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A planned $78,000 expansion of the city-managed skate park at Veterans Memorial Park is on hold until Hollister and the county of San Benito agree upon a lease revision governing the land. The matter is scheduled to be discussed by the Hollister City Council at its Monday meeting.

The city and county entered into a lease in March of 1998 for the construction and operation of the city’s skate park at 801 Memorial Drive. The lease expired on June 30, 2012 and has been automatically renewed since then. However, it needs to be revised before the expansion into the adjacent basketball courts can take place. The Veterans Memorial Park Commission and the city Parks and Recreation Commission have received input at various public meetings regarding the need for expansion of the existing facility, according to a staff report by Community Services Director Clay Lee.

If approved by the council, the lease would be extended through June 30, 2017. Terms of the lease include provisions that the city will fund and operate the skate park, which shall remain free to users. In addition to skateboards, it is open to bicycles, non-motorized scooters, and inline or roller skates. The city is required to provide adequate bathroom facilities on premises and is required to maintain the skate park “in good condition,” including trash and graffiti removal.

The city will consider adopting a resolution revising the lease at its 6:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 375 Fifth St. 

Among other items on the council agenda:

– It will consider a resolution requesting that the San Benito Council of Governments (COG) to amend the 2014 San Benito Regional Transportation Plan to restore the proposed Highway 25 widening project to the constrained project list, meaning that it would be eligible for state and federal funding. The project this year was moved to the unconstrained list, which leaves it eligible only for funding from local sources.

– The council will hold a public hearing to discuss the annual accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant Program Income Business Asssitance Loan Fund, which during the 2013-14 fiscal year provided business assistance loans totalling $270,000 to San Benito Shutter Company and La Catrina, creating a total of eight jobs.

– The council will consider a resolution authorizing and direccting the city manager to establish a Hotel Transient Occupancy Tax Incentive Program to encourage the development of new hotels in Hollister, which has four overnight lodging establishments now.