Acton Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes, December 18, 2017 Approved

  1. Flag salute 7 Roll Call – The meeting was called to order by President Russ Fawkes at 7:32 PM.  Present at the meeting: Jacki Ayer, Tom Costan, Russ Fawkes, Pam Wolter, Ruth Brock, and Kelly Teno.  Absent: Dylan Lunde.
  2. Minutes of the Last Meeting – Add Clemente to the blank space behind Candy to complete her name.  Tom Costan made a motion to approve the minutes from November 20, 2017 and December 4, 2017 with the one addition.  Pam 2nd the motion.  The motion carried, one abstention.
  3. Community Comments – Non Agenda Items – None
  4. Treasurer Report – $1,295.27
  5. Announcements and Correspondences – We received a notice that Regional Planning will not be in session again until January 24, 2018.  State Assemblyman Tom Lackey’s Christmas Party date was announced for anyone who would like to attend.  In follow-up with waste Management on recycling, they have found someone who will do a survey of the community about recycling. An email was received from a John Rusk and his interest in speaking to the ATC about an Eco Friendly Park.
  6. Council Members Comments – Comments included, Passing around the list of the 2017 ATC accomplishments for 2017.  Russ will put them on the website, and Lillian will print them in the Country Journal.  We should put Camp #11 on a future agenda and invite the commanding officer to speak about the camp.  School Board has agreed to pursue Safe Routes to Schools Program.  They will be putting it on as an agenda item each meeting.
  7. CUP applicant Will Wiseman re Pizza Factory at Santiago Square Presentation – They have been trying to come in town for about a year.  The County asked him to come speak to the ATC and community.  Their CUP would be for Beer and Wine to only be served with dinner not a Bar.  They are a community oriented small franchise. They like to give back to the community through support of local schools, sports leagues, churches and helping with fundraising.  The ATC wanted to know what the community feels about the beer and wine.  We asked the community members present (about 20 people) how they felt.  Nearly all said yes.  This will be on the next agenda and we will invite the community to comment.
  8. Members of the Acton Town Council call ATC candidates forward to respond to any questions the council may have – We now have 4 residents interested to 2 positions.  We heard from Rob Peters and Zee Gonzales.   Paper ballots will be passed out at the next meeting with the 4 candidates names listed.  we will each vote for 2 and pass them to the ATC Secretary to tally them.
  9. Sustainable Groundwater Management Act – Status Report – Mitch Glaser acknowledged receipt of the ATC letter and will prepare a response regarding the CUP for the 3 water haulers.
  10. Bylaws Status Update – Our timeline for presentation is January 29, 2018.
  11. Filming Coalition – Status Report and Discussion – There was a recap of the December 11, 2018 meeting of the committee.  They got input from everyone attending and put together some ideas.  They would like to figure out if there are already standards in place and how they work with our communities.  The ADTC would like to put together a tour of the movie ranches in our communities to see how they work.  The committee knows how important the film industry is to many people in this community.  Residents in the film industry spoke about the impacts to their industry.  They asked the committee to talk to location managers about how they handle things.
  12. AT&T Proposed 4 Wireless Internet/Cell Towers – Status Report – Tom Costan made a motion to add 6801 Sierra Highway to the do not oppose list.  Ruth Brock 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  13. Sikand Engineering Residential Subdivision Proposal Discussion – We reviewed what was known from the past project. The developer wanted to hear what the community had to say about the project before moving forward.  The plans have expired so they need to start over.  There were many owners from the housing tracts down from the proposed project.  Concerns included drainage from the property since there will not be much dirt left for the water to go, are the retention ponds meant to hold water or will they release it, the drainage is already an issue and this will make it worse.  The ATC asked some questions to the residents they included, do the residents want to push their existing drainage problem, how the residents would like us to help them.  We could start by forming a committee of residents and ATC and telling the County the issues.  Since the development plans have expired now is the time to bring up lot size.  When the developer comes to speak at the ATC should we invite the County (Alhambra) to come at the same time.  There was no interest from the residents in addressing the current drainage concerns with the County.
  14. Community Standards District topics for discussion – Tom Costan made a motion to accept the CSD Priority List and to send it to the County as our topics for discussion with the option to expand the list.  Ruth Brock 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  15. Commendation/Plaques – 36th Assembly District Small Business of the Month – Acton Karate – We were contacted by Tom Lackey’s office about their naming Acton Karate Business of the Month.  russ had a plaque made for them and asked approval to go and present it. The presentation is on December 20, 2017, 11:00am at Acton Karate.  Pam Wolter made a motion that Russ Fawkes attend and present our plaque and to also get reimbursed for the cost of the plaque.  tom Costan 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  16. Agenda Items for Next Meeting – Community Comments for Pizza Factory Beer and Wine CUP, Cannabis, Jan 29th Dept of Public Works Grading and Drainage.
  17. Unfinished/New Business – Don Chatos said they would come to meeting to accept their plaque.
  18. Adjournment – 10:45pm
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