By Jennifer Madrigal
Eastvale – This month, there were two city council meetings. Here is a recap of what happened at both meetings:
The Jan. 8 meeting was attended by Council Members Ric Welch, Jeff DeGrandpre and Bill Link, along with Mayor Pro-Tem Adam Rush and Mayor Ike Bootsma. The invocation was led by Pastor Mark Lee of Vantage Point Church. There was a presentation by Darin Acevedo with Eastvale Pop Warner of a framed jersey to the City of Eastvale in appreciation for all their help. Michael Armijo of Eastvale Community News gave an update on the newspaper and on the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce.
Consent Calendar was passed 4-0-1 with Link abstaining. Item 5.2 which amends the zoning code to allow the placement of temporary signs in the public right of way, subject to Limits on Time, Place and Manner, was pulled for discussion. Motion was carried 4-1 with Welch voting No.
There were no Public Hearing items, or Old Business items. The New Business Items section was as follows:
8.1: Reaffirm or Select New Appointments to the Eastvale Community Foundation: 5-0 to re-affirm current appointments.
8.2: Reaffirm or Select New Appointments to the Planning Commission: 5-0 to reaffirm current appointments. They opened up an application for the vacant position and voted to decide on a replacement at the Jan. 22 city council mtg.
8.3: Reaffirm or Select New Appointments to the Public Safety Commission: DeGrandpre expressed concern about current functioning of the commission and would like another look at its operation and an outline of expectations. Bootsma also asked the commission to set meeting dates permanently for the commission. Motion was carried 5-0 to move this item to the Feb. 12 City Council Meeting.
8.4: Mayor Appointments to Outside Boards/Commissions: This list of appointments can be found on the City of Eastvale website.
The City Manager did not give a report and the meeting adjourned at 7:02 with closing comments from the Council. The information above was taken from the City of Eastvale Council minutes.
The Jan. 22 City Council meeting was attended by Council members Welch and Link, along with Mayor Pro-Tem Rush and Mayor Bootsma. Council Member De Grandpre was absent. The invocation was led by Pastor Ed Moreno with New Day Christian Church.
During the Presentation section of the meeting, the City of Eastvale recognized City of Eastvale volunteers for their service and dedication to helping the city.
The consent calendar with items 5.1 – 5.10 was approved 4-0-1.
The Public Hearing Section of the meeting began with Item 6.1 General Plan amendment, change of Zone, Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for the development of an Arco Gas Station facility, A convenience store, restaurant, and drive-through automatic car wash facility in one building, a second building for a sit-down restaurant, and a third building for a drive-through restaurant on an approximately 1.7 acre site. A second Conditional Use Permit is also being requested for the operation of a gasoline service station with concurrent sale of beer and wine in the Arco AM/PM convenience store. The City Council approved the project by approving resolutions 14-05-14-08 with a vote of 4-0-1. This property is located on the corner of Hamner and Riverside Drive.
Council Members asked about the high traffic of the industrial area on that street and whether that had been considered in the plans. In response, they were advised that it is probable that Riverside Drive will be widened in that area to four lanes or about 60-70 feet curb to curb. Council Member Welch also shared that there will be a trail consistent with Jurupa valley Equestrian trails in that area and that Jurupa Valley (not JCSD) will be in charge of landscaping and maintaining it.
During the Public Hearing Section of the meeting, a representative for the above project spoke about his general happiness and excitement for this project to proceed. He also shared that for building two of this project, they had tenants like Subway and Starbucks in preliminary discussions.
Larry Oblea was appointed as the new Planning Commissioner at the Jan. 22 council meeting. (Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale)
The Old Business Items section of the meeting began with Item 7.1: Appointment of Planning commissioner to replace William Link. The council approved Jeff DeGrandpre’s candidate, Larry Oblea as a new City Planning commissioner. Mr. Oblea came highly recommended with great references from his time as a planning commissioner for the City of Santa Fe Springs.
New Business item 8.1 Selection and award for consultant for Traffic Engineering On-Call Support- Iteris, Inc. was passed 4-0-1. Iteris, Inc. will now handle traffic signal design and operation on the 56 traffic signals throughout Eastvale. The cost is tied to specific projects as they occur. Item 8.2 Ordinance relating to establishing speed limits on city streets was also approved 4-0-1. This item calls for the amending of speed limits on three more sections of Eastvale. These speed limits were determined after a traffic study was conducted. Council Member Link questioned how these speed limits are determined. City Manager Jacobs explained that the speed limit is based on the speed that 85% of the vehicles travel on that stretch of road. Thus the speed limit will be adjusted on the following sections of road: 65th to Hamner to 35 mph, Hamner Citrus/Schleisman to 50 mph and Schleisman to Archibald to 50 mph.
The City Manager’s Report was given by Carol Jacobs. She announced that the 3rd Annual State of the City Address will be held at Roosevelt High School on March 27. She also announced that the City will be starting a pilot program with code enforcement on the weekends. They will be keeping track of code violations and having code enforcement at different periods throughout the weekend in order to see what time period is most effective. According to Jacobs, “This new weekend program is expected to be painful to start as most new enforcement usually is.”
City Council recognizes City of Eastvale Volunteers at the Jan. 22 council meeting.
(Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale(
During the Council Communications portion of the meeting, the Vehicle License Fee issue was discussed. Council Member De Grandpre and Mayor Pro-Tem Rush were able to get a support letter from the California Association of Governments to Senator Roth and they are hopeful it will help improve the chance of the bill passing. Welch and Bootsma again thanked the volunteers to the City of Eastvale for all their help and Bootsma expressed his desire for some type of annual event to recognize these volunteers. The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.