HOLTVILLE — For a third time on Nov. 25 the Holtville City Council renewed a five-year contract for the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office to continue handling law enforcement responsibilities for the city.
second renewal saw costs inflate by 9.5 percent, from $976,000 to $1.068
million, the current contract increased by 3.28 percent to $1.103 million. That
is owing mainly to pay rates rising for ICSO personnel, explained Nick Wells,
began contracting with the Sheriff’s Office after closing its own police
the second reading of Resolution 19-36 and it passed by a vote of 4-0 with
Mayor Ginger Ward absent.
important to point out the billings never escalated beyond the ‘not-to- exceed’
amount and generally the billings came in at 85 to 95 percent,” said Wells.
on that agenda item was Resolution 19-35 authorizing the city to apply for a
U.S. Department of Justice grant for the Citizen Action for Public Safety
grant. The city would receive $63,336 for the current 2019-20 fiscal year. It
was approved 4-0.
The grant would
be applied to front-line law enforcement services. A previous grant was for
administered through Imperial County,” said Wells. “It’s a
requirement to renew each year and every year we’ve requested funding.”
Water Plant Project
matter, stemming from a recent revelation the city’s water treatment plant
incurred some corrosion to the tank wall, the council voted 4-0 to approve
Resolution 19-34 for upgrades to the system.
This is a
proactive measure to prevent excessive amounts of total trihalomethane (TTHM)
and take measures to minimize this element, which is a byproduct of chlorine
we haven’t experienced a violation in years,” said Wells. “The State
Water Resources Control Board provides 100 percent forgiveness for replacement
equipment and repairs.”
state will reimburse for the project, a cost estimate was not announced.
the tank wall repair, new emergency generators, raw water reservoirs and an
electrical panel will be replaced, as well as a water-baffle system (filters
sediment) and construction of a shade structure for clarifiers and filters.
also passed Resolution 19-33 by a 4-0 vote to qualify for housing funding under
state Senate Bill 2. The city will apply for the maximum amount of $160,000
based on population.
the state made a big push for housing and realized cities have challenges
providing infrastructure where new housing developments go,” said Wells.
provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development to
help cities meet housing-element goals. Since 1969, California has required all
local governments to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in
the community. Local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing
plans as part of their general plan and update it periodically.
Fire Department Matters
matter, Fire Chief Alex Silva requested a memorandum of understanding between
the city’s fire department and the Centinela State Prison fire department,
which also passed 4-0. It is a mutual-aid pact in the event of a major disaster,
it says we’re not going to charge fees for (fire) service and they will
reciprocate,” he said.
presentation, Patricia and Carl Burnworth presented Silva with a check for
$6,285 for the Firefighters Association. This was funds raised at the beginning
of October from the first annual Johnny B. Memorial at Holt Park.
Jonathan Burnworth, a former Holtville firefighter who admired Silva and helped
him train the Fire Explorers (student trainees). Jonathan was tragically killed
while working for IID’s emergency management services last year. The Burnworth
family intends to continue the fundraiser for the next four years and hopefully
turn operations over to a nonprofit.