Lake County News, CA – Clearlake City Council plans to grant youth center

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Clearlake City Council is set to consider an agreement with the Konocti Unified School District to offer a variety of programs at the city’s youth center.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the Clearlake City Hall Council Chambers, 14050 Olympic Drive.

The meeting will be streamed live on the city’s YouTube channel or the Lake County PEGTV YouTube channel. Community members can also participate via Zoom or can attend in person.

The agenda is available here.

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On Thursday, the board will consider a joint use agreement with the Konocti Unified School District for use of the Clearlake Youth Center at 4750 Golf Ave. for youth-oriented and leisure activities.

The report by Director of Administrative Services/City Clerk Melissa Swanson explains that in June, council approved the creation of the Recreation and Events Division of the Department of Administrative Services “with the aim of increasing engagement and activities of the public through the creation of recreation programs and community events”.

Since then, she said city staff have been meeting with community groups and potential collaborators to develop the best and most effective ways to serve the community.

Swanson said the staff has formed a valuable partnership with the Konocti Unified School District to jointly bring youth and recreation programs to the youth center.

The school district “has agreed to help fund and complete much-needed repairs and renovations in exchange for cooperative use of the youth center for planned extracurricular activities, youth camps, and daycare for school employees. In addition, the City would retain the flexibility to allow use by many other youth activity groups, such as South Shore Little League, Boy Scout Troops and the Museum of children’s arts and sciences.

Swanson said if the board approves the deal, it would be presented to the Konocti Unified School Board for approval.

In another business item, the council will consider changes to the city’s environmental guidelines to include internal guidelines for tribal cultural resource management and consultation.

City Manager Alan Flora’s report to council explains that in 2016 the city adopted a set of environmental guidelines to implement the requirements of AB 52, passed the previous year by the state legislature, which requires public agencies to consult with Native American tribes and consider tribal cultural resources.

Flora explained that historically there were three tribes with ancestral lands within the city limits: the Elem Indian Colony of the Pomo Indians of the Sulfur Bank Rancheria, the Koi Nation of Northern California, and the Middletown Rancheria of the Indians. Pomo from California.

“While consultation and coordination between the city as the lead agency and the tribes has largely worked well, more recently new staff within the tribal environmental community has resulted in an inconsistent, adversarial and difficult approach. to carry out projects. Staff believe that by adopting a more comprehensive policy framework related to tribal cultural resources, it would result in greater predictability, less room for disagreement, and more streamlined and cost-effective project delivery” , explained Flora.

He said the draft policy is adapted from several similar policies adopted in recent years by various California municipalities.

“While this policy framework is well approved by tribes in California, it has not been discussed with any tribes in Lake County. The Board may wish to continue this discussion, but staff believe that at a minimum an interim policy is needed to guide staff in tribal relations,” Flora wrote.

Also on Thursday, the council will meet one of the adoptable dogs from the town’s shelter, receive a presentation from the Institute for Health and Social Policy on second-hand and third-hand smoke and
aerosol exposure and its effects on the health of community members, and hear from Scotts Valley Energy Corp. talk about bioenergy and forest fire mitigation.

On the meeting’s consent agenda – items that are considered routine and usually passed on a single vote – are terms of reference; property acceptance review located at 16331 6th Ave. ; authorize the Director General to sign the certificate of acceptance; authorized sub-recipient agreement with Lake County Rural Arts Initiative to receive $474,700 from the Clean California Grant; August and September meeting minutes; awarding of the call for tenders for the repair of the roof at 6805 Airport Road; and the authorization of the Main Street Project Agreement with Lake County Rural Arts Initiative for the development of an artistic project.

Council will also hold a closed session to discuss a lawsuit against Lake County and liability lawsuits against the city.

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