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Santa Clarita City Council To Talk Grants, Annexation, Appointments

Santa Clarita City Council To Talk Grants, Annexation, Appointments

Santa Clarita City Council members are set to discuss community art grants, cellphone antennae, City Council appointments and a North Saugus annexation at Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall.

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City Council appointments

City Council members are set to look at appointments for committees Tuesday.

The City Council agenda item lists the appointments for 2013.

Last year’s appointments included Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean as the delegate to the League of California Cities, with Councilman Bob Kellar named as an alternate.

McLean was also named as the city of Santa Clarita’s delegate for the Orange Line Development Authority, and the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments.

McLean and Councilman TimBen Boydston were named as delegates to the SCV School Trustees Association.

The Budget Committee featured Kellar and Weste as de facto positions.

The Development Committee featured Councilman TimBen Boydston and Kellar, who were also be on the Economic Development Committee.

This year’s appointments will be discussed Tuesday.

Arts and community services

Each year, a grant committee is assembled to determine funding categories, review and rate applications, and make final funding recommendations for community service projects and arts projects throughout Santa Clarita, according to city officials.

For the fiscal year 2013-14, city of Santa Clarita staffers are recommending City Council members OK Community Services Grant Committee’s project recommendations in an amount not to exceed $72,000 for community services grants and $45,000 for arts grants.

There’s a breakdown of how the committee scored community requests, which is posted on the city of Santa Clarita’s website.

The committee selected Community Benefit as the priority funding area for this year’s grant program, and chose to continue the previous funding limits of $5,000 per grant award.

Thirty Community Service Grant applications were received, with grant requests totaling $146,350.

This year’s proposed Grant Program will fund 15 Community Services Grant applications. The maximum amount for funding each application is $5,000.

In a separate vote, per the council-adopted policy/process, city staff is also recommending City Council members approve the Canyon Theatre Guild City of Santa Clarita Presents Art Grant in an amount not to exceed $3,000.

This year’s grant selection committee for Community Services Grants includes Mayor Laurene Weste, Councilman Bob Kellar, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission Chair Dianna Boone and city staff from the Finance division, the City Manager’s Office and the Administrative Services department.

Grants awarded in the past funded equipment upgrades, facility renovation projects and program supplies.

North Saugus annexations

One of the final steps for the city of Santa Clarita’s North Saugus annexation is expected to take place Tuesday.

The North Saugus annexation, which includes several filming facilities, such as the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, was first approved by city officials in March 2013.

The Veluzat movie ranches that are perched above the city’s northern border in Haskell Canyon are in the works for annexation.

The planned 824-acre annexation cleared the Planning Commission in September 2012.

Located adjacent to the recent North Copperhill annexation area, the North Saugus annexation includes the Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch, aka the “big ranch,” owned by brothers Andre and Renaud Veluzat (who also own Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon); as well as their brother Rene Veluzat’s Blue Cloud Movie Ranch and his ’50s Town.

Related article: Santa Clarita Looks At Annex Of Veluzat Movie Ranches

The proposed joint resolution provides for a transfer of property tax revenue from the county to the city in the amount of $2,736 for the first fiscal year.

For each fiscal year thereafter, the proposed joint resolution provides for the transfer of specified ratios of annual property tax increment attributable to each of the four (4) respective Tax Rate Areas.

The move is expected to be completed by the end of the month, according to Jason Crawford, economic development director for the city of Santa Clarita.

Cellphone reception

City staff is also recommending the approval of a license agreement with AT & T Wireless and SoCal Edison for more cellphone antennas on city-owned property near Alicante Drive, not too far from Almendra Park, according to the City Council agenda.

There will be no new construction, per se, as the antennas will be located on existing towers.

There also will be no net increase in ambient noise levels, as cabinets will be located inside a roofed shelter, according to the noise study prepared by Mestre Greve Associates.

The structure will ensure that there is no increase in existing ambient noise, and the project will comply with the city’s noise ordinance.

The carrier will assume all responsibility for maintaining the equipment enclosure.

The city of Santa Clarita owns several parcels along the south fork of the Santa Clara River.

Under the terms of the proposed license agreements, the city will receive $1,500 per month in revenue for use of the site and a one-time administrative fee of $2,000 to perform necessary weed abatement in the area around the facility.

The agreement is for five years, with three renewal options of five years each.

The design of the proposed wireless facility is similar to the T-Mobile Wireless Facility approved by the Planning Commission in 2010.

The city receives $1,000 per month in rent for that facility.

In addition to the equipment that will be attached to the existing tower structures, a 288 square foot, 9’4″ tall equipment enclosure will be located beneath the tower to house all the necessary equipment for the site.

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Source: Santa Clarita News

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