December 13, 2010 5:43 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • It’ll be a crash course in municipal government for two newly seated members, as Victorville’s City Council tackles a 1,224-page agenda at Tuesday’s meeting.

Items of interest up for discussion include:

• Approving up to $500,000 in redevelopment funds to offset public improvements for the expansion of Desert Valley Hospital, expected to be complete Oct. 1, 2011. Plans include adding an additional 50,000 square feet of building space and 65 more beds to the hospital, plus related parking upgrades. City funds will aid primarily with street improvements along First Avenue, with the expansion expected to bring additional tax revenue and 140 more jobs to the city.

• A public hearing to discuss activating the Water District’s sewer authority, so the city can properly use reclaimed water from its new wastewater treatment plant to irrigate Westwinds Golf Course and cool the High Desert Power Project. Though Victorville has already been moving forward with plans to utilize the wastewater coming from Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s bottling plant, San Bernardino County’s Local Agency Formation Commission has repeatedly raised concerns about the district’s authority to do.

• Change orders totaling $351,733 for four contracts related to completing the city’s wastewater plant. All four contracts have already had repeated change orders, though the staff report states the project’s total price tag is still under the $46 million initially approved. The agenda also calls for decreasing a contract with 4-Con Engineering by $87,530 after the city states the company installed an electrical grounding system that wasn’t in compliance, with another contractor forced to redo that work.

These items are scheduled for discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, at 14343 Civic Drive. A full agenda and audio (posted after the meeting ends) are available on the city’s website at

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