I LOOKED AT FROM MY POSITION WAS, WHY ARE WE GOING TO DEFEND OR PAY IN ATTORNEYS FEES THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO WHAT I WOULD CALL AN AMBULANCE CHASER WHEN WE CAN JUST GO AHEAD AND GO TO DISTRICTS.

AND AT THAT TIME, ONCE WE WENT THROUGH THIS PROCESS, THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO GO THAT ROUTE. IT WAS IT WAS A FINAL VOTE TO GO AHEAD AND GET THIS APPROVED THIS WAY TO GO INTO THE DISTRICTS. BUT AGAIN, WE DID IT BECAUSE THE CVRA, WHICH IS CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT, HAD SUCH A LOW THRESHOLD FOR THEM TO PROVE THAT THAT THERE WERE WHAT IS INEFFICIENCIES IN MAKING SURE THAT WE REPRESENTED THE VOTING POPULATION.

SO, AGAIN, I THINK THE DECK WAS STACKED AGAINST THE CITY.

AND I WASN'T I WAS NOT WANTING TO PUT THE CITY'S CITY AT RISK FOR A LAWSUIT.

WE'LL START WITH THE I'M SORRY, LET ME MAKE A STATEMENT HERE, MR. REYNA, MY APOLOGIES.

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IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE, PLEASE.

I'LL START NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU'LL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED AT THIS TIME.

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? HI, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES. OK, I HAVE A QUESTION AND I DO APOLOGIZE.

MY PHONE DIED AND I HAD TO CHARGE IT UP AGAIN BEFORE I COULD RESUME THE MEETING.

I'M NOT SURE IF I IF I HEARD EVERYTHING CORRECTLY OR IF I HEARD EVERYTHING, BUT JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT I UNDERSTOOD THE REASON WHY YOU GUYS WENT DISTRICT DISTRICT IS BECAUSE THE ENTIRE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO DO DISTRICT BY DISTRICT LIKE FIVE DISTRICTS IN WASCO.

CORRECT. OK, NOW.

AND IF I CAN.

IF I CAN. AND THAT WAS AFTER WE DID PUBLIC HEARINGS AND COMMENTS.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE DID THIS UNILATERALLY.

WE WE INVITED COMMUNITY INTO IT AND WE HAD WORKSHOPS REGARDING THIS ISSUE.

OK. AND THEN THERE WAS THE WHOLE COUNCIL THAT AGREED TO IT, RIGHT? YES. OK, AND THEN BUT WHO ACTUALLY ULTIMATELY DECIDED ON THE FIVE DISTRICTS, WAS IT DURING THAT SAME MEETING OR.

THAT WAS AFTER THE WORKSHOPS.

SO WE APPROVED AND WE AGREED TO GO TO DISTRICTS AND THEN WE HIRED A CITY DEMOGRAPHER TO PRESENT, I BELIEVE IT WAS THREE DIFFERENT MAPS THAT WE COULD GO WITH.

DANIEL, DO YOU HAVE THOSE MAPS THAT YOU KEEP THOSE OPTIONS OPEN WITH ALL THREE OF THEM? AND SO THE THREE MAPS THAT WERE PRESENT, THAT'S THAT'S THE ONE THAT'S IN EXISTENCE NOW.

THAT'S THE DEPARTMENT.

BUT THE OTHER MAPS, IN MY OPINION, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, WERE GERRYMANDERING DISTRICTS TO KEEP US IN OUR POSITION.

SO I WANTED SOMETHING MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD, MORE GLOSSED OUT, AND THAT'S WHY I WAS IN FAVOR OF THIS CURRENT DISTRICT MAP.

OK, ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS MY QUESTION. THANK YOU.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM.

NO OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. WE'LL START WITH MEMBER ESPITIA.

HE'S ON MORE THAN A YEAR ON ME.

YEAH. OH, YEAH, I DO AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE SUING OF THE CITIES AND HOW THEY'RE GOING AFTER CITIES. ALTHOUGH THE ATTORNEY AT THE TIME OR THE PERSON WHO DID THE, THE PERSON WHO DID THE STUDY SAID THAT NO CREDENCE IN US GOING FOR A DISTRICT BY DISTRICT BECAUSE OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS AND THE WAY THAT THE COUNCIL WAS.

WE HAVE FOUR LATINOS, ONE CAUCASIAN.

THERE'S NO REASON WHY THEY WERE COMING AFTER US.

SO BUT YEAH, BUT I DID SIDE WITH THE VOTING YES ONLY BECAUSE DOWN THE LINE YOU NEVER YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HAVE TO PAY BEING YOU'RE ULTIMATELY GOING TO LOSE.

AGREED.

MATTER OF FACT, YOU'RE HINTING THAT THE CURRENT DISTRICT.

CAN YOU ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT? IS THAT POSSIBLE OR.

JUST SO THAT PEOPLE CAN SEE.

MAYBE A LITTLE BIT. THAT'S ONE MORE OUT.

GO UP ONE MORE NOTCH.

OK, GOT IT NOW.

SO THAT'S THE CURRENT DISTRICT.

WE HAD AN ORANGE AND YELLOW OPTION AS WELL.

SO THAT'S THE ORANGE OPTION AND THE YELLOW.

YEAH, SO IN THOSE ARE THE THREE OPTIONS WE HAD AT THAT TIME.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS, MEMBERS? MEMBER REYNA.

JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT BOTH THE INFORMATION THAT DANIEL PROVIDED AND THE ONE THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED ARE CORRECT.

HOWEVER, I DO WANT TO MENTION SOMETHING ELSE, THAT THE LAW WAS CHANGED SO THAT BEFORE IF YOU RECEIVE THE LETTER, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY HAVE TO PAY THIS GROUP THAT WAS FIXING TO SUE YOU. YOU WOULD HAVE TO PAY THEM AT LEAST THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.

BUT THEN THE LAW WAS CHANGED SO THAT YOU WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE DISTRICT AND THEN AVOID THAT.

THAT'S FINE. SO.

IT DIDN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU WERE SUED OR RECEIVED THE LETTER, YOU HAD TO DO IT, AND SO

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AND JUST TO REITERATE THAT THAT'S NOT ONE CITY THAT HAS BEEN SUED IN REGARDS TO DISTICTING HAS WON THEIR LAWSUIT AND THOSE PAYMENTS THAT YOU SAW OF FOUR POINT FIVE MILLION, ONE POINT ONE, THOSE ARE JUST THE MONEY THAT WENT TO THE PEOPLE THAT DID THE SUING THAT DOES NOT ACCOUNT FOR LAWYERS FEES AND ALL OF THE OTHER COSTS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN DEFENDING A LAWSUIT SO THAT THE COST CAN BE VERY GREAT WHEN YOU GO AGAINST THIS ESPITIA AND MAYOR SAID, TO GO TO DISTRICTING BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE CAN AVOID THIS ISSUE IN THE FUTURE AS WELL.

THAT'S ALL FROM ME. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. MEMBER GARCIA. YEAH.

I JUST REMEMBER WE DID GO AHEAD AND PUT ALL THIS OUT TO THE COMMUNITY OR BE PRESENTED OPTIONS FOR HAD.

AND AGAIN, WE WE DID THIS IN THE INTEREST.

WE WENT WITH THE MAP THAT WAS THAT HAD THE CLEAREST SQUARES POSSIBLE THAT IT DIDN'T LOOK AS CONVOLUTED.

AND THIS WAS THE BEST OPTION FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN THE INTEREST OF PROTECTING TAX DOLLARS AND JUST TO STRUGGLE AND TIME AND STOP TIME ON GOING THROUGH LITIGATION AND TRYING TO FIGHT IT. WE WERE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT HARD TIMES FOR DISTRICT, BUT IN THE INTERESTS OF PROTECTING THE CITY, WE HAD TO MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION TO ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CVRA, WHICH TRUTHFULLY IS I MEAN, IT'S COMING UP AND DOWN THE STATE VOTER POLARIZATION HAD HAD BEEN AN ISSUE IN THE PAST. IT HAD BEEN AT THE TIME.

WE PASSED IT WITH THE FOUR OF US.

AND I REMEMBER WAKING THEM AT THE TIME AND.

BUT NEVERTHELESS, WE DID MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW HOW THE MAKEUP OF THE COUNCIL COULD CHANGE IN THE FUTURE.

WE HAD TO MAKE SURE WE WERE ACTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CVRA.

SO WE DID ALL OF THAT.

AND ACTUALLY THE FIRST ELECTION WAS IN 2000.

AND THEN THIS YEAR WILL BE THE OTHER ONES THAT ESTABLISHED THE OTHER THREE.

SO IT'S IT'S STILL I KNOW IT'S GROWING PAINS FOR FOLKS, BUT AS A CITY, I THINK WE CAN DO IS MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE INFORMING THE VOTERS.

IT IS STILL A NEW CONCEPT AND I THINK WE CAN DO THAT AND BE BETTER IN THAT CAPACITY.

THANK YOU.

MEMBER PALLARES. YES, I REMEMBER THOSE DAYS ATTENDING THE COUNCIL MEETINGS AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER AND QUITE A FEW PRESENTATIONS, AND I WAS GRATEFUL TO THE COUNCIL FOR CIRCUMVENTING POTENTIAL LAWSUITS, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, FROM THE PRESENTATION, THIS WAS DONE ON A GRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM AND THESE CHARTS ARE JUST THE VISUAL, BUT THEY'RE BACKED UP BY SPREADSHEETS OR COLUMNS OF DEMOGRAPHICS OF EACH DISTRICT.

AND SO BASICALLY, IF YOU MOVE THE BOUNDARY, ALL THOSE SHEETS WILL BALANCE OUT AGAIN.

AND THIS WAS THE ONE THAT WAS CHOSEN THAT ULTIMATELY.

SO IT WAS IT WAS QUITE A FEAT AND LONG WINDED MEETINGS.

AND I'M JUST GLAD WE'RE THROUGH IT.

THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT THIS THESE DISTRICTS WILL CHANGE.

WE HAVE TO RE EVALUATE EVERY CENSUS, EVERY 10 YEARS, LOOK AT CENSUS RESULTS.

THESE DISTRICTS WILL CHANGE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE BALANCED OUT AGAIN.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC? ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

ITEM D.

[12d. Approval of Employment Agreement with Isarel Perez Hernandez as the Finance Director for an annual salary amount of $104, 573.69 (Ortiz Hernandez)]

APPROVAL OF EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH ISRAEL PEREZ HERNANDEZ AS THE FINANCE DIRECTOR FOR AN ANNUAL SALARY AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE DOLLARS AND SIXTY NINE CENTS.

MR. ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ.

NO RELATION RIGHT NOW.

RELATIONS? NOT THAT I KNOW OF, BUT I HAVE A LOT OF COUSINS SOMEWHERE, NO RELATION.

ONE THING I WANT TO KIND OF BRING UP TO THE COUNCIL, AND OBVIOUSLY MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE WE'VE GONE ROUGHLY ALMOST TWO YEARS WITHOUT A PERMANENT FINANCE DIRECTOR UTILIZING THE SERVICES OF THE OF SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CITIES ACROSS THE STATE TO HAVE AN INTERIM FINANCE DIRECTOR FOR

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THESE LAST ROUGHLY TWO YEARS TO NAVIGATE US THROUGH, PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF OF GUIDANCE AS WE NAVIGATE THE AUDITS, THE BUDGETS AND THE OTHER MATTERS THAT COME UP WITHIN THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT. SO WE WAITED THIS LONG AND THE VACANCY OCCURRED RIGHT AS I STARTED.

AND SINCE THEN I'VE I'VE OBSERVED AND I'VE LEARNED AND I'VE IDENTIFIED SOME OF THE NEEDS THAT REALLY ARE NEEDED WITHIN THE FINANCE DEPARTMENTS, BOTH FROM AN OPERATIONAL PERSPECTIVE AS WELL AS FROM A LONG TERM PLAN OF WHERE THE ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO GO TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE NAVIGATING.

MR. ISRAEL PEREZ HERNANDEZ HAS BEEN WITH CITY.

HE'S NOT NEW.

HE'S BEEN WITH THE CITY FOR OVER FIVE YEARS.

IN TERMS OF HIS BACKGROUND, HE HAS A B.S.

IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ACCOUNTING FROM BAKERSFIELD.

HE'S AN ACCEPTED CANDIDATE FOR THE MASTER'S OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM AT CALSTATE FRESNO. HE'S BEEN WITH US SINCE TWENTY FIFTEEN AND HAS REALLY GROWN AND AND DEVELOPED WITHIN THAT ORGANIZATION FROM THE FRONT LINE EMPLOYEE AS AN ACCOUNTING ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT, ONE POSITION AND AND HAS RISEN TO HIS CURRENT POSITION AS AN ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.

SO I'VE BEEN IMPRESSED BY HIS HIS ABILITY, HIS DESIRE AND THIRST TO CONTINUALLY LEARN AND ADAPT, HIS ABILITY TO TO BE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE.

I REALLY THINK HE IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY BASED ON WHERE WE ARE AT TODAY. THIS WAS NO AND IN LARGE PART, THIS WAS THIS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION OR PROCESS TO COME TO AFTER TWO YEARS.

AGAIN, IT GOES BASED OFF OF WHAT I'VE OBSERVED AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH AND WHAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS GONE THROUGH MANY YEARS, AS WE HAVE ALLUDED TO.

SO NOT TOO LONG AGO, THE THE LACK OF STABILITY WITHIN THAT DEPARTMENT FOR THE LAST DECADE, THE CHANGES THAT HAVE COME WITH WITH A TURNOVER IN THOSE DEPARTMENTS, BOTH WITHIN THE FINANCE DIRECTOR AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OTHER CRUCIAL POSITIONS, SUCH AS THE ACCOUNTING MANAGER AND THE FRONT LINE STAFF, THAT WE'VE SEEN SIGNIFICANT TURNOVER OVER THE YEARS. SO INITIALLY I HAD ENVISIONED DOING A A LARGER RECRUITMENT ASPECT AND CONVERSATION WITH WITH VARIOUS FINANCE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE STATE AND WITHIN THE REGION, REALIZED THAT SOMETIMES WHEN YOU HAVE A A GOOD AND STRONG CANDIDATE WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION, IT IS BEST TO PROVIDE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY AND INVESTMENTS, KNOWING THEY HAVE A COMMITMENT AND AN INVESTMENT WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION AND THE COMMUNITY ALREADY.

ALSO JUST THE THE THE CURRENT NATURE OF THE THE MARKET FOR HIRING MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS RIGHT NOW WITH COVID-19 EVERYTHING.

IT'S IT'S IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE THROWING A BALL IN THE AIR.

YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW THAT ARE ACTIVELY PURSUING AND WANTING TO PICK UP AND RELOCATE AND START A NEW VENTURE.

AND WE ALSO HAVE SOME SERIOUS NEEDS THAT REQUIRE SOMEONE WITH THE INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF FINANCE, OUR OUR FINANCE STRUCTURE, OUR ACCOUNTING STRUCTURE AND OUR OPERATIONS TO BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE THAT.

SO I'M HAPPY TO HAVE OFFERED A POSITION TO ISRAEL PEREZ AND SUBMIT TO THE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL. IS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS CUSTOMARY AND IN LINE WITH OUR OTHER EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER DIRECTORS? THANK YOU. IS HIS NAME ISRAEL OR ISRAEL? I'M LOOKING AT THE SLIDE HERE.

I'VE BEEN CALLING HIM ISRAEL THIS WHOLE TIME.

WE CALL HIM ISRAEL.

OH, THAT'S CORRECT.

SPELLING THEM OK. THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

OK. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE THE RAISED HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

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DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC? WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU.

COUNCIL MEMBER. YEAH.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. I TOO WISH HIM WELL.

I HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR HIM.

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I KNOW HE'LL RISE TO THE OCCASION.

AND SO I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT HE CAN DO.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER GARCIA.

YES. I'M ACTUALLY THRILLED BY THIS RECOMMENDATION.

IT'S RIGHT IN LINE WITH A VISION TO HIRE AND PROMOTE FROM WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION.

I THINK IT SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE VALUE OUR EMPLOYEES WERE NOT BACKED INTO A CORNER HERE. WE ARE PURSUING GOOD TALENT AND RAISING GOOD TALENT HERE.

THE OTHER MEMBERS OF SAID THAT WE WISH HIM LUCK AND TO GO AHEAD AND MAKE SURE THAT WE GO AHEAD AND CONTINUE TO PURSUE GOOD FINANCIAL PRACTICES WITHIN THE CITY AND MAKE SURE THAT WE PINPOINT AND FIND EVERY.

HIDDEN, YOU KNOW.

YOU KNOW, OVERSIGHT THAT'S UNDER ANY ROCKS IN ANY DARK CORNERS, SO I'M EXCITED, THOUGH I'D TOO WISH HIM WELL. THANK YOU.

MEMBER PALLARES.

. I MEAN, I WANT TO SAY A COUPLE OF COMMENTS HERE.

I MEAN, WE HAD DIFFICULTY IN HAVING ANY CONSISTENCY IN THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND I'M GOING BACK THEN YOU HELP ME OUT HERE.

EIGHT YEARS, 10 YEARS NOW AT THEN.

AND SO THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE COMMENTS THAT THE CITY MANAGER MADE WAS THAT HE'S NOT I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE NOT SETTLING FOR ANYBODY.

I THINK ISRAEL IS A PHENOMENAL PERSON WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED HIS PASSION FOR LEARNING.

HE'S DEMONSTRATED HIS LOYALTY TO THE CITY BY GIVING EVERYTHING HE HAS TO THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT. I THINK HE'S WELL RESPECTED WITHIN THAT FINANCE DEPARTMENT.

AND I'M ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS.

AGAIN. I COMPARE OUR VACANCY THERE TO WHAT WE HAD IN THE WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT FOR MANY YEARS. WE CONTRACTED OUT WITH A CONSULTANT THERE FOR YEARS WHILE WE HAD OUR CURRENT WASTEWATER SUPERVISOR OUT THERE ITCHING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN THAT PLANT.

AND WE FINALLY MADE THE CHANGE.

WE HAD SOMEONE THERE THIS ENTIRE TIME AND HE'S DONE WELL WITH IT.

I SEE THE SAME THING WITH MISS BISHOP AND I SEE THE SAME THING WITH ISRAEL.

SO, AGAIN, I'M ECSTATIC ABOUT THE APPOINTMENT.

I EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM HIM.

AND AGAIN, I THINK OUR CITY IS FINALLY GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME CONSISTENCY, SOME LONG TERM DIRECTORS THAT ARE ROOTED AND HAVE THE CITY'S BEST INTERESTS AT HEART.

AND AGAIN, I'M I CAN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE DIRECTION WE'RE GOING IN NOW.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

SO, MR. MAYOR, AS I MOVE TO APPROVE, I'LL TAKE ON THAT MOTION.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK? AND THAT WAS A MOTION BY GARCIA AND A SECOND BY REYNA.

WE HAVE NO OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THEY WILL BE A VOTE BY ROLL-CALL.

MAYOR CORTEZ.

AYE. MAYOR PRO TEM ESPITIA.

MEMBERS ESPITIA, YOU'RE ON MUTE. THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOUR VOTE.

OH, I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT.

THANK YOU. COUNCIL MEMBER GARCIA.

ALL RIGHT, COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES.

COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA.

AYE AND MADAM, COULD YOU REQUEST THAT EVERYBODY BE MUTED? THERE'S CONTINUED INTERFERENCE ON THE LINE AND IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING. THANK YOU.

DID SHE MUTE HERSELF.

OK, MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER 12D.

THE MOTION IS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.

DIRECTOR PEREZ WOULD LIKE

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I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING SO MUCH, DIRECTOR PEREZ, ARE YOU ON? YES, I AM.

GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE, NOT ONLY TO THE CITY MANAGER, DANIEL HERNANDEZ, BUT TO YOU ALL FOR THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY AND CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TEAM IN OUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT TO MOVE FORWARD AND PRODUCE GREAT RESULTS.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE. THANK YOU.

AND CONGRATULATIONS.

CONGRATULATIONS. YES.

ALL RIGHT, MOVE TO ITEM E.

[12e. Update on City Operation due to Covid-19. (Ortiz Hernandez)]

UPDATE ON CITY OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19 MR. ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ. JUST WANT TO GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE AND I'LL PROBABLY DEFER A SECOND OF MR. GARCIA IF HE WANTS TO ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR OUR TREK ALONG 7TH STREET TWO WEEKS AGO, GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO SOME OF THOSE BUSINESSES.

YES, ABSOLUTELY, IT WAS AN EFFECTIVE SATURDAY.

WE WERE OUT THERE AND SPOKE TO ABOUT, I GUESS, ROUGHLY ABOUT 50 PERCENT OF THE SERVICE BUSINESS OWNERS THERE.

SOME WERE NOT AVAILABLE, BUT WE DID INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR THEM AND WE ENGAGED IN A FRIENDLY MANNER, A LOT OF THEM, UNFORTUNATELY, WE WERE THERE FOR THE NEWEST AUDITORS JUST THE NIGHT BEFORE. BUT WE, OF COURSE, ARE NOT IN A POSITION OR HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE AN ENFORCEMENT, TO BE TO DO ANY ENFORCEMENT AND NOT GET SPECIFIC.

NONETHELESS, WE WE WE MADE CONNECTIONS WITH THE WORKERS AND OWNERS AND THEY WERE VERY GRATEFUL THAT WE WERE REACHING OUT AND BEING PROACTIVE.

SOME OF THEM HAD TO GET FEEDBACK AND WE COULD FILL OUT THE SURVEY THAT OUR STAFF WONDERFULLY PREPARED AND TRANSLATED FOR US AND WITHIN HOURS.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT THE WORK, STAFF.

OF COURSE, A QUICK SHOUT OUT.

BUT YES, I HAD SOME GOOD FEEDBACK FROM ONE RESIDENT, ACTUALLY GAVE THE SPECIFIC FEEDBACK OF SHUTTING DOWN THE STREET AND PUTTING OUT SOME TENTS.

WE ASKED THEM TO GIVE US THE FEEDBACK AND TURN IT IN.

SO I'M EXCITED.

AND WE WE HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY AND THAT THOSE CONTACTS I ACTUALLY LOOK FORWARD TO IF WE GOT ANY RESPONSES BY THE CLERK OR THE MANAGER.

BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

I CAN GET. OK, SO WE SEE THAT THE PRESENTATION IS AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, THE TWO MINUTES FOR SPEAKER, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VERBAL COMMENT USING ZOOM, PLEASE USE YOUR RAISED HAND BUTTON TO REQUEST TO SPEAK.

IF YOU ARE USING A TELEPHONE.

PLEASE DIAL STAR NINE ON YOUR TELEPHONE KEYPAD.

YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON BY THE NUMBER YOU ARE CALLING FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK.

PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR COMMENT.

ONCE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED, YOU WILL BE MUTED AT THIS TIME.

DO WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS? THE PUBLIC, MADAM CLERK.

WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS, COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS.

COUNCIL MEMBER REYNA.

NO COMMENTS, THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER PALLARES.

NO COMMENTS. THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU. I HAVE SPOKEN TO A COUPLE OF BUSINESS OWNERS PERSONALLY, AND THEY'RE HURTING THEIR RESTAURANTS ESPECIALLY THAT THEY'RE HURTING.

AND SO THIS IS THE TIME WHERE WE NEED TO ALMOST REINVENT OURSELVES.

COME UP WITH NEW IDEA.

AGAIN, I LEAN ON THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF OUR CITY COUNCIL TO HAVE THOSE BRIGHT IDEAS, MEMBER GARCIA, BUT THEY NEED HELP.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP AND WE'RE TRYING TO FAST-TRACK SOME IDEAS TO HELP THEM THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC. BUT AGAIN, IT'S CHALLENGING TIMES FOR EVERYBODY IN EVERY BUSINESS.

BUT I JUST THINK RESTAURANTS ARE A LOT HARDER.

BEAUTY SALONS, BARBER SHOPS, THOSE ARE HIT HARD.

SO, AGAIN, THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR CITY AND ITS BUSINESSES JUST KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. THEY'RE REACHING OUT TO TRY TO FIND SOLUTIONS.

MAYOR, I WILL ADD, IF I COULD, THAT SOME SOME FOLKS DID ACTUALLY REACH OUT AND WONDER WHAT THE DIFFERENCE WAS BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK PERMITS DOWNTOWN VERSUS OTHER AREAS WHO HAVE ALREADY HAD OPERATIONS OUTDOORS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO TOUCH ON THE DIFFERENCE IN THAT WAS THAT THOSE PROPERTIES OR THOSE BUSINESSES ARE ON PRIVATE PROPERTIES.

AND THE BUSINESSES THAT WE SPECIFICALLY REACHED OUT TO WERE THE ONES ON 7TH STREET THAT

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ONLY HAD ACCESS VIA PUBLIC SIDEWALKS OR STREETS.

SO WE WERE TRYING TO BE PROACTIVE IN THAT SENSE WHERE WE HAVE TO CONTROL, BUT WE ARE BEING AS PROACTIVE AS POSSIBLE AND WORKING WITH ALL THE BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THOSE ON THE STREET CORRIDOR.

WE ASK THAT EVERYONE BE JUST PUSH PEOPLE TO THE CITY CLERK AND IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OR COMPLAINTS TO PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH THE CITY DIRECTLY SO THAT WE CAN RECEIVE THEM AND ATTEND TO THEM PROPERLY.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS.

I WANT TO TOUCH ON GRANT PROGRAM.

WHY BRING THAT TO THE COUNCIL AT THE NEXT MEETING OR THEREAFTER TO PROVIDE SOME LEVEL OF MONETARY ASSISTANCE AS A REIMBURSEMENT TO WHATEVER EXPENSES SOME BUSINESSES MAY, MAY, MAY INCUR DURING THIS PROCESS AND TRYING TO MAINTAIN THEIR BUSINESS AND PROVIDE SERVICES OUTDOORS AND ACCORDANCE WITH STATE REGULATIONS.

SO I WOULD EXPECT THAT HERE IN THE NEXT MEETING OR TO ALSO WANT TO JUST TOUCH ON AND SEE IF THE COUNCIL WANTS TO BRING BACK OR REVISIT THE ISSUE OF A DOLLAR RIDE.

WE ARE CONTINUING TO STILL SEE CASES INCREASE.

AND AND I KNOW THAT'S THE BEGINNING OF JULY, IF NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF JUNE.

COUNCIL DECIDED TO HOLD OFF ON THAT.

AND WE SEE SOME SENSE OF SOME BETTER IMPROVEMENTS ON UNCOVERED CASES.

BUT OBVIOUSLY THINGS ARE WHAT THEY ARE.

AND THINGS HAVEN'T IMPROVED IN THE COUNTY WITH THE WITH THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES OR WITH THAT IN THE CITY.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THE COUNCIL WANTS TO TO BRING BACK FOR DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT MEETING OR NEXT MONTH.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT, CAN WE? THINK ABOUT IT, LET ME KNOW DOWN THE ROAD.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ITS AGENDA.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT AND GO FROM THERE.

SO WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT IT WITHOUT AGENDIZING IT.

MAKES SENSE. OK.

IS THAT ALWAYS YOUR CITY MANAGER FOR NOW? WOW. OK, SO THAT WAS ITEM E.

REPORTS FROM THE SHERIFF.

[13) REPORTS FROM SHERIFF]

I KNOW HE'S THERE SOMEWHERE.

YET THERE HE IS. SERGEANT MARTINEZ, YOU'RE UP.

ALL RIGHT. NOT A WHOLE LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE OUR LAST MEETING FOR THE FIRST LEG.

ONE OF THE THINGS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS PROMOTING IS THE HIRING WE'RE TRYING TO HIRE.

WE'RE PUTTING ON A STUDENT ACADEMY HERE IN THE NEXT MONTHS.

THERE ARE SEVERAL TESTING DATES.

THE FIRST ONE IS ACTUALLY TOMORROW.

SO IF APPLICANTS WANT TO TAKE THE WRITTEN TEST, WHICH THAT'S HOW YOU BEGIN, YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER HAS TAKEN THE WRITTEN TEST.

IT'S CALLED THE PELLET B, IT'S THE POST ENTRY LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT TEST BATTERY EXAM.

ACRONYM FROM HECK.

SO AND THEN THE NEXT TEST AFTER THAT WOULD BE ON THE 12TH AND THEN ON THE 15TH OF AUGUST.

SO WE HAVE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO ENTER INTO THE ACADEMY.

AND THIS IS A SELF SPONSORED POSITION AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HIRED BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ALREADY TO GO THROUGH THIS.

I'VE JUST GOTTEN THROUGH SOME OF THESE PICTURES.

THIS IS THE ACADEMY COUNCIL MEMBER FOR POLARIS, IF YOU REMEMBER.

THAT'S WHERE THE COMMUNITY ACADEMY WAS.

THIS ROOM YOU GUYS ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT THERE IS OUR DEFENSIVE TACTICS ROOM.

AND WE DO SOME PHYSICAL AGILITY STUFF IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY.

WE GO IN THERE AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT COOLER.

THIS IS ONE OF THE PATROL CARS THAT HAD LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HOPE TO DRIVE AROUND IN IT'S OUR BRAND AND ONE OF THE NEW CHEVYS THIS WAS A GROUP PHOTO.

THIS TOOK A LOT OF COLLABORATION BY OUR DEPARTMENT.

THERE'S NUMEROUS ENTITIES FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

YOU SEE CANINE IN THERE ARE BOMB SQUAD OR SWAT TEAM SEARCH AND RESCUE, VOLUNTEER SERVICES PATROL AND OUR AIR UNITS.

AND IT'S QUITE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS A LOT TO OFFER, NOT ONLY TO THE CITIZENS, BUT ALSO TO THE EMPLOYEES. THIS IS ANOTHER THIS IS A MEMORIAL.

THREE OF OUR PATROL OFFICERS AND THE NEW EXPLORER YOU SEE ON THE LEFT THERE, ALONG WITH THE CHEVY AGAIN. ALL RIGHT, ON THE MORNING OF JUNE, JULY 30TH, MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING RECOGNIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITHIN THE CITY, WITHIN THE COUNTY OF KERN, AND THEN EXCELLED IN LOCATING AND ARRESTING SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVERS TO WASCO.

DEPUTIES WERE RECOGNIZED DURING THIS CEREMONY.

THESE DEPUTIES WERE CURRENT WASCO DEPUTIES, SENIOR DEPUTIES DAVID VASQUEZ AND DEPUTY

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BRANDON ROUTH, WHO HAS TRANSFERRED OUT OF LAW SCHOOL.

BUT SPEAKING TO HIM RECENTLY, HE ACTUALLY WANTS TO COME BACK TO COMMUNITY OF WASCO HAD A TOTAL OF 17 DUI ARREST AND 19 NINE OF THOSE WERE COMPLETED BY THESE TWO DEPUTIES ALONE.

SO OVER HALF.

SO CURRENTLY, AS WE STAND IN THE YEAR TWENTY TWENTY, WE'VE ARRESTED FIVE FIVE SUSPECTED DUI MEMBERS.

AND IF YOU'RE AWARE, ONE DUI IS TWO MEN AND FIVE.

AND IF YOU WATCH THE CEREMONY AND IT'S ON YOUTUBE, MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING HAS A SPECIAL THERE ARE SOME OFFICERS IN KERN COUNTY THAT ARRESTED.

I THINK THE BIGGEST NUMBER I HEARD WAS ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY DUIS IN A YEAR.

OBVIOUSLY, WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO CURB DRUNK DRIVING.

I ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO CALL NINE ONE ONE OR CALL THE NON-EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER.

IF YOU HAVE A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER IN FRONT OF YOU BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY OF WASCO SAFER FOR NOT ONLY THE RESIDENTS, BUT THE VISITORS AND THE EMPLOYEES AND OF WASCO.

ALL RIGHT, THEN YOU GO AHEAD. OH, THE LAST MEETING I TALKED ABOUT UPDATING THE WASCO CITY WEBSITE. I WORKED WITH STAFF FROM THE WASCO WEBSITE, AND I WAS ABLE TO UPDATE THAT INFORMATION ON THERE, WHICH IS A DIRECT LINK TO AND I THINK THAT IS GOING TO PULL IT UP RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS THE THE CITY WEBSITE.

YOU CLICK ON THAT VERY TOP ONE.

IT'LL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WEBSITE.

MAYBE. MAYBE NOT, THERE IT IS, SO TAKE IT TAKES YOU TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WEBSITE AND YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN.

AND THERE'S ALL THE ICONS THAT THAT LINKS IS A GOOD TOOL FOR THAT AND LOOKING FOR STATS AND INFORMATION, THERE'S LINKS TO MEGAN'S LAW ON THERE.

THAT'S A GOOD RESOURCE.

ANOTHER GOOD.

THEN YOU GO BACK ONE ON THIS SAME SLIDE RIGHT HERE.

THERE'S A WAY TO THERE'S A VIDEO RIGHT THERE YOU CAN CLICK ON AND WATCH FOR CAMERA REGISTRY TALKS ABOUT HOW YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR CAMERAS WITH THE COMMUNITY, WASCO WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. AND THAT ALONE HAS BEEN A GREAT CRIME SOLVER.

JUST BY REGISTERING YOUR CAMERAS, WE CONTACT YOU FOR VIEWING YOUR FOOTAGE.

THERE'S A LINK BELOW THAT THAT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO HOW TO REGISTER.

AND IT'S REALLY SIMPLE, REALLY EASY.

ALSO ON THIS WEBSITE, GO UP A LITTLE BIT, IS THE STATS RIGHT NOW CURRENTLY HAS THE MONTH OF JUNE WITHIN THE NEXT PROBABLY BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

YOU'LL SEE THE MONTH OF JULY ON THERE.

AND YOU CAN LOOK AT IT FOR WASCO STANDS OUT AS FAR AS STATS FROM LAST YEAR TO LAST MONTH.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'M GOING TO ADD ON THERE IS A LINK TO THE TRAFFIC CITATIONS, NOT ONLY PARKING CITATIONS.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE GOING ON WITH THE DRIVERS IN WASCO IS I PERSONALLY HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT DRIVING, ABOUT SPEEDING, ABOUT STOP SIGNS.

AND THAT'S A SEGUE TO MY VERY NEXT.

GO WITH THE NEXT SLIDE IF YOU CAN.

I'VE SEEN A LARGE INCREASE IN SPEEDING IN WASCO, AND I'M SURE YOU GUYS HAVE TO, AND I'M PROUD TO SAY JUST IN THE LAST MONTH ALONE, THE MONTH OF JULY, YOU'LL SEE THAT ON THE STATS. WE WROTE ACTUALLY EIGHT TRAFFIC CITATIONS FOR SPEEDING ALONE.

THREE OF THOSE EIGHT WERE IN EXCESS OF ONE HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR.

THIS IS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF WASCO.

THIS IS NOT ON HIGHWAY NINETY NINE.

THIS IS NOT ON THE OUTSKIRTS.

THIS IS MOST OF THE TIME THEY'RE COMING INTO TOWN ON HIGHWAY FORTY THREE, DOING ONE HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR OR MORE.

AND SO I'M JUST REMINDING PEOPLE, SLOW DOWN, PLEASE SLOW DOWN.

IT'S NOT WORTH IT. SO ONE LAST SLIDE.

I JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU OF THE SIMPLE POSITIVE.

BE POSITIVE WITH EVERYTHING.

I WANT YOU ALL TO HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, STAFF, EVERYBODY.

WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

WE'RE WORKING THIS TOGETHER THROUGH THIS HARD TIMES OF COVID BUDGET ISSUES.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT PROMISE.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK. THANK YOU, SIR.

APPRECIATE IT. REPORTS FROM CITY MANAGER.

[14) REPORTS FROM CITY MANAGER]

A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT GOT AN UPDATE THAT I THINK WE'RE DOWN TO TWO TENANTS AT THE FARM

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LABOR HOUSING PROPERTY, SO HOPEFULLY THE LAST TWO WILL BE OUT, WENT AHEAD AND PER COUNCIL'S DIRECTION. WE HAVE THE SECURITY SERVICE THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST.

AND JUST RECENTLY, JUST THE OTHER EVENING, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NOT TO TAKE AWAY FROM FROM SERGEANT'S THUNDER, BUT HE ORGANIZED WORK WITH THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SWAT TEAM TO COORDINATE AND DO SOME TRAINING AT THE LABOR CAMP THE OTHER EVENING.

SO BUT WE'RE WORKING ON TRYING TO TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES AND CONCERNS RELATED TO THE DILAPIDATED CONDITION OF THE LABOR CAMP.

THERE IS AN UPCOMING ON AUGUST 13TH, HIGH SPEED, RECORD HIGH SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING THAT ACCORDING WITH THE MAYOR TO MAKE SURE WE GET SOME TIME DURING PUBLIC COMMENTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD DIRECTLY REGARDING THE ISSUES AND OUR CONCERNS HERE IN WASCO AND THE PROJECT'S IMPACT IN WASCO.

SO I WILL MAKE SURE I GET THE INFORMATION OUT TO THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS AS WELL.

ALSO, HIGHWAY FORTY SIX HERE, BEGINNING AUGUST 10TH.

NEXT MONDAY, YOU'RE GOING TO BE SEEN.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE START DOING SOME CONSTRUCTION WORK.

CALTRANS HAS AWARDED A CONTRACT TO DO SOME IMPROVEMENTS ON HOW WE FORTY SIX.

THAT INCLUDES DON'T QUOTE ME BUT I BELIEVE SOME IMPROVEMENTS ON THE PAVEMENTS AS WELL AS SOME IMPROVEMENTS AT INTERSECTIONS AND SIDEWALKS THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE DESIRED PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK AT POPLAR, ALTHOUGH I IMAGINE THEY PROBABLY WILL INSTALL THE THE BEACON ON THE ON THE SIDEWALKS LIKE THEY INTENDED TO.

BUT WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON THAT.

OTHER THAN THAT, I THINK THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR NOW.

THANK YOU. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL.

[15) REPORTS FROM CITY COUNCIL]

WE'LL START MEMBER ESPITIA. I JUST GOT ONE QUESTION REGARDING THE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS REGARDING THE STAFF BREAK ROOM AND THE PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE.

FIRST QUESTION I HAVE IS, IS THE BREAK ROOM WIRED SO THEY CAN HEAR COMMENTS MADE BY PUBLIC WORKS STAFF? AND THEN IF IT IS WIRED, WHO WIRED IT ALSO, IF THERE'S SIGNAGE IN THERE STATING THAT YOU ARE BEING RECORDED.

AND IS THIS AN INVASION OF THE PRIVACY? AND OUR OTHER PUBLIC, OTHER BUILDINGS BEING RECORDED, AND IF SO, AND IF THEY'RE NOT BEING RECORDED, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING DISCRIMINATED AND MAY GO TO A SO THAT'S SERIOUS STUFF, I THINK.

IF I MAY NOT, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THE BREAK ROOM ISN'T WIRED.

WE DO HAVE SECURITY CAMERAS AROUND OUR FACILITIES, BUT SECURITY CAMERAS DON'T PICK UP AUDIO. OK, I WANT TO BE SURE, BECAUSE I THINK IF THEY ARE WIRED, BECAUSE THEY'VE MADE SOME COMMENTS THAT THAT THEY FELT THAT THEY WERE BEING WIRED BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THERE MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT HEADS AND THEY WERE REPRIMANDED BY.

SO JUST WANT TO BE SURE THEY'RE NOT WIRED.

AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT WIRED, NO COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS HAVE RISEN TO MY LEVEL.

OK, THEN I'LL SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WHO APPROACHED ME.

THANK YOU, REMEMBER REYNA.

THANK YOU, MAYOR. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND COMMAND COMMEND DANIEL FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO ALL THIS RESEARCH THAT HE DID ON OUR WATER ISSUES.

IT IS VERY TELLING, I THINK THAT IT BROUGHT TO LIGHT THINGS THAT WERE HIDDEN THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT. AND SO ALTHOUGH THAT'S NOT HIS JOB, IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S JOB.

HE DID IT. AND SO I THANK YOU FOR THAT, DANIEL.

I THINK YOU BROUGHT LIGHT TO SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY OBSCURED.

AND SO I APPRECIATE YOU DOING THAT BECAUSE THAT HAS ACTUALLY SENT US IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION AT THIS POINT.

WITHOUT KNOWING ALL OF THIS INFORMATION, WE WOULD STILL BE WONDERING WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON, WHY ARE WE EXPERIENCING THIS ISSUES? AND NOW WE COLLECTIVELY, I BELIEVE WE HAVE DECIDED THAT WE'RE MOVING TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES THAT WE DIDN'T REALLY KNOW ABOUT.

WE KNEW THE PROBLEMS, BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS CAUSING THEM.

SO THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.

AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE OTHER STAFF FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU PUT IN TO PUT ALL THESE REPORTS TOGETHER THAT ALLOWED ME TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.

I KNOW I SAY THAT EVERY TIME, BUT I REALLY MEAN IT.

THAT'S WHY I KEEP SAYING IT EVERY MEETING.

SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER GARCIA.

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YES, ABSOLUTELY. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE JUST A SMALL COMMENT ABOUT THE TO THE SHERIFFS AND THEIR PRESENCE. THANK YOU, SERGEANT.

MORNING. I WAS ON A MORNING RUN REALLY EARLY AND I SEEN THAT A DEPUTY SITTING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUST DOING SOME PATROLLING.

AND THAT'S THE KIND OF STUFF WE LIKE TO SEE.

SO I JUST WANT TO REPORT BACK TO THAT.

THAT'S GOOD. AND I'M EXCITED TO SEE THAT.

I WANT TO GO BACK AND TOUCH ON SOMETHING THAT I'VE MENTIONED WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUSINESS MODEL FOR FOR USING YOUR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES AND EXPENSES FOR BUSINESSES.

THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REACH OUT TO THE BUSINESSES AND MAKE USE OF THIS COMMUNITY. GRANT FUNDS THAT WE DIDN'T GET TO USE BY AREN'T AS YOU GUYS RECALL, WE DID OPEN THAT UP PERIOD UP FOR OUR FOLKS AND WE WERE SLAMMED WITH THE PANDEMIC AT THAT TIME.

SO WE WEREN'T ABLE TO DO THAT THIS YEAR.

SO I THINK THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THOSE TWO FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO FUNDING SOURCES AND BRING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO FRUITION AGAIN.

THANK YOU ALL FOR STEPPING UP.

AND NOW HE'S BEEN WITH US FOR FIVE YEARS.

HE'S REALLY COMMITTED TO THIS POSITION.

AND I'M SO EXCITED REALLY TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO'S COMMITTED AS HE IS, THAT IN SOME OF THE CLEANUPS WE'VE DONE, WE WERE JUST DOING THE THE THE MITIGATION OVER AT THE FARM SO DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE DISCOVERED, I'M STILL ENCOURAGED THAT DIRECTION AND THAT DANIEL'S TAKING US. AND IT IS TELLING, AS WE NOW HAVE MENTIONED, MEMBER REYNA HAD MENTIONED THAT HE IS COMMITTED TO US AND UNAFRAID OF UNCOVERING EVERY ATTORNEY, TURNING OVER EVERY ROCK AND UNCOVERING ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE BENEATH THEM.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT TO ALL THE STUFF.

THAT'S WHAT I GOT. THANK YOU, MEMBER PALLARES.

THAT'S OK.

I WAS A LITTLE ANNOYED THE OTHER DAY AND WAS USING EASTBOUND OR ACTUALLY WESTBOUND COMING HOME AND HIGH SPEED RAIL, YOU KNOW, THEY'VE BEEN WORKING OUT THERE, SO THEY'VE BEEN DIRECTING TRAFFIC.

AND BY THE TIME WE GOT TO THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE, THEY JUST INDICATED TO MAKE THE U-TURN.

I FELT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB OF DETERRING THE TRAFFIC WAY BACK UP THE ENTIRE AREA. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S A LITTLE SOMETHING TO PUT A BUG IN THEIR EAR.

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WERE JUST DRIVING THROUGH THE FIELDS, TAKING SHORT CUTS, WHATEVER, BUT WE ALL MANAGED TO GET HOME.

IT WAS A MINOR ANNOYANCE, BUT IT WAS SOMETHING I FELT THEY SHOULD'VE DONE A BETTER JOB.

ON THE COUNT OF THIS, DANIEL, IF SOMEONE COULD GO BACK TO THE SHERIFF'S WEBSITE AND GO TO THE BOTTOM WHERE THE LEAKS ARE, IF YOU CLICK ON THAT.

AS YOU GO INTO THE SHERIFF'S WEBSITE ON THE BOTTOM, OF COURSE, IS ADDITIONAL.

WE'LL GO BACK UP TO WHERE YOU ACTUALLY GO TO THE COUNTY SHERIFF WEB AND GET A DOG.

THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. THERE YOU GO.

THERE YOU GO. AND ON THE VERY BOTTOM, WHERE IT SAYS LINKS.

THERE YOU GO.

AS YOU SCROLL DOWN THAT CRIME MAPPING IT'S CALLED RAIDS ONLINE, ONE THAT I'VE UTILIZED AND IT COMES IN HANDY WITH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES AND DIFFERENT AREA. OF COURSE, YOU GOT TO GIVE UP DATE FIELD AND ADDRESS LOCATION.

I DON'T KNOW HOW COMMON IT IS, BUT IT DOES KIND OF OPEN YOUR EYES TO WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES ARE GOING ON AROUND THE CITY.

SO IT'S AN EYE OPENER, TO SAY THE LEAST.

SO THE POINT IS UNDER LINKS, THERE'S OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT. SO THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. THANK YOU, MR..

I KNOW THAT I, TOO, GOT STUCK IN THAT TURNAROUND AS WELL AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY MADDENING TO SEE EVERYONE GET JUST I WAS GOING TO MENTION IT BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME, WHATEVER, BUT IT WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE. AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS THAT ALL THEY DID WAS JUST, OH, WE'RE GOING TO

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BE CLOSED FOR 15 MINUTES.

AND THERE WAS MORE THAN 30 WAIT IN TURN AROUND.

AT LEAST THEY REDIRECTED THE U-TURN AND THEY REDIRECTED MY GROUP THROUGH THE FIELD.

SO, GOSH, RIDICULOUS.

YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO.

DID I GET EVERYBODY? WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF STUFF, A LOT OF HEAVY STUFF.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME SOME OBVIOUSLY SOME THINGS WE NEED TO CORRECT WITHIN THE CITY.

BUT I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH HOW EXCITED I AM, HOW PROUD I AM OF OUR CITY MANAGER, DIRECTOR LEVEL STAFF RIGHT NOW THAT ARE PUTTING THE CITY OR GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION IN THAT.

AND AGAIN, WHEN THE DAY THAT I GET MY LEADS HERE OR ENDS OF THE CITY, I WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF WHAT I'VE BEEN A PART OF TO LEAVE BEHIND.

SO, AGAIN, I'M ECSTATIC ABOUT THE DIRECTION WE'RE GOING IN.

WE'VE GOT TO MEND SOME WOUNDS HERE, MOVE FORWARD.

AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP DIRECTION AND MENTORSHIP TO ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF STAFF WITHIN OUR CITY.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO GO OVER TO CLOSED SESSION.

[16) CLOSED SESSION: ]

HOW ARE WE DOING THIS AGAIN, WE'RE NOT EXITING THIS.

WE'RE JUST GOING INTO.

YEAH, WE ARE EXITING THIS.

OK, SEE YOU IN CLOSED SESSION AND WE'LL COME BACK TO THE REGULAR MEETING.

[17) CLOSED SESSION ACTION]

TILO LEFT THE MEETING FOR WHEN WE VOTED ON THE MINUTES, SO HE'S NOT HE'S ABSENT ON THAT ONE. IT WAS A MOTION BY ALEX, SECONDED BY JOHN AND UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED TO APPROVE THE MINUTE I WAS THE LAST THING WE DID.

AND THAT'S WHY HE WAS GONE.

ON THE ROBERT NO, NO REPORTABLE ACTION.

ON THE PROPERTY ACQUISITION.

THERE WAS A MOTION BY GILBERT, SECONDED BY JOHN, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH HENRY.

I'M SORRY. WITH THAT, HENRY PUT TOGETHER AND AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR OR THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE ALL DOCUMENTS AND ESCROW NECESSARY TO CLOSE THE TRANSACTION AND TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMITTEE. I THINK IT WAS ALEX AND MYSELF TO TO DIRECT ANY MAKE MAKE DECISIONS ON ANY CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BEFORE OR CLOSED.

WITHOUT HAVING TO BRING IT BACK, TO COME BACK AND GET YOU THIS IN EMAIL TOMORROW.

IT'LL HELP. YOUR AUDIO IS BREAKING UP.

OK, WELL LET ME GET IT TO YOU.

AN EMAIL TOMORROW. ALL RIGHT.

OK, I THINK SO.

AND THAT'S IT. OK, MAYOR, WE'RE ADJOURNED.

THANK YOU, GUYS. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

YOU, TOO.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.