Though some people use Memorial Day week to take some time off and prepare for summer, the Amador County Board of Supervisors and city councils in Jackson and Plymouth will be at work holding meetings this week. Here’s what you need to know about those meetings, and what to know about the next city council meetings in Amador City, Sutter Creek, and Ione.

Amador County Board of Supervisors May 26 Meeting

Beer tourism is growing in Amador County. In recognition of that fact, the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Land Use Committee have recommended that the Board direct county staff and the county Planning Commission write draft amendments to the county code to establish regulations for brewery tasting rooms and agritourism.

Currently, wineries and grape growing businesses qualify to belong in the county’s Exclusive Agriculture zoning district. The recommendation would add breweries and hop growing businesses to that list.

What’s more, these committees have recommended modification to the county code to allow secondary dwellings to be occupied as farm stays or homestays to boost agri-tourism. These farm stays or homestays would be secondary to primarily agricultural lands included in Williamson Act contracts.

An Unfortunate Discovery

The Board will also consider waiving or reducing a late TOT payment penalty fee for Michael Riddle, the owner of Kit Carson Lodge.

Riddle spends his winters at his Arizona home and returns to his Nevada home in the spring. When he arrived in Nevada, he found to his dismay that his bookkeeping firm didn’t pay his third-quarter 2019 transient occupancy taxes (TOT). Curiously, this bookkeeping firm had no trouble sending the fourth-quarter 2019 TOT payment.

Riddle found he owed over $47,000. Despite his shock, Riddle was able to pay it. Then Riddle was charged a late payment penalty fee for almost $13,000. In response, Riddle wrote a letter to Amador County tax collector Michael Ryan asking for a reduction or elimination of that fee. Ryan placed the request on the Board’s agenda for their consideration.

In that April 14 letter, Riddle stated that Kit Carson Lodge plans to be open from June 5 to October 5 this year. As of April 14, the day Riddle wrote his letter to the Board, the COVID-19 pandemic has dropped his current bookings to 20 percent of capacity. In a normal year, bookings would be at 70 percent in mid-April. Riddle added that he wasn’t sure that the lodge would open this summer.

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Jackson City Council May 26 Meeting

City Manager Yvonne Kimball will ask the City Council to approve the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant program. This program will grant up to $500 to each Jackson business that is deemed by the city to be adversely affected by the state stay-at-home order. The grant money can be used for business operations or special programs to address requirements for keeping people safe.

Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee to be chosen after the program is approved. Applicants will be required to be in business for at least one year after receiving the grant. If the business closes within that time, the grant will have to be paid back in full. The proposal does not say what the business will have to do if it moves out of Jackson within that one-year window.

The proposal includes a sample application form that will require businesses to submit applications to the city by June 30. Approved businesses would receive the grant sometime in July.

The city will have a total of $15,000 in grant funds available, and city staff has recommended that the program be funded from the restricted TOT fund. The current fund balance is $444,621.

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Plymouth City Council May 28 Meeting

The city plans to approve the award of the Main Street speed table and raised crosswalk to John Allen Construction. A speed table is a mid-block traffic calming device that raises a section of pavement to slow a vehicle’s speed.

The only other regular item on the agenda is the city’s comprehensive budget review. City Manager Rex Osborn noted in his report to the City Council that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the city in a limited way, and the city is still operating within its 2019-20 budget parameters. Osborn recommends the City Council approve the proposed 2020-21 budget with a review after city elections in November to see if there are any revenue shortfalls that the city needs to address at that time.

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Other City Council Meetings Scheduled

The three other Amador County cities don’t have meetings scheduled this week. Check their websites below for locations, agendas, past meeting minutes, as well as dial-in and online connection information.

Sutter Creek City Council

The next Sutter Creek City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m.

Website: https://cityofsuttercreek.org

Ione City Council

The next Ione City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m.

Website: https://www.ione-ca.com/city-government

Amador City Council

The next Amador City Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Website: http://www.amador-city.com/amador-city-government.html

 

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