One Member Short, City Council To Tackle Library And Transit Issues
The Santa Clarita City Council will hear issues related to the City’s transit system and prospective library collection when it convenes on Tuesday for its first session since the winter recess.
Noticeably absent will be Councilman Frank Ferry, who was discharged last week from Providence Holy Cross Medical Center following complications from pancreatic surgery on Nov. 30. It is not known when he will return to the Council.
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At Tuesday’s meeting, the four other Council members will make the final decision on joining two resource sharing aggregates for the impending Santa Clarita Public Library system.
One of these networks is the Southern California Library Cooperative, which boasts a collection of 27.3 million volumes of print materials among its various city and county library members.
The other is the Inland Library Network, a large network of participants connected through software that functions as an integrated library system and catalog. According to the staff report, this ILN catalogue is made up of slightly more than 1 million unique titles, representing a larger per capita ratio for titles when compared to the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
To join the network, the City must purchase the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system software, which costs $93,040, an expenditure anticipated in contracting with Library Systems and Services, the company that will provide managerial services for the Santa Clarita Public Library.
The council will also decide whether or not to amend the on-time performance standards for the Santa Clarita Transit, operated by MV Transportation.
As it stands, drivers are expected to maintain as 95 percent on-time standard, or else face penalties. In recent months, the City has repeatedly fined MV Transportation for failing to meet standards and has reported a decreased lack of service due to rushing to meet the quotas.
In light of this, City staff is recommending lowering the on-time standard to 90.5 percent, which is more in line with industry standard of 90 percent. In turn, MV has agreed to lower limits for incentives.
City Council will also hear the final reading for the annexation of the Copperstone neighborhood, which is adjacent to Tesoro del Valle in northern Valencia.
Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.