Thank you City of Oxnard!
OUTCOME: City council voted and approved that Measure O money can and will be spent to get the testing underway immediately so the upcoming predicted rain event (first flush) can be included in the data collection needed for applying for Grants and other forms of assistance for the prescribed remediation following analysis of the testing data.
The City council chambers were nicely filled with residents from all over, and more Mandalay Bay faces than I have seen in attendance at a council meeting in a long time. THANK YOU ALL!
The City was very responsive to questions and (in my opinion) the answers were very well thought out and gave me a sense that the staff has done a lot of homework on the background of many issues.
A brief explanation of what transpired:
These are notes and observations and I apologize in advance for any mistakes or misrepresentations in my take-away of the meeting!
MANY residents and representatives of the HOAs and INCO spoke out against the funding plan for the testing.
The City had reviewed the existing MOU’s and none of them are written in a way that satisfied the City in defining fiscal responsibility in an applicable and defensible manner.
The City position was very strong in favor of the immediate need to fund testing and that without testing to produce acceptable science backed analysis of what is causing the murky water in our harbor the City will not be able to apply for grants and assistance in SOLVING the problem.
The extended weather forecast has a likelihood of a rain event that could present an opportunity to collect water at storm drain outfalls and from the Edison Canal during this first flush and document the type and amount of pollution this flush contains.
MOST in attendance were not opposed to the testing.
Many were eager to also be on a concurrent path towards mitigation research and development as data is gathered to ensure funding resources are identified that align with findings and a rapid response plan and timeline can be developed for yet to be determined mitigation measures to be deployed.
Most were opposed to the recommended breakdown of who pays what.
After consideration the final outcome was to expedite the funding for testing.
The vote was not unanimous for paying 100% out of Measure O funds and I can respect that, but due to the complexity of coming to agreement on the delineation of responsibility I am very happy they went ahead and approved!
The HOA board is hopeful that we have once again gotten the attention of the powers that be to address the funding issues for the seawalls.
The item as it appeared on the Agenda:
|SUBJECT: Approval of First Amendment to Agreement for Ongoing Water Quality Sampling, a Nutrient Study, and a Long-Term Water Quality Plan at the Channel Islands Harbor (5/5/5)
RECOMMENDATION: That the City Council: 1. Approve and authorize the Mayor to execute the First Amendment to Agreement No. A-8093 with Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting Laboratories, Inc. in the amount of $306,045 for ongoing services relating to the Channel Islands Harbor water quality issue; and 2. Authorize a budget appropriation totaling $315,806, as follows – General Fund ($27,500), Waterways Zone 1 ($153,200), Waterways Zone 2 ($25,069), Seabridge CFD ($36,913) and Westport CFD ($36,211) – to fund the First Amendment to Agreement No. A-8093 and transferring funds from Project Z43801 – Seabridge Waterways TR5266 into Fund 173 ($36,913).
Please attend the City Council meeting November 13, 2018 5PM
There is so much wrong with this plan!
We have been TRYING for years to have our waterways assessment RAISED due to lack of funding for the Seawall Repairs that are greatly needed to protect ours homes and our community! Through every internal shuffle of Public Works, City managers and staff we have lost the ability to have any voice in the funding or the plans.
THE CITY WANTS 55% of the funding to come from our funds for the water quality study!
WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO TAKE CARE OF KNOWN NEEDS
YOUR VOICE MAY MATTER!
Please tell the City that this is wrong!
- Water circulation was to be addressed by Seabridge and the City in the event the powerplant was to close.
- With the lack of foresight shown in NOT doing anything until a disaster strikes is the city waiting for our walls to fall?
- Are they intentionally depleting our funds so that we will agree to anything out of desperation?
YES testing is important but there are also BUSINESSES that work in the harbor – like Seabridge Marina – what about THEM?
We have been meeting with the CITY for years to establish timelines and try to get funding for the seawalls. Countless hours of meeting with consultants hired by the city to help with our funding have resulted in NO CHANGE. A recent recommendation from the city is to have everyone north of the bridge pay the same for everything – THIS IS WRONG!
The plans for Seawall repairs that had been submitted and approved have been brought to a stand still while the City has determined they were too costly and so they are engaging in VALUE ENGINEERING – which seems to be a new term for hiring consultants to review what the consultants already on payroll have already done.
This is the recent Request for Proposal (RFP) Bid Close Date: November 6, 2018 PW_19-25_Mandalay_Bay_Engineering_Services.
A sheet metal fix referred to in this proposal was reviewed and dismissed by the seawall team and engineers years ago as a possible fix for some of the issues – WARNING: It was determined at that time that it would require the removal of all DECKS and would need to be added 3 feet in front of the existing seawall (on the water side) to allow enough reinforcement to sustain the walls.
AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 4
PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY and show up at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday!
The plan is to have the Mandalay Waterways Assessment pay 55% for Ongoing Water Quality Sampling, a Nutrient Study, and a Long-Term Water Quality Plan at the Channel Islands Harbor
The total Agenda for the meeting 11.13.2018 is 235 pages long
11.13.2018 Agenda withPresentations CC,SA
The second to the LAST item (ITEM 4) is the proposal:
DATE: November 13, 2018
TO: City Council
FROM: Rosemarie Gaglione
Public Works Director
SUBJECT: Approval of First Amendment to Agreement for Ongoing Water Quality
Sampling, a Nutrient Study, and a Long-Term Water Quality Plan at the Channel
Islands Harbor (5/5/5)
CONTACT: Rosemarie Gaglione, Public Works Director
firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 385-8055
That the City Council:
1. Approve and authorize the Mayor to execute the First Amendment to Agreement No. A-8093
with Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting Laboratories, Inc. in the amount of $306,045 for ongoing
services relating to the Channel Islands Harbor water quality issue; and
2. Authorize a budget appropriation totaling $315,806, as follows
– General Fund ($27,500),
Waterways Zone 1 ($153,200) THIS IS MANDALAY!,
Waterways Zone 2 ($25,069),
Seabridge CFD ($36,913) and
Westport CFD ($36,211)
– to fund the First Amendment to Agreement No. A-8093 and
transferring funds from Project Z43801 – Seabridge Waterways TR5266 into Fund 173
WHO TO CONTACT
CITY MANAGER: Alexander Nguyen email@example.com
Mayor Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org
Bert Perello (District 1) email@example.com
Oscar Madrigal firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Burkhart, Special Districts Manager
City of Oxnard
(805) 385-7578, email@example.com
Melissa Valdez, Community Affairs Manager
Oxnard Police Department, City of Oxnard
(805) 342-8292, firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking at City Council Meetings
There are speakers cards at the podium in the hallway.
You may always speak about items NOT on the agenda at the beginning of the meeting. This would be a place to address City Council about our lack of budget and the status of the seawall repairs!
To address the council regarding an item ON THE AGENDA you must know the agenda item and not that on the speaker card. Names from the speaker cards will be read in order received and a time limit established based on the number of cards presented the time may be 1 to 3 minutes.