DB City Council Meeting

By Natalie Kim

Diamond Bar – The October 4 Diamond Bar Council meeting began with several presentations. First, the Council presented Captain Jeff Scroggin with a City Tile, thanking him for his years of service at the Diamond Bar/Walnut Sheriff station. Although the Council was disappointed to bid farewell to the Captain, they wished him well in his future. Captain Scroggin introduced his replacement, Captain Al Reyes. Captain Scroggin praised the new Captain’s devotion, hard work, and ability. Captain Scroggin also assured residents that, as Captain Reyes lives very nearby, his ideals and the ideals of residents will be very much in line. The Council also presented See’s Candies with a City Tile, recognizing the store as the City’s Business of the Month for the month of October, 2016.

Next, the City Manager introduced Deputy German Perez, also a new addition to the Diamond Bar/Walnut Sheriff’s station. The City Manager also updated the Council on Diamond Bar’s Restaurant Week. Twenty restaurants are participating in the City’s Restaurant Week, featuring a wide variety of cuisines and special deals only available from the week of October 8-24.

Following the public comments, the City Manager read the schedule of future events, which consisted of Diamond Bar’s Restaurant Week from October 8-24; a Planning Commission meeting on October 11; the first meeting of the General Plan Advisory Committee on October 12; a Traffic and Transportation meeting on October 13; Barktoberfest on October 15; and a City Council meeting on October 18.

The Council then approved most items on the consent calendar, which included the minutes from the City Council meeting of September 29; minutes from the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting of July 28; minutes from the Planning Commission meeting of July 26; ratification of a check register totaling $1,548,966.28; the Treasurer’s statement for the month of August, 2016; a joint resolution with the board of supervisors of the county of los Angeles, the City Council of the city of Pomona and the city of Diamond Bar, approving and accepting the negotiated exchange of property tax revenue resulting from  the reorganization of territory known as City of Pomona Reorganization 2015-14, consisting of detachment of territory of from the city of Diamond Bar and annexation to the city of Pomona and withdrawal from the County Public Library System; a professional engineering services contract for on-call soils and geotechnical engineering services with Leighton and Associates, Inc., Ninyo and Moore, and Willdan Geotechnical for a period of three years; and a on-call traffic and transportation engineering services contract with DKS Associates, Fehr & Peers, Iteris, Kimley Horn, Sasaki Transportation Services, and Stantec for a period of three years. The Council tabled the an item to appropriate traffic impact mitigation funds in the amount of $20,000 to the fiscal year capital improvement program budget, adopting a resolution approving plans and specifications for the construction of the Grand Ave./Diamond Bar Blvd. street clock and median improvements project  to CEM Construction Corp., to be resumed upon completion of the general plan update. Following a brief public hearing, the Council also adopted a resolution amending the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program for the fiscal year of 2016-17 to reprogram funds to the Morning Canyon ADA Parkway Improvements Project from the CDBG Unallocated Balance in the amount of $225,000.

After individual reports and comments, the Council adjourned until October 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center Auditorium.