Tainted water disrupted poultry production at Foster Farms last week, and city officials are trying to find out what caused it. Discolored Water disrupts production at Foster Farms, Mike North, Merced Sun star, 02/27/2013
The city is working to identify the source of the iron and manganese, (City Manager Ramirez) said, adding that the problem could be one well, several wells or linked to a certain area of the city. – Ibid
Earlier this year the city was notified by the California Department of Public Health that one of its wells failed to comply with drinking water standards. Well 15’s water had a higher-than-allowed for level of manganese….In a notice letter, the state said the city must begin the process of buying a filter for the pump’s water or face fines of up to $1,000 a day….The estimated cost for a filter is $1 million, Livingston forced to pay for well filter , Jonah Owen Lamb, Merced Sun Star, 11/19/2009
Motion: M/S Vierra/Nateras to move forward with well-head filtering treatment for manganese in Well #15, inform the State of the City’s decision, and authorize the City Engineer to begin to work with the State to determine the most appropriate treatment process. The motion carried 4-1, with Council Member Espinoza voting no. – City of Livingston Draft Meeting Minutes, 07/07/2009
Council Member Espinoza commented that Livingston’s General Fund has already paid the Water Enterprise Fund deficit of $1.3 to $1.5 million. Therefore, the Water Enterprise Fund does not have a deficit. – Ibid
The city of Livingston broke state law and health codes when it adopted a resolution that will increase water rates by an initial 40 percent.…The suit also claims the company will be negatively impacted by the city’s July 7 resolution and demands that the court order the city to rescind the increase. Foster Farms sues Livingston over water rate increase, Jonah Owen Lamb, Merced Sun Star, 07/29/2009
In numerous meetings Warne has said the city needed to raise utility rates since it was borrowing from the general fund, not restricted funds, to pay for the deficits in restricted utility funds, such as the water fund. Foster Farms Files Suit Against Livingston, Jonah Owen Lamb, Merced Sun Star, 01/27/2010
M/S Aguilar/Urnberg to adopt Resolution No. 2010-56, Resolution of the City Council of the City of Livingston Repealing Resolution No. 2009-32 (Resolution of the City Council of the City of Livingston Establishing Water Service Rates). The motion carried 4-1 by the following roll call vote:
AYES: Council Members: Aguilar, Espinoza, Land, Urnberg
NOES: Council Members: Vierra
ABSENT: Council Members: None, City of Livingston Draft Minutes, 09/24/2010 Special City Council Meeting
The city spent about $1 million on legal fees battling the lawsuit brought on by Foster Farms, which uses about 63 percent of the water in Livingston, Lewis said, Lawsuit against Livingston dropped, Mike North, Merced Sun Star 04/07/2011
Ramirez said the issue was a costly one for Foster Farms, as supervisors had to shut down a shift, but King said they kept most employees at work despite stopping processing in one of Foster Farms’ two processing plants. Discolored Water disrupts production at Foster Farms, Mike North, Merced Sun star, 02/27/2013
So the issue was a costly one for Foster Farms and the city is NOW “working to identify the source of the iron and manganese”?
Uh huh. Yeah. Right. Gotta get that water cleaned up pronto now.
More on that a little later. But first.
Ah me…even when it comes to matters of the heart, There’s Strange and then there is Army Strange. Courtesy of Damon Shackelford: furious scribbler of military cartoons.
FROM THE JOINT HOMETOWN NEWS SERVICE, Fort Meade MD
Air Force Airman Fernando Ramirez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas…The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Ramirez is the son of Alfredo and Adelaida Ramirez of Black Pine Way, Livingston.
He is a 2011 graduate of Livingston High School.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CHAMPIONS
Three(3) girls from Livingston ages 10 to 14, were named Chapter Champions of the Knights of Columbus Council 9363 Free Throw Championship: held recently at the Livingston Middle School Gymnasium. The Chapter level included cities from Livingston to Hanford in the Central Valley and the Mountains.
Chapter Champions were 10-year-old Gursimar Sidhu , 11 year olds Grace Chavez and 14 year old girls champion and Gurpreet Sodhi.
Each contestant attempted 25 free throws in the contests. All ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.
Each of these winners will compete in the STATE LEVEL. Contestants will have the opportunity to advance to National level.
The State Championship will be held on March 10 at in Paso Robles, California.
Pictured are winners from left to right Gursimar Sidhu, Gurpreet Sodhi, and Grace Chavez along with event organizer Joey Chavez.
For more information, Contact: Ramon Avila 209-250-6032
DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK THE “UGLY BROWN WATER” PROBLEM IS A NEW ONE?
Or is it more likely a symptom of a growing problem with Livingston’s deteriorating Water System?
As all the while certain members of the City Council insist publically that no such problems exist.
For example: Well #15 (the well by the Winton Parkway Exit) has been a source of high concentrates of Manganese for YEARS.
At the July 7, 2009 City Council meeting, a Staff Report about an Enforcement Letter from the State about Well #15 was included in Council Members’ Agenda Packets.
The Staff reported stated the State was giving the City two options:
1. Install a Treatment System on the well (I’ll call this the “We don’t want Manganese in our water. Yes! Fix the well. Clean up the water!” Option.
2. Apply for a waiver from the State (I’ll Let’s call this the “Having Manganese in our water sucks. But we are willing to put up with it”) Option
To make a long story short, the Council voted 4/1 to go forward with the “Fix the well! Clean up the water!” Option.
Those of us who have been following Livingston’s Water Quality Issues closely knows what happened over the next few months: a battle over “Unnecessary and Unwarranted Water Rate Increases”, a Recall, a New Council, the rollback 0f Rates to 1995 levels, and a new batch of consultants.
With even higher projections about how much it is going to cost to address all of Livingston’s Water Quality Issues now.
Seems to me that “identifying the source of the problem” is the least of Livingston’s worries.
It’s scrounging up enough money to fix everything that needs fixing that’s going to be the real problem to solve.
FOR MORE ABOUT WELL #15’S MANGANESE ISSUES
To read the Staff Report and Enforcement Letter from the State that was included in the July 7, 2009 City Council Agenda Packet CLICK HERE
To read the Draft Minutes from the July 7, 2009 City Council Meeting and get a really good idea about how certain Council Members felt about Well #15’s “issues”, CLICK HERE
SINCE WE ARE ON THE TOPIC OF WATER QUALITY “ISSUES”
A memorandum sent from a consultant to City Engineer Nanda Gottiparthy last week notes that 1,2,3-trichloropropane, a highly toxic chemical that’s made its way into Livingston’s drinking water supply, has been detected in every city well……The contaminant can pose a serious threat to public health and is mainly concentrated in well No. 8…….Often used in the production of pesticides, TCP is a man-made chemical that can cause cancer, kidney failure and tumors, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All Livingston Wells Contaminated, Mike North, Merced Sun Star
According to the article referenced above, most of the TCP is concentrated in well No. 8, which is by Foster Farms. (ouch!)
On Monday, March 03, 2013, the Utility Rate Stakeholders Committee will meet in the City Hall Conference room at 5:30. Two of the Water Quality Issues that are “impacting” Foster Farms will be discussed:
The Icky Iron Manganese in the water Issue
The TCP 1,2,3 in Well No. 8 Filtration Project
Given that Richie King, Vice President of Chicken Production at Foster Farms is a voting member of this committee, it could be quite the interesting discussion indeed.
Did I mention that these meetings are open to the public?
I’m going to that meeting. Wish you would too.
And now on to the
CITY COUNCIL AND SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE
CITY OF LIVINGSTON
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
MARCH 5, 2013
CLOSED SESSION: 6:30 P.M.
OPEN SESSION: 7:00 P.M.
Notice is hereby given that the City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Livingston will hold a Regular Meeting on March 5, 2013, at the City Council Chambers, 1416 C Street, Livingston, California. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Deputy City Clerk at least 24 hours prior to this meeting at (209) 394-8041, Ext. 121. Any writings or documents pertaining to an Open Session item provided to a majority of the members of the legislative body less than 72 hours prior to the meeting shall be made available for public inspection at Livingston City Hall, 1416 C Street. The Open Session will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Closed Session will be held in accordance with state law prior to the Open Session beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Closed Session will be held at the City Council Chambers located at 1416 C Street. The agenda shall be as follows:
A “Closed” or “Executive” Session of the City Council or the Livingston Redevelopment Agency may be held in accordance with state law which may include, but is not limited to, the following types of items: personnel matters, labor negotiations, security matters, providing instructions to real property negotiators, conference with legal counsel regarding pending litigation. The Closed Session will be held in the City Hall Conference Room located at 1416 C Street, Livingston, California. Any public comment on Closed Session items will be taken before the Closed Session. Any required announcements or discussion of Closed Session items or actions following the Closed Session will be made in the City Council Chambers, 1416 C Street, Livingston, California.
1. Call to Order.
2. Roll Call.
3. Conference with Legal Counsel – Potential Litigation
[(Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2)]
Number of Cases: 2
CALL TO ORDER Next Resolution Number: 2013-7
Next Ordinance Number: 600
Pledge of Allegiance. Next Successor Agency
Resolution Number: 2013-2
Changes to the Agenda.
AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS
1. Presentation by Rich Green, Transit Manager, Merced County Association of Governments,
“Upcoming Bus Changes.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS
Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.
City Staff Announcements and Reports.
City Manager Announcements and Reports.
City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.
Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.
CITY COUNCIL FUTURE AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS.
2. Introduce and Waive the First Reading of an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Title 10, Chapter 3 of the Livingston Municipal Code Titled “Animal Control Regulations”; Resolution Updating Fees Associated with Animal Control Regulations.
3. Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.___, of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Livingston Municipal Code (LMC) Section 5-4-2(J)(1) Relating to Front Yard Setback Fence Heights.
4. Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.___, of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Livingston Municipal Code (LMC) Section 5-6-2(B): Pertaining to Amendment or Rezoning Initiation.
5. Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.___, of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Livingston Municipal Code (LMC) Section 5-3-15: Table 2, Table 3, Table 4, and Addition of Section 5-5-12, Cultivation or Annual Crops.
This section of the agenda allows members of the public to address the City Council on any item NOT otherwise on the agenda. Members of the public, when recognized by the Mayor, should come forward to the lectern, and identify themselves. Comments are normally limited to three (3) minutes. In accordance with State Open Meeting Laws, no action will be taken by the City Council this evening. For items which are on the agenda this evening members of the public will be provided an opportunity to address the City Council as each item is brought up for discussion.
Items on the Consent Calendar are considered routine or non-controversial and will be enacted by one vote, unless separate action is requested by the City Manager or City Council Member. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless members of the City Council or City Manager request that specific items be removed.
SUCCESSOR AGENCY CONSENT AGENDA
7. Resolution of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Livingston Approving the Recommended Mid-Year Budget Revisions for Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS