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The Porterville City Council should do some quick work to start the process of developing a new animal sanctuary for the community again.

The board will consider re-approving advertising bids to build the animal shelter as part of its approval schedule when it meets at 6.30pm on Tuesday. The animal shelter will be located in the former Citybank building at 185 N. D Street.

As part of the consent schedule element, the board will also review the financial package for the $7.5 million facility, which will include the use of a significant amount of US federal bailout funds that the city receives to fund most of the project.

At its October 5, 2021 meeting, the council authorized the city to post bids for the animal shelter project. But the city received only one offer and based on the initial estimate and recommendation of city staff, council voted to reject the offer at its December 21 meeting so that the estimate can be reassessed and be the subject of a new offer.

The construction cost of the project is expected to be just over $6.6 million, with an additional $663,000, 10%, for construction contingencies and an additional $200,000 for construction management, quality control and inspection at an estimated total cost of $7.5 million. . This includes $550,000 for a dog park, $50,000 for adoption rooms, $100,000 for a foyer, grooming and meeting and foster spaces and a cat room and $300,000 $ for D Street improvements.

City staff are proposing that $4.85 million in unrestricted ARP funds be used to fund the project. Of the $20 million the city receives in ARP funds, $10 million is unrestricted.

The city is also proposing that $3.2 million of these unrestricted funds be used to supplement funding for the recreation center/community park to be developed in Fourth and Henderson. In addition, $1 million would be used for a regulation-size, lighted baseball park that would likely be placed at the Porterville Sports Complex to replace the Porterville Municipal Ballpark where the South County Justice Center is now located. And $750,000 would be used for Hayes Field Lighting.

As for the animal shelter, $500,000 from land sales revenue, $1.3 million from donations, $300,000 in local transportation funds, and $550,000 in Measure R funds would be used to complete the financing of the project.

The proposed section of trail adjacent to the Animal Sanctuary will be completed separately as part of the Butterfield Stage Corridor and will be funded through the Active Transportation Program Grant Project.

MEMORIAL WALL OF DISAPPOINTED HEROES

Also on the consent timeline is the review of a policy regarding the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall at Fallen Heroes Park. The wall is dedicated to local residents who died in the line of duty during military or public safety service.

There are currently four names on the wall, Cpl. Brett W. Land and Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo and Porterville Fire Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones, who were killed in the February 18, 2020 fire that destroyed the Porterville Public Library.

The Military Banner program also honors service members killed in action. As a result of the information gathered for this program, there is also a need to establish a policy regarding the memorial wall for fallen heroes.

The Military Banners Program Committee has also developed a policy on the Memorial Wall for Fallen Heroes. The policy to be considered by the council as part of its consent schedule states that those who may be honored on the wall are military personnel who have died on active duty, foreign or domestic, and a law enforcement officer, firefighter or a deceased emergency medical technician in the line of duty.

The policy calls for the wall to be for those killed in action during military or public safety service on or after September 11, 2001. Honorees must also have lived within the boundaries of the Porterville Unified School District. Any future plaque installations would coincide with the Memorial Day holiday.

BLESSINGS OF FREEDOM FREEDOM RALLY

As part of its consent timeline, the council will also consider approving a Liberty Blessings Freedom Rally, requested by Bethel Assembly of God. The rally will take place on Saturday, April 23 at Centennial Park. Organizers have requested that the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. be set aside for the rally.

CBD GRANTS

Two public hearings will be held on the use of community development block grants the city receives from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD.

A public hearing will be organized on an amendment to the CDBG Action Plan 2021/2022. And another public hearing will be held on the CDBG 2022/2023 action plan.

Funding recommendations made by the City’s CDBG Citizens and Housing Opportunity Advisory Committee with respect to the amendment to the CDBG Action Plan 2021-2022 will be presented. Recommendations are based on feedback received from a community survey, community meeting, public hearing meeting, virtual and in-person meetings, outreach events, and partner organizations that serve households. low to moderate income.

The amendment involves reallocating more than $600,000 of funding, including reallocating 2020 funds to the Big Business Relief Program and 2016 Entitlement funds to areas such as the Parks Improvement Program .

The reallocation of these funds is necessary as the sale of the Heritage Center to PUSD has not been finalized and the funds from this sale are not yet available to fund areas such as activities on the multi-sport field. Funds must be allocated to other activities to ensure funds are used in accordance with HUD requirements.

TULE RIVER TRIBE WATER

As a scheduled issue, the board will consider a letter of support for federal legislation to eventually secure water rights and water security for the Tule River Reservation.

It’s an effort that’s been going on for 45 years now. After a nearly 30-year effort, the Tule River Tribe successfully settled their water rights in November 2007 by signing a settlement agreement with water users on the South Fork of the Tule River.

The settlement agreement would guarantee domestic, municipal, industrial and commercial water supplies to the Tule reserve.

But since then, the tribe has sought federal legislation to ratify the settlement agreement that would authorize the development of water rights, infrastructure and storage reservoirs for the reservation.

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and the US Senate in 2007, 2008 and 2009 failed.

After nearly thirty (30) years of advocacy, the Tule River Tribe successfully settled their water rights in November 2007 by signing a settlement agreement with water users on the South Fork of the river. Tule. The settlement agreement secures domestic, municipal, industrial and commercial water supplies for the tribe. Since 2007, the tribe has been seeking federal legislation to ratify the settlement agreement and authorize appropriations to develop water rights through the creation of infrastructure and water reservoirs on the Tule River reservation. Legislation introduced in the House and Senate in 2007, 2008 and 2009 has not been passed.

The tribe continues to work with the Bureau of Reclamation on the feasibility of the tribe’s water storage project. The council’s letter is addressed to US Senator Dianne Feinstein and US Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

“We urge you to strongly support the Tule River Water Regulation Bill, which will finally resolve the water rights claims of our neighbors, the Tule River Tribe,” the letter reads. “The resulting Tule River Water Regulation Bill will bring great supply certainty to the tribe and neighboring stakeholders. Eventually, we hope that the colony’s approval will add to the amount of water available to both the tribe and the region.

“We respectfully request that you seek the introduction of this legislation which will regulate tribal water rights and authorize much needed funding for water distribution. We hope that this bill will be introduced and become law as soon as possible.

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