Benicia City Council to ratify emergency proclamation

UPDATE: An emergency “virtual” Benicia City Council meeting was held on March 19.  The procedings are available in audio only on the City’s website.
See also “Benicia City Council “virtual meeting” Thurs 3/19, public can watch but cannot attend

Benicia City Council to ratify emergency proclamation on Thursday

Vallejo Times-Herald, by John Glidden, March 18, 2020 at 3:28 p.m. 

BENICIA — The City Council has called an emergency meeting Thursday to ratify a proclamation of local emergency and conduct other essential city business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Hall canceled the council’s regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday over fears of spreading the novel coronavirus.

Councilors will be asked to ratify City Manager Lorie Tinfow’s March 15 proclamation declaring a local emergency in the city of Benicia. Council ratification is required within seven days after a proclamation is announced.

The proclamation allows Benicia to seek reimbursement funds, and further allow “the city to enact regulations and orders to assist in responding to COVID-19 pandemic,” a city staff report states.

The five-person council will also decide three other issues, including a $47,500 contract with Chabin Concepts for on-call economic development services to implement various action plans for the Benicia Industrial Park Vision 2020 Plan, the 2015 Benicia Industrial Park Marketing Plan, the 2012 Business Development Action Plan, and assist in organizing the 2020 Clean Tech Expo.

They will also decide on approving a task order with Coastland Civil Engineering, Inc. for construction inspection services of the Bayshore Road/ East J and K Streets Sewer Improvement Project at a not-to-exceed cost of $85,195, and adopt a resolution approving a task order with Cullen-Sherry & Associates, Inc. for professional engineering services to design the Bayshore Road sewer lateral crossovers at a not-to-exceed cost of $18,500.

City officials say the general public may still attend the meeting in person by they are urging individuals not to do so. Officials say the public can view the meeting online or via television.

“As always, the public may submit public comments in advance and may view the meeting from home,” officials said.

Comments submitted prior to 3 p.m. Thursday will be presented to the council and included in the public record for the meeting, city officials said. Comments can be submitted to Benicia City Clerk Lisa Wolfe,

The Benicia City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, inside the Benicia City Hall Council Chambers, Benicia City Hall, 250 East L St.

How to Watch the Meeting:
1) Cable T.V. Broadcast on Channel 27
2) Livestream online at

How to Submit Public Comments:
Comments submitted by 3:00 p.m. prior to the commencement of the meeting will be presented to the City Council and included in the public record for the meeting. Comments can be submitted by email to