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Council members assigned committee duties
Ceres City Council 2020
The Ceres City Council members, left to right, are Mayor Chris Vierra, Vice Mayor Linda Ryno, and Councilmen Bret Durossette, Mike Kline and Chance Condit.

Members of the Ceres City Council were given their committee assignments for 2020 on Monday evening with few changes.

Mayor Chris Vierra had served as a city representative to the Opportunity Stanislaus (formerly the Alliance) but handed it off to Channce Condit. Condit also held onto the Christmas Festival Committee, the Economic Development Committee and the Youth Commission.

Vice Mayor Linda Ryno was reappointed as the city’s liaison to the Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children.

Councilmen Bret Durossette and Mike Kline retained their places on the City-Schools Committee.

Last year Kline and Ryno served on the Concerts in the Park Committee but Condit and Ryno now serve on it.

As Mayor Vierra serves out his last year in office he retains his place on the County-City Selection Committee.

Vierra and Durossette continue to represent the city of Ceres on the East Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management Partnership board. The group was founded in 2011 to plan for regional water management.

Vierra and Durossette also continue to serve on the Executive Committee of the Central Valley Division of the League of California Cities. However, Vierra was the lead and will now serve as the alternate.

Vierra and Durossette will continue serving on the Surface Water Joint Powers Authority which is the agency making plans for the surface water project near Fox Grove. Condit, who has consistently voted against council steps to proceed with the project, was removed as the alternate and replaced by Ryno.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee had consisted of Vierra and Condit and will now be represented by Vierra and Ryno.

Kline continues to represent Ceres on the Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA).

Serving on the important StanCOG Policy Board will be Kline with Ryno as the alternate. In 2019 VIerra was the representative and Durossette as the alternate. StanCOG stands for Stanislaus Council of Governments and oversees the disbursement of transportation funds to the nine cities and county.

Kline and Vierra will remain on the West Turlock Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency JPA.

There were no changes for Durossette on the Traffic Safety Committee, Kline on the Volunteer Firefighter Length-of-Service Qualification Review Committee and Vierra on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Governing Board.

Vierra gave up his seat on the Stanislaus Homeless Alliance for Kline.

The Tuolumne River Regional Park Committee slot was transferred from Ryno to Mayor Vierra.

The Whitmore House Preservation Committee will be represented by Ryno instead of Kline.