Simpler time for F’ville Council
The Oct. 14 Farmersville City Council meeting was like a trip back in time to the city’s beginnings. Instead of taking up regional transportation projects, controversial planning decisions or funding the expansion of a sewer plant, the City Council took care of items from a simpler time in city government, such as a business owner’s grievance, unclaimed checks and job descriptions of city employees.
Roberto Solis owner and operator of Solis Recycling Center approached the city council regarding the location of recycling centers in the City of Farmersville. Solis was receiving a handling fee payment from the state of California because he was the only recycling center in the area located at 250 E. Visalia Road.
Recently a second center, The Sequoia Community Corps, began accepting recycled materials just down the road at 138 W. Visalia Road. The Sequoia Community Corps (SCC) is a project of Community Services Employment Training, Inc., (CSET) a private nonprofit corporation serving Tulare County for the past 30 years. SCC has provided over 4,000 young adults with valuable job training and educational opportunities in recycling activities, environmental awareness, construction trades and energy efficiency. In addition, the SCC assists local agencies in park development, construction of low-income family housing, recycling, and natural resource conservation in recreation areas.
“I have had the recycling center here for years,” said Solis. “They come in and are there only a few times a month and recycle very little and it costs me money.”
Solis told the council that city staff stated there is nothing that can be done about the situation. The council agreed to look into the matter and discuss it at a later meeting.
The council also voted to adopt an escheatment policy for the handling of unclaimed checks.
“Sometimes we have an instance where money or other reimbursements are not claimed,” said Mario Krysic, Farmerville police chief and interim city manager. “When we fail to locate the person, we need to have a policy in place telling us what to do with that money.”
California state law allows that unclaimed checks which are less than $15 and more than a year old can become property of the city. If a check is greater than $15 the city must hold it three years before taking ownership of the unclaimed funds.
The council was also going to discuss the staffing and duties of the Code Compliance Officer and Animal Control, but Mayor ProTem Greg Gomez asked that it be tabled until the next meeting.
“Mayor Benavidez asked that this issue be on the agenda and he is not here tonight and I would like to table the discussion until he can be here,” said Gomez.
The rest of the council agreed and the discussion was tabled.