Acton Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes December 07,2015 Approved

  1. Flag Salute and Roll Call – Meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm by President Christopher Croisdale.  Present at the meeting were: Christopher Croisdale, Jacki Ayer, and Kelly Teno.  Pam Wolter arrived late.  Absent: Tom Coston, Katherine Tucker, and Ray Billet.
  2. Minutes of the Last Meeting – No minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report – No Report
  4. Sheriff’s Report – Deputy Short reported that there were 24 calls in November that resulted in reports.  Reports included 3 burglaries, 3 mental illness, 1 elder abuse, 1 cruelty to animal, 2 assaults, 4 petty thefts, 1 person dead of natural causes, 3 runaways, and 2 grand thefts.  Deputy Short also noted that people should be aware of auto theft advisories.  The #1 vehicle stolen is a 1990 Honda Civic.  People should implement anti-theft devices, along with the stickers on their car, steering wheel locks, and try to park in garage.
  5. SCE Report – No Report.  Chris noted that this item should be taken of the agenda due to project being complete.
  6. Library Report – Librarian John Elford reported that the Red Cross Blood Drive has been cancelled on 12-23-2015.  He reported that one of the two positions for the Homework Monitor has been filled.  There is going to be enough money left from the program and he hopes to buy laptops.
  7. Announcements and Correspondences – Chris read a letter that also appeared in the Country Journal from residents Kim and Lynn Bennett, thanking the ATC for all their hard work for the community.  Chris passed a letter to Pam from Peter Kay of Rosamond asking for help with the HSR.
  8. ATC 501C3/4 – Chris reported that the approved ATC By-laws have been sent to Attorney Randall Fink.  Randall Fink will go forward after January 1, 2016 and corporation should be complete by mid February 2016.
  9. Taco Bell Appeal After Action – Christopher Croisdale reported that the drive thru was not approved and going forward we need to work with the planning department.  Christopher Croisdale will request a meeting with Supervisor Antonovich’s office to clarify the meaning of freeway serving, high intensity, and regional serving as it applies to Acton.  The ultimate goal will be for Regional Planning to adopt a policy where Acton is concerned.  Chris will also put in a request for DPW to be there at the meeting to discuss traffic warrant analysis for future projects and road closures during filming in our area.  Jacki Ayer will write a brief description of our meaning of freeway serving and high intensity to use at the meeting.  Jacki completed letters to all the rural councils in our area and the ARTC for all their support in the Taco Bell matter.  The letters were signed by council members present, Jacki will get the other signatures and send them.  Chris suggested that Jacki write a letter to all the Supervisors thanking them for their support.  Chris would like to invite all the people running for Supervisor Antonovich’s position to our ATC meetings.  A resident brought up that we as a community should start working on types of businesses we would like to have.  We felt it would be a good questionnaire for the Country Journal.
  10. Committee Reports:  Planning, Coordination, Trails & Open Space:  Jacki reported that on 12/07/2015 the SEA Technical Advisory Board had a hearing for the CUP for Delta Rescue.  Delta Rescue is unique in that it brings in animals but does not adopt out.  There are no town councils comments in the file.  They are an established rescue but not in an SEA.  County contacted them and said they need a CUP.  Delta Rescue did nothing that would trigger them to be contacted.  High Speed Rail:  Pam reported on the Eminent Domain Injunction action.  The lawyers feel they have sufficient evidence to stop eminent domain.  The traffic study has been completed.  It was done at Escondido & 53rd & Sierra Highway, from 5am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm.  HSR felt these were the high traffic times but it should have been done for a 24 hour time period.  El River decision allows that even if the State Surface Transportation Board exempts the project from CEQA, if the HSR uses state government funds they must comply with CEQA.  This is a good argument against the HSR.   Publicity & Assoc. of Rural Town Councils:It was reported that the ARTC was very helpful in the Taco Bell and no drive thru cause.  Jacki reported that the San Gabriel Mountains meeting is on 12-08-2015.  Finance Ways & Means:  Chris reported that in January 2016 the council needs to plan a fundraiser.  By-Laws, Community Standards and Decorum:  This item has been taken off the agenda.  Public Works & Utilities:  No Report.  Emergency Response & Disaster Planning:  Mike Hughes still wants to continue working on this committee.  We need to appoint a ATC member to be on the committee and report at ATC meetings.  Beautification, Illegal Dumping and perspective:  No Report.
  11. Unfinished Business – No Report
  12. New Business – Jacki Ayer moved to give Pam Wolter the ATC mailbox keys and ATC checkbook, Pam Wolter 2nd the motion. The motion carried.
  13. Open Forum – Manager from Thousand Trails announced there is a new manager.  Richard Englehard, he comes from Hotel Management and Hospitality.  Kathy is now the new District Manager.  As of two weeks ago Rob Glaser in the Regional Planning Department is helping them with the CUP process.
  14. Meeting adjourned at 9:05pm  Next scheduled Acton Town Council meeting will be held on December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Acton Agua Dulce Library located at 33792 Crown Valley Road.
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