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This Week in City Hall: April 8, 2024

Mayor Lock Dawson begins her second term as three new representatives are sworn into the City Council. Cannabis Business Tax becomes official, and the conversion of the old Marcy Library building into a child daycare facility will be considered.

Welcome to our weekly digest on public meetings and agenda items worthy of your attention in the next week. This guide is part of our mission to provide everyday Riversiders like you with the information to speak up on the issues you care about.

City Council

City Council will meet in closed and open sessions on Tuesday, April 9, in an afternoon session at 1:00 p.m. and an evening session at 6:15 p.m. (agenda).

At 6:15 p.m., Mayor Lock Dawson and Ward 7 Councilmember Hemenway will be sworn into their second terms. Phillip Falcone, Steven Robillard, and Sean Mill will be sworn in as new councilmembers for Wards 1, 3, and 5.

The afternoon agenda includes:

  • Adding the Disability Pride Month Flag to the City's new list of commemorative flags approved to be flown at City facilities during July.
  • Extending the City Manager Mike Futrell's existing contract through January 9, 2029, and City Attorney Phaedra Norton's contract through July 20, 2028, with a compensation increase of just shy of $50,000 annually.
  • Adding the new "Cannabis Business Tax" to the City's Municipal Code following voter approval of over 60% on the March ballot.

Board of Library Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees meets on Monday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m. (agenda) to review the library system's proposed preliminary fiscal year 2024-2026 budget.

Board of Public Utilities

The Board of Public Utilities meets on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. (agenda) to review proposed preliminary budgets through 2026.

Commission of the Deaf

The Commission of the Deaf meets on Wednesday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. (agenda) to discuss renaming itself to "Deaf Commission," or another name that directly translates into ASL.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meets on Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m. (agenda) to review a proposal to subdivide a 4.50-acre parcel on Wood Road into five parcels for single-family homes and consider the conversion of the old Marcy Library building into a child daycare facility. 

Airport Commission

The Airport Commission meets on Thursday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. (agenda) for a monthly report.

Budget Engagement Commission

The Budget Engagement Commission meets on Thursday, April 11, at 5:00 p.m. (agenda) to review proposed budget adjustments and community engagement efforts.