The City Council, Redevelopment Agency and Housing Authority of the city of Ontario addressed several recommendations all targeting the council’s goal of developing strategies to minimize the negative impacts of the global financial downturn on Ontario’s economy.
Recommendations made at the March 15 council meeting include:
Mark Chase, Community and Public Services Director recommended council adoption of a resolution approving the filing of the second application for grant funds through the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Act of 2008. The program is protected by the passage of Proposition 84 for the Civic Center Community Conservation Park.
Jerry Blum, Planning Director urged the council to assist land owners, developers and business owners during current economic times in a proposed ordinance. The motion would grant a one year time extension to all Development Plan, Conditional Use Permit and Variance approvals which are due to expire in March 2012. This extension of approvals may assist developers while permit fees increase overall.
Eric Hopley, Chief of Police recommends the council authorize the City Manager accept and execute a grant of $25,000 to assist in funding overtime enforcement officers to address alcohol related problems in the community.
Eric Hopley, Chief of Police also recommends the council authorize the City Manager to accept and execute a three year grant of $77,101 from the U.S. Homeland Security Department and California Emergency Management Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program. The federal dollars would be used to purchase ballistic shields, portable radio accessories and eye goggles.
Otto Kroutil, Development Director and Grant Yee, Administrative Service/Financial Director recommend the council update and modify the City’s Development Impact Fees. The report states impact fees have not been modified since 2008.
To view the staff report and all recommendations click here.