Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on April 18, 2017.

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Meeting Date: July 18, 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

APRIL 18, 2017

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on April 18, 2017, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Soria presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Mayor Jim Soria

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra (Excused Absence)

Council Member Juan Aguilar

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Excused Absence)

Council Member Alex McCabe

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

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Soria 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. Public Employee Appointment

(Government Code Section 54957)

Title: City Manager

City Manager Recruitment

2. Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Agency Negotiators:  Jose M. Sanchez, City Attorney

Unrepresented Employee – City Manager

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Soria called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Jim Soria

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Juan Aguilar

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Excused Absence)

Council Member Alex McCabe

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

City Attorney Sanchez announced that Interim City Manager Ortiz is out on medical leave indefinitely. Police Chief Chavez will be the Acting Interim City Manager until further notice.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS

1. Oath of Office: Mayor Soria will administer the Oath of Office to Newly Appointed Planning

Commission Alternate, Jason Roth.

Jason Roth was appointed as the new Alternate Planning Commissioner. The Oath of Office was administered by Mayor Soria.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza Announcements and Reports.

Supervisor Espinoza announced that the City needs to renew its municipal service review to update its General Plan. Moreover, the County will be discussing a chairman rotation system that is more equitable. SB 1 was approved and will give 400 million dollars to help the ACE train provide service to Merced.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding Police-related activities. Last week, the Chief attended the California Chiefs Conference. They discussed contemporary issues such as medical marijuana, homelessness, etc. A homeless encampment was found within Caltrans’ right of-way, near the AV Thomas packaging plant. The City informed the campers that they were on private property. The campers were subsequently informed of the various services they could receive. Moreover, on April 29th the Police Department will be accepting outdated medication from the community.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member McCabe wished the Supervisor Espinoza and City Attorney Sanchez a happy birthday. Their birthdays are in April.

Council Member Aguilar attended the Kite Festival and was pleased with the attendance. The Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Fire Department on May 6.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra thanked the Police Department for addressing the homeless encampment.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Soria announced that he hosted a “Coffee with the Mayor” last weekend. There were 15 to 20 people in attendance. This was an opportunity for the community to discuss the direction of the City. His vision is to bring more jobs to the community. He attended the Kite Festival. Lastly, the Mayor showed photographs of City right-of-way that could use drought tolerant landscaping.

PUBLIC HEARING

2. Introduce and Waive First Reading of Ordinance No._______of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Title 8 “Health and Sanitation” to Add Chapter 9 “Camping and Storage of Personal Property “ to the Municipal Code.

City Attorney Sanchez introduced this item. He noted that this ordinance is in regard to general dilapidation like neglected properties, trash, property damage, unauthorized camping sites, etc.

Acting Interim City Manager Chavez announced that encampments are becoming a prominent issue, because other jurisdictions have passed similar ordinances and transients are moving to cities that don’t have these ordinances.

Mayor Soria opened the meeting for Public Comments at 7:42 p.m.

Adriana Meza, 1209 4th Street, Livingston, asked if the City is providing transients with contacts for support services.

City Attorney Sanchez announced that the City could provide a broacher with resources they could utilize.

Council Member Aguilar recommends that officers receive training on how to deal with transients or people with mental disabilities.

County Supervisor Espinoza announced that the County Health Department evaluates transients for several hours or days to determine the level of support they need.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked the following questions:

1) What is the cost for outdoor event permits?

2) Can overnight camping be extended beyond 3 days?

Acting Interim City Manager Chavez announced that the Fee Schedule still needs to be adopted.

Mayor Soria closed Public Comments at 7:56 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra noted that this a serious problem that affects both the aesthetics and crime rates of the community. He also announced that he is fine with implementing citation fees.

Council Member McCabe thinks it is unethical to charge exuberant fees to homeless individuals.

Motion: M/S McCabe/Aguilar to Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No. 630 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Title 8 “Health and Sanitation” to Add Chapter 9 “Camping and Storage of Personal Property” to the Municipal Code. Citations shall not exceed $100, and to extend camping days from 3 to 5 days. The motion failed 2-2-1 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Aguilar

NOES: Council Members: Samra, Soria

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos

Motion: M/S McCabe/Aguilar to Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No. 630 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Title 8 “Health and Sanitation” to Add Chapter 9 “Camping and Storage of Personal Property “to the Municipal Code. Citations shall not exceed $200. The motion carried 4-0-1 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Aguilar, Samra, Soria

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Soria opened Citizen Comments at 8:18 p.m.

Adriana Mesa, 1201 4th Street, asked if the City Council made progress on the Sanctuary City Ordinance. She asked if it can be voted on May 2nd.

Mayor Soria announced that the City would like to take action on this proposal by the second meeting in May.

Warren Urnberg, 1331 8th Street, asked if the pot holes on the Hammatt Avenue overpass are being repaired.

Mayor Soria replied that this property belongs to Caltrans. He hopes that the pot holes are repaired soon.

Crissy Gallardo, Merced Organizing Project, noted that she hosted several immigration rights information sessions at the Livingston Council Chambers. She is encouraged by the City’s support. In addition, she recommended that the Sanctuary City Ordinance prohibit City cooperation with ICE.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, announced that people throughout the country are getting their cars burglarized, their registrations stolen, and their homes burglarized. She asked Acting Interim City Manager Chavez if this is a problem in Livingston.

Acting Interim City Manager Chavez replied that this is not a common issue in Livingston, but he urges the community to contact the Police Department if they are victims of this type of burglary.

Mayor Soria closed Citizen Comments at 8:39 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

CONSENT AGENDA

3. Approval of Warrant Register Dated April 13, 2017.

Motion: M/S Samra/McCabe to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion carried 4-0-1 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: McCabe, Aguilar, Samra, Soria

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 8:44 p.m.

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Deputy City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: July 18, 2017

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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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