Many recog­ni­tions at City Coun­cil meet­ing

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By ALEXIS ESPINOZA ae­[email protected]­villere­

There was a full house at Tues­day evening's City Coun­cil meet­ing, and the buzz of con­ver­sa­tion was heavy un­til Mayor Milt Stowe sig­naled the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing with his gavel.

Soon, the room qui­eted, and City At­tor­ney Ju­lia Lew an­nounced that there was noth­ing to re­port from the Coun­cil's closed ses­sion.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Cameron Hamil­ton led the Pledge of Al­le­giance, which was fol­lowed by a mo­ment of si­lence.

Four pre­sen­ta­tions were sched­uled for the meet­ing, and the first ofthe four be­gan shortly after the mo­ment of si­lence.

Miss Porter­ville and her court filed to the front of the room in glam­orous ball gowns. Third princess Saman­tha Rainey, sec­ond princess Mack­inzie Thoma­son and first princess Therese Sali­nas stood in front of the Coun­cil dressed in strik­ing blue. Se­nior princess, Gwen­da­lyn Gar­cia, stood in vivid red, and Miss Porter­ville, Darcy Sarr, stood proudly in all white.

Each princess re­ceived roses and a cer­tifi­cate from an in­di­vid­ual Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive be­fore turn­ing to face the au­di­ence, who hur­riedly snapped pic­tures.

Sarr ad­dressed the Coun­cil after plenty of pho­tos had been taken.

“Thank you for this honor,” said Sarr. “It's such a bless­ing to be Miss Porter­ville, and to rep­re­sent Porter­ville un­til next year. I feel so priv­i­leged to rep­re­sent such a small but won­der­ful lit­tle town.”

Fol­low­ing Miss Porter­ville and her court, Jenni By­ers, the city's com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, pre­sented Agri­care, a lo­cal farm man­age­ment busi­ness, with an award for be­ing an out­stand­ing busi­ness in the com­mu­nity.

Brenna Benev­idez, Agri­care's chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, grate­fully ac­cepted the glass tro­phy with swirls of brown and white, be­fore thank­ing the Coun­cil.

“Thank you very much,” said Benev­idez. “We ab­so­lutely love what we do, and love this city and our em­ploy­ees. We thank you very much, and hope to be in the city for many years to come.”

Coun­cil Mem­ber Brian Ward rec­og­nized Sarah Weaver as this month's city em­ployee of the month. Weaver has worked for the city since De­cem­ber of 2004. She was in­stru­men­tal in both the East Porter­ville Wa­ter Project and the Mea­sure I sales tax mea­sure.

Weaver is the team mom for the North side of City Hall, and of­ten helps co­or­di­nate fund rais­ers and food drives

drives amongst many other events.

Weaver gra­ciously ac­cepted her award be­fore re­turn­ing to her seat in the au­di­ence.

Mayor Stowe fin­ished up the night’s pre­sen­ta­tions with a spe­cial award hon­or­ing Richard Land’s ser­vice to the city. Land is cur­rently the Batal­lion Chief of Op­er­a­tions for the Porter­ville Fire Depart­ment (PFD), and is head of the B-shift at Fire Sta­tion 1.

Land has been with PFD for 20 years, and quickly moved up the ranks in his fire ca­reer. Land was ac­com­pa­nied by the depart­ment’s Bshift, who ap­plauded his ser­vice.

John Lol­lis, Porter­ville’s City Man­ager, gave a very brief re­port after the con­clu­sion of the pre­sen­ta­tions. Lol­lis said that the County Board of Su­per­vi­sors met and took ac­tion on one item. With a 5-0 vote, the Board of Su­per­vi­sors ap­proved the sell­ing of the prop­erty on the cor­ner of Main Street and Olive Av­enue for the de­vel­op­ment of a three story build­ing that will house of­fices and re­tail space.

Oral com­mu­ni­ca­tions was opened at the end of the rou­tine re­ports, and Ye­se­nia Telis came for­ward to ad­dress the Coun­cil. Telis re­quested that the Coun­cil con­sider al­low­ing a mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary to open in town. She said that it could ben­e­fit many in the com­mu­nity, and gen­er­ate a lot of rev­enue for the city.

She asked the Coun­cil to con­sider putting a dis­pen­sary mea­sure on the

2020 bal­lot.

Be­cause there were no sched­uled mat­ters or pub­lic hear­ings, the Coun­cil moved on to other mat­ters. This is the time where mem­bers of the Coun­cil speak on mat­ters of their choice.

First to speak was Coun­cil Mem­ber Martha Flores, who said she had a won­der­ful time walk­ing in Mon­day night’s Christ­mas pa­rade. She stated that she en­joyed see­ing all of the peo­ple who went out to at­tend the an­nual event.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Hamil­ton fol­lowed Flores, and said that he also re­ally en­joyed watch­ing the Christ­mas pa­rade, and was amazed by the floats that passed by him.

Hamil­ton also rec­og­nized Daniel Pe­naloza, who re­cently was voted in to the Coun­cil to rep­re­sent Dis­trict 1. Pe­naloza will be tak­ing Hamil­ton’s seat start­ing at the next City Coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Monte Reyes echoed Flores, and stated that he too very much en­joyed walk­ing in the pa­rade on Mon­day.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Ward said that he is grate­ful for the re­cent rain that has been fall­ing. Ward also con­grat­u­lated Pe­naloza on win­ning the lo­cal elec­tion, and also con­grat­u­lated Ser­gio Men­doza on his new po­si­tion as Bur­ton School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent.

Mayor Stowe wrapped up the meet­ing by re­mind­ing ev­ery one of the true mean­ing of Christ­mas, and stat­ing that driv­ers need to be cau­tious of black ice on the roads. Stowe ex­tended his own con­grat­u­la­tions to Pe­naloza be­fore ad­journ­ing the meet­ing.

The next City Coun­cil meet­ing is sched­uled for Mon­day, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall lo­cated at 291 N. Main Street.

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