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Barstow to oppose closure of Social Security office

Council also to discuss sewer upgrades, environmental projects

BARSTOW • The City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed consolidation of the Barstow and Victorville Social Security offices. The merger would close the Barstow office.

“The city of Barstow is extremely concerned about the operational and service cuts to the Social Security Administration and the negative effects the consolidation of the Victorville and Barstow Social Security offices and the closure of Barstow facility will have on the Barstow community,” a news release stated.

The council’s bi-monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday next week instead of the usual Monday. The Joint Special Council/Successor Agency meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Items on the agenda include a vote on the approval and certification of an updated sewer system management plan for the city. The updates must be made to meet new regulations set by the State Water Resources Control Board last September.

Also on the agenda is a recommendation to approve professional service agreements with consulting firms First Carbon Solutions/Michael Brandman Associates and Circle Mountain Biological Associates. If approved, the two consulting firms will “provide technical assistance in preparation of the General Master Plan Environmental Impact Report.”

State laws allow cities to utilize “master” environmental impact reports, which can be used as the basis for future projects and environmental reviews. 

The FCS services agreement is for $115,700; the CMBA agreement totals $12,865. Under state planning law, portions of those fees may be reimbursable to the city.


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