5 Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on March 03, 2015.

Meeting Date: May 05, 2015

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 3, 2015

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on March 3, 2015, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Pro-Tem Samra presiding in the absence of Mayor Espinoza.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra called the meeting to order at 6:12 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza (Late Attendance)

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria (Excused Absence)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member David Mendoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:14 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra opened the meeting for public comments at 6:15 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

3. Public Employee Appointment

(Government Code Section 54957)

Title: City Manager

City Manager Recruitment

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza arrived and called the meeting to order at 7:16 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

Council Member David Mendoza

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

Supervisor Pedrozo was not in attendance.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Ruben Chavez gave a power point presentation regarding recent burglaries, animal control citations, gang sweeps, etc. In addition, he mentioned that Police Explorer Scouts recently provided traffic control at Pebble Beach were they met renowned athletes such as Jerry Rice, a former San Francisco 49er wide receiver.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jacquie Benoit announced that eight applications for firework booths have been submitted. Moreover, the Recreation Department is organizing recreational leagues for baseball, softball, and swimming. She thanked everyone who assisted or participated in the basketball program.

City Engineer Mario Gouveia discussed recent engineering related projects. In particular, he mentioned that the Joseph Gallo Park project is nearing completion. Moreover, Well #13 received project bids within the range that was expected. Filtration equipment for Wells #9 and #11should arrive soon.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Odi Ortiz announced that staff is focusing on improving the City’s budget. In addition, an RFP will soon be released regarding medical insurance for City employees. In closing, the City is collaborating with the County to complete a tax-sharing agreement.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Sicairos announced that he recently attended the Parent Institute at Golden Valley High School. The event had many participants and was very informative. Moreover, he thanked Superintendent Benoit for organizing a successful basketball season.

Council Member Soria announced that he recently attended the Blossom Festival at Ripon. He was impressed that the City of Ripon embraced members from other communities.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra announced that the Sikh Parade/Festival will take place in Livingston in late March.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that Rancho San Miguel will have their ribbon cutting ceremony on March 4th. In addition, he announced that the City has begun recruiting for the position of City Manager.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:36 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, inquired about the firm hired to recruit for the position of City Manager. In addition, she asked for updates regarding discussions between Gallo and the City for reimbursements of Well #15.

City Attorney Jose Sanchez replied that Avery Associates is helping recruit a City Manager and they are currently working on advertisements. In addition, he replied that Well #15 reimbursements are currently being negotiated with representatives from Gallo.

Jean Okuye, 10181 Olive Avenue, asked everyone if they know how many gallons of water it takes to produce one hamburger. She commented that it takes approximately 700 gallons. She asked the City and the community to be mindful of water conservation when addressing daily consumption needs, especially during a drought season. In addition, she encouraged the community to install drought tolerant plants or perhaps plant an aerospace lawn. She invited the community to take a tour of her environmentally friendly home on April 12, 2015, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Joseph Santos, former Mayor of Lathrop, concurred with Jean Okuye and thanked the City Council and staff for participating in a recent trip to China.

Bonnie Key, 1601 Second Street, announced that she is concerned about water usage in Livingston.

Mayor Espinoza replied that he would like the City to flush-out water pipes throughout town.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:49 p.m. as there were no further comments from the audience.

PUBLIC HEARING

1. Resolution 2015-9 Approving the Sun Valley Estates Site Plan/Design Review (2015-1) Located Southwest of the Intersection of Peach Avenue and Main Street.

Planning Director Holly Owen introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza announced that he is content with this project. In addition, he disclosed that he was invested in this property several years ago, but not anymore.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 7:57 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, inquired about the maximum water capacity for this project. In addition, she asked when the subdivision will be complete.

City Engineer Mario Gouveia replied that a Will Serve Letter sent to the applicant limits their development to a maximum of 30 units. However, recent and ongoing improvements in water capacity will drastically increase this figure.

Jean Okuye, 10181 Olive Avenue, asked if the City’s water levels have dropped and by how much.

City Engineer Gouveia replied that water levels have exhibited a minor drop. The depth of drop varies upon the area being analyzed.

Interim City Manager Ortiz announced that restricted watering days will be imposed to help conserve water.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:03 p.m. as there were no further comments from the audience.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to adopt Resolution 2015-09 Approving the Sun Valley Estates Site Plan/Design Review (2015-1) Located Southwest of the Intersection of Peach Avenue and Main Street. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None.

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

2. City Council Direction on Appointments to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Recreation Superintendent Benoit introduced this item. She mentioned that her department used different platforms to advertise the vacant positions, which included advertising in the news paper and social media. Up to this date, she has received three applications.

Mayor Espinoza encouraged the City Council to recruit qualified applicants.

Council Member Soria mentioned that meeting times might make it difficult for people to commit.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 8:11 p.m.

Joseph Santos, former Mayor of Lathrop, suggested that the City recruit high school students over the age of 18.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:14 p.m. as there were no further comments from the audience.

Council directed staff to continue advertising for potential commissioners.

3. Adoption of Resolutions Required by the State Water Resources Control Board as Part of the DWSRF Application

Alternate City Engineer Alfonso Manrique introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 8:20 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked how long it would take to repay these funds. In addition, she asked for the definition of “net water revenue.”

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that funding will be provided by a zero percent interest loan, however, additional funding may be available via grants. Repayment of said loans should take twenty years.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique defined “net water revenue.”

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:25 p.m. as there were no further comments from the audience.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to adopt Resolutions 2015-10, 2015-11, and 2015-12 Approving the Sun Valley Estates Site Plan/Design Review (2015-1) Located Southwest of the Intersection of Peach Avenue and Main Street. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None.

4. Resolution 2015-13 Awarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant SCADA System Upgrade and Integration Project to Tesco Controls.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 8:36 p.m. as there were no comments from the audience.

City Attorney Sanchez announced that this project is exempt from the bidding process due to its urgent nature.

Motion: M/S Samra/Soria to adopt Resolution 2015-13 Awarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant SCADA System Upgrade and Integration Project to Tesco Controls. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 8:38 p.m.

__________________________________ City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: May 5, 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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