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Temecula council approves resolutions to help Linfield Christian School

 

Last updated 7/19/2019 at 12:32am

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Temecula Community Development Director Luke Watson presents the city council with information regarding a proposed agreement that would help Linfield Christian School refinance debt.

The Temecula city council voted 4-0 Tuesday, July 9, to approve a resolution approving the city's joining of the California Enterprise Development Authority as an associate member and the approval of revenue obligations for the benefit of Linfield Christian School.

The council first held a Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 hearing to allow interested persons an opportunity to voice their opinion whether for or against proposed revenue obligations – or a bond, according to Temecula Community Development Director Luke Watson.

"Linfield has requested, not from the city, but from CEDA, that they go ahead and issue tax-exempt revenue obligations," Watson said to the council. "Those obligations would not exceed $25 million and the funds are reported to be for the financing or refinancing the costs of acquisition, development, construction, equipment and furnishings of the campus."

Watson said that CEDA was formed to help for-profit and nonprofit corporations and other entities with obtaining financing for projects that serve the public interest, "Such as schools," he said.

"The city is not issuing any debt of its own," Watson said. "As an associate member of CEDA, the city is not responsible for any financial or other obligations of CEDA."

He said the city doesn't have any responsibility regarding the issuance of revenue obligation or any debts related to CEDA or Linfield Christian School.

Dennis Hollingsworth, vice chairman of the board of trustees for Linfield Christian School, and former state senator addressed the council and explained that the request was for the school to take advantage of low-interest rates to refinance existing debt and does not include new construction.

"I just offer our gratitude for taking this up in an expeditious manner," Hollingsworth said.

The council approved both resolutions 4-0 with councilmember Maryann Edwards abstaining.

In the approval of the consent calendar, the council voted unanimously to approve all items, including the adoption of Ordinance Ordinance 19-10 Amendment to Chapter 5.22 of the Temecula Municipal Code regarding massage and massage establishments.

Also approved was a five-year agreement for phlebotomy services with American Forensic Nurses for the Temecula Police Department in the $60,000 yearly for the fiscal year 2019-2020.

The council also approved a cooperative agreement with Our Nicholas Foundation in support of various human services programs and activities, at the request of Mayor Mike Naggar, for in-kind services valued at $754 and $8,300.

The theater projection system at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater will be replaced after the council approved more than $60,000 to cover the costs of replacing the equipment.

The council adopted a resolution to authorize an application for and receipt of Senate Bill 2 Planning Grants program funds.

They also approved the amendments to annual agreements for routine maintenance, on-call, emergency services, various operational needs and for the Department of Public Works, Maintenance Division. The largest agreement was a first amendment with Excel Landscape Inc. for $2,598,658.

The council awarded a construction contract to All American Asphalt for the city's Pavement Rehabilitation Program that includes road resurfacing citywide and Rancho Vista Road in the amount of $855,333.

They also accepted improvements and filed the notice of completion for the French Valley Parkway Interchange – Environmental Mitigation and did the same for the Old Town Improvement Project.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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