5 Approval of Minutes of the Meeting Held on May 3, 2016.

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Meeting Date: June 21, 2016

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

MAY 3, 2016

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on May 3, 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

Council Member Alex McCabe

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:04 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:05 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matters:

1. Public Employee Appointment

(Government Code Section 54957)

Title: City Manager Recruitment

2. Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Real Property: APN: 24-134-006 & 24-134-007

Negotiating Parties for City: Interim City Manager/City Attorney

Negotiating Parties: Sabino and Becky Escobedo

Under Negotiation: Potential Property Purchase

3.  Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Real Property: Portion of APN: 047-160-001

Negotiating Parties for City: Interim City Manager/City Attorney

Negotiating Parties: Jim Briscoe Enterprises

Under Negotiation: Lease Renewal

4.  Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Agency Negotiators: Interim City Manager/City Attorney

Employee Organization: Public Works/Parks Unit

5. Conference with Legal Counsel—Existing Litigation

((Government Code Section 54956.9(a))

Name of Case: Animal Legal Defense Fund v. City of Livingston

Merced County Superior Court – Case No.16CV-01222

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra (Excused Absence)

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding crime statistics, gang enforcement, and animal control.

Fire Department staff provided an update on Fire Department-related matters. During the month of April the Fire Department responded to approximately 83 incidents within the City limits and 45 incidents within the County. Regarding community events, the Fire Department recently conducted senior interviews at Livingston High School and will be distributing safety material at the upcoming Cinco de Mayo Festival.

Interim Public Works Director Noe Martinez, from Gouveia Engineering, gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding Public Works-related matters. He discussed current staffing levels (16 full-time employees, 3 part-time and 5 volunteers). He showed photographs of staff installing drip irrigation systems along landscaping strips, parks, and City-owned facilities. In addition, he showed photographs of street and water improvement projects, which includes filling potholes, street striping, and weed abatement on City-owned properties. Moreover, a SCADA system was installed on the City’s wastewater plant.

Mayor Espinoza commended the Public Works Department for all of their hard work and recommended that Public Works staff flush out fire hydrants for maintenance purposes.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member McCabe invited the community to attend the City’s Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 8, 2016, at the Max Foster Sports Complex.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that he was unable to attend a tax-sharing agreement meeting between the City of Merced and Merced County because of scheduling conflicts.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:24 p.m.

Warren Urnberg, 1331 8th Street, asked the following questions.

· Will weeds be removed from alleys this year?

· A home by 5th and F Streets is covered with plastic. What is happening there?

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that he is seeking assistance from the Fire Department to clear weeds from alleys and that Code Enforcement will address the property near the corner of 5th and F Streets.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:28 p.m. as there were no further public comments.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Approval of Warrant Register Dated December 10, 2015.

2. Approval of Warrant Register Dated December 23, 2015.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Soria to approve the Consent Calendar. The motion carried 4-1 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Samra

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

3. City Council to Consider Adoption of a Resolution Making an Appointment to Fill the Vacancy on the Planning Commission.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item. The City advertised for this position and received two applications.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 7:29 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Council Member McCabe recommends that future applicants submit a full application when applying for the Planning Commission.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/McCabe to adopt Resolution No. 2016-18 re-appointing Mario Mendoza to the Planning Commission. The motion carried 3-1-1 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Sicairos, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: Soria

ABSENT: Council Members: Samra

4. Resolution Approving a First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement Between the City of Livingston and WGR Southwest, Inc. for Phase II MS4 and General NPDES Permit Compliance Services.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item regarding staffing needs to comply with the State’s MS4 requirements.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 7:29 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Soria to adopt Resolution No. 2016-19 approving a First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement between the City of Livingston and WGR Southwest, Inc. for Phase II MS4 and General NPDES Permit Compliance Services. The motion carried 4-1 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Samra

5. City Council to Provide Staff Direction on the Design of a New City Logo.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 7:39 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, noted that the current City logo will need to be replaced on anything that has the City’s logo (shirts, vehicles, plaques, etc.). She asked how much this would cost.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that the City will progressively replace the City’s logo. The first items to be updated with the new logo are the City’s communications areas (cards, website, letterheads, etc.). Other areas will be addressed throughout the year. Replacement estimates range between 8 and 10 thousand dollars.

Warren Urnberg, 1331 8th Street, recommends that the City make this a community decision. The community could vote for their favorite logo online or in person when paying their water bill at City Hall.

Javier Fuentes, from Merced, recommends that the community vote on the new logo at the Cinco de Mayo Festival and other community events.

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

Council Member Sicairos recommends encouraging local art students from the high school to submit a new design.

No action was taken on this item. City Council directed staff to continue discussing this item at future meetings.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 7:52 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: June 21, 2016

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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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