By Veronica Mackey
The Inglewood City Council welcomed the first meeting of the new fiscal year with a presentation on the status of Inglewood’s water supply and conservation efforts. An engineering consultant hired by the City described how Inglewood fares within the State of California.
California just ended its fifth straight year of a severe drought and no one knows when it will end. The State has mandated that cities reduce water use by 20% by 2020. Recently, Inglewood set a goal to conserve water by 11%, and exceeded savings to 16% as of May 2016.
Inglewood’s water comes primarily from imported water sources like the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and West Basin Municipal Water District. The City also gets ground water from wells. Ground water usage was down in the past because wells had to be repaired. Rehabilitation has begun and Inglewood is expected to increase its volume of well water by 200% in 2017. Water from wells cost significantly less than imported water.
“Inglewood had problems with wells for 8 years. After stabilizing our finances, we have invested heavily into our water system. Our wells have been fixed,” Mayor James Butts said.
Copies of Inglewood’s 2015 Urban Water Management Plan were made available to the public outside Council Chambers.
A resident alerted the Council about a smoke shop and a medical marijuana shop that opened in the city. Councilman Ralph Franklin said he was aware of the situation and was working to close them down.
“I paid a visit to the store called Medex,” Franklin said. “We do not support any marijuana use. We’re looking into this now. Also, across the street, there’s a smoke shop. The shop is selling tobacco too close to schools.”
Mayor Butts added, “I want to clarify Councilman Franklin’s remarks. Medical marijuana can be sold in Inglewood, but not over the counter. It must be dispensed through a medical facility. (Closing the shops) is not something the City can do overnight. It’s a business license issue.” In order to shut down medical marijuana shops, the City has to investigate and get evidence of business license violations.
Councilman George Dotson announced two upcoming events: On October 27, the community is invited to participate in the beautification of Warren Lane Elementary School at 2606 79th Street, from 10am to noon. Residents are also invited to have coffee with Dotson on Oct. 29 from 10-11:30am at St. Mary’s Academy, 701 Grace Ave. Assemblymember Autumn Burke will be his special guest.
The Inglewood Teen Center just celebrated its third anniversary, Councilman Alex Padilla announced. He also attended the Ladera Heights Civic Association’s October Fest with Mayor Butts. “It was really nice. There were kids there from Parent School and the police and firefighters came out.”
The council approved the following items:
•A resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to add a full time Transitional Senior Administrative Aide in the City Clerk’s Department
•Payment of outstanding invoices to provide lobbying consulting services to the City
•A one-year blanket purchase order extension for the annual purchase of various maintenance, repair, and operating supplies from Home Depot
•Payment of an invoice submitted for consulting and training services provided to the Inglewood Police Department
•A deposit of the State of California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Grant funds in the amount of $212,831 received for the installation of catch basin debris
•A resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget, and approval of the Annual Capital Improvements Program Budget for the current fiscal year
•A contract for the Water Main Replacement Project Phase 8 per Bid No. CB-16-10
•Agreements with CSDA Design Group and Veneklasen Associates, Inc. to provide acoustical testing services for the City’s Residential Sound Insulation (RSI) Program
A public hearing was set for October 25, 2016 at 2pm to consider an ordinance amending the Inglewood Municipal Code, adding Glasgow Avenue (from 350 feet north of Hillcrest Boulevard to Spruce Avenue); Spruce Avenue (from Hindry Avenue to Glasgow Avenue); and Hillcrest Boulevard (from Hindry Avenue to Glasgow Avenue) to Permit Parking District No. 12.
A joint initiative by Mayor Butts and Councilman Franklin requesting City support of Ballot Measure M was also approved. Franklin said the measure, which appears on the November 8 state ballot, will provide funding for transportation in Inglewood. A people mover will be constructed to take passengers from the train station on Florence Ave (under construction) to the new Rams stadium.