RIO VISTA — Green is on the agenda Tuesday night for the Rio Vista City Council.
Both green dollars for the city and green equipment designed to help the environment make an appearance on the consent calendar.
The City Council will possibly review a recommendation that would allow the city to enter into a purchase agreement with California Vegetable Specialities, located at 15 Poppy House Road.
There is a chance, Mayor Norman Richardson said Friday evening, that this item might be delayed and pulled from the consent calendar.
The purchase price is set at $317,000 for 5.95 acres in the area designated as the business park, according to staff reports. The terms state that the note is payable in four years with the first payment being $79,375 and the consecutive three years to include a 3 percent interest charge, bringing subsequent payments to $81,756 each.
California Vegetable Specialties currently pays $500 a year and has 12 years left on its lease. The sale would void the existing lease. The sale’s proceeds would be put back into the business park fund.
A deed restriction on the business park’s nearly 100 acres prevented the sale of any property within this area.The restriction was recently lifted.
Also on the consent calendar for possible approval are the execution of two clean air grants from the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District. One is for an alternative diesel riding lawn mower and another for an EcoBoost pickup truck.
“We need the new mower and we need to the new pickup,” Richardson said. “The others are worn out. If we had to buy them, it would be very difficult so the grant will be a big help.”
The grant for the alternative diesel riding lawn mower is worth $33,000 with a local match of about $19,643. The city’s portion will come from the Park Fee Impact Fund.
Staff reports indicate that the money will be used to replace an existing 1990 diesel-powered Jacobsen mower that has been used by the city since 1990. The city told the air district that it would like to replace the mower because of the high emissions and the age of the mower, according to city reports. The grant was approved in June.
The second grant, worth $19,000, was also approved in June with a $9,034 match from the city. The purchase of the new EcoBoost pickup truck will replace a 1997 gas-powered pickup truck used by the Public Works Department since 1997.
Required matching dollars from the city will come from the Vehicle Replacement Fund as well as the Storm Water, Water System and Sewer Fixed Asset Replacement funds.
Both pieces of equipment needed to be replaced and that was known in advance of applying for the grant, so the city put it in its 2013-14 budget, Richardson said.
“We planned for it,” Richardson said. “We knew we were going for a matching grant.”
Closed session begins at 5:30 p.m. and open session at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers, One Main St.
A copy of the agenda can be found online at www.riovistacity.com.
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