The Civic Courier

City Council Meeting Recap
March 21, 2023 | City Council Meeting
City Recognizes Staff with 10 Years of Experience or More

Twenty-two City employees were recognized for career milestones on Tuesday night. Collectively, the employees have given 355 years of service to the organization and the community.

Staff members with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service were all honored with certificates of appreciation.

Payroll Analyst Penny Sutphin was one of the 25-year employees recognized at the meeting. Just last week, she was honored as the City's 2022 Employee of the Year. Way to go, Penny! You have so much to celebrate and we are lucky to have you!

Read more about the 2022 Employee of the Year and 2022 Safety Employee of the Year here.
Hanford Fire Captain Tom McKean (20 years), Payroll Analyst Penny Sutphin (25 years), Hanford Police Chief Parker Sever (25 years)
Council Approves Subcommittee to Discuss Contract Renewal with Main Street Hanford

Council members voted unanimously to approve the formation of a subcommittee consisting of Council Members Kalish Morrow and Lou Martinez to work with Main Street Hanford's board and executive director on the renewal of an agreement between the City and the nonprofit organization. Over the last two decades, the City has drawn from the Central Parking and Improvement Fund to pay Main Street Hanford for its efforts to enhance and promote the Central Parking and Business Improvement District (BID). The last contract amount was approximately $81,000. The Central Parking and Improvement Fund, which consists of double business license taxes assessed on businesses located in the BID, currently has a balance of $165,620.

The formation of a council subcommittee focused on the Main Street Hanford contract renewal will help City staff determine the scope of services Main Street Hanford provides as part of a new agreement, in accordance with the specific uses allowed in the Central Parking and Improvement Fund.

Those uses include:

A. The acquisition, construction or maintenance of parking facilities for the benefit of the area;
B. The decoration of any public place in the area;
C. The promotion of public events which are to take place on or in public places in the area;
D. The furnishing of music in any public place in the area; and
E. The general promotion of retail trade activities in the area.
Other Actions, Announcements

  • The Mayor, with the full support of other council members, appointed James Nelson to an alternate seat on the Parking and Traffic Commission, Sheldon Blackwell to a seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and Judy Scott to an alternate seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Next Regular City Council Meeting
April 4, 2023, 7 p.m.