Oxnard to address landscaping contracts, level of service + wastewater increase final vote

By George Miller

Landscape Management Districts

Editor’s note: Oxnard Treasurer Phil Molina alerts residents, especially property owners in landscape districts, of upcoming Tuesday city council agenda item M-2, to award landscaping contracts.  Are you in a an LMD? Look at your property tax bill. You might also contact your neighborhood council, if you have an active one. Call city hall if you’re not sure: (805) 385-8280

From: Phillip Molina <[email protected]>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Sent: Sun, May 21, 2017 7:45 pm
Subject: Level of services for landscape liighting assessment districts. (LMDs)

Friends,
 
The City Council will discuss the “level” of services that will be provided by the contract service companies to each of our LMDs.
 
If you feel you are already paying for an “A” level instead of a “D” level or if you want to find out what it would cost in additional annual fees to go from a “C” to and “A” level of service you should attend.
 
One outstanding question is, for all those properties (about 50%) in Oxnard that are NOT being assessed anything for a LMD, what level of service do they get without having to pay anymore than just their property taxes, like we ALL pay?  OR, to provide us with the same level of service as those not in an assessment district like Mayor Flynn, Council persons Carmen Ramirez, or Brian MacDonald, why doesn’t the city cover the difference in the cost between a “C” and an “A” with the same property taxes we all pay?
 
Check the agenda item attached.
 
Phillip Molina
Meeting agenda item:
M2. SUBJECT: Landscape Maintenance District Contracts for FY 17-18, 18-19 and 19-20 (5/15/20)
RECOMMENDATION: That City Council approve and authorize the City Manager to execute the following:
1. Agreement A-7970 with Kaneko Landscaping, Inc. to provide landscape maintenance services to thirty seven (37) landscape maintenance districts (LMDs) in the total amount of $1,516,680.00
2. Agreement A-7971 with Garcia’s Landscape Maintenance, Inc. to provide landscape maintenance services to three (3) LMDs in the total amount of $108,000.That City Council additionally approve the following:
3. A 10 percent contingency amount of $151,668 for Agreement A-7970 for maintenance services with Kaneko Landscaping, Inc.
4. A 10 percent contingency amount of $10,800 for Agreement A-7971 for maintenance services with Garcia’s Landscape Maintenance, Inc.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Jim Throop Phone: 385-7475
 
 
Wastewater rate increase
 
Last week, the Council deliberated significant increases in wastewater rates, to accommodate increased operating costs, much deferred maintenance/capital projects and replenishing almost depleted reserves.  Read our many articles on the subject.  The time for a formal protest has already passed, but you can still vent during the public comment period, which might influence the Council. In addition, a recall has been initiated for the 4 council members who voted to approve the first  reading of the ordinance. It is still possible to stop it. But consider that the fund is dangerously low, so more money is needed to keep a vital service running. The real question is how much, how and when it should be spent.
 

 
Here’s the agenda item:
 
K-9- SUBJECT: Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance No. 2917
RECOMMENDATION: That City Council waive the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 2917, setting new wastewater rates. That City Council direct the City Manager and the Public Works Director that $500,000 per year in projected additional wastewater rate revenue be earmarked and placed into a “lock box” available only for unanticipated, unbudgeted and unscheduled emergency wastewater repairs each year over the next five year period.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Daniel Rydberg Phone: 385-8055
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George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard


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