KINGSBURG – In order to meet state water management requirements and be prepared for dry years, the Kingsburg City Council adopted a plan that spells out how it will deal with droughts and meet long-term water conservation goals.
The plan was heard during the Sept. 20 City Council meeting.
Will Washburn with Peters Engineering detailed the city’s Urban Water Management Plan and addressed concerns raised in a letter sent by the Consolidated Irrigation District.
“We did implement certain changes [the Consolidated Irrigation District] requested, we did not make others,” Washburn said regarding some charts and tables that were updated.
The water plan details past and future projected amounts of water used by residents, the city’s water supplies, the supply reliability, water shortage contingency plans and conservation programs.
According to the 70-page document, the city has more than met its 30 percent water reduction requirements.
“As stated above, the city of Kingsburg’s water use in 2015 and 2016 are already below the 2020 target,” the plan reads.
“Our city is well on its way to meet that requirement thanks in part to efforts during the 2015 and 2016 drought-reduction efforts,” Washburn said.
The city plans to keep its current tiered water usage rates and require meters for all new customers. Currently, 95 percent of its water customers now have meters and plans are in place to finish installing meters on the rest within the next two years.
Water waste prevention rules will remain in place such as avoiding the overwatering of landscape, restrictions on outdoor watering times, swimming pool fills and refills and car washing.
The plan gives City Manager Alex Henderson authority to declare a water shortage emergency and implement watering restrictions as needed.
There was no public comment on the plan. The document will now be submitted to the California Department of Water Resources within 30 days. The public may read the plan in person at City Hall or online at the city’s website at http://ca-kingsburg.civicplus.com/213/Water.
In other matters, the Council heard the monthly Police Department report for August given by records supervisor Corina Padilla where a sharp increase in traffic citations was noted.
“On Aug. 17 and 18, a school traffic enforcement operation took place which yielded 51 traffic citations and 11 municipal code violations from trucks traveling off the truck route,” Padilla read from the report. Part I crimes increased from 19 in July to 40 in August with the largest increases in burglaries from eight to 16 and from two to 16 thefts. There were five more auto thefts, but five fewer assaults.
Hospital district grant
The Council accepted a $250,000 grant from the Tri-County Hospital District board that will be used to purchase a new chassis to rebuild an ambulance and two power-load cot systems.
Fire Department Chief Tim Ray says the grant will help the department “replace one of our oldest ambulances and still have a back-up in reserve.”
Master fee schedule
The Council also adopted an updated list of fees the city charges for such services as water connections, water usage violations, parking violation tickets or dog impound fees. Most fees remained the same but the charge for the first 11,000 gallons of water per month used will increase from $28.75 to $30.50
The Council had a refresher discussion about its housing growth management rules. When housing developers wish to build in the community, they must first apply for housing allocations. The annual deadline for allocation applications is the end of September and thus far there has been one additional developer who has applied, Henderson said.
“It’s important to note that the allocation process is the first of many steps in the entitlement process for new housing in Kingsburg,” Henderson said in a citywide newsletter. “Applicants are still required to go through a public process that involves the Planning Commission, public input through a public hearing process, and ultimately, City Council approval.
Graphic designers with the Community Planning Assistance Team have created a number of street signs that will be eventually installed along city streets in town to help visitors find key destinations throughout town. The signs are geared toward helping pedestrians, drivers and cyclists find main thoroughfares, parking and other amenities while traveling through the community. Residents may vote for the signage they prefer by logging online to http://bit.ly/2hmiSrL.