LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — A deal with the Konocti Unified School District to provide a range of programs at the city’s youth center is up for consideration by the Clearlake City Council.z The Clearlake City Council will convene on Thursday, October 20, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at 14050 Olympic Drive. The Lake County PEGTV YouTube Channel or the city’s YouTube channel will also stream the meeting live. Members of the community can attend in person or through Zoom.
Please send in your written comments before 4 p.m. to provide the council with enough time to examine them. Oct. 20 is a Thursday. The mayor or a staff member will read out each public comment sent through email to the city clerk for a maximum of three minutes, or it will be shown on a screen. Emails and town hall submissions made in response to the public’s comments after the meeting has started will not be recorded.
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A joint use agreement with the Konocti Unified School District for the use of the Clearlake Youth Center at 4750 Golf Ave. for youth- and recreation-oriented events will be up for discussion by the council on Thursday.
In June, the council authorized the creation of the Administrative Services Department’s Recreation and Events Division “with the intent to increase public engagement and activities through the creation of recreation programs and community events,” according to Melissa Swanson, director of administrative services and city clerk.
Since then, according to her, city staff members have met with neighborhood organizations and possible partners to devise the best and most efficient ways to serve the neighborhood. Swanson claimed that in order to jointly offer youth and recreation programs to the youth center, staff members had forged an important connection with Konocti Unified School District.
The school district “has agreed to cooperate in using the Youth Center for scheduled after-school events, youth camps, and City and District staff daycare in exchange for cooperative funding and completion of much-needed repairs and refurbishment.
In addition, the City would still have the option to permit the use by numerous other youth activity organizations, including the Children’s Museum of Art and Science, scout troops, and South Shore Little League. If the council adopts the deal, according to Swanson, it will be submitted to the Konocti Unified School Board for consideration.
The council will also discuss revising the environmental regulations of the city to incorporate internal rules for the management of tribal cultural resources and consultation. The city adopted a set of environmental guidelines in 2016 to put into practice AB 52, which was passed by the state Legislature the year before and mandates that public agencies consult with Native American tribes and take into account tribal cultural resources.
This is according to City Manager Alan Flora’s report to the council. The Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria, the Koi Nation of Northern California, and the Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California are three tribes that have historically had ancestral territories inside the city’s boundaries, according to Flora.
“While the City, as the lead agency, and the tribes have generally worked effectively together to consult and coordinate, more recent hirings of new staff within the tribal environmental community have led to an inconsistent, contentious, and challenging approach to project completion.
A more thorough policy framework for tribal cultural resources, according to staff, would lead to greater predictability, less space for disagreement, and more efficient and cost-effective project completion, Flora said. According to him, the proposed ordinance was modified from numerous similar ones that other Californian municipalities adopted in recent years.
“While this policy framework has been thoroughly reviewed by Californian tribes, it has not been discussed with any tribes in Lake County. Although the staff feels that at the very least a temporary policy is required to direct personnel in tribal interactions, the Council may desire to pursue this topic, Flora wrote.
On Thursday, the council will also meet one of the adoptable dogs from the city’s shelter, hear from Scotts Valley Energy Corp. about bioenergy and wildfire mitigation, and hear from the Health and Social Policy Institute about second- and third-hand smoke and aerosol exposure and their health effects on community members.
warrants, consideration of the acceptance of the property situated at 16331 6th Ave., and other matters that are routine in nature and typically adopted on a single vote are on the consent agenda for the meeting.
Authorize the signing of the following documents by the city manager: the certificate of acceptance; the sub-recipient agreement with Lake County Rural Arts Initiative to receive $474,700 of the Clean California grant; the minutes of the meetings held in August and September; the awarding of the contract for roof repairs at 6805 Airport Road; and the Main Street Project Agreement with Lake County Rural Arts Initiative for the development of an art project. In addition, the council will meet in private to address a lawsuit against Lake County and liability claims against the city.
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