POTENTIAL SALE OF SOCIAL HALL
Joy and Mayor Sarah Jackson have been in meetings with the County and Probation on leasing the entire Social Hall at City Park and discussion has been held on consideration of selling the building if there is a fair market value agreement. Key factors are it being part of a 10-acre parcel, parking and if City residents are in favor of selling the building.
Councilman Jerry Gerow felt it hard not knowing the selling price and the total rent. Current rent by Probation is $1,000/month with $100 credit for a shared propane account. The entire building would rent for $1,700/month with renter maintaining the inside and the City maintaining the outside. Mayor Sarah called the “tricky part” it being two government agencies and no similar comparisons in the City. She explained it was not signing a Bill of Sale but just getting a consensus if a sale is good to pursue.
Council member Dorie Gayner made the motion to move forward to consider the County to purchase the Social Hall if it is financially appropriate. It was seconded by Joy and Jerry voted no. The mayor stated if it wasn’t profitable, they don’t move forward.
PROP. 68 COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT
Louie Siqueido volunteer of Sierra Brooks and Sierra Valley Little League President who has helped spearhead the new Community Center to include sports and recreation, gave a presentation which included a need of $6,400 to purchase the building’s architectural design and code review as a pre-service. He told how the $177,000 grant is not enough to replace the pool building with a 120’ x 100’ building, manufactured and shipped. which is now $290,000.
Lindsay McIntosh of Musica Sierra has pursued funding options for significant contributions and other grants. She told of tying in the old church building and incorporating both projects at the City Park. She called a Phase Two “challenging” with the church building requiring all private funding. She stated sustainability is key.
Owen McIntosh talked of an online community survey of 109 households; 89 with “high interest.” Survey results showed residents' recreational budgets and what they were willing to pay and how they wanted the school building and were willing to spend money toward it.
Louie stated the $6,400 can be covered against the grant and they have three years to get the building operational. He stated they are short $200,000 on the size shell and a Community Block Grant can fully fund the inside. Asked if they need that big a building, he said no but want to accommodate all programs.
Jerry questioned water demands, how many kitchens and baths. Louie told how it’s been “zero cost” so far for all site work.
Dorie made a motion to move forward with the $6,400 out of the grant for the design services phase, seconded by Joy with Jerry voting no, stating they don’t even know the size.
511 AND 509 MAIN STREET
Elizabeth Morgan approached the Council over 509 and 511 Main Street which she purchased in 2000. She told of three “very, very large trees, big and old,” and a Title report that looks like an alley with no dimensions, “not even on my parcel.” She found a 1926 Record of Survey that shows an alley where the trees are located. On New Years Eve a branch fell onto a neighbor’s building and she called it a “real hazard.” She hired a lawyer and told the Council, “It is your property. You’re responsible.”
The mayor told how the part of the alley disappears in a 1958 map and since then “all homes utilize the space as personal space,” not under the City. Elizabeth stated if the property is not owned, the jurisdiction is the City’s. Joy said the property had been abandoned and given to her. Elizabeth said it’s not on her deed. Sarah responded and asked if Elizabeth wanted a lot line adjustment and for them to give her the property. She stated all public easement has been blocked and the City never utilized it. She gave Elizabeth the choice if the City owns it the City regains it and her renter no longer parks on the property or adjust the lot line and she does the trees. There will be a special meeting.