Acton Town Council Meeting Minutes June 4, 2018 Approved

  1. Call to Order, Flag Salute, Roll Call –  The meeting was called to order by President Pro-Tem Tom Costan at 7:04pm.  Present at the meeting – Rob Peters, Ruth Brock, Tom Costan, DylanLunde, Jacki Ayer, Pam Wolter and Kelly Teno.
  2. Moment of Silence in Remembrance of Mr Larry Layton – Tom spoke about Larry and his Memorial that morning.  Larry served on the School Board and a short time as a council member.  He then asked for a moment of silence in remembrance.
  3. ATC Officer Elections – A Slate of Officers was presented.  President – Tom Costan,  Vice President – Jeremiah Owen, Recording Secretary – Kelly Teno,  Corresponding Secretary – Jacki Ayer,  Treasurer – Pam Wolter.  Jacki Ayer made a motion to accept the slate of officers as presented.  Pam Wolter 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  4. Community Comments – A resident announced that public comments can be made on the Tejon Centenial Project on June 6, 2018  9:00am at Lancaster City Hall.
  5. Minutes of the last meeting – Tabled
  6. Treasurer Report – 1,119.05  no disbursements or receipts
  7. Sheriff’s Report – Deputy Soffa left the stats he had been at the Agua Dulce fire.
  8. Library Report – Librarian Jim wall spoke about the summer programs and events.  There is a new website logo and a new URL
  9. Announcements and Correspondence – Notice of public hearing for the Pizza Factory.  Many emails opposing Starbucks, most have been replied to.  Many comments on facebook & Nextdoor.  The majority are opposing.  Pam was contacted by a resident about illegal dumping at Escondido Canyon Road and Ward Road.  County officials have been contacted.  There is dirt, and concrete being dumped in the wash to make a road to get to the property and to make the property larger.  Pictures need to have the date and time to make a declaration as to what has been seen.
  10. Councilmember Comments -None
  11. East Acton Ground Water Sustainability Agency (EAGSA) –  Paul Maselabas gave a presentation which included the following.  The State is re-prioritizing the AV to a very low status which will go into effect in October 2018.  This means no costly GSP.  Not necessary to go forward with the boundary basin adjustment.  If we do go forward Acton could get re-prioritized into a medium basin in which case we would have to do the costly GSP.  It was asked if we did the adjustment or modification could we rescind it in October if the re-prioritization for the AV goes through and stays very low.  They will look into it and get back to us.  The EAGSA is going to write a letter in favor of the re-prioritization and they asked if we would.  Regarding the CUP for water haulers, they are going to re-access the need for a Hydrogeologic Study when the State makes their final prioritization.  Looking into dissolving the EAGSA at that time also.  Paul went on to discuss the state of affair of District 37.  He talked about AMI advanced metering.  It was asked if their would be an opt out.  There might be at an extra charge on your water bill.  The issue of privacy was raised by the audience.  We are being tracked by almost everything, and what will be done with the information.  The information could be shared with the State as a group not individually.  Jacki Ayer made a motion that we write a letter to support the DWR’s reprioritization of the Antelope Valley GSA.  Ruth Brock 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.    Jacki Ayer made a motion that we ask District 37 to amend the basin boundary & revoke if the October 2018 revision to AV Basin is finalized and contingent on the application being revocable.  Dylan Lunde 2nd the motion.  An amendment to the motion was made – the action is contingent on establishing if amendment is revocable.  The motion carried.
  12. Knox Subdivision- Motion to oppose County Denial due to inactivity – It has been clarified that the CUP and the Biological Study are not done so that will need to be addressed.  Jacki Ayer made a motion to send correspondence to the County opposing their denial of the map due to inactivity.  Rob Peters 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  13. Coffee Shop (Starbucks)/Grizzly Bear Remodel at Santiago Square –  Discussion included the following.  The owner of the Grizzly Bear property is not Brady Watt, he owns the rest of Santiago Square.  Jacki went downtown and pulled the plans.  The parking allocation is tight and a letter went out to the applicant in May that the parking was insufficient and how they could solve the issue.  They are above the threshold for needing a traffic study.  The County spoke with Public Works and they are doing a traffic study.  Since this request has been made we need to make sure they use the HCM method.  Jacki Ayer made a motion that we write a letter opposing a MPKD or an PKD and ask for notice on any action going forward on all portions of the project.  Pam Wolter 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  14. SEA Ordinance – We had a productive walk through of Acton SEA with Iris Chis and 2 County Biologists.  We described where we took them and that Iris talked about doing a Community Workshop to see what a project in the SEA would look like from start to finish.  Iris conveyed that the draft looks like it won’t change the exemptions in Acton.
  15. Committee Reports – a. Planning and Coordinating – None  b. ARTC – Passed out a flyer and booklet from the fire department that was received at the last ARTC meeting and explained them.  c. Publicity – Facebook brings up lots of flags with no moderation.  We need terms and conditions.  Facebook information only leads them to our website for comment.  d. Social Media – None  e. Finance Ways and Means – None  f. Community Standards/Decorum – Resident Elizabeth Billet wanted to make sure that the sign on Aliso Canyon will still be able to be up for Bloom Ranch.  Final committee meeting before our County meeting June 6, 2018 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Perkin Up.  g.  Trails, Open Space and Recreation – We need to put together a meeting with Parks and Rec.  h.  Utilities – We need to meet with public works to work out the proper traffic methodologies.  Ruth will draft an email.  I.  Bylaws – None  j’ Emergency Response & Disaster/Resiliency Plan – None  k. Beautification/Illegal Dumping – None  l. Film Coalition – asked Chuck Bostwick to ask Donna Termeer to request another meeting with all the same people as the last meeting.  m.  Industrial Aesthetics – None  n.  Safe Routes to School – Jacki reported about the meeting with Public Works and Caltrans.  The principal of High Desert School came downtown to the meeting with her.  They talked about the signs at the off ramps to the freeway at Crown Valley and they are going to shift signs for more visibility.  For short term fixes for pedestrian safety they will put up K-rails and do grading along with crosswalks on all sides.  They will do all this without grant money.  o.  High Speed Rail – None
  16. Unfinished/New Business – None
  17. Items for the Next Agenda – AT&T
  18. Adjournment – 10:45pm
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