BARSTOW • The following items were discussed at Monday's meeting:
Resolution on Ontario International Airport • Councilman Tim Saenz said the city of Ontario had requested that a resolution be considered in support of Ontario assuming local control of its airport. The airport is operated by Los Angeles World Airports and Ontario has no representation in that group, Saenz said. The council agreed to consider the resolution at its next meeting, Feb. 21.
City sponsorship of the Mud Run • Council members postponed a decision on the city's sponsorship of a planned 3.1 mile race that will include 12 mud pit obstacles. Organizers had asked the city to sponsor the event and provide staff to assist in course construction for the event, scheduled for May 12.
Roundabout construction • By a vote of 4-1, with Saenz abstaining, the council voted to amend the city's contract with Vance Construction to remove work on Mountain View Street. This would allow the city to solicit bids separately for the street, where a roundabout is planned at the intersection with Belinda Avenue. The city will hold a community meeting Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposed roundabout and display a preliminary design. Saenz said he abstained because he thought Vance might do business with his employer, Vulcan Materials Company.
Surplus vehicles • The council voted unanimously to sell 25 vehicles on an online auction website. The vehicles are too old and some would have to be smog-checked should the city keep them, Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi said.
Police equipment • The council approved purchasing 43 new police radios from Motorola Solutions at a cost of $155,710.62. They also approved the purchase of four new Dodge Charger patrol vehicles at a cost of $92,439.12.
New blower for wastewater plant • In a 4-1 vote, with Saenz dissenting, the council agreed to spend $435,883 to purchase a third blower for the city's wastewater plant it recently began operating. City Manager Curt Mitchell said the new equipment was necessary for the plant to operate at its full capacity of 4.5 million gallons per hour without relying on backup gas powered equipment. Although the plant processes 2.2 million gallons per hour, Mitchell said the purchase was necessary to allow for future growth. "We should have caught that before (the contract) was signed," Mitchell said. Saenz said that he thought the council had taken a bad deal with the company. The council also agreed to negotiate a contract with Carollo Engineering to provide consulting services for the wastewater plant.