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Hesperia bringing in homeless shelter

City council to discuss shelter, street sweeping, RDA tonight

A new homeless shelter is coming to Hesperia, and the city is looking to pitch in by potentially waiving all fees associated with establishing the facility.

During tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider waiving fees for the formation of a homeless shelter and vocational training center by the Victor Valley Family Resource Center on “E” Avenue, between “I” Avenue and the railroad tracks in the industrial area of the city.

Total fees to transform the leased property, the former Hesperia Truss site, would come in at an estimated $11,770.

Sharon Green, CEO and president of the center, said her vision is accommodate up to 48 at-risk residents daily once the center is opened.

Originally established in 2001, the nonprofit VVFRC is the training division of Higher Praise Tabernacle Church, which focuses on meeting the needs of youth who have been victimized by drug abuse, violence and gangs, and to prevent future involvement in “at-risk” behaviors and activities, according to the church’s web site.

The City Council is also set to award a three-year street sweeping contract to Cannon Pacific Service during tonight’s meeting.

The San Marcos based company was the lowest bidder with a first-year cost of $111,350, and a total three-year contract not to exceed $402,514.

The previous three-year contract expired at the end of June, and temporary sweeping services are currently in place to eliminate trash and debris from city streets and to prevent storm drains from obstructions.

Weekly sweeping services are performed on Main Street and Bear Valley Road, and biweekly on I and E avenues, Hesperia Road and city government facilities.

Bike lanes and housing tracts are also swept on a regular basis.

In order to facilitate the financing of public capital improvements at minimal costs, the council tonight will discuss a resolution to form a joint power authority between the city and the Hesperia Water District that would result in the formation of the Hesperia Joint Public Finance Authority.

The dissolution of redevelopment agencies earlier this year and the subsequent “clean-up” language could end the current JPA, which was formed by the city council and Hesperia Community Redevelopment Agency in 1992.

These issues are up for discussion during the meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave. A full agenda is available at www.CityOfHesperia.us.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.


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