Lindsay weighs cost of hiring Spanish interpreter

Lindsay’s council meeting at Lindsay City Hall.(Rigo Moran)

City looks into hiring interpreter for council meetings to translate public comments of community’s Spanish’s speakers

LINDSAY – After a few instances of needing the city clerk to translate the public comments of Spanish speakers, the city is looking into what it would take to hire an interpreter for council meetings.

On Feb. 13, the Lindsay City Council reviewed a discussion item to hire a Spanish interpreter for city council meetings. Acting City Manager Armando da Silva explained how much the services would cost the city.

Although he was not in attendance at the meeting, the original request for the item was proposed by Mayor Pro Tem Ramiro Serna. Serna requested looking into the cost of an interpreter after a meeting on Dec. 12, when multiple Spanish speakers showed up for public comment and their comments all had to be interpreted by the city clerk.

Da Silva explained he reached out to the interpreter used by the Lindsay Unified School District to get a quote. The company has a four-hour minimum for their services and their rates start at $450 an hour. After the initial four hours the company’s rates go down to $150 an hour. Overall the services are estimated to cost the city $13,000 annually.

Councilmember Sanchez asked if da Silva received quotes from any other interpreting services, which he had not. Da Silva said he could follow up with other services in the area to get more quotes.

In other Lindsay news, the city is starting to accept applications for their military banners program, and will be renovating their baseball fields in August.

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