Acton Town Council Meeting Minutes October 1, 2018 Approved

  1. Call to Order, Flag Salute & Roll Call –  The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President Tom Costan.  Present at the meeting: Rob Peters, Pam Wolter, Jeremiuah Owen, Tom Costan, Jacki Ayer, Dylan Lunde, and Kelly Teno.  Absent : Ruth Brock.
  2. Standards of Decorum – Tom announced that there will be a sign in sheet at the back of the room each meeting and the Standards of Decorum will be read at each meeting.  Kelly read the public section of the standards and passed a copy to all ATC members and announced where they could be found on ATC website.
  3. Community Comments – Mo Elisand from Building and Safety spoke about what was happening with two Acton properties with unpermitted structures.  The property with 2 barns the County can help with engineering but each barn with permits is $1,500.00.  The property up Kentucky Springs, they can make the unpermitted structure smaller and no permits are required.  Still working on a solution for Escondido.  Discussion about illegal dumping included that the property up Red Rover Mine Road has an NOV on the property.  The illegal dumping on Kentucky Springs property is hopeless.  One ATC member followed a truck down the hill but it went to a home.  It is very important that we determine where this dirt is coming from.  One resident spoke about if trucks are coming from Beverly Hills that the City of Beverly Hills would shut them down.
  4. Minutes of the Last Meeting – Tabled
  5. Treasurer Report – None
  6. Sheriff Report – None
  7. Library Report – Jim Wall announced upcoming events.  Free Flu Shots November 13, 1-5pm.  Library closed on October 8, 2018.  Big room in the library not available on November 5, 2018 due to Election day set up.  ATC meeting moved to Monday October 29, 2018.
  8. Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District Bond Presentation and Questions – Superintendent Larry King and Assistant Superintendent Lynn David made the presentation about the bond.  They went through why we need the bond.  How the community will benefit.  How much it will cost homeowners.  How the bond will be spent and the list of projects.  Students spoke about how the bond will affect them.  The audience then had the opportunity to have their questions answered.
  9. Steeno Design Studio- Proposed Gas Station and Market – Tom Steeno announced the other people present with him for the presentation ( Bruce Calun, Tom Murphy, and Mike Mada, Mada Brothers/Owners).  The project location would be the SW corner of Antelope Woods and Crown Valley Road.  He showed boards of the map of the project and one of the store.  The gas station would be a Chevron.  Questions that were asked included: 1. Have they submitted to the County?  No they have not. 2. Will they go for a liquor license? Yes they will. 3.They were asked about the 4 1/2 acre site and only 1 1/2 to 2 acres being used?  The rest is not being used at this time.  4.  Would they consider going to our downtown area?  They feel that this is the best location.  They feel they will pull most of their business from the community and not from the freeway. 5.  Has the land been purchased?  The land is in escrow.  Other discussion included: Traffic Studies, vehicle trips per day and possible having to widen the road. Acton not needing another gas station.  An audience member brought up Safe Routes to Schools project and the safety of our Junior High students walking to the library with more traffic generated. The sign height on the plans.  Jacki offered to highlight the sign info in the Acton CSD and will send it to them.
  10. Update – High Speed Rail – The preferred route has been stated as the 14 Freeway Route.  Pam spoke about the fact that the DEIR was supposed to come out before the preferred route was named.  We would like to get a group together to go to the next HSR Board meeting.  Two Sylmar residents came and spoke about wanting to get communities to work together to fight the HSR, and to get people out to the board meeting.  On October 9, 2018 Sun Valley is doing a Pros and Cons at 7pm.  Michelle Boehme has said she will be there.  Jacki Ayer made a motion to write a letter of opposition to the HSR, identifying our concerns and to send ATC representatives to the November HSR Board meeting.  Pam Wolter 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  11. Update – Significant Ecological Area (SEA) – Tom, Jacki and Dylan represented the ATC and Community at the Regional Planning Hearing.  It was taken off the calendar and sent back for revisions.  The 3 reasons given were water haulers, single family residences, and previously undisturbed farm land.  The workshop here in Acton is scheduled for Monday October 20, 2018 from 1 to 3pm.  It is open to the public and this is for the ordinance and not for wording in our CSD.
  12. Announcements and Correspondence –  Nothing affecting Acton at the BOS.  Jacki will check emails and answer them.  Resident contacted Jeremiah about an illegal marijuana grow on Braeloch.
  13. Councilmember Comments – Pam communicated that Brady Watt keeps getting calls about parking spaces for the proposed Starbucks.  He has indicated that he will not give up any parking spaces in his centers.  Dylan announced that he will remain on the council until summer 2019 at that time his plans are to move to Oregan.
  14. Update – ATC Election – There are 6 seats up for election.  Applications have been received from Jacki Ayer, Pam Wolter, and Jeremiah Owen.  Tom Costan announced his intention was to turn in an application.  He can be appointed after the election.  Dylan Lunde made a motion to wave the election due to not enough candidates.  Kelly Teno 2nd the motion.  The motion carried.
  15. Committee Reports – The following are the committees that had reports:  Social Media – we continue to get Facebook likes.  Trails Open Space, and Recreation –  The proposed gas station needs trails.  Beautification/Illegal Dumping –  Continued fielding and answering emails and calls on illegal dumping.  County cleaned up the 50 to 60 loads on the side of the road on Soledad Canyon Road.  Truck loads are still being taken to the location where the DA is involved.  Film Coalition – Chris announced that filming was done at his house and permit fee was $1,200.00.  He also spoke about film permit that came in for Don Chato and the vague directions and inconsistences. Safe Routes to Schools – Jacki will phone about grant
  16. Unfinished Business/New Business – None
  17. Items for Next Agenda – SEA
  18. Adjournment – 10:35 PM
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