Wildomar adopts roadside cleanup program

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Wildomar Mayor Dustin Nigg presented a certificate to Doug Ames for his work on the city’s Measure Z and Measure AA committees. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Wildomar city council Wednesday, March 11, approved and authorized city manager Gary Nordquist and his staff to continue work with the implementation of a community cleanup program with support from community volunteers.

“The city will be working with volunteers to sponsor litter cleanup, probably on the days that we do the community cleanup citywide,” Nordquist told the council. “That’s typically the first Saturday in May and the first Saturday in November. The waste haulers supported that idea because they have all the equipment in the city.

“The second component is the city would be providing two other organizations in the city, churches, clubs, the city would provide the vests, the tools, the gloves, the bags if those organizations want to sponsor their own community clean up in a particular section of the community.”

The city would pick up those bags during the week. Bags would be available for residents to pick up and use at the cemetery, city hall and city events.

“I liked the plan,” Councilmember Marsha Swanson said. “It’s a volunteer plan so you can’t make too many rules or restrictions and I think that works great if our crews are already driving our streets and up and down, they might as well pick a bag up.”

Mayor Dustin Nigg suggested that if people would stop littering, it wouldn’t even be an issue.

“We’re giving everybody the opportunity to do their part and I like the ideas of the bright bags, one to create awareness,” Nigg said. “It also emphasizes that everyone’s doing their part. So, I am all in favor of it.”

Councilmember Joseph Morabito suggested there could be a competition between the city’s districts.

Also, in general business, the council adopted amendments to the Municipal Code in relation to lien agreements and ratified the Omnibus ordinances adopted by the city from 2016-2019.

The council also appointed Shelley Hitchcock, Steve Regalado, Christopher Pselos and Timothy Underdown to the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee for terms of two years.

The council also approved Nordquist, as well as the Parks and Community Services manager to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Southern California Association of Governments for the Kit of Parts agreement pertaining to the Wildomar Mobility Plan.

In general business, the city approved a city ordinance amendment regarding hazardous vegetation notice to abate.

“What the amendment does is it delegates the authority to the city manager to function as a hearing officer,” Dan York, assistant city manager of Wildomar, said. “The idea of the plan is working with county fire marshal, coming out identifying projects that need to have a form of abatement. We get a notice out to them; we identify what needs to be cleaned up. They will have an opportunity to go directly to the city manager to appeal so we can streamline the process in the attempt to address the vegetation before it gets well into the fire season.”

In public hearings, the council approved an extension of an urgency ordinance declaring a temporary moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation for the next two and a half months.

The consent calendar was also unanimously approved which included the second reading of Ordinance No. 180 approving a zone change for the Wildomar Shooting Range and a homeless encampment cleanup services agreement with Discount Hauling and Cleanup Service.

They also approved the adoption of fees related to Ordinance No. 171, the mandatory spaying, neutering, and microchipping of pets in the city.

Before the meeting, the council presented a proclamation to Eagle Scout Jayden Coan, acknowledged the work of resident Doug Ames on the Measure Z and Measure AA committees and heard and update from Elsinore High School and a plea from Gillian Larsen for the city to field a team at the upcoming Reality Rally event in Temecula.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.