Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on October 4, 2016.

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

OCTOBER 4, 2016

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on October 4, 2016, in the City Council Chambers with Acting Mayor Samra presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Acting Mayor Samra called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza (Excused Absence)

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe (Excused Absence)

Acting Mayor Samra opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:35 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Acting Mayor Samra opened the meeting for public comments at 6:36 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matter:

1. Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Real Property: APN Nos.: 047-140-006 & 047-140-017

Negotiating Parties: Interim City Manager, City Attorney

Under Negotiation: Sale of Property

Under Negotiation: Lease Agreement

REGULAR MEETING

Acting Mayor Samra called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza (Excused Absence)

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe (Excused Absence)

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Recreation Superintendent Benoit gave an overview of last week’s Sweet Potato Festival. She reported that the event had a large attendance, the weather was pleasant, and that City staff was very helpful. Bikes and laptops were raffled to youth volunteers.

Acting Mayor Samra thanked staff for assisting with the Sweet Potato Festival.

Interim City Manager Ortiz thanked volunteers and event sponsors.

Recreation Superintendent Benoit added that the City was recently awarded a three-year grant to develop a Certified Farmers Market. The grant will pay for an event manager.

City Engineer Gouveia reported that Well #17 is operating properly and should go online soon. Downtown Improvements are progressing as expected.

Fire Engineer Dana McCarrol presented this month’s Incident Report which included 32 medical aids, 2 debris fires, 2 alarm soundings, and 1 public assist. Staff and volunteers received training on road rescues and patient packaging. Fire prevention week is later this month. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Fire prevention presentations will soon be given at local schools.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz reported that staff is in the process of applying for parks and recreation grants for soccer and baseball fields.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Soria thanked the community for attending the Sweet Potato Festival.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

None.

PUBLIC HEARING

1.  Public Hearing and Adoption of 2015 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique provided a presentation regarding the City’s Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan. He discussed water conservations statistics, the document circulation process, and public comments.

Acting Mayor Samra opened the Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m.

Colette Alvernaz, P.O. Box 255, provided a letter with her public comments to the City Council. She thanked the Engineering Department for their assistance and quick replies. Irrigating has historically been done through flooding. The State rarely allows flood irrigation in current times. Most farming is now done through micro sprinkling. The report should be updated to include this information.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique noted that the report will be revised to reflect that flood irrigation is no longer a common practice in this region.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked for an outline of Water Drought Emergency Stages 1-4 and examples of restrictions under each stage. She recommends that this information be outlined in a user-friendly pamphlet for the community.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique referenced Page 71 of the document, which has a chart with Water Drought Stage definitions. Pages 74 and 75 show the various restrictions that come with said stages.

Acting Mayor Samra closed the Public Hearing at 7:31 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Council Member Soria asked if the City Council will receive the final copy.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique replied yes.

Acting Mayor Samra thanked staff for their hard work.

Motion: M/S Soria/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2016-54 approving the 2015 Urban Water Management Plan. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria, Samra

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: McCabe, Espinoza

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Soria to adopt Resolution No. 2016-55 approving the 2015 Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria, Samra

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: McCabe, Espinoza

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Acting Mayor Samra opened Citizen Comments at 7:39 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked if there are updates regarding the recruitment for the positions of City Manager and Public Works Director.

City Attorney Sanchez replied that City Council recently held various Special Meetings to interview candidates. Timing of employment and compensation would have to be determined before hiring for those positions.

Colette Alvernaz, P.O. Box 255, announced that the Modesto Bee wrote an article on contemporary agricultural challenges. She noted that Livingston’s economy is largely dependent on agricultural employment and associated businesses. She asked if City Council would write a letter expressing their support for agriculture.

David Blevins, P.O. Box 76, had a comment about Downtown improvements. He is concerned about the visibility, temporary street markings and traffic signals. They may not be visible at night and should be illuminated.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that stop signs shall be made visible to prevent traffic accidents.

Acting Mayor Samra closed Citizen Comments at 7:48 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

CONSENT CALENDAR.

2. Approval of Warrant Register Dated September 29, 2016.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Soria to approve consent calendar. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria, Samra

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: McCabe, Espinoza

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

3. Council Authorization to Staff to Approve a Background Services Agreement with G2 Forensic Investigations.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Acting Mayor Samra opened and closed Public Comments at 7:50 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Soria/Sicairos to approve a Background Services Agreement with G2 Forensic Investigations for all City Employees. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria, Samra

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: McCabe, Espinoza

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: December 20, 2016

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Mayor or Mayor ProTempore

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