SANTEE COUNCIL JANUARY 9 AGENDA INCLUDES CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, COMMUNITYCHOICE ENERGY AND FANITA RANCH-RELATED ISSUES

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By Miriam Raftery

January 6, 2019 (Santee) – Santee City Council has several important items on its agenda for the next meeting on Wednesday, January 9 in Council Chamber (10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee).  These include the city’s climate action plan, a proposal for more developer funding of the city’s subarea plan, and a presentation on a community choice option for Santee residents to purchase power from the city instead of SDG&E.

Item 6 is a resolution to appropriate $24,960 from the city’s general fund to complete Santee’s climate action plan, a requirement before any SANDAG grants can be received.  To date the city has expended $93,368.75 funded by developers and $39,516.25 from the general fund.

Item 7 is a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute amendments to the Professional Services Agreement with ICF Jones & Stokes inc.,regarding services for preparation of the city’s Subarea Plan funded by developers or grants.

Van Collinsworth, Director with Preserve Wild Santee says both items are important for the developer of Fanita Ranch.  “Will HomeFed funded government buy plans suited for a Fanita Ranch sprawl subdivision or will plans be prepared for effective climate action and wildlife conservation?” he asks in an email sent to ECM. “The Climate Action Plan and Multiple Species Subarea Plan are items needed by HOFD to gain approval for their nearly 3000-unit sprawl subdivision.”

Item 12  will be a presentation to the council on a comprehensive review of community choice aggregation (CCA) energy options.

The consent calendar includes approval of councilmember appointments to committees, adoption of a resolution restricting parking of vehicles taller than seven feet at certain hours and locations, and adoption of a resolution accepting the Walker Preserve Restoration and Monitoring Design/Build Project as complete.

Proclamations will be made honoring retiring Fire Chief Richard Smith and two other city staffers. 

Council will meet in closed session after the public meeting to consult with legal counsel on anticipated litigation in a case involving the General Plan initiative and to conference with labor negotiators regarding the Santee Firefighters Association.

View full agenda and documents:  http://cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=17368.