In an agenda heavy on presentations and light on discussion/action items, the Ridgecrest City Council will hear a status update on the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Aquatic Center Project. The item is scheduled to be presented by Scott O’Neil.

Council will also be asked to increase O’Neill Dynamics contract by $2,500 for fiscal year 2017. This is a consent calendar item.

According to the staff report, the City Org Committee discussed in April the prospect that the budget for O’Neill Dynamics special projects would be depleted by the end of the fiscal year.

“Once the two invoices that were approved at the April meeting are paid, there will be just over $1,900 remaining. Monthly invoices have been just over $2,000.

“So as not to reduce work progress, a minimum of $2,500 will need to be allocated into the Special Projects fund,” according to the report.

Another consent calendar item requests an additional $50,000 be added to the 2016-2017 budget for legal services. According to a staff report, the original budget for legal services was $200,000. An increase of $85,000 was later approved from the general fund.

This, amount, too is nearly gone. “The account has been obligated, expended plus encumbered, to the amount of [$]281,495. Staff is recommending an additional increase in the amount of $50,000 to be funded from the General Fund balance, to provide funding through the remainder of the fiscal year,” according to the report.

The only discussion/action item on the agenda is a request for an in-kind donation of $660 for the Lion’s Club to use the Kerr McGee Community Center to hold their annual bingo fundraiser for their annual fireworks display.

The fundraising event occurs annually. This year’s bingo fundraiser will take place Saturday, May 20. Funds raised at the event go toward the Lion’s Clubs’ annual Forth of July fireworks display at the Desert Empire Fairground.

Lion’s Club member Steve Morgan at the April 19 city council meeting asked that the potential in-kind donation for the club be considered at a later date. The request is to use the full banquet hall plus the kitchen, an $660 in-kind donation. The item is scheduled for presentation by Mayor Peggy Breeden.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing regarding the renewal of the Ridgecrest Tourism Improvement District. According to the staff report, the RTID is “a benefit assessment district proposed to continue funding marketing and sales promotion efforts for Ridgecrest lodging businesses.”

This item calls for interested members of the public to comment on the RTID. According to the staff report, a final hearing will be held on June 7 on the renewal of the RTID and if there is no majority protest, will renew the RTID.

According to the staff report, this item has no budget impact and the city will retain a fee of three percent of amount collected to cover collection and administration costs. According to the report, however, an increase in visitors to the city may result in an increase in occupancy and tax collections.
Also on the consent calendar is an item approving the city’s annual investment policy. There have been no changes to the policy from the last year, according to the staff report.

On the consent calendar is an item releasing improvement securities of $3,555,030.98 (faithful performance bond) and $1,777,515.48 (materials and labor bond) for Tract 6740 in College Heights.
The agenda also contains introduction and first reading of an ordinance amending permit requirements in the Ridgecrest municipal code.

Council will also hear presentations recognizing May 4 as National Prayer Day, recognizing May 7 through May 13 as National Municipal Clerk Week and recognizing May 14 through May 20 as National Police Week.

The closed session will begin at 5 p.m. On the closed session agenda is discussion of the public employment of the City Manager.

The regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 3 at 6 p.m., at City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 W. California Ave in Ridgecrest. It will also be broadcast on Mediacom Channel 6 and streamed online at