Acton Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes, December 4, 2017 Approved

  1. Call to Order, Flag salute, & Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm by President Russ Fawkes.  Present at the meeting: Jacki Ayer, Tom Costan, Russ Fawkes, Pam Wolter, Ruth Brock, and Kelly Teno. Absent : Dylan Lunde.
  2. Community Comments – None
  3. Speaker Presentation and Discussion –  CHP Officers Gil Hernandez and Kathleen Toggenburger were present to answer questions and tell about the CHP strategy.  They feel the biggest issue for the community is traffic. They are working on more random and varied traffic control and feel they are getting good community feedback.  They have both of the motorcycle CHP running now, they are good to pick up violators of stop sign running.  Their goal is to keep traffic flowing on the 14 freeway.  They were asked about being short staffed and if there was any improvement in the number of officers.  The answer was being a rural office they don’t have as many officers as a large office.  They have requested more officers because of population growth.  State wide the CHP are asking to be staffed with 500 more officers.  ATC members spoke about the Safe Routes to Schools, and about the school children walking across Crown Valley and the Freeway off and on ramps.  There are no crossing guards because there are no cross walks.  Audience members expressed their appreciation for the increased CHP presence in town and all they are doing.  Anyone can follow the CHP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Their goal is to keep the community informed of things that are happening.
  4. Minutes of the Last Meeting – Tabled until next meeting.
  5. Treasurer Report – Bank balance $1,295.27 , no receipts or disbursements.
  6. Sheriff report – Deputy Short reported that they are moving ahead with the Sub Station at Santiago.  Last month there were 35 incidents that resulted in reports, this is down from last year,
  7. Library Report – No report
  8. We received a letter from Rob Peters expressing his interest in becoming an ATC member.  The Filming committee has put together a small working group to put together filming standards.  The group will consist of 2 ATC members, 2 ADTC members, residents from both communities who are directly involved or affected by filming, Chris Croisdale and Candy Clemente.  The meeting is December 11, 2017 at 7pm at the Library.  They will then take the information back to the town councils and communities for their input.  Russ gave a reminder of the January and February meeting dates.  It was brought up about illegal dumping of rocks on Sierra Highway.  It was reported to Department of Public Works, they have a case # and will get rocks removed.  Alex Davis from Metrolink will be at the January 29,2018 meeting.
  9. Report of the Nominating Committee – The Election of ATC Officer’s Nominating Committee have the following slate of officers:  President – Russ Fawkes Vice President – Tom Costan,  Secretary – Kelly Teno,  Recording Secretary – Jacki Ayer, and Treasurer – Pam Wolter.  Tom Costan made a motion to accept the slate of officers as stated.  Pam Wolter 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  10. Council Members Comments – None
  11. AT&T Proposed Four Wireless Internet/Cell Phone Towers – AT&T is planning changes to their plan to help with the community comments and has asked the ATC to hold their comments to the County.  The County has already been made aware that AT&T id modifying their plans.  The tower that was previously thought to be in Agua Dulce is actually in the Acton CSD.  Ruth Brock made a motion to postpone the motion from the last meeting in regards to the letters.  Tom Costan 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  12. ATC Candidates for vacant spots – members of the ATC asked questions of two members of the community who are seeking empty seats on the council.  There is a third candidate who whom we hope to speak to at the next meeting.  Possible voting and seating at the January 8, 2018 meeting.
  13. Sustainable Groundwater Management Act – Jacki wrote the ATC letter in support of the GSA action on November 4, 2017 and asked if there were any changes.  There was a change about contacting us about the timing for completion, the draft paperwork and asking to be out of the GSA.  It was decided to leave the last comment out until a later date.
  14. Commendation Plaques – Both Don Chatos, and McDonalds were given 4 dates and we have received no word yet.
  15. Committee Reports – Planning and Coordination – None  Publicity – None  Finance Ways & Means – None  Community Standards/ Decorum – Look at Jacki’s email with the Standards list to send to the Susie Tae and add anything to be worked on.  She will send to Susie one week from today.  Trails, Open Space,and Recreation – None  Utilities – None,  Bylaws – Meeting Monday December 11, 2017, 9:00am at Perkin Up.  Emergency Response & Disaster/Resiliensy Planning – None  High Speed Rail –  None  Industrial Aesthetics – None
  16. Unfinished Business/New Business – It was decided to go back to 7:30pm meeting times at the next meeting.
  17. Agenda Items for Next Meeting – None
  18. Adjournment – 9:46 pm
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