Lindsay Councilman John Stava to resign

By C.J. Barbre

At the July 26 Lindsay City Council meeting, Councilman John Stava gave notification to fellow council members that he would be tendering resignation at the following meeting on Aug. 9. He has accepted a position in Ventura County at Camarillo High School.

"It was something I had to do career-wise," Stava said in a later phone interview. He said he is keeping his residence in Lindsay but is also renting an apartment in Camarillo. "Obviously I can't be here for the city council meetings, so in fairness, I felt I needed to step aside and let somebody else do the job." Stava has served more than a decade on the council.

"It's been a pleasure," he said. "I trust that the people of Lindsay are pleased with my service. We have the best staff in captivity, top to bottom. They have been absolutely priceless, and it has been my pleasure to work with some of the best." In that roster he included Ellen Hendricks who is now Ellen Blumer, "who put me on the straight and narrow." Stava said.

"It's been an absolute joy for me to serve on the council, but I will only be here on the weekends and it's just not fair," Stava concluded.

"John has been a valuable member of the council," said Mayor Ed Murray. "He came through the hard times when Lindsay was facing bankruptcy and stayed on the whole time. He helped us get where we are today."

By statute, the vacant seat must be filled within 30 days from the effective date of the resignation, or Thursday, Sept. 8. The council has the choice of appointing someone or holding an election; however, Murray said they would not go to the unnecessary expense to hold an election. Whomever is appointed will need to run for the office in the November 2006 election if they want to continue in the post.

A notice will be posted in the Sun-Gazette for potential candidates to the council to submit letters of interest along with resumes to the city clerk. The letter should include civic involvement and activities meritorious to consideration of the position.

Mustering thanks

Several members of the Lindsay Fire Department Auxiliary attended the council meeting to thank the city for their support of the auxiliary's first California Firemen's Muster Association muster held in Lindsay City Park on July 9-10.

"Our muster was a great success," volunteer chief Tim Franks told the council. "We had 200 to 250 people, from as far north as Fortuna near the Oregon border and from as far south as Los Angeles." He said Lindsay took five trophies among the 28 teams competing in the muster.

"The Spreckles team said it was the best muster in 20 years. The CFMA was also very impressed. They never had city officials speak to them even once. We think we did a great job and always appreciate the help.

Auxiliary president Renee Franks presented the mayor/city with an antique fire engine trophy in appreciation for their support.

"Several council members were out there," the mayor responded. "It created a lot of pride for the city that your group had so many activities." The muster was covered in the July 13 Sun-Gazette.

Maple Valley Estates Subdivision approved

Resolution 05-54 was passed, approving negative declaration/tentative subdivision Map No. 05-07, a request by Best-Bilt Construction of Porterville to divide one parcel into 42 lots for property located between Maple and Ash avenues, north of Tulare Road.

Community development analyst Bill Zigler told the council that the 8.9 acre parcel recently annexed by the city, would become 42 single-family residential lots. The subdivision will not be walled, but will have a subdivision monument and median strips at both ends.

The Lindsay City Council meets in council chambers at Lindsay City Hall on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

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