Saturday, 06 June 2020

Lakeport City Council to hold hearing on groundwater sustainability agency formation

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Lakeport City Council this week will hold a public hearing on the formation of a groundwater sustainability agency for the city’s portion of the Scotts Valley groundwater basin.

The council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations before the public portion of the meeting convenes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.

At its May 16 meeting, the council approved moving forward with the groundwater sustainability agency’s formation, which is required under state law, as Lake County News has reported.

A portion of the city’s water supply comes from wells within the Scotts Valley basin, which is rated as a medium-priority basin by the state.

Community Development Director Kevin Ingram’s report to the council explained that while the city and the county had discussed forming a joint powers agreement to manage the basin, the county has decided to move forward with having a countywide groundwater sustainability agency formed for ease of administration, which would give the city a nonvoting seat on a technical advisory committee.

Ingram said that if the council wishes to move forward, it has to provide the California Department of Water Resources information by June 30 that includes service area boundaries, the resolution the council passes, copies of any rules or regulations adopted by local agencies for the purpose of a groundwater sustainability agency, and a list of interested parties.

In council business, City Manager Margaret Silveira will present a resolution of support of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, which was created by a proclamation issued by President Barack Obama in July 2015.

On April 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that ordered a review of all National Monuments established under the Antiquities Act over the past 21 years, including the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, according to Silveira’s report.

In other business, Police Chief Brad Rasmussen will present his agency’s illegal fireworks operation plan and discuss Application 2017-017, with listed restrictions and requirements, for the Lakeside Car and Boat Show.

Ingram also will take to the council a request to advertise for competitive bids for the Carnegie Library Accessibility Upgrades Project.

Also on Tuesday, staff will introduce new Administrative Specialist Pam Samac.

On the meeting's consent agenda – items considered noncontroversial and usually accepted as a slate on one vote – are ordinances; the minutes of the regular council meeting on May 16; the warrant register of May 23; approval of Application No. 2017-022 with staff recommendations for the annual
Halloween Parade to take place on Main Street on Oct. 31; adopt a resolution authorizing the city manager, or his/her designee, to execute all master agreements, program supplemental agreements, fund exchange agreements, fund transfer agreements and/or any amendments thereto with Caltrans; authorize the cancellation of the regular meeting of July 4; and receive and file the draft minutes of the Measure Z Advisory Committee meeting of May 24.

Email Elizabeth Larson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.

060617 Lakeport City Council agenda packet by LakeCoNews on Scribd

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