Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/11/2011 07:03:02 AM PDT

UPLAND – The future of the Upland police chief and a new downtown restaurant may be decided during tonight’s City Council meeting.

Chief Steve Adams’ claim for medical retirement from the city will be discussed in closed session at 6 p.m.

Mayor Ray Musser said he cannot comment on the details of the item because it is scheduled for closed session.

“We’re hoping to come to a conclusion. That’s all I can say,” he said.

Adams has been on sick leave since December. He is seeking a medical retirement with the city.

The City Council held off on making a decision on Adams’ retirement claim until the conclusion of an investigation by a third-party private investigation firm. The investigation wrapped up last month.

Adams was being investigated for alleged mishandling of an Upland police report taken in 2008 that involved the former Upland city manager and an ex-fiancee.

Adams’ attorney, Stephen Larson, said that the allegations were termed “unfounded” and “not sustained” by the investigator.

The City Council will also consider approving a lease agreement with Eden Gardens Sports Bar and Grill for the recently rehabilitated Lemon Growers Building at 392 E. A St. in downtown.

The agreement will include a $60,000 loan to the restaurant owner from the city to help facilitate final improvements to the building including flooring, a kitchen hood system, drywall in the kitchen area and utility connections, according to a city staff report.

Musser said the city needs to be cautious in lending money to the restaurant.

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