Isleton City Council Notes

C.A. Giacoma
Staff Writer
March 23, 2016

River News-Herald

This month’s Isleton City Council meeting convened last Wednesday with a full Board present and got right to work.

City Manager Dan Hinrichs mentioned that though he will be retiring at the end of the year, he is willing to come back on a limited basis after that to help out. He added that he is having regular staff meetings now and that he is training his staff to take over after he retires in December.

Hinrichs stated that the ordinances are being refined to protect business in Isleton, making certain that the “new businesses are the kind of businesses we want here in town,” adding that this will also protect the historical aspects of the city.

Hinrichs also addressed the need to separate the fire dept. from the city so it is independent and that there would be another meeting of the fire chiefs on April 7. The head of Sacramento OES complimented Isleton as being the only District that seems to care about the citizens and that Delta Fire District doesn’t even hold public meetings in compliance with the Brown Act, adding that this violation is a huge issue.

Hinrichs stated that he thinks Isleton should apply for a community development block grant and that the city needs to make a large-scale effort to promote Isleton. He also suggested installing a solar facility with the support of PG&E in order to generate revenue but Mayor Bettencourt added that PG&E is trying to do away with these projects because it is a losing proposition for PG&E.

The city is still waiting for the 2014 audit, which is still not completed. There is still no budget for the city.
Hinrichs proposed, again, that Isleton hire Ken Dieker to come give a presentation at a special, advertised meeting for the citizens of the community on the options available for Isleton going forward in its current financial state. Of Mr. Dieker, Hinrichs said, “He’s taken a lot of our given information and organized it in a very interesting manner.”

Robert Jankovitz asked, “Is this guy going to bring us any new information that we don’t already know? Did you ever find out how much we’re paying this guy?”

Hinrichs answered that he is paid $275 an hour and that he thinks there is a $5,000.00 limit.

Janovitz commented: “I’m not sure it’s a good investment to spend $5,000 on information we already have.

Bettencourt offered that he thinks there should be an outside opinion from an expert and that this should be presented to the members of the community in a public, very transparent manner so everyone will know where we stand and what can be done, stating, “tell the truth.”

Mayor Bettencourt stated that he is concerned about the water issue going on at Oxbow Marina because if they tap into the current water system there will not be enough water available for the Fire Dept. to fight fires in Isleton because the supply is not adequate.

The mayor added that it has failed twice when he has fought fires in Isleton. He stated that in meetings regarding this development he requested data such as peak flows that would be available to the Fire Dept., in the event of a fire, and that this information has never been provided although they appear to be going forward with the project, regardless. He also noted that a new, illegal water main has been put in on 6th street, adding to the problems.

The current well only pumps 500 gallons per minute. CalAmerican Water Company does not communicate effectively with the City of Isleton when inquiries are made. The developer won’t get an occupancy permit until the well meets Fire Department Standard.

Councilwoman Samano recommended that Isleton send a certified letter and a bill for permitting/easement for what they have done illegally and require them to pay up, in the interest of due diligence.

Citizen, Felicia, spoke regarding her property at 18 & 20 Main street which she would like to sell to UPL Enterprises, Matt Jacobson, who wants to put in a temporary, rehabilitation residence for veterans in recovery.

The coming workshop for property owners, which will be held on May 7th, was discussed. This workshop will be a valuable opportunity for Isleton property owners to attend and learn what they need to know in regard to the updating of ordinances, code enforcement, liabilities and zoning issues that have been updated in order to promote quality of life in the community and be in compliance, avoid fines, nuisance abatement, etc. This will also be an opportunity for them to ask questions. Mayor Bettencourt complimented the Planning Commission for picking up the City’s slack.

Planning Commission Chairman Giovannoni clarified that the purpose of the workshop is educational, informing the citizens of the city’s actions in the interest of transparency. Giovannoni stated that this is a broken community and that they are pulling it back together, reestablishing Isleton as a community.

Jack Chima, Planning Commission Board Member, spoke on the police reports for the past year on the two most frequently reported problem properties and that the workshop will address these issues and be a step toward preventing them for the future. Jack noted that the citizens need education in order to be able to utilize the ordinances and actions effectively.

The city council voted unanimously to place a half-cent sales tax increase for the city of Isleton on the ballot for the June election to benefit the general fund.

The council also voted unanimously to ban the commercial cultivation of marijuana within the city of Isleton.

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