Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on September 6, 2016.

Meeting Date: October 18, 2016

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on September 6, 2016, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria (Excused Absence)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe (Excused Absence)

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:08 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:09 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—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

2. Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Real Property: APN: 024-114-016

Negotiating Parties for City: Interim City Manager/City Attorney

and Quirino and Clara Cervantes

Under Negotiation: Potential Property Purchase

3. Conference with Real Property Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54956.8)

Partial Area of Real Property: APN 24-143-011

Negotiating Parties for City: Interim City Manager/City Attorney

and Flor Chavez

Under Negotiation: Lease Agreement

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:03 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 (Late Attendance)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe (Excused Absence)

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Tristan Shamp, Statewide Grants Manager and Tove Beatty, Project Manager, California Consulting, described California Consulting’s background and grant writing services. They discussed several grant applications that are currently available and which the City may wish to consider pursuing.

Tristan Shamp gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding various grant opportunities for cities. He provided an overview of the grant application process. Some grants available for municipalities include the ATP Grant, Cal Recycle Grant, Youth Soccer Grant, AFGG Grant, etc.

Council Member Soria arrived at the meeting at 7:08 p.m.

2. Representatives of the 4 of July Committee and Carlos Vieira Foundation: Update on July 4th Celebration.

Julio Valadez, Chairman of the 4th of July Committee, gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding this year’s festival. He talked about various fundraising events, carnival ticket sales, raffles, booth rentals, etc. He also acknowledged the volunteers and donors that assisted with the festival.

Carlos Vieira, local businessman and race car driver and founder of the Carlos Vieira Foundation, spoke about the different functions of the Foundation. He noted that he was impressed with the annual festival.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:35 p.m.

Dina Ruiz, representative from the Central Valley Soccer League, reported that she recently had an altercation with a group of young men at Yamato Colony Elementary School. There was a dispute about who had the rights to use the soccer fields. She notified the Police Department and was dissatisfied with their service.

Ricardo Soria, Livingston Youth Soccer coach, mentioned that he was disappointed that police officers were unable to resolve their dispute.

Rosa Herrera, parent of a youth soccer player, urged the City Council to encourage police officers to work on conflict resolution and community relations.

Mayor Espinoza replied that he supports youth programs. He noted that Interim City Manager Ortiz and Police Chief Chavez will address these concerns with police staff.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra noted that there may have been some miscommunication. He apologized for their misfortune. Management will talk to staff about these issues.

Council Member Soria recommends that the youth soccer coach have a written contract available at all times showing their rights to use soccer facilities.

Sergeant Ray Fong, from the Livingston Police Department, thanked Central Valley Soccer League for attending this meeting. He explained that there is a difference between a civil issue and criminal issue. In this case, the dispute was determining who had the rights to use the soccer field (belonging to Yamato Colony Elementary School). This is not a criminal issue. This is a civil matter that must be resolved between all parties involved, including the school.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, commended the 4th of July Committee and volunteers for their hard work. She thanked the Police Explorers for helping with traffic control at the festival. She asked if the City and County have a new tax sharing agreement. She also asked the Fire Department if they could invite fire volunteers to the next meeting as she would like know more about our fire volunteers.

Mayor Espinoza replied that a new tax sharing agreement has not been executed between the City and County.

Luis Flores, 707 Almondwood Drive, announced that there will be community meetings discussing the school district’s campus master plans. These meetings will be held next week throughout the school district. Moreover, he asked if the City is currently recruiting for the position of City Manager.

City Attorney Sanchez replied that the City is currently reviewing applications for the position of City Manager.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 8:23 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.

Fire Battalion Chief, Baraka Carter, gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding response statistics. He noted that there were questions about fire staffing during the last City Council meeting. In response to those questions, he explained the City contracts with the County, and the County contracts with the State. The City can dictate staffing levels, but the City will be responsible for their pay.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra noted that additional personnel may result in benefits, like lower insurance premiums for the City.

Recreation Superintendent Benoit reported that the Sweet Potato Festival will be held at the Max Foster Sports Complex on October 1st and 2nd. The City is looking for volunteers to help with the festival. Volunteers could win raffle prizes like bikes and computers.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz announced that the City will soon install an electronic bulletin board across the street from City Hall.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Soria asked if non-profit organizations can make announcements on the electronic bulletin board.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied yes.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

None.

PUBLIC HEARING

3.    Continuing Public Hearing and Adoption of 2015 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan to September 20, 2016.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed the Public Hearing at 8:40 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Soria to continue the Public Hearing to September 20, 2016. The motion carried 4-0-1 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: McCabe

CONSENT CALENDAR.

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

5. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on July 21, 2016.

6. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on August 2, 2016.

7. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on August 16, 2016.

8. Approval of Warrant Register Dated September 1, 2016.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Samra to approve the consent calendar. The motion carried 4-0-1 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: McCabe

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

9. Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget Presentation: Workshop #2 – Review of Street, Public Safety and Other Special Revenue and Enterprise Operating Funds.

Interim City Manager gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the General Fund.

Noe Martinez, Interim Public Works Director, went over department staffing levels, street improvement projects, and grant projects.

Alfonso Manrique, Alternate City Engineer, gave an overview on water department projects which includes water line replacements, improving water quality, improving water coloration, and flushing fire hydrants.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 9:28 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked for the remaining amounts from the TCP settlement fund.

Interim City Manager Ortiz noted that he can follow-up with this inquiry.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 9:30 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

10. Update and Possible Direction from City Council on City Logo.

Interim City Manager Ortiz noted that the City is working with local schools to have students design entries for the new City Logo.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 9:34 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: October 18, 2016

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Mayor or Mayor ProTempore

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