Community Development Director Andrea Redamonti patiently waited until the end of the August 16, 2010, Planning Commission meeting to announce that the City had just been awarded a Cal Trans grant for downtown revitalization in the amount of $96,000.

Community Development Director Andrea Redamonti patiently waited until the end of the August 16, 2010, Planning Commission meeting to announce that the City had just been awarded a Cal Trans grant for downtown revitalization in the amount of $96,000.
“Cal Trans is looking for ways to mobilize and help with lighting and parking,” she explained. The City of Gridley applied for the same grant last year, but was turned down.
The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the two proposed solar projects the City is working on. One would be built on the city-owned property adjacent to Rio Pluma on Highway 99 and the other on East Gridley Road at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“This has been close to a two year project so far. The City has been working with NCPA to bring two solar projects to town,” City Administrator Rob Hickey explained to commissioners.
The 27 acre project on Highway 99 involves the installation of a photovoltaic solar array 4,536 KW DC in size and will produce approximately 8,347,860 kilowatt hours (kwh) of energy per year. The project will be tied to the existing electric grid and is intended to serve the City of Gridley through the City of Gridley’s Electric Utility Department.
The project site at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant parcel contains an orchard, bound by wastewater percolation ponds to the south. The project would be tied to the existing electric grid and is intended to offset the needs of the City of Gridley Wastewater Treatment Plant. This proposed project would be the installation of a solar array system on approximately thirteen acres to offset the electrical needs of the City of Gridley’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The proposed array would be 750 KW DC (kilowatts direct current) in size and will produce approximately 1,590,000 hours (kwh) of energy per year and may be expanded in the future to utilize the entire 13-acre parcel.
“This is an ideal spot for solar, as there are over 300 days of sunshine here. Oddly enough, if the temperature goes above high 90’s, the amount of solar starts to drop off. This area is perfect for solar. When I got here, Council was interested in a bi-ethanol project with other points of energy discussed also. When first approached, I worked with NCPA staff. The regulatory commission project would start at 28 cents per kw. Once it is under 12 cents per kw, it puts it into the same price range of other projects. Andrea has done a lot of work to keep us in the lead,” Hickey stated.
Redamonti presented the commissioners with a report regarding adoption and implementation of the update to the City’s Housing Element. The Housing Element, by state law, is subject to review by the Housing and Community Development (HCD) for compliance with state housing law. The Housing Element is required to be consistent with the other Elements in the General Plan.
The purpose and intent of Gridley’s housing plan is to: promote the preservation, improvement, and development of housing appropriate to meet the needs of the full range of household types and incomes; encourage neighborhood stability and reinvestment in order to accommodate a variety of housing types and densities, as compatible with non-residential uses throughout the City; Ensure that new growth areas will accommodate a variety of housing that is planned and developed in coordination with nearby commercial and public services in the Planned Growth Area and accommodate housing in both existing and new neighborhoods to serve for all socio-economic groups, a balance between homeownership and rental, multi-modal travel options, access to jobs, schools and parks, and other civic and commercial services.
The meeting  concluded after Commissioners approved the minutes of the October 19, 2009, March 15, 2010 and May 17, 2010 planning commission meetings.