Santee's Energy Issues: June 13 City Council Agenda Summary

This meeting: city user fees, energy issues affecting the city, road improvements, and council elections.

Video Blog: Councilmembers John Minto and Jack Dale Start

Below is a summary of what is due to occur at this week's Council meeting. Santee Patch regularly livestreams video of Council meetings and reports on important happenings, so check back for the lowdown on the meeting.

The next  begins Wed., June 13, 2012 at 7 pm:


• The San Diego River Park Foundation will present a certificate of appreciation for Santee's role in the Take Pride in America program. All sorts of organizations teamed up to recently.

• The American Cancer Society will accept a proclamation honoring the 13th annual relay in Santee.


• engineering program students will be recognized for taking their school motto seriously: "Home of scholars and champions." They have won numerous competitions this year, including and Chevron Design competitions.

• will present $34,500 to the city to sponsor , event and . 

Consent Calendar

• The council will be asked to adopt four resolutions for the Nov. election, in which Santee will vote for Mayor and one City Council position.

Public Hearings

In Feb., 2011 the City Council decided to perform a cost allocation plan and comprehensive study of city user fees. A report on the newly suggested fee schedule has been returned and the council must discuss and vote whether to confirm the new prices. The new fees could result in ans estimated $471, 690 average annual increase in cost recovery for the city.

City Council Report

• Councilmen and will "introduce a number of issues for council discussion on the as they may, now or in the future, have important ramifications to the quality of life in the community." It isn't clear what will be discussed, though all signs point to the Quail Brush Power Plant. A press conference is planned prior to the City Council meeting on Wednesday.

New Business

City Council will discuss whether to approve a contract for pavement rehabilitation, drainage improvements, widening and sidewalk improvements in the Buena Vista Ave. and Railroad Ave. area. See more in the agenda.

If you want to publicly comment on any topic, fill out a speaker slip at the beginning of the meeting.

For more detailed information see the full council agenda in the media box or download here.

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just my opinion June 14, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Guess the city of santee will elect a new mayor in Nov. Just keep in mind our current mayor called us "Hicksville". Maybe we need some new blood to change that.
Maggie Acerra June 14, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Don't be fooled by Council members Minto and Dale's sudden rush to defend Santee from the power plant situation. I was at the February City Council meeting when one of the members of the Stop the Santee Power Plant spoke about the objections to it being built, and invited the Mayor and City Council members to one of the Stop the Santee Power Plant meetings that were then being held at Pinnacle Peaks Restaurant. Their reaction was demeaning and offensive with Mayor Voepel stating "I'll be on my cruise by then" and Council member Minto joking about he would be "able to see the lights of the power plant from his hot tub on his patio," and Council members Ryan, McNellis, and Dale of course saying....nothing, in reaction to this woman's request. There IS an election coming up and both Mayor Voepel and Council member Dale know they have raised the ire of the citizens of Santee with their lack of response, in fact, their total silence on the power plant issue BEFORE they were against it. Make no mistake about it, the REAL heros here in this fight are the small group of citizens that found out about that power plant, found out that the City Council knew about it in May of 2011 and stayed silent instead of doing their jobs as elected Representatives of the citizens, and FOUGHT to make their fellow citizens aware of the problem. Jack Dale admitted he went to the meetings and researched the proposal at the request of Mayor Voepel. He wasn't interested enough on his own?
Steven Bartholow June 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
See video of the energy press conference and the whole council meeting- http://santee.patch.com/articles/live-video-santee-city-council-meeting-jun-13-2012 Will be posting a story today delving into the idea of Community Choice Energy Aggregation which was discussed last night.
Sandy June 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM
About 20 years ago a friend in Arizona said his university environmental studies course was taking a field trip all the way to Santee, California. They were studying our model water reclamation facilities. Exciting that Santee could again take the lead in sustainability via community energy planning. Eager to learn more about this and support councilmembers Dale and Minto in their initiative.
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