Hayward, who is the city’s Youth Development and Recreation Coordinator, was presented with the county wide recognition by Mayor Luis Molina and Parks and Recreation Director Julienne Flanders during Tuesday night’s city council meeting on May 20. They attributed his recognition based on his work with the city’s youth and working relationship with the Patterson Unified School District.
“Jason works really hard with the teens,” said Flanders. “He provides a wide variety of programs in conjunction with the school district and he is very deserving of this award.”
“I really appreciate it, and the partnership with the school district, and Alyson Cassidy from the After School Program. She is really what made this happen,” Hayward said of the award.
Hayward has also played a large role in the formation and success of the Youth Action Commission as well as the Junior Leadership Program, which prepares youth ages 12 to 15 to be able to obtain jobs with either the Recreation Department or in the community by age 16.
New Chamber to Receive Funding
City Council members expressed hesitation but unanimously voted to approve a $30,000 loan to the newly reformed Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce dependent on a pair of MOU’s (memorandum of understanding) that need to be written up. Chamber representatives also expressed hesitation in receiving the loan though, if they had to pay it back.
“I don’t believe we would be able to accept the loan without the T.O.T. (Transient Occupancy Tax),” interim Chamber president Troy McMahan stated during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Patterson resident Mike Anderson expressed concern to the council regarding allocation of the funds despite an ongoing lawsuit with Best Western Villa Del Lago hotel owner Dominic Speno, and his contributions to the city regarding the T.O.T.
“I’d like you to think about putting this on hold until we get this (lawsuit) settled… If this man gets upset, he might pull the whole (T.O.T) out and we won’t have any T.O.T.,” Anderson said during the public comment period.
Members of the new Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce has previously stated that it is seeking a portion of the T.O.T. to help fund their cause. However, money from the T.O.T. is already being allocated and cuts to that budget would need to be made in order to help fund the Chamber.
“I think that we should see what needs to be cut before we [vote],” councilmember Sheree Lustgarten expressed before a motion by Mayor Molina was entertained to proceed with the loan.
Firefighter/Paramedic Positions Created
Council members approved the creation of three new job descriptions and classifications during Tuesday’s meeting.
The creation of a Firefighter Paramedic, a Fire Engineer Paramedic, and a Fire Captain Paramedic will allow current firefighters who may already be trained as paramedics to use their lifesaving skills concurrently while responding to calls.
About $30,000 dollars worth of life saving equipment needs to be purchased to allow for the dual roles to take place within the department, and a 10 percent pay incentive will be offered to those within the department who do take on those roles.
“It will allow us to deliver a higher quality of care to the community,” Division Fire Chief Steve Hall said.
The city council also allocated $5,000 to be given to the PRIDE (Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel) organization as sponsorship of the 2014 edition of the West Valley Century Ride and Health Fair scheduled for September 13, 2014. The health faire features a 100-mile bicycle ride, 62-mile ride, and 30-mile ride as well as a 5K family fun ride.
The Patterson Parks and Recreation Commission changed their regular meeting date to the third Thursday’s of the month at 9:00 am at City Hall.
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