Auroville – Following the announcement on Christmas Day that the El Medio Fire Protection District would be closed, Auroville City Council will vote on Tuesday to consider concluding a water tender agreement in El Medio.
If approved, the El Medio Fire Protection District will be given 60 days’ notice to terminate the water tender agreement with Auroville. The water tender at El Medio is captained by volunteer Steve Terry.
The administration report from Auroville’s acting fire chief Chris Tennes said the current agreement was approved in July 2021, but has become an administrative and operational problem. The report states that the district cannot sustain itself financially and has not yet developed a program to maintain equipment or training.
“(Auroville) wants to help the district reach a place where service to its citizens can be restored. The agreement is very unbalanced, as cooperatives provide almost everything,” the report said.
A letter to the El Medio Fire Protection District Board of Directors, written by Tens, expressed concern over Oroville not having the authority to oversee the district’s operations or finances.
As part of regular business Tuesday, councilors will receive and vote on whether to accept staff recommendations regarding Auroville’s annual financial analysis for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.
Finally councilors will consider adopting a resolution authorizing the issuance of pension obligation bonds to refinance Auroville’s outstanding obligations, an official statement and approve the bond purchase agreement.
As part of Tuesday’s consent calendar, the council will consider approving the following:
- A comprehensive fee study with ClearSource for $24,000.
- Additional funding of up to $120,000 for unforeseen field conditions required by the city contractor for materials related to time and sewer projects, which exceeds the 10 percent contingency previously approved by the council.
- Access and photography of the Chinese Temple and Museum for David Lei of the Bancroft Library and 25 Chinese American Historians, including the Director of the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco, for informational purposes only.
- A 2020 Community Development Block Grant allocation for $305,001.
- A 2021 Community Development Block Grant Program for income only $113,000. The money will go towards home element updates.
- The 2020 Community Development Block Grants Coronavirus Two and Three Allocations for $113,000. The money will go towards a utility assistance program.
- The proceeds of the 2021 Community Development Block Grant Program are for only $452,000, with money going toward Type 6 fire engines.
- An increase of $10,469.22 in the budgeted purchase amount for a new side and rear flail mounted mower on the John Deere 6110M tractor.
- A zoning code amendment relating to mobile and manufactured home installation standards.
- A new resolution to submit an application to the state Department of Housing and Community Development to fund the 2019 Home Investment Partnership Program for $1 million.
- A professional service agreement with Northstar for professional engineering and planning services.
- A professional service agreement with Jennifer Arbuckle for consultation.
Items may be drawn up for discussion separately or may be approved with a motion.
The council rooms will be open to the public on Tuesday. Viewers can join virtually via Zoom with meeting ID 968 7031 9529 and password 67684553. The meeting can be viewed live at Cityoforoville.org or YouTube, or heard by telephone by calling 1-669-900-9128.
To attend the meeting, email public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The council meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1735 Montgomery St. in Oroville.