October 03, 2011 11:08 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs
VICTORVILLE • Public safety issues will again dominate a good portion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting, as Victorville officials discuss adding more deputies, response times, Brentwood crime and ways to keep neighborhoods in better shape.
The requests come in the wake of the state’s massive realignment plan, which has raised concerns about putting more low-level prisoners back on the streets sooner.
Councilwoman Angela Valles asked to once again discuss filling vacant positions with the San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s Department, while Councilman Jim Kennedy requested a look at how crime in Brentwood compares to other areas of the city, and the way the Sheriff’s station prioritizes calls — both of which have drawn increasing criticism from residents in recent months.
Other items of interest on the agenda for City Council discussion include:
• Developing a policy that would allow the city to give preference to local bidders when public projects are in the works.
• Buying a dilapidated, two-bedroom home on Fourth Street for $15,000 in federal Neighborhood Specialization Program funds. The building has been declared a health and safety hazard, according to a city staff report, and will be demolished after the purchase.
• Implementing a rental inspection program and a landscape maintenance ordinance for single-family residences that would help regulate the upkeep of neighborhoods.
• Upgrading fire safety at Southern California Logistics Airport. The Council will vote on using $745,023 in Federal Aviation Administration grant funds to buy a new air rescue firefighting truck to replace the current 1976 vehicle and secure a higher safety index rating for SCLA. The city will also spend another $12,634 to make emergency repairs and get a building at SCLA certified after an inspection found issues with the current site.
• Refunding a $25,000 option-to-buy fee after a developer bailed on plans to build an office, restaurant and retail complex along Civic Drive between Roy Rogers and Mojave drives.
• Awarding a $78,594 contract to reconstruct a portion of Monte Vista Road to direct storm water runoff away from Theodore Vick Elementary School. Adelanto School District has dealt with severe flooding over the past few winters and has asked the city to help with issues officials said were caused by new housing developments.
• Placing advertisements on bus stop shelters to generate additional revenue for the city.
• Discuss how the city attorney agendizes closed session items, with concerns from residents and Councilwoman Angela Valles over the lack of detail listed for the public.
These items are scheduled for discussion during the meeting that starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 14343 Civic Drive. A full agenda and live streaming video of the meeting are available at www.ci.victorville.ca.us.
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