The Ridgecrest City Council is meeting on Sept. 19 for what may be a full agenda.
Bonding unfunded CalPERS liabilities
On the agenda will be a discussion of a hot-button topic, paying off unfunded liabilities to the California Public Employees Retirement System. Council will be asked if it wants to decide to begin proceedings in connection with the execution, delivery and sale of certificates of participation to pay certain unfunded city liabilities to CalPERS, including retaining a municipal advisor, a bond counsel and a disclosure counsel, and designating an underwriter.
If adopted, this resolution would authorize staff to commence the proceedings to begin the process of issuing pension obligation bonds with final approval to be potentially provided by the council on Nov. 6.
According to a staff report, the city's municipal advisor Wulff Hansen & Co. is advising the city to consider executing and delivering certificates of participation to prepay the city's unfunded actuarial liability to CalPERS for its Miscellaneous and Safety Plans, which is currently at approximately $18,810,484.
Senior Center parking lot improvements
Council will also be asked to award a contract to Griffith Company for parking lot improvements to the senior center.
A total of four bids was received for the job. According to a staff report, the city's engineering department determined that the lowest responsible and responsive bidder was Griffith Company with a base bid of $172,598.00.
According to the report, $6,903.92, or 4 percent, is needed for contingencies and project funding will come from Tax Allocation Bonds.
Immigration Reform Law Institute amicus brief
Council at a previous meeting voted to include the city as a participant in the Immigration Reform Law Institute's amicus brief. Specifically, council’s earlier vote was to “support” the U.S. in its lawsuit against the State of California challenging state laws AB 450, AB 103, and SB 54. An amicus (friend of the court) brief is a way of indicating support without actually joining the suit.
SB 54 is the “sanctuary state” bill which essentially legalizes statewide non-cooperation policies between California law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. As of Thursday, at least 14 cities and counties have gone on the record as opposing SB 54.
AB 450 is California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act. It requires, among other things, that employers verify that immigration workers have a judicial warrant or subpoena prior to entering the workplace and for employers to give notice to employees if there has been a request to review the employer’s immigration documents.
AB 103 gave California’s Attorney General the power to monitor all California immigration detention facilities.
According to a staff report, the city attorney was informed that the new filing date for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals amicus brief will be Sept. 25.
Also on the agenda is a request for council to approve the project list for fiscal year 2018-2019 for the California State of Good Repair program and SB-1 State Transit Assistance funds.
The City of Ridgecrest Transit Division of the Public Works Department has been allocated from the State Transit Assistance Fund $262,286 for fiscal year 2018/2019 and $22,576 for the State of Good Repair program.
According to a staff report, city staff's recommendation is to use the funds in conjunction with future SGR awards to fund the installation of a solar power system for the Corpyard on West Ridgecrest Boulevard.
Council will also be asked to decide whether to enter into a contract with Environmental Concepts for preventative maintenance work/fiber seal on city streets. The estimated cost would be up to $1,100,000 and come from various funding sources. The contract would be a sole source contract. According to the staff report, “no other company can meet the specifications required by the City.”
Street resurfacing work would begin in or around the first full week of October according to the staff report.
According to an agenda attachment, if approved the following street maintenance would take place:
Single-fiber seal: Upjohn Avenue from South Gateway Boulevard to South Richmond Road; South Fountain Street from Upjohn Avenue to East Church Avenue; East California Avenue from South Gateway Boulevard to South Richmond Road; East Wilson Avenue from South Lenore Street to Lorie Ann Street; East Wilson Avenue from China Lake Boulevard to Lenore Street and South Valley Street from Church Avenue to Ridgecrest Boulevard.
Double-fiber seal: West Church Avenue from Gateway Boulevard to Richmond Road; South Lincoln Street from East Upjohn Avenue to East Church Avenue; West Robertson Road from Warner Street to China Lake Boulevard; West Wilson Avenue from Warner Street to China Lake Boulevard; West Wilson Avenue from Desert Candles Street to Sunland Street; West Wilson Avenue from Lorie Ann Street to Desert Candles Street; West Haloid Avenue from Warner Street to China Lake Boulevard; West Haloid Avenue from Lorie Ann Street to Desert Candles Street; California Avenue from alley to China Lake Boulevard; California Avenue from China Lake Boulevard to Sunland Street; California Avenue from Sunland Street to Gateway Boulevard; Desert Candles Street from Wilson Avenue to Upjohn Avenue; Lorie Ann Street from Upjohn Avenue to Wilson Avenue; Holly Canyon Street from Upjohn Avenue to Wilson Avenue; Karin Street from Upjohn Avenue to Wilson Avenue; Lenore Street from Upjohn Avenue to Church Avenue and Valley Street from Upjohn Avenue to Church Avenue.
In other topics, council will be asked to approve the formation of Landscaping and Lighting District No. 2018-2, and concurrent annexation Landscaping and Lighting District No. 2012-1.
Also on the agenda is discussing and providing direction to the city's representative on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority board. This is a recurring item.
Council will also be asked to approve a change order for $8,713 with Michael Baker International for additional construction management services for the city's traffic signal synchronization project on South China Lake Boulevard.
The single consent calendar item is approval of the Sept. 5 minutes.
Presentations scheduled include a thank you to Steve Morgan for his service to QuadState and a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.
No closed session is scheduled.
The regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 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 www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/city-media/rc6-live.