Approval of Minutes of the Meeting Held on February 16, 2016.

Meeting Date: June 08, 2016

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 16, 2016

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on February 16, 2016, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Late Attendance)

Council Member Alex McCabe

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:05 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:06 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matters:

1. Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Real Property: APN: 24-114-16, 324 Main Street

Negotiating Parties: Interim City Manager, City Attorney

Under Negotiation: Sale, Price

2. Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Real Property: APN: 047-140-006 & 047-140-0017

Negotiating Parties: Interim City Manager, City Attorney

Under Negotiation: Property Lease

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:04 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 Alex McCabe

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

Item No. 4 was pulled from the agenda so that corrections can be made to the draft City Council Meeting Minutes of January 5, 2016.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Presentation by Mayor Espinoza of a Plaque to Clint McFadden in Memory of his Mother, the late Marge McFadden.

Due to a scheduling conflict, this item will be postponed to a future City Council Meeting (date unannounced).

2. Introduction by William Marroquin, Principal of Livingston Middle School, of Debbie

Butler and Alma Lopez, Advisors, and Students who will give a Presentation on “Friends of Rachel” Club at Livingston Middle School.

Livingston Middle School Principal William Marroquin introduced this item. Advisor Debbie Butler gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the “Friends of Rachel” Club and talked about some of the club’s goals and activities. Various students talked about their experience with the club.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra mentioned that it takes a lot of courage to take a stand against bullying. He thanked the students for speaking in public and informed them that they can watch their presentations online on the City’s website.

City Council mentioned that they would be glad to assist this club. They would like to keep in contact with the program coordinator to discuss different ways that the City can support them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

John Pedrozo’s Administrative Assistant, Grethel Croasdale, provided updates on County-related activities and made herself available for questions. No questions were posed. She invited the community to attend the County’s Town Hall meeting at the Livingston Council Chambers on February 24, 2016.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

City staff member, Gabriel A. Gonzalez, provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding the State’s MS4 standards. He recommends that the City hire an employee that can manage the administrative aspects of the MS4 requirements.

City Engineer Gouveia provided a presentation regarding Engineering-related activities. The work on Well #17 is progressing according to schedule. In addition, the Downtown Beautification Plan is also going according to schedule.

Recreation Superintendent Benoit gave a presentation on Parks and Recreation-related activities. She mentioned that a community activities calendar is now available on the City website. In addition, she mentioned that this year’s fireworks booth permits will be granted to all of the applicants. There were not enough applications to require a lottery.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz announced that the State extended the water conservation mandate until the end of October. City staff attended a meeting today regarding the PACE program. Results show that the City had a significant increase in memberships compared to previous years.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

None.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that he recently attended his first Mosquito Abatement District meeting. The meeting was fascinating and he hopes to use his tenure there to benefit the community as much as possible. Moreover, on February 18th, MCAG will host a meeting to discuss a transportation tax-measure that will allocate funds for regional and local road improvement projects.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Citizen Comments at 7:49 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

CONSENT CALENDAR

3. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on December 17, 2015.

4. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on January 5, 2016.

5. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on January 19, 2016.

6. Approval of Warrant Register Dated February 11, 2016.

Council Member McCabe pulled Item No. 4 so that corrections can be made to the draft City Council Meeting Minutes of January 5, 2016.

Motion: M/S McCabe/Samra to approve consent calendar Items No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

7. Resolution No. 2016-06 Approving a Rental Agreement for Sludge Dewatering Equipment.

Interim City Manager Ortiz and City Engineer Gouveia introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 7:52 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked if a focus group should be assembled to study future changes to utility rates.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that the current utility rates are performing adequately and that a focus group may not be needed at this time. However, this will be considered in the future.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 7:56 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/McCabe to adopt Resolution No. 2016-06 Approving a Rental Agreement with Baker Corporation for Sludge Dewatering Equipment in an Amount not to Exceed $12,000.00. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

8. Resolution No. 2016-07 Approving Emergency Purchase of New Police Facility HVAC Unit.

Police Chief Chavez introduced this item. He mentioned that this is an urgent item that requires immediate action. A new HVAC unit is needed to address carbon monoxide.

Council Member McCabe announced that he would have preferred that this contract be given to a local vendor. He recommends that local vendors be contacted for emergency purchases so that they have an opportunity to provide a quote and potentially do the work.

Mayor Espinoza asked the City Attorney if certain projects need to go through a list of pre-approved vendors.

City Attorney Sanchez replied that pre-approved vendors are usually required for grant projects.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 8:02 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, mentioned that this item is related to carbon monoxide, which is harmful to employees. Action should be taken immediately to protect staff. Moreover, she recommends that the City conduct an equipment audit (for City-owned facilities) to replace faulty equipment before they become emergency repairs.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:05 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2016-07 Approving Emergency Purchase of New Police Facility HVAC Unit from Modern Air Mechanical Contractors in the Amount of $20,551.00. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

9. Resolution No. 2016-08 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Approving the Recommended 2015-16 City of Livingston Mid-Year Budget Revisions.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item. He provided a PowerPoint presentation discussing the current status of the General Fund (among other budget components) and projected revenues/expenditures.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 8:27 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Soria/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2016-08 Approving the Recommended 2015-16 City of Livingston Mid-Year Budget Revisions. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

10. City Council to Provide Staff Direction on Creation of a New Corporate Seal (Logo).

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 8:33 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, recommended that the logo be revised to show the actual geographical location of Livingston.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:34 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Council Member McCabe noted that the City should consider modernizing the logo and perhaps work with an artist or an art firm that specializes in designing City logos.

City Council concurred with Council Member McCabe. They directed staff to consider hiring a design professional to redesign the City’s logo as long as the work does not exceed the cost budgeted for this item.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 8:36 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: June 8, 2016

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Mayor or Mayor ProTempore

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