Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on June 2, 2015.

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 2, 2015

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on June 2, 2015, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:21 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra (Excused Absence)

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:23 p.m. as there were no comments from the audience.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:24 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matters:

1. Conference with Legal Counsel – Potential Litigation

((Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2))

Number of Cases: 1

2. Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Labor Negotiator: Interim City Manager Odi Ortiz

Employee Organizations: All Represented and

Unrepresented City Employees

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Presentation by Mayor Espinoza: Plaque to George Solis in Recognition of 30 Years of Service in Education and his Retirement as Principal of Campus Park Elementary School.

Mayor Espinoza introduced Mr. Solis. Mr. Solis spoke about his experience studying and working in the Central Valley.

2. Presentation by Mayor Espinoza: Plaque for Potential Sister City – Zapotlanejo, Jalisco, Mexico.

Mayor Espinoza introduced this item. He talked about his experience in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco, Mexico, describing the geographic location, landscape scenery, architectural features, and cultural customs.

City Clerk Tony Silva talked about his experience in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco, Mexico.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding burglary statistics, animal control statistics, and gang enforcement. He discussed Police-related events such as “Every 15 Minutes,” Perishable Skills Training, and the Explorer Detail at Laguna Seca.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced programs regarding home loans for first time home buyers.

.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Soria wished everyone a great summer, especially youth on summer vacation.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra discussed micro-grants for improving relations between Police and the community.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that a resident was not assisted by Police staff because of language barriers. He recommends that translators be utilized in situations like this.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:42 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked if the Consent Calendar will be open for discussion. In addition, she asked if the City is close to finding a City Manager.

Mayor Espinoza replied that the Consent Calendar will be open for discussion and that the City is still in the process of hiring a City Manager.

Barbara "Babs" Ratzlaff, 1458 Main Street, mentioned that day campers loiter in front of the historical museum during the afternoons. She would like the City to encourage these people to spend their time at the park next to the museum.

Mayor Espinoza replied that the City will soon install additional shade devices at the park, which should encourage people to spend their time there.

City Clerk Tony Silva thanked the City Council and the community for supporting him last year during the passing of his son. He is privileged that the City provided a plaque in honor of his son and that the local school district planted a tree in recognition of his son.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:51 p.m., as there were no further comments from the audience.

CONSENT CALENDAR

3. Initiating Proceedings and Ordering the Preliminary Engineer’s Report for the Annual Levy of

Assessments for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 for the Citywide Consolidated Landscape Maintenance Assessment District No. 1, Approving the Engineer’s Report, Declaring the City’s Intention to Levy Annual Assessments for the District, and Appointing a Time and Place for a Public Hearing

4. Initiating Proceedings and Ordering the Preliminary Engineer’s Report for the Annual Levy of

Assessments for Fiscal Year 2015/20156 for the Livingston Benefit Assessment Districts, Approving the Engineer’s Report, Declaring the City’s Intention to Levy Annual Assessments Within Such Districts and Appointing a Time and Place for a Public Hearing.

5. Resolution No. 2015-24-A of the City Council of the City of Livingston Approving the Annual CPI Service Rate Adjustment for Gilton Solid Waste Management Services, Inc.

6. Resolution No. 2015-25 Authorizing the Release of a Performance Bond for the AutoZone Development Project.

7. Authorize the Interim City Manager to Enter Into a Professional Services Agreement with AM

Consulting Engineers, Inc. for the Preparation of the 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP).

8. Approval of Warrant Register Dated May 14, 2015.

9. Approval of Warrant Register Dated May 28, 2015.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 7:53 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, discussed item number seven. In particular, she questioned if community members will be allowed to attend the first meeting for the Urban Water Management Plan.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that community members will most likely be able to attend.

City Attorney Sanchez pulled Items #3 and #4 for separate vote.

Motion: M/S Samra/Soria to approve the Consent Calendar Items #5 through #9. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

City Attorney Sanchez announced that Council Members Soria and Sicairos live close to the subject site for Items #3 and #4. Council Member Soria was randomly selected to recues himself from voting on these items.

Motion: M/S Samra/Espinoza to approve the Consent Calendar Items #3 and #4 by adoption of Resolution Nos. 2015-26 and 2015-27, respectively. The motion carried 3-1 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

ABSTAIN: Council Members: Soria

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

10. Resolution No. 2015-28 Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Finalize Negotiations and Execute an Agreement with 4LEAF, INC. for Building Department Support Services.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

City Contract Planner Randy Hatch discussed the building permit process and the need for certain building department related jobs.

Joseph Nicholas, from 4LEAF, INC. introduced himself and his company.

Mayor Espinoza opened public comments at 8:55 p.m.

Barbra “Babs” Ratzlaff, 1458 Main Street, asked if the City has a Code Inspector.

Planner Hatch replied that the City has one Code Inspector who reviews new construction and building code complaints.

City Attorney Sanchez announced that this item included WC3, who submitted an application after the submittal deadline. In addition he provided a quick overview about the selection process.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2015-28 Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Finalize Negotiations and Execute an Agreement with 4LEAF, INC. for Building Department Support Services. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

11. Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget Presentation: Workshop #2 – General Fund Operations Update and Review of Enterprise Operating Funds and Successor Agency to Redevelopment Agency.

Interim City Manager Ortiz provided a budget workshop discussing the City’s General Fund, Sewer Fund, Water Fund, overhead costs, and revenue streams.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 8:55 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked about reserve funds.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that the City has enough reserve funds to operate for three months. He would like the City to build its reserve funds to fund six months of operating costs.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:57 p.m. as there were no further comments from the audience.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra mentioned that he would like department heads to attend the next City Council meeting to discuss cost saving strategies.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 8:59 p.m.

_________________________________ City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: July 21, 2015

___________________________

Mayor or Mayor ProTempore

The written meeting minutes reflect a summary of specific actions taken by the City Council. They do not necessarily reflect all of the comments or dialogue leading up to the action. All meetings are digitally recorded and are an official record of the meeting’s proceedings. Digitally recorded verbatim minutes are available, upon request, and may be obtained at Livingston City Hall.

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