The Community Center and Stanton Park got a much-needed facelift thanks to some industrious Eagle Scouts, the state’s department of finance will be getting a stern letter, there is a new interim city finance manager and Stanton is now more disease disaster prepared.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Julie Roman, assistant to the city manager, presented Jarred Leeong, 17, with a commendation award for his Eagle Scout work in personally replacing the old stage flooring in the Stanton Community Center.
Leeong, not only tore out the old flooring, but procured the needed materials to replace it and then installed it himself.
According t0 Roman, the project was much needed and saved the city and staff time and money.
“Taking on this project has been a great pleasure and learning opportunity for me,” said Leeong.
Leeong is a student at Oxford Academy in Cypress.
Other projects done by Eagle Scouts are from Alex Do and Andrew Lake, who contributed painting work to city structures independently and Jeff Tran, who built and installed cabinets in the Stanton Community Center.
In other action Tuesday, it was announced that Stanton will be sending a letter to the California Department of Finance on Thursday, detailing why they find a situation to be unfair.
According to Mayor David Shawver, the state is conflicting its own mandate requiring that cities are to provide bill coverage for bought-out tenants.
Stanton has been helping former residents from the Tina-Pacific neighborhood while they find new housing. The housing tract was mostly bought by the city during an improvements project aimed to rebuild the most crime-ridden neighborhood in the city.
As promised, the former residents have had temporary housing located by the city, with some amenities paid for.
Now, according to Shawver, the state is saying it won’t approve the release and use of the slated required monies to help the former residents.
“You know whose money that is? The people’s money, earmarked to help citizens,” said Shavwer.
Irwin Bornstein has been appointed as the interim administrative service director for the city. He will be responsible for overseeing the working and city finances in detail.
“I’ve been in various capacities in municipal finance [for over 30 years],” said Bornstein.
Bornstein has worked in Mission Viejo and Anaheim and said he has also always been active in the cities he has worked in and with.
Keith Olenslager from the County of Orange Point of Dispensing preparedness program gave a presentation about POD training in Stanton in October. The exercise was organized over the course of 6 months with city staff, took about 9 hours of work and two hours of face time with the community to distribute influenza vaccines. The exercise was a practice for getting communities around Orange County to better know how to handle health disasters on a large scale.
“The city staff took this very seriously, there were no egos involved,” said Olenslager.
For Stanton, there were 125 people involved in the setup and organization, 279 vaccinations and .73 percent of the population served in the city.