The city of Hesperia is spending $25,000 more to repair the yards of difficult to sell homes.


At their meeting on Tuesday night, the Hesperia City Council approved a contract amendment with Cal-West Nurseries. The amendment upped the contract by $25,000 for landscape restorations to 25 city and agency-owned single-family houses, increasing the total contract amount to $110,128.


Steven Lantsberger, deputy director of economic development, told the council the extra money was necessary only to address "immediate needs for properties that have issues with irrigation systems, leaking pipes or broken valves."


On June 20, the council is scheduled to take a virtual tour of the properties. According to Lantsberger, the tour will give the council members "an idea of the scope of the rehabilitation required." The objective is to turn these 25 neglected, foreclosed or abandoned houses into marketable homes.


In other council news, Joni Latimer, a maintenance crew supervisor for the city, presented Stephen Verheyen, meter reader, with the Employee of the Month award for June.


The council Patricia Kohut was recognized for her volunteer services to the city.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.