Hemet Council delays workshop on the comprehensive annual financial report

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A scheduled work study session on the city’s annual financial report and the regular Hemet City Council meeting Tuesday, July 28, were shortened with the surprise resignation of councilmember and former Mayor Bonnie Wright for health reasons.

The work study session, which was postponed by the remaining four-member council, was originally set for 5 p.m. to review a comprehensive financial report.

The 223-page document was prepared by staff and approved by city manager Christopher Lopez.

The agenda for the regular 7 p.m. was changed adding an urgency item to announce Wright’s resignation and to decide what the council will do to replace her within the next 60-90 days.

Wright’s resignation, according to the city attorney, was effective immediately. The council was told there would not be enough time for the city to place the issue on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, requiring the council to appoint a replacement for her district within the next 60 days.

Several residents forwarded public comments, which were read aloud, including one resident who complained about motorists speeding daily on Stetson Avenue and Kirby Street.

Resident Pat Gregory appeared again before the council, questioning the council’s approval of using Measure U funds to help finance and replace a $1 million fire engine and other alleged inconsistencies in the fiscal year 2020 to 2021 budget.

In other action, the council approved the appointment of commissions to the new five-member Infrastructure Commission.

At the June 25 meeting, the council approved the new commission and dissolved the Traffic and Parking Commission and the Parks Commission. The Infrastructure Commission is intended to periodically review and provide comments regarding public facilities and works of improvement that are planned by the city, including without limitation, city parks, open space and other recreational or community facilities, city capital improvement projects, city buildings, facilities, the city’s street system and city trees.

Appointed to the commission are Judith McPherson in Seat 1, whose term expires Aug. 1, 2022; Robin Lowe in Seat 2, whose term expires Aug. 1, 2022; Dana Hill in Seat 3, whose term expires Aug. 1, 2022; Robert Chaparro in Seat 4, whose term expires Aug. 1, 2021, and Carole Kendrick in Seat 5, whose term expires Aug. 1, 2021.

The council approved the consent calendar that approved a Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Credit/Reimbursement Agreement for Tract No. 35393-1 with Lennar Homes of California Inc. for construction of road improvements to Warren Road from Poplar Street to Mustang Way.

The city council adopted a resolution approving grant funding for the 2019 State Homeland Security Program Grant in the amount of $101,071 and adopted a resolution awarding the purchase for automotive and truck parts to Napa Auto Parts in the amount of $60,000 and Gosch Ford in the Amount of $59,000.

It also approved participation in the SAVE program and authorized the city fire chief to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the California Fire Foundation to provide victim assistance.

The council gave authorization to enter into a landscape maintenance services agreement with the property owners of District 106 in the Hemet Auto Mall.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.