Sevastopol city council plans to ban fireworks and “revive” city | New
The Sevastopol city council will discuss the revival of public life again at its next meeting on Tuesday May 4 at 6 p.m. The meeting, to be held above Zoom, will also include a public hearing on an ordinance banning fireworks and a resolution on water conservation measures.
The meeting agenda and Zoom link information can be found here.
‘Safe and healthy’ fireworks
First on its Tuesday night agenda, city council will hold a public hearing and first reading on the draft ordinance to ban the sale and use of Safe and Sane fireworks approved by the State and illegal fireworks in Sevastopol.
Sevastopol was one of three cities in the county to continue to allow personal use of safe and sensible fireworks between June 28 and June 4, including allowing local nonprofits to sell fireworks. state-approved fireworks during the same period.
“At the city council meeting on April 6, 2021, several people representing non-profit organizations commented during public comments regarding the positive impact of their fireworks booth on their organization,” indicates the point of the council’s agenda. “Many have spoken of the fact that the majority of organizations’ annual revenues are generated from the sale of state-approved fireworks and have supported the continued use and sale of fireworks. In opposition, the city also received communications from the community calling for a ban on fireworks. Among the concerns, fireworks set off in residential neighborhoods can trigger people with PTSD and the noise also creates panic for many animals.
Following the April 6 discussion, council ordered city staff not to accept applications for temporary use permits and to come back with an order rescinding resolutions that may conflict with the use ban. fireworks in Sevastopol.
Licensed fireworks displays would still be allowed within city limits if they have the approval of the city fire official and meet certain requirements of the state fire code, but the ordinance would repeal and would replace part of the city’s municipal code, also blocking the sale and use of fireworks. as rescinding contrary resolutions, indicates the report on the agenda.
If council were to approve the new ordinance, another chapter of Sevastopol’s municipal code would remove the section that states that people may own and unload “Safe & Sane” fireworks in the city between noon on June 28 and midnight on July 4 if they join. national and local regulations.
The agenda report lists alternatives for celebrating, such as a barbecue, a day at the beach, or a dance party with glow sticks.
The discussion on “relaunching” Sevastopol could be a major event of the evening, pivoting the city towards reopening public life and promoting its local economy at this stage of the pandemic. This item is listed as the last point of discussion and / or action on the regular calendar agenda.
The agenda report calls on the city council to discuss the possible responses proposed in the report, to offer further recommendations and to provide guidance to staff, also taking into account how priority actions can be carried out in the future. well and with the staff, resources and funding of the city.
The document outlined potential areas for action such as community engagement, business promotion, cross-promotion and sponsorship of events, marketing and tourism, and expanding parks and using spaces differently.
For example, the report suggests community engagement actions like increased mental health support for community well-being, such as tackling homelessness issues, creating racial and equity policies, neighborhood parties running local businesses or a downtown painting project.
Some business promotion ideas have weeks to highlight certain types of businesses, such as inviting people to shop at local restaurants to eat out on a closed street and launch an online local buy campaign.
A next step would be to ask the city attorney to review whether the strategies put forward in the discussion are legal in terms of funding the city to help certain events and other considerations, according to the agenda report.
Development impact fees
Next, Sevastopol city council is to hold a public hearing for an ordinance on development impact charges. The public hearing is to deliberate on updating fees, adopting a “development impact tax update study” and upgrading related ordinances, according to the notice.
The public hearing notice stated: “These fees are charged for new developments and support upgrades to the city’s infrastructure necessitated by such a development, and are generally paid as a requirement to obtain a building permit. .
The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the updated study and fee, according to the notice.
Subsequently, city council will consider passing a resolution to enact voluntary water conservation as a first step in banning water wastage and other action plans in light of the recent proclamation of water. Governor Gavin Newsom’s emergency, according to the agenda.
According to the agenda report, Newsom issued a regional drought emergency on April 21 for the Russian River watershed with “record lows after two years of critical drought” in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, without ordering specific steps yet.
Sevastopol has a series of water conservation steps spelled out in a 2014 water shortage contingency plan and city staff have proposed that the council begin the first step for a 10% reduction of “system-wide” water consumption, according to the agenda report.
The first step in voluntary water conservation calls on all city drinking water customers to take measures that include reducing evaporative losses by irrigating only in the evening and early in the morning, repairing leaks and evaluating irrigation systems so that there is no overspray, go for it. water conservation discounts and giveaway programs to replace water-hungry plumbing fixtures, ”learn about water meter reading and landscaping to save water, the report says.
At the start of the May 4 meeting, the May 2021 proclamations will be Building Safety Month 2021, National Water Safety Month in Sevastopol, and Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
The agenda also lists the proclamations recognizing May 2 to May 8 as the 52nd anniversary of City Clerks’ Week and May 5 as Bike to School Day 2021. The last of the proclamations will declare May 16 to May 22 as National Public Works Week and May 21 as Cycling anywhere during the day.
Before city council embarks on the main menu of discussion and action, council members will adopt the consent timeline which includes approving the extension of a local emergency proclamation regarding COVID-19 and allowing the staff to issue a request for proposal for a consultant on updating the housing item, according to the agenda.
In addition, the consents calendar lists the approval and receipt of notice of a future vacancy of a City Citizen Liaison for the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Advisory Committee on climate action by the Regional Climate Protection Authority, whose mandate will expire at the end of June.
In addition, the board will receive a vacancy notice from the Design Review Board due to resignation, open for a term that will expire in December of this year. The consent schedule contains the approval of the annual Peace Wall winners and the approval of a city engineering consultant contract and resolution.
The consent timeline also includes the approval of the minutes of the April 20 city council meeting and “all actions associated with participation in the Employment Risk Management Authority (ERMA); California Intergovernmental Risk Management Authority (CIRA) joint responsibility for employment practices; and workers’ compensation programs. “