The Inglewood City Council, on Tuesday, approved several agreements and budget amendments related to construction projects, including:
•a three-year agreement with Thomson-Reuters for Internet legal database services
•an amendment to the Welfare-to-Work Vocational and Direct Services Contract, by and between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Inglewood
•a resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to reflect additional Proposition 84 grant funds. The resolution will allow the transfer of funds for necessary repairs to the Rogers Park Tennis Court
•Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to reflect an increase to cover meals for the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, salaries and staffing. Agreements were also approved for use of facilities at Faithful Central Bible Church, First Church of God, Inglewood Southside Christian Church, Bennett-Kew Elementary and Parent School
•a three-year agreement to provide preventive maintenance and non-call emergency repair service for the Inglewood Police Department’s radio equipment
•a resolution offering a reward to any individuals with information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of anyone responsible for the death of David Rivera
•Blanket purchase order for bulk fuel
The City also accepted an offer of dedication to consolidate three lots into one lot at 10500 South Prairie Avenue, and approved an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management, allowing the City to lease 22 vehicles with an option to buy.
Construction on the new Senior Center is moving right along. The council approved second, third and fourth amendments to agreements for various construction services. The new center will be located at 111 North Locust Street.
Two public hearings were set. The first will consider the Inglewood Housing Authority (IHA) Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Plan, and was set for June 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The second hearing, set for July 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., will consider approval of an amendment to Chapter 2, Article 5, Sections 2-198.1 and deletion of Section 2-198.3 of the Inglewood Municipal Code.
City Manager Artie Fields, and Councilmembers Ralph Franklin, George Dotson and Alex Padilla recently attended a conference of shopping center developers. Fields said he was impressed by the large number of retailers and businesses at the Las Vegas meeting, and that the developers Inglewood officials met with were “Class A.”
Councilman Dotson reminded Inglewood residents to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, this Saturday, June 11 at Crozier Middle School from 9am to 9pm. “Join me for Team Dotson. Bring your family and friends and raise funds to raise awareness and fight cancer in our community,” he said. Dotson also announced the first District 1 Family Day in the Park, July 6 at Edward Vincent Jr. Park from noon to 6pm. The day will include health and wellness screenings and information; basketball, softball, sack races and swimming.
Councilman Padilla and other officials congratulated long time resident and Inglewood Park Commissioner Willie Agee on having a new playhouse named in his honor. He also encouraged District 2 residents to participate in Relay for Life, and reminded everyone that the new community center will open on June 18.
Franklin commented on Inglewood’s 68th annual Memorial Day event and thanked all participants including Officer Andrew Cohen, who received a Medal of Valor last month, U. S. Vets 2122, Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Library Services and a local Boy Scouts troop. He also asked Mayor James Butts to close the meeting in the name of Rose Smith, the 91-year old former leader of the NAACP, Inglewood branch.
Mayor James Butts said he wanted to also close the meeting in the name of Muhammad Ali. “I had the honor of meeting him in 1996. He was a very brave man, he refused to be inducted into the army, and stood up and lost 3 years of his youth and came back 3 years later. We lost a great American,” Butts said.