Approval of Minutes of the Meeting Held on March 1, 2016.

Meeting Date: June 08, 2016

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 1, 2016

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on March 1, 2016, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:11 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:12 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: 143-297-007, 2949 Tehama Drive

Negotiating Parties: Interim City Manager, City Attorney

Under Negotiation: Sale, Price

2. Conference with Legal Counsel – Potential Litigation

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

Number of Cases: 1

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:00 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

City Attorney Sanchez announced that Council Member Soria recused himself from Closed Session Item #1, because he owns a property close to the subject site.

No reportable action was taken during Closed Session.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

Citizen Comments was moved ahead of Announcements and Reports.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:03 p.m.

Los Banos Mayor, Mike Villalta, recommends that the City vote against the County’s proposed sales tax measure. This plan would increase sales tax by half a cent to help fund both local and regional road improvement projects. Mayor Villalta mentioned that he is against this plan because the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG) would have too much authority over regional projects.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:16 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

City Engineer Gouveia provided updates regarding Engineering-related activities. He announced that Well #8 should go out for bid within the next couple of weeks. Well #17 should go out for bid later this month. In addition, the street light improvement project and the downtown beautification project should go out for bid in late March.

Contract City Planner Hatch provided updates regarding City Planning-related activities. He mentioned that the City’s Draft Housing Element is currently being revised to include some recommendations made by the City Council and Planning Commission and that the Housing Element is moving forward according to schedule.

Police Chief Chavez gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding Police-related activities. He provided statistics regarding burglaries (11 in February), animal control (12 animals taken to the local animal shelter), and gang enforcement. Moreover, Police Chief Chavez announced that the City is currently interviewing candidates for three positions in the Police Department. In other news, the Police Department recently replaced their HVAC unit and the dispatch room received many technological upgrades (including new monitors).

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz announced that staff is currently evaluating several funding opportunities such as the CDBG Program and the SAFER Grant.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

None.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that the City should consider moving its voting location to a facility that is centrally located, like the Council Chambers, or perhaps even consider having multiple voting sites for the community.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.  Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.627 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Title 5, Chapters 3, 6 and 7 of the Livingston Municipal Code Relating to Housing.

Contract City Planner Hatch introduced this item. This item is being reviewed so that the City’s definition for Transitional Housing is consistent with the State’s definition for Transitional Housing.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed the Public Hearing at 7:35 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Soria to Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.627 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Title 5, Chapters 3, 6 and 7 of the Livingston Municipal Code Relating to Housing. 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

CONSENT CALENDAR

2. Approval of Warrant Register Dated February 24, 2016.

Motion: M/S Samra/Soria to approve the Warrant Register as presented. 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

3. Request to Join an Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court Supporting the President’s Executive Action on Immigration (Texas v. United States).

City Attorney Sanchez introduced this item. He mentioned that Mayor Espinoza was recently contacted by New York City’s Office of Immigration Affairs. They are requesting that the City join an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court showing support for the President’s Executive Action on Immigration.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 7:47 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S McCabe/Soria to grant the City of Livingston approval to Join an Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court Supporting the President’s Executive Action on Immigration (Texas v. United States). 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

4. City Council to Provide Direction for Appointment to the Planning Commission.

Contract City Planner Hatch introduced this item. Two residents expressed interest for the position of Planning Commissioner. One applicant is Planning Commissioner Mario Mendoza whose term expired December 31, 2015, and the other is Alternate Planning Commissioner Robert Wallis.

The City Council opened and closed Public Comments at 7: 48 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

The City Council directed that this item be placed on the next meeting agenda.

5. Discussion/Direction: City to Consider a Street Improvement to Improve Traffic Safety by Widening the On-Ramp to Freeway 99 (South Bound).

City Engineer Gouveia provided a PowerPoint presentation for this item. City Engineer Gouveia presented a location map, site plan, and rendering for this project. He talked about the permitting process (requiring Caltrans’ approval) and the estimated cost for the project (approximately $300,000.00). He also noted that this project will help improve the traffic level of service on Winton Parkway.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 7:58 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

The City Council directed staff to consider the option of re-stripping and re-allocating portions of the existing road widths to create a second lane on Winton Parkway. If this option does not satisfy engineering requirements, then staff should consider the option to widen the overpass for two lanes.

6. Discussion/Direction: City to consider a Street Improvement to Improve Traffic Safety by Connecting Winton Parkway to “F” Street.

City Engineer Gouveia provided a PowerPoint presentation for this item. City Engineer Gouveia presented a location map and site plan for this project. He mentioned that several items need to be addressed for this project, such as relocating the existing traffic lights at the intersection of Winton Parkway and B Street, obtaining an easement (for future street widening) from the Livingston Union School District, and undergrounding a portion of an MID canal.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 8:13 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Council Member Soria asked how much it would cost to obtain an easement from the school district.

City Engineer Gouveia replied that school districts usually dedicate easements to cities for free.

City Attorney Sanchez noted that the City can create a reimbursement agreement where the City constructs the road and is reimbursed by future developers.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 8:30 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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