Dog access at Montini pulled from council agenda
The Sonoma City Council will meet for its only February session on Monday at 6 p.m., and the most compelling item originally scheduled for the agenda has been postponed until the meeting of March 4.
That item, the terms of an agreement transferring ownership of the Montini Open Space Preserve from the county’s Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to the City of Sonoma, was delayed because not all the legal documents would have been completed in time. Of prime concern to some members of the public has been the issue of whether city ownership of the 98-acre Montini Preserve will allow for access to dogs.
That question will presumably be addressed in some detail March 4.
The remainder of the Feb. 11 agenda includes proclamations recognizing the 10th annual Sonoma Valley Cheesemaking Conference, and Hula Mai Day.
The council will also give final approval to the city’s fourth Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS), a legal exercise mandated by the state to govern the disposition of former redevelopment project funds. Since the state Department of Finance has so far refused to recognize some of the city’s ROPS obligations, as well as the county ROPS that demand remaining redevelopment funds to finish the sidewalks project on Highway 12 in the Springs, it is unclear how relevant ROPS reporting actually is.
The City Council will also conduct a public hearing prior to considering adoption of a resolution designating certain parking spaces in the public lot on East Napa Street as electrical vehicle charging stations. Adoption of the proposed resolution would also include additional fines for parking illegally in an electrical vehicle charging station.
Finally, there will be a discussion about who the mayor should vote for during appointments by the City Selection Committee, and the Sonoma County Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association, at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The City Council will meet in the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W., at 6 p.m.