City attorney retires after 33 years
–At their Tuesday meeting, Paso Robles City council said farewell to Iris Yang, who served as city attorney for 33 years.
Although she recently retired from her position, Iris Yang attended last night’s meeting and sat in the audience until Mayor Steve Martin invited her up front and presented her with a proclamation for her decades of service to the City of Paso Robles.
Yang fought back tears as she described how much she enjoyed working for the city. She said the respect and civility with which the council and staff treat each other and the public is remarkable. She says she hears horror stories from her colleagues who work at other cities and school districts, particularly what occurs during closed session. She said she sincerely appreciates the respect and civility of the leadership in Paso Robles.
Mayor Steve Martin also presented a proclamation to Librarian Melissa Bailey of the Paso Robles City Library for National Read Across America Day. In keeping with the theme of the day, Mayor Martin said, “Whereas we would proclaim it in a hall, whereas we would proclaim it in a mall… therefore be it resolved to celebrate Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.”
The council received a report on progress related to the parking issues facing the downtown area. Julie Dixon of Dixon Resources Unlimited reported on trending statistics and how designated parking areas and license plate tracking is helping to ameliorate parking shortages in the downtown area.
City Public Works Director reported that the recent rains have increased water levels at local reservoirs. He says Lake Nacimiento is up to 73-percent of its capacity. That’s up from 33-percent on February 2, 2019.
The council also authorized the City Manger to execute a contract with Pacific Hydrotech Corp to provide for construction of the 21st Street Reservoir in the amount of $7,721,415. The total construction budget is $8,493,557 dollars for the project. McKinley says the old reservoir needs to be replaced.
The council also reviewed and updated the 2018 Community Vision and Strategic Goals. The discussion allowed newly elected councilwoman Maria Elena Garcia to give her input on the goals developed previously by the council.