April 18, 2013
Tiobe Barron, OVN correspondent
Ojai’s City Council will meet Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of establishing weekend Ojai Trolley service to Lake Casitas.
The proposed route extension would run from downtown Ojai to the recreation area throughout the summer.
“The Casitas Municipal Water District park services manager, Carol Belser, contacted city of Ojai staff to discuss the idea of having the Trolley service provide summer season weekend or Saturday service to and through the Lake Casitas recreation area,” states a staff report for the meeting. “While both Saturday and Sunday service were preferred, their budget only allows for Saturday service at this time.”
Ultimately CMWD and city staff would need to hammer out the finer points of such a service, should the Council express interest in pursuing this further. The cost to the city would be offset by a “route guarantee” of $79 per hour paid by CMWD.
Other agenda items include a request from local businessman Chet Hilgers to place a well on the eastern part of his Bryant Street property to supply landscape irrigation. According to staff reports, the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency has already given its approval, and public works director Greg Grant is recommending the city approve the permit for this project.
At the same meeting, Ojai Police Capt. Dave Kenney will brief council members on Ojai’s 2012 crime statistics and police response times.
The City Council is also slated to hear a presentation from the Ventura County Civic Alliance’s Tom Tarantino.
The City Council meets 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 401 S. Ventura St. in Ojai. Visit www.ci.ojai.ca.us to view recordings of previous meetings, or for more information on these and other Council agenda items.