The Carpinteria City Council held a meeting on March 23 at City Hall with social distancing measures in place to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. One councilmember participated in the meeting by phone. The council chamber was closed to the public, though members of the public had opportunities to submit written comments or comment by phone. Highlights of the meeting are listed below, and video footage can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2UhmnED.

  • With one councilmember recused for a potential conflict of interest, the council voted 4-0 to ratify Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District’s Ordinance to adopt the 2019 California Fire Code with amendments.
  • The Council voted unanimously to ratify the Proclamation of Local Emergency by the Director of Emergency Services for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This designation will help the City receive federal and state assistance in its response to the pandemic and recovery from its impact. City Manager Dave Durflinger and the City’s legal counsel Mack Carlson delivered a comprehensive update on local response to the pandemic. The update can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2WD6bz3.
  • The Council unanimously approved the Street Selection List for the 2021 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. The list includes portions of Fourth Street, Third Street, Calle Ocho, Elm Lane, Eighth Street, and Holly Avenue.
  • The Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Carpinteria Municipal Code to add a section clarifying that City purchases can be made through cooperative purchasing agreements administered by a government agency or government-oriented entity.
  • The Council voted unanimously to establish the position of Parks and Facilities Maintenance Worker in the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department and consideration of reclassification of the Senior Parks and Facilities Maintenance Technician position.