Hybrid City Council Chamber/Virtual Zoom Meeting
215 East Branch Street, Arroyo Grande



In person at:

Arroyo Grande City Council Chambers

215 E. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

AND via Zoom at:

Please click the link above to join the Zoom Meeting:


Webinar ID: 832 5584 8846

Or by Telephone:  1-669-900-6833; 1-346-248-7799


In compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 361, which allows for a deviation of teleconference rules required by the Ralph M. Brown Act, this City Council meeting is being conducted in a hybrid in-person/virtual format. Members of the public may participate and provide public comment  on agenda items during the meeting in person at the location identified above, by joining the Zoom meeting, or by submitting written public comments to the Clerk of the Council at Meetings will be broadcast live on Channel 20 and streamed on the City’s website and









Mayor Ray Russom





The City Attorney will announce reportable actions taken, if any, from the Special Meeting of November 29, 2022.

a) CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property: Portions of APNs 007-192-026 and 007-199-038

Agency negotiators: Whitney McDonald and Bill Robeson  

Negotiating parties: Eric Von Berg and Gillian Von Berg, Trustees of the Eric and Gillian Von Berg Revocable Family Trust, u/d/t May 4, 2022

Under negotiation: Price and terms of lease

b) PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION pursuant to Government Code Section 54957:

Title: City Attorney


The City Attorney will announce reportable actions taken, if any, from the Special Meeting of December 7, 2022.

a) PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION pursuant to Government Code Section 54957:

Title: City Attorney





  • Recommended Action:

    Receive update, accept public comments, discuss, and provide direction as necessary.




  • Recommended Action:

    Receive correspondence/comments as presented by the City Manager and Provide direction, as necessary.





  • Recommended Action:

    Adopt a Resolution declaring the official results of the General Municipal Election held on November 8, 2022, and the final Certificates of the Canvass.

The City Clerk will administer the Oath of Office and present Certificates of Election to Mayor Caren Ray Russom, Council Member Kathleen  Secrest, and Council Member James Guthrie.



Comments by Council Member Secrest, Council Member Guthrie, and Mayor Ray Russom.


RECESS: A brief reception will be held.

RECONVENE: To consider all remaining items on the City Council Agenda.

ROLL CALL: Council Members Secrest, Guthrie, Barneich, George, and Mayor Ray Russom




Reports are made during the Second Council Meeting each month.



This public comment period is an invitation to members of the community to present issues, thoughts, or suggestions on matters not scheduled on this agenda. Comments should be limited to those matters that are within the jurisdiction of the City Council. Members of the public may provide public comment in-person or remotely by joining the Zoom meeting utilizing one of the methods provided below. Please use the “raise hand” feature to indicate your desire to provide public comment. 

  • Or by Telephone: 1-669-900-6833; 1-346-248-7799
    Press * 9 to “raise hand” for public comment

The Brown Act restricts the Council from taking formal action on matters not published on the agenda. In response to your comments, the Mayor or presiding Council Member may:

• Direct City staff to assist or coordinate with you.
• A Council Member may state a desire to meet with you.
• It may be the desire of the Council to place your issue or matter on a future Council agenda.

Please adhere to the following procedures when addressing the Council:

• Comments should be limited to 3 minutes or less.
• Your comments should be directed to the Council as a whole and not directed to individual Council members.
• Slanderous, profane or personal remarks against any Council Member or member of the audience shall not be permitted.



The following routine items listed below are scheduled for consideration as a group. The recommendations for each item are noted. Any member of the public who wishes to comment on any Consent Agenda item may do so at this time. Any Council Member may request that any item be withdrawn from the Consent Agenda to permit discussion or change the recommended course of action. The City Council may approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda on one motion.


  • Recommended Action:

    Receive and file the attached report listing investment deposits of the City of Arroyo Grande as of October 31, 2022, as required by Government Code Section 53646(b).


  • Recommended Action:

    Approve the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of November 22, 2022; and the Special City Council Meetings of November 29, 2022 and December 7, 2022, as submitted.


  • Recommended Action:

    1) Accept the project improvements as constructed by Nu Line Technologies in accordance with the plans and specifications for the Wood Place, Farroll/Sandalwood, Sandalwood/Cameron, and Woodland Back Yard Sewer Lining Project, PW 2022-10; 2) Direct staff to file a Notice of Completion; and 3) Authorize release of retention, thirty-five (35) days after the Notice of Completion has been recorded, if no liens have been filed.


  • Recommended Action:

    1) Receive and file an update of the emergency generator replacement project at the FCFA Station 1; and 2) Adopt a Resolution determining that there is a need to continue the emergency action for the replacement of the emergency generator in accordance with Public Contract Code Section 22050.










  • Recommended Action:

    Appoint Council Member Barneich as the Mayor Pro Tem for the next one-year period, pursuant to Council policy.


  • Recommended Action:

    1) Make appointments for the next two-year period to the regional and local boards and committees with Council representation; and 2) Direct the City Clerk to update Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 806 (Agency Report of Public Official Appointments) for posting on the City website.



Any Council Member may ask a question for clarification, make an announcement, or report briefly on his or her activities. In addition, subject to Council policies and procedures, Council Members may request staff to report back to the Council at a subsequent meeting concerning any matter or request that staff place a matter of business on a future agenda. Any request to place a matter of business for original consideration on a future agenda requires the concurrence of at least one other Council Member.







All staff reports or other written documentation, including any supplemental material distributed to a majority of the City Council within 72 hours of a regular meeting, relating to each item of business on the agenda are available for public inspection during regular business hours in the City Clerk’s office, 300 E. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande. If requested, the agenda shall be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with a disability, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. To make a request for disability-related modification or accommodation, contact the Legislative and Information Services Department at 805-473-5400 as soon as possible and at least 48 hours prior to the meeting date.

This agenda was prepared and posted pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.2 Agenda reports can be accessed and downloaded from the City’s website at If you would like to subscribe to receive email or text message notifications when agendas are posted, you can sign up online through the “Notify Me” feature.

City Council Meetings are cablecast live and videotaped for replay on Arroyo Grande’s Government Access Channel 20. The rebroadcast schedule is published at

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