Paso Robles council, clerk, treasurer sworn in
Councilman Steve Gregory nominated for mayor pro-tem
—The City Council of Paso Robles met for a regular meeting Tuesday night to declare results of the November 8, 2016 election and swear in new elected officials, including Councilmembers Steve Gregory and Fred Strong, along with City Clerk Dennis Fansler and City Treasurer Michael Compton, who when asked if he wished to comment humorously said, “This is the first time I’ve been able to say anything since I was elected as city treasurer in 1988, and I’ll say nothing.”
City Manager Thomas Frutchey administered the Oath of Office before Mayor Steve Martin took over the proceedings to discuss various agenda and budget items. Assistant City Manager Meg Williamson pointed out that Paso Robles has exactly 16,261 voters, 81-percent of whom voted in last month’s elections.
In other news, Councilman Steve Gregory was nominated to be mayor pro-tem, which means he will step in should Steve Martin fall sick or, as Martin quipped, “I decide to take a long vacation—which hasn’t happened yet.”
The council addressed the state of the water shortage and it was noted that Paso Roblans have been very good about conserving—community efforts have saved 60-percent this year. Meanwhile, the city’s primary water supply, Lake Nacimiento, is now at 23-percent capacity, which is up from 2015’s 16-percent capacity.
The council deliberated on budget items including how to spend the city’s 2016 Community Development Block Grant totaling $183,790. Members approved expenditures of $119,464 for handicapped ramps and voted to support grants for three of four requesting nonprofit organizations, among them the El Camino Homeless or ECHO Shelter based in Atascadero, now with 50 beds, and the Lifestyle Recovery Center, which provides group and individual counseling services for drug and alcohol addiction.