Sierra Madre Edition
SIERRA MADRE EDITION SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 VOLUME 11 NO. 3 CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON NEW CITY MANAGER CONTRACT MUCH NEEDED RAIN PROVES TO BE A CHALLENGE Many Trees in Upper Canyon Suffer From City Manager's Report Canyon Crest Drive - Public Works staff was alerted to a fallen mature Coast Live Oak on Thursday, January 12th that was completely blocking the one-way section of Canyon Crest Drive. The following Saturday, Januarys 14th, Public Works staff was informed of an additional mature Coast Live Oak that had fallen and blocking Fern Lane, a small one-way street just off of Churchill Drive. In both cases, the trees were privately owned, as are essentially all trees in the Canyon areas, and the residents were diligent and had the road blockages cleared in a very timely manner. Staff feels that the failure of the trees is most likely due to the years of drought and then a sudden persistent rain that probably weighted the outer canopy portions of these trees. After receiving applications from 75 candidates, 10 of whom had City Management experience, the Sierra Madre City council met in 3 closed sessions last week to find the person whom they believe to be the best fit for Sierra Madre. According to the staff report submitted for the next council meeting, they unanimously agreed upon Gabriel Engeland who last served as City Manager of Trinidad, Colorado. Mr. Engeland will replace outgoing City Manager Elaine Aguilar, who retired after serving over 9 years in the position. Engeland, a graduate of Central Michigan University with a BS in Community Development and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, has been on what has been described as the ‘fast track’ to city management. He most recently served as the City Manager of Trinidad, Colorado (2015 to present), a town of 8,465 residents which is a “Home Rule Municipality”.1 Prior to that, he served as the Assistant to the Town Manager of Gilbert, Arizona from 2012-2015 and also served as the Interim Parks and Recreation Manager (9 months) and Development Services Director (5 months) in Gilbert. As Sierra Madre’s City Manager, Engeland will become the administrative head of city government, responsible for the enforcement municipal laws, direct daily operations of the City, making recommendations to the Council, preparing and managing the city’s budget, appointing and supervising all City department heads and employees, and supervising the operation of all City departments. Like most cities in California, Sierra Madre is a general law city2 run under the “council-manager” form of government. The proposed contract offers Engeland a base salary of $182,000 per year (a substantial increase over City Manager Aguilar’s salary of approximately $156,000) plus a full benefits package and car allowance. It will also cover $5,000 of Engeland’s moving expenses. The contract does call for a commitment from Engeland of at least 5 years of employment with the City of Sierra Madre. Mayor Gene Goss says that, “He had the best combination of experience, education and leadership characteristics” of all the candidates applying for the job. “I am thrilled that we found him and that he is willing to come and work for us”. The decision to offer the position to Engeland was unanimous by all members of the council. A formal vote is expected Tuesday evening. 1 Home Rule involves the authority of a local government to prevent state government intervention with its operations. Theextent of its power, however, is subject to limitations prescribed by state constitutions and statutes. 2 General Law: (definition) A general law city is one which operates under laws and rules established by the State of California. The council-manager form of government is similar to that of a private compa-ny’s board of directors and CEO. The council-manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. This estab- lishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council who then hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. S. Henderson/MVNews Gabriel Engeland, City Manager Candidate The City of Sierra Madre has sandbags available to residents at the City Maintenance Yards. The Maintenance Yards are located at 621 Sierra Madre Blvd., behind the basketball courts. Please bring your own shovel. SAFETY TIPS FOR HEAVY RAINS: · Clear debris and overgrowth from drainage channels and rain gutters before rains. · Be very cautious if holiday lights are still up and being used. When saturated with water they can cause a short. Surge protectors are recommended. · Keep fuel in your car; power outages might shut down gas pumps. · Do not use any food, even canned, that has come in contact with rainwater. · Stay away from storm drain channels and other bodies of water. ·Keep your disaster kit updated with flashlight, extra batteries, portable battery-operated radio, first aid kit and manual, emergency food and water for your family and pets, non-electric can opener, essential medications, sturdy shoes and comfort items for children. · Allow extra time and caution for travel. GROUP LIVING FACILITIES ORDINANCE ON COUNCIL AGENDA The Sierra Madre City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to consider amending applicable chapters in the Zoning Code to include regulations of “group living facilities” in the Zoning Code. The objective of the amendments are to: • Provide a framework for the inclusion of housing and care facilities for people with disabilities in the City. • Provide some protection to a vulnerable population in the absence of State or Federal licensing or other regulatory oversight. • Update the definitions section of the Zoning code to conform to current Health and Safety Code definitions. • Establish procedures and operational requirements for unlicensed group living facilities and licensed group living facilities with seven (7) persons or greater. • Identify zoning districts where such uses can be located subject to a conditional use permit. • Establish conditional use permit requirements, application procedures, and operational requirements in a new Chapter 17.94 – Group Living Facilities Subject to a Conditional Use Permit.
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