CITY OF HEMET DEDICATES THEIR COUNCIL MEETING TO PROCLAMATIONS

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City Council: Image capture of the 9/13/2022 Hemet City Council via Zoom | Courtesy Photo of Rusty Strait

Hemet City Council

Rusty Strait | Senior Reporter

Following a report from a closed session in which the City Attorney announced a litigation settlement, the council went into the regular session with an invocation and pledge of allegiance.

Into Public discussions, Matt McPherson delineated the many sites downtown owned by Simon Chu that have no permits or incompleted repairs and that are violating several regulations and requirements. No one seemed to catch it when he said the proposed hotel for the mentally ill homeless had jumped from 100 to 400 rooms. Was that for real? Does Matt know something most of us missed?

Ed Bush, an operator of a local mortuary, countered with how much cooperation he had from the planning commission and how smooth his application for local licensing went while praising the City for all they did to help it along.

Mayor Lilienthal led off the regular presentations. The City made the following Presentations and declarations:

A. There was a mix-up. The Mayor and County Supervisor, Jeff Hewitt presented proclamations for National Stepfamily Day. Only problem? They had separate dates. Alls well. Everyone was smiling for the cameras.

B. The Hemet Public Library received a Proclamation declaring September as monthly Library Sign-up Month. The Hemet library director gave a sizzling defense for libraries, stating, “The Public Library is not just for books anymore.”

C. The Proclamations from City and County for National Suicide Prevention Month were accepted by Clarence Browser who was given a standing ovation when he recited a Poem about his lifetime battle with suicide temptations. Councilman Russ Brown praised him for exposing his personal experience. It was praise well deserved.

13.A – Approved City Warrants Registers Dated July 28, 2022, in the amount of $953,103.42, August 11, 2022, in the amount of $985,401.58, and August 25, 2022, in the amount of $1,632,981.80. The Payroll Periods of July 11, 2022 – July 24, 2022, in the amount of $847,259.63, July 25, 2022 – August 27, 2022 in the amount of $815,445.24, and August 8, 2022-August 21, 2022, in the amount of $833,200.92.

14.A – Approved the City of Council Meeting Minutes of June 14, 2022, and the City Council Meeting Minutes of June 28, 2022.

14.B – Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 2022 of the city council for Hemet, California, acting in the capacity as the Legislative Body of City of Hemet Community Facilities District No. 2022-01 (Tres Cerritos), Authorizing the Levy of a Special Tax therein.

14.C – Approved a letter of opposition to Senator Robert Hertzberg’s Senate Bill 262.

14.D – Adopted a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, approving an amendment to the City’s Classification and Compensation Plan to include the revised position, GIS Specialist.

14.E – Adopt a resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, approving an amendment to the City’s Classification and Compensation Plan to include the revised position, of Administrative Assistant.

14.F – Adopt a resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, approving an Amendment to the City’s Classification and Compensation Plan to include the new position, Program Coordinator – Office of Violence Intervention.

14.G – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, Approving the City’s Classification and Compensation Plan for Compensation Plan for employee salary ranges.

14.H – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, approving a Grant of Easement and Right-of-way to Southern California Edison Company for underground electrical supply systems and communications systems.

14.I – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California to Approve the Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Hemet CARES Business Support Grant Funding Recommendations for Round Three.

14.J – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, Approving a Service Agreement by and Between the County of Riverside and the City of Hemet for Stetson Avenue Roadway improvements; and Authorize the Finance Director to Deposit with the County of Riverside $212,500 (Including Contingencies) for the Administration, Engineering Design, Construction of Improvements and Inspection, and Authorize the City Manager to Execute all Contract Documents in the final form and format as approved by the City Attorney.

14.K – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California Approving a Subdivision Improvement Agreement, Improvement Security, and Final Parcel Map 37779, Located at Southeast Corner of Stetson Avenue and Sanderson street (Ranch McHolland, LLC).

14.L – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, awarding unleaded and diesel fueling services to Merrimac Petroleum DBA Merrimac Energy Group for a Term of Three (3) Years, With an option for two (2) One Year extensions for an Amount Defined by the Markup Above or Below the Oil Price Information Service Rack Price for Unbranded Low in the Inland Empire Region and Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Execute the Agreement for Unleaded and Diesel Fueling Services and Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Execute a Purchase Order in Support of the Award.

14.M – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, approving a first amendment to the Agreement for Professional Engineering Services for the Preparation of the City’s West Side Master Drainage Plan by and between the City of Hemet and Michael Baker International, Direct the Finance Director to appropriate $218,216.43 of unencumbered flood control development impact fees, and authorize the Interim City Manager to execute all contract documents in the final form.

15.A1 – Adopt Resolution No. 2022-XXX, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, Calling a Special Election to Fill the vacancy in the City Treasurer seat; Adopt Resolution No.2022-XXX, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, Calling for the holding of a special Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, for the Election of the Office of City Treasurer As Required by the Provisions of the Laws of the State of California Relating to General Law Cities Adopt Resolution No 2022-XXX, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, Adopting Regulations for Candidates for Elective Office Pertaining to Candidates Statements Submitted to the Voters at the Special Municipal Election to be held on March 7, 2023;

15.A2 – Nominate and appoint a qualified individual to fill the vacancy for the City Treasurer seat; or 15.A3. – Discuss and take such other action as the City Council deems appropriate and consistent with state and local requirements. (Keep listening to this one).

15.C – Consider the requested waiver for undergrounding utility lines related to the proposed Holiday Inn project at 3850 West Florida Avenue submitted by Ace Design LLC. Mayor pro-tem made a comment that should resonate with all those who remember the Salvation Army debacle when they put in their new quarters at Acacia and Palm. Quote the Mayor pro-tem “Why do we keep granting waivers for laws? Why do we have laws if we will just move around and make exceptions.”

15.D – Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Hemet, California, to Establish City Council of the City of Hemet, California, to Establish Hemet Community Facilities District No. 2022-02 (Saddle Point II), generally located east of Warren Road, West of Fisher Street, South of Mustang way and North of Poplar Street (Lennar).

Just saying.

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