LAKEPORT, Calif. – This Tuesday the Lakeport City Council will hold public hearings on changes to police pensions, signage regulations and the proposal to increase Mediacom user fees in order to support the local public access television station.
The council will meet beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.
The public hearings will include a hearing on an ordinance to amend the contract between the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the council to provide the 3 percent at 55 full formula for Lakeport Police Officers Association members, up from the current 2 percent at 50 plan.
The proposal is the result of negotiations related to a lawsuit the Lakeport Police Officers Association filed last year. That arose from the council’s refusal in 2010 to follow through on a promise made in a 2006 contract to give police officers a 3 percent at 50 retirement package.
There also will be a hearing on the adoption of an ordinance related to the amendment of sign criteria and regulations for large individual retail buildings and large commercial shopping centers.
The third public hearing of the meeting will relate to the adoption of a proposed ordinance to assess a 1-percent pass-through fee on Mediacom subscribers in the city in order to fund TV8, the county’s public access station, based in Clearlake.
Under council business, Public Works Director Mark Brannigan will present a utility rate analysis, and the council will consider having staff mail out a special public hearing notice regarding water and sewer rates.
Supervisor Anthony Farrington will make a presentation to the council regarding countywide sales tax measures for transportation and lake programs.
In other business, Lakeport Community Development Director Richard Knoll will take to the council the Forbes Creek Neighborhood Improvement Study.
An ordinance amending Section 2.16.020 of the Lakeport Municipal Code regarding Lakeport Planning Commission dates also will be introduced, with a public hearing to be set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Also on Tuesday, the Lakeport Main Street Association Design Committee will make a presentation regarding a project to install distinctive street signs in the historic downtown area.
The council also will hold a closed session to discuss a case of pending litigation, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 and Lakeport Police Officers Association v. City of Lakeport, Lakeport City Council (Lake County Superior Court Case No. CV410232).
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