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Santee City Council Presents and Proclaims

Business was mostly ceremonial at this week's meeting, from celebrating Santana's Jack E. Dale Cup win to commemorating the 224th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Adjournment in Memory:

, 68, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011. He served as Santee City Manager for fourteen years, from 1983 to 1997.

Ballard acted as Santee's second City Manager and helped bring the young city into maturity with major developments like Town Center, and the redevelopment agency.

"He got us through the hard times... plowed the field and set the city up for development," said Mayor Randy Voepel. "The city would not be where it is without Ron."

Presentations:

• The annual football game between and high schools, known as the Jack E. Dale Cup, was formally dedicated to this year's winner, High, by the City Council.

• September has been designated as National Preparedness Month by the Department of Homeland Security. The City of Santee recognized this in the presentation of a proclamation, which reads in part: "...urge all citizens to before, during and after major emergencies to mitigate injuries, loss of life and property damage." Read more in the agenda packet.

Deputy Fire Chief Richard Mattick was on hand to present information about how to be more prepared.

In the event of a disaster like an earthquake make sure you have food, water and emergency supplies ready in your home.

"It is important for citizens to recognize that they should be prepared to be on their own for 5-7 days," said Mattick.

Visit www.alertsandiego.org in order to register for reverse 911, in case of disaster authorities will call you to inform you of what's happening.

• National Suicide Prevention Week and Yellow Ribbon Youth Suicide Prevention Week was recognized by the City Council. accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Yellow Ribbon Youth Suicide Prevention Program she volunteers with along with Miss Teen Santee 2011, Savannah Keener.

• The City Council, in partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution, proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as "Constitution Week" in Santee, in honor of the 224th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Editors notes:

Throughout the meeting Mayor Voepel had a stoic face on, was noticeably less playful, and seemed deep in thought. To adjourn the meeting he announced a closed session for negotiations with "the evil empire of San Diego."

He then mentioned to the press that it was likely that the City of Santee would be wrapping up negotiations with the City of San Diego over the proposed Sycamore Landfill expansion- which is owned by San Diego and could as much as quadruple the number of trucks coming in on Mast Boulevard. Santee wants their fair share of concessions, and could be the first city to earn concessions from a landfill that . (UPDATE: )

Mayor Voepel wouldn't budge on specifics, like how much money the city might receive or what it might be spent on.

"All budgets are like a burrito: if you squeeze one end, it pops out the other," he said.

Voepel said once the negotiations are complete, the contract has to be signed, and it could be public within three to five days. Santee Patch is following this story.

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