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Friday, January 21, 2022

Chico will select new members for its climate action committee

CHICO – Nominations for the Chico Climate Action Committee have been announced and new members will be selected on Tuesday.

At its last meeting, Chico City Council held brief interviews in which candidates were allowed to share their experience and qualifications within a time frame for each councilor to be considered. There are four terms with a tenure of four years and one seat with less than two years left.

Mayor Andrew Coolidge and councilors Seam Morgan, Deepika Tandon and Dale Bennett nominated for a four-year term.

  • Coolidge nominated Brian Kress.
  • Tandon nominated Ann Bykerk-Kaufman.
  • Bennett nominated Ashley Koller.
  • Morgan nominated Joshua Pierce.

An additional nomination was filed by each member of the council, including Councilor Alex Brown, Mike O’Brien and Vice Mayor Cassie Reynolds, for a two-year term.

Lauren Koehler received one nomination, Kirk Monfort three nominations, and Mary Murphy-Waldorf two nominations. A nomination was not provided by Morgan.

Each nomination to be brought to the committee would require a majority, full-council vote.

Chico City Council is also set to receive a presentation on Tuesday from external consultant ARDA Demographics regarding its redistribution process.

A representative with the consulting firm will be available for councilors to ask questions and make requests. ARDA Demographics was selected as the city’s advisor in September, when the city council wrapped up its request for a proposal for the effort.

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As part of the requirement, services are required to cost less than $50,000, with a final contract value of $19,500.

Final map decisions will need to be completed by the December 15 deadline and maps posted three days before the final selection meeting so the public can view them to comply with the Fair Maps Act.

other business

Final confirmation will be made for the appointment of Leigh Ann Sutton as the city’s new Public Works Director.

According to a related agenda report, Sutton worked at Manteca as the city’s engineering director.

“The employment agreement, and the associated terms and conditions of employment, are in line with our existing Department of Directors Agreements, and appoint Sutton to the position of Director of Public Works – Engineering with an annual salary of $168,000,” the agenda report said. Is .

Mayor Coolidge requested that the council reconsider its cannabis ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. The council will reconsider parts of the ordinance such as manufacturing, delivery and production.

Chico City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. at 421 Main St. Meetings are free and open to the public.

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