Lake Los Angeles Rural Town Council could be disbanded
July 30 2015
Rural Town Council needs members to survive
LAKE LOS ANGELES - The Lake Los Angeles Rural Town Council could be disbanded if members of the community do not step up to serve on the volunteer group.
The town council is down to three members, one member short of a quorum. The latest resignation is former member Vladimir Gomez, who joined the group last fall and resigned some time after June's meeting.
President Lee Crawford, Vice President and correspondence secretary Deb Hill and treasurer Misty Vivirito remain, but the group needs four members for a quorum to conduct business.
Crawford and Hill were the only members in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.
Crawford motioned to start proceedings to dissolve the Town Council. He wanted to give the community a couple of months to respond to hopefully save the group.
"We have a desperate need for the meeting next month," Crawford said.
For example, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works representatives want to discuss plans to correct drainage problems on Avenue P-8 at next month's meeting.
Crawford doesn't want to see the council dissolved.
"I think having this council is a critical thing to bring information to this community," Crawford said. "If we don't have a focal point in bringing communication, then we're left with whatever the county has for us without any representation. There's nobody to stand up to handle problems like P-8. There's nobody to bring our voice to the county so I think this council is a very important thing."
Town councils do not have any legislative power. Members serve on a voluntary basis and report community concerns to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's office.
"The town councils are a vital component of our efforts to serve the unincorporated communities," Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell said Wednesday.
Town councils are autonomous and the county cannot get directly involved with the council but it can offer assistance to help keep the group together,
"We really hope there is a way to maintain a presence," Bell said, adding they will be there to serve the community no matter what.
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