Planning commissioners

Carla Conry and Jim Creighton take the oath of office from City Clerk Denise Hilliker following appointment to the Planning Commission during the Jan. 14 California City Council meeting.

CALIFORNIA CITY – In addition to appointment of a new chief, two planning commissioners were sworn in and discussion on filling a council vacancy were among action items at the Jan. 14 City Council meeting.

Jim Creighton and Carla Conry were sworn in for two-year terms. Creighton and Inge Elmes had been serving on an interim basis since September, Elmes then had to resign after accepting a position as the city’s Off-Highway Vehicle Manager Oct. 28.

An interview committee consisting of Mayor Chuck McGuire, Councilmember Donald Parris, Planning Director Matthew Alexander and City Planner Shawn Monk interviewed applicants Jan. 8, ranking the answers. The applicant with the highest score was to be brought to Council for approval.

The city will accept applications for appointment to City Council through Feb. 7. The seat was left vacant following the resignation of Mayor Pro Tem Eugene Stump in December who has relocated to Nevada.

Anyone interested in serving should submit a letter of intent to City Clerk Denise Hilliker at City Hall, 21000 Hacienda Blvd.

A special meeting will be held Feb. 15 with the four remaining council members to interview candidates and make an appointment.

The appointment will be to fill the remainder of Stump’s term, he was due for possible reelection in November.

A decision to approve Water Enterprise Funds to authorize a contract for inventory and uploading the entire water system into a CAD/GIS mapping system was tabled until a subsequent meeting. Approval was given, however for purchase of a new laptop for use by the chief water operator.

Adoption of a new Master Fee Residential Plan Review fee was approved unanimously, as was approval for installation of a new 12-inch water main extension on Neuralia from Mendiburu to Collins.

The final item under new business was approval of a request for proposals for a water/sewer fee study, standby fee study and updates to the water/sewer master plan was also approved unanimously.

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