Fortuna City Council Meeting Scheduled

City of Fortuna BlurThe Fortuna City Council meeting is schedule for this coming Tuesday, July 5th, at 6 PM. The meeting is delayed one day due to Monday being a holiday.

The following items are on the business agenda:

  • Removal of Water Conservation Stage 2 Requirements Resolution 2016-33.
  • Authorization to Abate Weeds on Residential Property
  • PUBLIC HEARING: Introduction and First Reading of Amended Ordinance 2016-726 Adding Chapter 3.13 to Title 3 of the Fortuna Municipal Code
  • Authorization to Award Contract for City Hall Parking Lot Architectural Barrier Removal Project
  • Council Workshop Schedule

Also on the agenda are two important proclamations, with one honoring a longtime City of Fortuna employee, Pat Kennedy, who recently retired.  Also, a proclamation declaring the month of July as “Parks Make Life Better!” month.

One item to note on the business agenda is the removal of Water Conservation Stage 2.  Should this pass and the City adopt Stage 1 requirements, the following would be established (per the Council packet agenda items):

During Stage I, voluntary water conservation is requested of all customers including the specific voluntary measures below:
  • Use water efficient indoor devices (faucet aerators, low flow toilets, water efficient washers, water efficient shower heads and water efficient sprinkler heads).
  • Equip automatic commercial car washes with a water recycling system
  • Refrain from the cleaning of building exteriors, mobile homes, cars, boats, and,recreational vehicles unless the hose is equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • Refrain from washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other exterior paved areas except by public agency for the purpose of public safety.
  • Install hose-end shutoff nozzles on all garden and utility hoses.
  • Placement of a water emergency notice in each room in hotels and motels.
  • Refrain from landscape watering between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM
  • Refrain from serving water in a restaurant or other commercial food service establishment except upon the request of a patron.
It’s important to note that while these measures are voluntary as per the City of Fortuna the State prohibitions supersede some of these voluntary actions. Prohibitions still in effect by the State include:
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
  • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
  • The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  • The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased;
  • The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians; and 25 Business Agenda Item A Page 3 of 5
  • The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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