At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, member Nancy Rogers announced she was resigning as of that night, “sorry to let folks down,” but “tired of verbal abuse.” She ran through a list of names, including office staff who were great and she wished them the best.
Mayor Mark Marin said he’d call the attorney on what will happen. He then complained of health issues and of not feeling well.
From the audience, Robert DeMartini questioned what would happen. Council member Joy Markum said it leaves her appointed and Mark elected, stating they need equal numbers and that’s “where we’ll find our weakness.”
A letter from Counsel Steve Gross was on the agenda concerning 606 Lewis Street to get water services. Nancy stated it was not a legal tenant and the owner had passed away. From the audience, Lori Wright said the tenant is legal and law enforcement looks at it like that and requested the council respond with reasons in writing to the tenant’s attorney.
The Council approved to pay $76,804.27 in bills. Remaining unpaid are bills totaling $71,527.79.
A list of 17 Aged Balances total $344,749.26 which includes Loyalton Mobilehome Park owing $25,043.01 and $279,444.89 for water and sewer balances. One resident owes $18,419.64; another, $9,467.12 and another, $2,029.84 and yet another, $959.82. All are over 90 days. Six have been cut off.
Discussion was regarding letters from Farr West Engineering and Doug Colucci of USDA in regard to Church Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project. The apparent low bidder had a total bid cost of $369,007.00 with the engineer’s estimate $264,000.
Funds from the lawsuit take 4/5 vote unless all three members agree. There was discussion over $47,000 spent in design and survey monies and change orders that could cost. The project is behind schedule with a final date of June 26th. An option was Farr West could assist to identify parts/materials needed at the wastewater plant to help address concerns raised in the 2013 Cleanup and Abatement Order to expend remaining USDA grant money. In the audience, County Supervisor Paul Roen encouraged the council to buy product and spend up to the max as they don’t know what they can do tomorrow. “Look at the opportunities and utilize the money best you can,” he advised.
Joy Markum moved, seconded by Nancy and approved to use grant money of $264,000 to buy product for further construction at the sewer plant.
The council tried to approve a letter to be sent to property owners in regard to a cleanup project but Nancy would not vote. A Beckwith Street resident spoke out asking about works in progress, who it applies when property is inherited. Audience members Kim Lombardi, Phyllis DeMartini, Marjorie Meder agreed it wasn’t personal but urged the council to enforce the ordinances for cleanup. Many stated they would like to see the city cleaned up for an increase in property value and there was specific concern over the corner of Church and Zollinger.
Joy made a second motion to send the letters of clean up and Nancy seconded it and it was passed.
Resolutions on the agenda establishing findings of hearings on abatement for nuisance of personal property were not discussed.
With the resignation of Councilwoman Nancy Rogers last night due to "verbal abuse," it leaves Mayor Mark Marin, elected, and Councilwoman Joy Markum, appointed. This leaves the city unable to govern yet according to Marin, he is still in charge. The city and county attorneys are speaking and we hope to have an answer shortly. Stay tuned!
A special teleconference meeting will be held Friday, April 20th at 10 a.m. between attorneys, Board of Supervisors and remaining City staff.