HEMET: Trash deal reaches final major vote August 08, 2011
The Hemet City Council will vote
tonight on approving final negotiations to outsource its refuse department to
CR&R, an $82 million, 20-year deal that is expected to give the city some
much-needed financial security.
It is expected that the new service
will begin Oct. 1. Under the contract, CR&R can raise rates next year, but
city officials say rates would have gone up regardless.
Though there will be a final vote
later this month or in September, the terms of the deal are in place and
approval tonight will almost certainly mean Hemet's city-owned trash service is
down to its final eight weeks of service.
"This vote will be the biggest
leap forward in contracting out our refuse department," Mayor Jerry
Franchville said. "If the council does approve it, it's just a matter of
dotting the i's and crossing the t's. I don't foresee anything major if we move
CR&R will pay Hemet a $25
million franchise fee once the deal is done and then make franchise payments of
$2.7 million annually for the next 20 years. The city also will receive $2.7
million for the purchase of its trash vehicle fleet. In addition, Hemet expects
to save $500,000 a year because CR&R will handle street sweeping.
HEMET: Police chief goes to bat for department March 01, 2013
Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown wrote a letter to the City Council this week vowing to aggressively defend his department in the face of rumors that it could be disbanded.
Facing an estimated $2.7 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, the city is evaluating whether to keep its own fire department or contract for the service with Riverside County. Many residents fear the police department could be up for review next.
The concern comes as crime is rising in Hemet and the number of police officers on the street has declined.
On Feb. 22 and again on Friday, March 1, residents turned out for rallies along Florida Avenue to show support for local control of public safety services. The Feb. 22 rally drew some 300 people, and more than 100 turned out on Friday. (link to source)
HEMET: Assistant city manager resigns post March 06, 2013
Mark Orme, Hemet’s assistant city manager, announced Wednesday, March 7, that he is resigning to take a job in Chico where he will be working with his former boss.
Orme has accepted the position as assistant city manager in the Northern California city, where he will work under Brian Nakamura, who was Hemet’s city manager for three years before taking the new job in August.
After Nakamura’s resignation, Orme was Hemet’s interim city manager from August until December, when the newly seated City Council decided to bring in Bradley, a former city manager in Temecula.
Orme is leaving a city at a crossroads.
The City Council is debating whether the city should retain its own Fire Department or contract those services to the county as it looks to stem an anticipated $2.7 million budget deficit for next year.
There has been speculation that a similar review of the Police Department could be in the offing, although no formal proposal has been made for such a study. (link to source)
Letter: Did Chico council do its homework? Chico Enterprise-Record Posted: 03/14/2013
New Chico City Manager Brian Nakamura recently claimed he left Hemet, where he was also city manager, with a $14 million surplus. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is Hemet was in such financial trouble they were forced to sell off the profitable city-owned garbage service. That's where the $14 million came from. Hemet is now in such bad shape it is considering contracting out police and fire service. Hemet is a mess financially, littered with abandoned housing developments, troubled schools, increasing crime and gang activity.
Now Nakamura has hired his second in command from Hemet to be assistant city manager in Chico over 58 other applicants. Talk about covering your back. When I suggested a Chico City Council person make some calls to check out Nakamura before hiring him, the comment was, "I don't have the time." The most important position in city government and this council person doesn't have the time?