Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on September 20, 2016.

Meeting Date: December 20, 2016

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MEETING MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

A Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on September 20, 2016, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:02 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 (Excused Absence)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Excused Absence)

Council Member Alex McCabe

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Introduction of new Police Officer, Beatrice Pereda, by Chief Ruben Chavez.

Police Chief Chavez introduced the City’s new Police Officer, Beatrice Pereda. Police Chief Chavez discussed her background and education. Officer Pereda introduced herself, thanked her family for their support, and mentioned that it is an honor to serve the City of Livingston.

2. Livingston League Soccer Program Update by Anna Alberto.

Anna Alberto, from the Livingston League Soccer Program, announced that a Livingston youth club recently won the Univision Cup in Sacramento. Team members talked about their experience at the tournament. Team members presented the championship trophy to the City Council and took photographs together.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding Police-related statistics. He discussed burglary statistics, animal control statistics, gang enforcement, etc. He further discussed the Safe Routes to School program and the County’s Citizen Alert System (which provides emergency notifications directly to cell phones).

Contract City Planner Hatch announced that Panda Express is considering developing in Livingston, by the Winton Parkway exit. Motel 6 is currently doing grading work at their site by Winton Parkway, west of Taco Bell. The 51-Fifty gym on B Street is nearing completion and approaching a final inspection.

Fire Battalion Chief Carter introduced volunteer Firefighter David Bates. David Bates has been a volunteer for several decades. There are over 15 fire volunteers in Livingston. Mr. Bates talked about his background, responsibilities, training requirements, fundraising events, etc.

Mayor Espinoza and the City Council commended the Fire Department for their hard work and commitment to safety.

Battalion Chief Carter provided an Activity Report regarding Fire-related statistics.

Recreation Superintendent Benoit gave an update on department-related activities. She reported that the Sweet Potato Festival will be held in two weeks and that basketball registrations begin this Saturday.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz announced that the City is searching for grants to develop soccer fields at the Max Foster Sports Complex. The downtown portion of Main Street is scheduled to re-open next week. The Sweet Potato Festival has received various inquiries for booth rentals and is expected to have a large attendance.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member McCabe announced that he recently received a scholarship to attend a Leadership Seminar in Southern California.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra invited the community to attend the Sweet Potato Festival.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that he will be attending the Leadership Seminar with Council Member McCabe.

PUBLIC HEARING

3.  Continuing Public Hearing and Adoption of 2015 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan to October 4, 2016.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed the Public Hearing 7:55 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/McCabe to continue the Public Hearing and Adoption of 2015 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan to October 4, 2016. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos, Soria

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:57 p.m.

Alternate Planning Commissioner Wallis thanked the Fire Department for introducing Fire Volunteers. He was pleased to get to know the people who serve this community.

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

CONSENT CALENDAR

4. Resolution No. 2016-51 Accepting Local Agency Biennial Notice.

5. Approval of Warrant Register Dated September 15, 2016.

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

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Sicairos

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

6. Resolution of the City Council of the City of Livingston Authorizing the Issuance of Not to Exceed $8,900,000 Principal Amount of Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016A, Authorizing and Directing Execution of an Indenture of Trust, Continuing Disclosure Agreement, Escrow Instructions and a Bond Purchase Contract, Authorizing the Sale of Bonds, Approving an Official Statement and Providing Other Matters Properly Relating Thereto.

A presentation was provided regarding refinancing sewer bonds.

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

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra inquired about the implications of bonds getting lower ratings than expected.

The presenter replied that a lower rating will result in increased interest rates.

City Attorney Sanchez noted that if the interest rate exceeds 3%, the agreement will be returned to City Council for further discussion and consideration.

Motion: M/S Samra/McCabe to adopt Resolution No. 2016-52 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Authorizing the Issuance of Not to Exceed $8,900,000 Principal Amount of Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016A, Authorizing and Directing Execution of an Indenture of Trust, Continuing Disclosure Agreement, Escrow Instructions and a Bond Purchase Contract, Authorizing the Sale of Bonds, Approving an Official Statement and Providing Other Matters Properly Relating Thereto. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Sicairos

7. Resolution Approving Purchase of Commercial Property Located at 324 Main Street with APN No. 024-114-016.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item. He noted that the subject site is a parking lot located on Main Street, between the Fiesta Grocery Market and True Value. The parking lot can be used for public parking in the downtown.

Mayor Espinoza opened and closed Public Comments at 8:14 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Motion: M/S McCabe/Samra to adopt Resolution No. 2016-53 Approving Purchase of Commercial Property Located at 324 Main Street with APN No. 024-114-016. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Sicairos

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 8:15 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

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.