Atascadero has a rich history and this year, the city will celebrate its 100th anniversary of fire protection. This milestone is just one in a long list of recent milestones for services that have been essential to Atascadero residents since 1892.

Atascadero Recognizes 100th Anniversary of Fire and Emergency Services •

CalRecyle receives an Intent to Comply with SB 1383 from the City Council.

ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — On Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., the Atascadero City Council had its regularly scheduled meeting. This week’s regular meeting did not include a closed session.

The night’s agenda was overwhelmingly approved.

Alan Baker of the Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero Battalion Chief Matt Miranda, and Deputy Director of Community Development and Chief Building Officer David Muehlhausen were granted Employee Recognition on the steps of City Hall for their combined 60+ years of service to the City of Atascadero. 

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Mayor Pro Tem Heather Newsom presented a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of Atascadero’s Fire & Emergency Services. Casey Bryson, the Fire Chief, got it digitally. 

“Thank you very much, Mayor and Council, for the wonderful proclamation,” Bryson added. “A hundred years is a milestone worth commemorating!” It’s a watershed moment.” 

The Consent Calendar received unanimous approval. The schedule included Community Choice Aggregation, which was addressed in depth during the Feb. 8 meeting. 

Rachelle Rickard, the city manager, provided information on the city and asked Atascadero Police Chief Bob Masterson to speak to the community about D-20 and police personnel.

“At the end of the day, we’re one officer and two dispatchers short,” Masterson said.

After then, the meeting continued into a public hearing on the permission of hazardous tree removal. Phil Dunsmore, Community Development Director, presented the presentation. East Mall lost a historic live oak that had been planted in 1915.

“We’re looking at a post-removal tonight,” Dunsmore said. “Normally, we inspect these items before removing them, but in this instance, the tree had perished, and it was an emergency.” 

The property owner is required to transplant a coast live oak on the land. Staff recommends that the city use its native tree monies to assist the property owner in replanting a tree in the heritage live oak’s place, according to Dunsmore. The city’s contribution to this significant tree replacement would be limited to $3,500. 

The motion was unanimously approved. 

Lara Christensen, Deputy City Manager, presented a management report on SB 1383, the New Solid Waste Requirements. SB 1383 asks for improvements to education, monitoring, buying, and reporting, which will result in increased solid waste rates and changes to solid waste collection in Atascadero.

SB 1383 was passed in September 2016, however it won’t take effect until January 1, 2022. 

SB 1383’s goal is to limit emissions of short-lived climatic pollutants, according to Christensen. 

Landfills are one of the top three methane gas generators. The statewide objectives were for a 50% decrease by 2020, a 75% reduction by 2025, and a 20% recovery rate for discarded, editable food. 

Residents of single-family and multi-family houses must now have three garbage cans: one for trash, one for recycling, and one for yard clippings and food waste. In select cases, exemptions and self-hauling will be permitted in Atascadero.

“If you could have everything done and have no violations by June 30, 2022,” CalRecycle stated, “then you wouldn’t need to file a notice of compliance.” 

Because Atascadero is negotiating a brand-new franchise deal, Christensen believes it is in the city’s best interests to have a Notification of Intent to Comply in place. Atascadero would have until December 31, 2022 under the new agreement. 

Councilmember Charles Bourbeau made a motion to adopt the staff recommendation to introduce the first reading of the draft ordinance and to adopt draft resolutions submitting of intent to comply to CalRecyle with the changes as amended. Councilmember Mark Dariz seconded. The motion was unanimously approved.

The next meeting of the Atascadero City Council will be place on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.

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