Council also to view changes to agenda policy
April 17, 2012 8:54 AM
From Staff Reports
VICTORVILLE • The two-year Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, twice-delayed water service hikes and proposed changes to a controversial policy about how issues end up on the agenda to begin with are all before the Victorville City Council Tuesday night.
During the closed session meeting starting at 5 p.m., before the regular session, the council will discuss the ongoing SEC investigation. The agency has been looking into Victorville’s bond expenditures since summer 2010, recently issuing a new subpoena and conducting interviews with city staff and officials.
During the regular session, city staff is recommending an increase in charges related to water service. Proposals include raising meter installation fees by 4 percent to 14 percent and raising administrative fees for such things as service calls or returned payments by $1 or $2 each.
The proposed hikes have been on the agenda twice already but were continued both times.
Councilman Mike Rothschild asked that the group reconsider a policy that requires a council majority to agendize issues for discussion or vote, with Rothschild asking that they make an exception for the mayor.
The controversial policy was approved in January 2011, after Councilwoman Angela Valles stepped into office and began requesting to agendize a slew of issues she had with the way the city was being run.
A split council voted to officially approve a policy drafted on the spot during the previous meeting that requires a majority vote for any one council member to get an item agendized for future discussion.
Valles and two residents spoke against the move. They argued each elected official should be able to discuss items brought to their attention by constituents.
Councilman Jim Kennedy responded that America was founded on a “majority rules” concept. He said it protects any one person from being able to dictate the city agenda, with the rest of the council insisting it was nothing personal against Valles.
At the April 3 meeting, Rothschild asked to allow the mayor — currently Ryan McEachron — to add items to the agenda without receiving support from the majority of the City Council.
These issues are up for discussion during the meeting that starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Victorville City Hall at 14343 Civic Drive. The full agenda and live streaming video are available at the city’s website, www.ci.victorville.ca.us.
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