DEF to take over motorsports park

DEF to take over motorsports parkBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Parks and Recreation Department is asking the city to license the Ridgecrest Motorsports Complex near the fairgrounds to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds for at least one year according to the City Council’s Aug. 7 agenda.

The license may be renewed yearly following a review process by the City Manager and DEF will take over all maintenance and security responsibilities. DEF is asked to pay $1 annually for the property.

Other discussion items include a continuance of the local State of Emergency as a result of July’s earthquake sequence and the replacement of 20 of the city’s outdated HVAC units. Replacement of the units has no expected impact on the general fund and will be paid for by Tax Allocation Bond funds, not to exceed $350,000.

There will also be a public hearing to finalize the formation of a Landscaping and Lighting District as discussed last month (see previous edition).

Consent Calendar items include the approval to securely dispose of the city’s pre-fiscal year 2014 finance records and approving a Memorandum of Agreement between the city and Sierra Sands Unified School District to provide law-enforcement services through the School Resource Officer Program. The city expects to be reimbursed for 50 percent of the estimated $151,000 in costs.

City Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. at City Hall. For the complete agenda visit

Story First Published: 2019-08-02