Selection of the next mayor pro tem and another routine procedures are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Santa Maria City Council meeting — the council’s final gathering of 2009.

The one-year position rotates among council members, and there are no formal rules, procedures, or policies about the selection. A majority vote of the council is required for the appointment.   

In the mayor’s absence, the mayor pro tem acts on his or her behalf, such as at community gatherings, and if the mayor is absent from a council meeting, the mayor pro tem presides.

Hilda Zacarias is the current mayor pro tem.

In a separate matter, Mayor Larry Lavagnino is expected to call to order a joint meeting of the city’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA), consisting of all five council members, to open a public hearing, take testimony, and vote on a resolution to approve a five-year project implementation plan.

An update is required every five years for each redevelopment agency in the state. The purpose is to review the city’s redevelopment plan and its implementation plan and to evaluate progress of the Central Plaza Neighborhood Development Program, Central City Project.

The goals and objectives for the Central Plaza Neighborhood Development Program, Central City Project were adopted in August 1972. The plan was meant “to eliminate and prevent the spread of blight in the project area.”

Downtown RDA projects include Town Center West and East and the Central Plaza Apartments.

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Community Programs Director Celeste Coelho-Hudson said the project is inactive. However, the RDA holds a debt in the agency’s Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund.

As of June 30, 2009, the debt was about $4.3 million. The only spending described in the plan is repayment of existing bond and loan debt.

In 2026, the RDA will began retiring the debt.

The meeting and public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 110 E. Cook St.

December 14, 2009

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