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Council decision due on teen alcohol ordinance

By From page A5 | March 06, 2012

Several key items on the Feb. 21 City Council meeting agenda were pushed back by two weeks after a lengthy economic development roundtable discussion and the Golden Heart Awards ceremony ran longer than expected.

At Tuesday’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., the council will decide whether to enact a revised ordinance allowing police to cite minors who are found to be drunk in public.

When he introduced the ordinance at the Jan. 10 council meeting, Davis Police Chief Landy Black said under current law, there is no prohibition on minors having alcohol in their systems, only for purchasing or possessing alcohol.

When police encounter someone under the age of 18 who is under the influence, the most they can do is try to find the minor’s parents.

The council delayed action on the ordinance in January to allow the public to offer input on the proposed law. Revisions that reflect that input will be presented by Black.

If the council approves the ordinance, it would go into effect in time for Picnic Day on Saturday, April 21, according to Deputy City Manager Kelly Stachowicz.

In other action, the council is expected to address:

* Affordable housing: With DACHA, the Davis Area Cooperative Housing Association, now likely a thing of the past, the City Council must decide what to do with the 20 single-family units the cooperative association left behind.

The council will consider Tuesday whether to continue renting the units, about half of which are occupied. According to a city staff report, the city would see an increase of more than $11,000 in monthly rent if all the units are occupied.

* Water treatment plant site: The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency will ask the council Tuesday to approve final engineering for filling the regional water treatment facility site, an action that would keep the city from incurring additional costs to the surface water project should Davis residents approve it in November.

The surface water project would tap water from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it to Davis. It would cost the city approximately $160 million.

* Davis Roots: Mayor Joe Krovoza and Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson would like to see Davis Roots, a new nonprofit that will identify and develop new business ventures in the community, to move into the city-owned Hunt-Boyer Mansion, 604 Second St.

The two council members will ask their colleagues to offer Davis Roots a six-month lease in an existing vacant space in the mansion and direct staff to check back in four months to assess pursuing a longer lease.

— Reach Tom Sakash at [email protected] or (530) 747-8057. Follow him on Twitter @TomSakash

Tom Sakash

Tom Sakash covers the city beat for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected], (530) 747-8057 or @TomSakash.
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