Among items on Monday’s agenda for the Hollister City Council, officials will consider setting aside $2 million for repairs related to a spill of tomato waste into the San Benito River.
Hollister City Council members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hollister City Hall, 375 Fifth St., to consider the following:
Apricot Lane sewer spill project
According to the agenda: As part of the settlement for the 2017 tomato processing water spill, the City of Hollister in cooperation with the Central Coast Regional State Water Board will be making modifications to the Apricot Lane Storm drain line and improvements to the Industrial Waste Water treatment plant. These modifications are initially estimated to cost approximately $2 million. Recently the regional water board has indicated it would need assurances that the city has the funding to complete the project. The water board indicated it would like the $2 million to be reserved for the project. Staff is seeking approval of this resolution reserving the funds for the project.
400 block use policy, parking
In separate items up for consideration, the council will consider amending a city law on proper usage of the 400 block of San Benito Street since private developers will take control of the property in January. Additionally, the council will consider parking license agreements for use of the Briggs Building Parking structure for the 400 Block Project as agreed to in the sale of the property between the City, Del Curto Brothers Construction and the Community Bank for San Benito County. The city has agreed to reserve up to 1.375 parking spaces for each Condominium in the development with a maximum of twenty-four (24) spaces and twenty (20) spaces for the philanthropic center. The parking license agreement would reserve 24 spaces of the parking structure for residents of the condominiums and twenty spaces would be reserved for the philanthropic center.
Homeless encampment removal
According to the agenda, the city is occasionally required to remove debris and belongings from homeless encampments. Public works crews are often asked to perform these duties but rarely have the manpower necessary, or in some cases the proper equipment to mitigate large encampments. Staff is requesting authorization to release a request for qualifications to firms that specialize in these types of operations.
Council members will consider amending the ordinance regulating boat and RV parking to reaffirm it would be banned in driveways, but with a 72-hour time frame to remove them as opposed to the 14 days annually allowed previously.
Department head contracts
Council members are set to consider new contracts with Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo, Police Chief David Westrick, Management Services Director Mike Chambless and Administrative Services Director Brett Miller. According to the agenda proposal, the managers are in line to receive respective 5 percent annual pay increases this year, in 2019 and 2020.
Hollister Farms commercial development
The Hollister Farms Commercial Development Project is project located south of Gibbs Drive, between Prospect Avenue/McCray Street, and the Highway 25 Bypass. The developer and the city desire to establish the certainty of various development obligations, rights, and conditions related to the project through a contract. Approval of this item would approve the contract between the City of Hollister and the developer.
Thotus Park development
At its Nov. 5 meeting, the council denied a resolution that would approve a performance agreement between Mr. Stewart Fahmy, California Land Development and the City of Hollister for the approved subdivision identified as Thotus Park. The Council directed staff to work with the applicant on the performance agreement, particularly on Section 1 of the agreement pertaining to the money amount to be deposited. The performance agreement has now been updated to include a Multifamily Deposit of $300,000 instead of $100,000 as previously proposed. The proposal includes 28 lots consisting of 25 single-family lots and three multifamily lots. The project site is located at 1040 South St.
Cannabis distribution facility
Staff recommends in the agenda that the council adopt a resolution approving a regulatory permit for Euphoric Life Inc. to operate a cannabis distribution facility at 807 Industrial Drive.
New lighted crosswalks
The council will consider a resolution to approve $152,000 to cover costs associated with adding three additional lighted crosswalks and one replacement lighted crosswalk. The previously approved Fourth Street intersection project already included two lighted crosswalks at Fourth and Line streets and Fourth and College streets. It was determined that additional crosswalks are needed at Fourth and West streets, Cushman Street Nash Road, and Ladd Lane and Talbot Drive. Also, the crosswalk at Sunset Drive near the hospital needs to be replaced.
Suspend timed parking enforcement
This resolution would timed parking enforcement in City of Hollister downtown parking lots only during holiday shopping season.
San Juan fire contract
According to the agenda, the amount of the contract for the first year is $228,000. It would increase 3% each year on Jan. 1 for the term of the contract. The annual amounts are listed in the contract. This contract with San Juan Bautista includes an agreement for the city to lease Station No. 4 from the City of San Juan Bautista located at 311 Second St. to provide services to the western portion of San Benito County at a rate of $36,000 per year. In addition, provided San Juan Bautista continues to maintain a diesel mechanic on staff, the City of Hollister will pay a labor rate of $75 per hour for work performed on the fire apparatus.
HDA tree lighting, sound systems
According to the agenda: To create a safer more pedestrian friendly downtown experience staff recommends a one-time financial investment of $71,658 to the Hollister Downtown Association for the installation of year-round lighting and stereo speaker systems, along with an estimated $3,300 in annual electrical costs. Along the same corridor as the tree lighting, wireless sound systems could be placed atop the current shepherd hook street lights to provide music or announcements.