Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on February 21, 2017.

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Meeting Date: May 16, 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on February 21, 2017, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Soria presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Mayor Jim Soria

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Juan Aguilar, Jr.

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Excused Absence)

Council Member Alex McCabe (Excused Absence)

Mayor Soria opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:33 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Soria opened the meeting for public comments at 6:34 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matter:

1. Public Employee Appointment

(Government Code Section 54957)

Title: City Manager

City Manager Recruitment

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, Jr.

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Excused Absence)

Council Member Alex McCabe (Excused Absence)

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

Items No. 6 and No. 9 were postponed to the next City Council Meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

City Engineer Gouveia reported that construction on F Street will begin in early March. The Downtown Beautification Project is essentially complete. The LED street lights on Main Street have been redirected to provide more illumination for pedestrians and drivers.

Police Chief Chavez gave his annual report. There were 8 burglaries last month and 6 in February. Animal Control statistics include 8 animals that were captured in February. There was one gang sweep and one arrest last month. The Police Explorers assisted with the ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am Detail. Sand bags were distributed during recent winter storms. Citizen Alter Applications are available online. The Active Shooter Training was organized with the school district, and it was a good learning experience for everyone involved. Last Friday a Mayor from the Azores visited Livingston to collect donations for a recent natural disaster. Police staff recently attended the 5th Annual Sikh-American Awareness Conference in Ceres.

Mid-Valley IT representative, 1170 W. Olive Avenue, Ste. B, Merced, gave an update on IT-related matters. The audio and video recordings for City Council meetings are not working properly, but this is a priority for both the City and IT Department, and they should be fixed soon. The new controller helps upload videos online immediately, within minutes instead of hours.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra would like to receive a list of priorities that need to be addressed by Mid Valley IT.

Interim City Manager Ortiz discussed the projects that IT staff is currently working on such as a new e-mail system, installing firewall protection, leasing 25 computers, working with the SCADA System, etc.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, thanked IT staff for their worked and asked if the City Council meetings can be downloaded from the City’s YouTube Channel.

IT staff noted that YouTube does not allow downloads.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz gave an update on City-related matters. He noted that MID is working with the City on an MOU. Interim City Manager Ortiz recently attended State training for Finance Directors in Sacramento from February 7th through the 10th. The conference featured new ways to generate revenue which includes a utility user tax, partial taxation, and increasing sales tax. Impact Fees, service connection fees, CFD’s and municipal bonds are other ways of generating revenue. Calipers announced that City contributions may be increased to pay for retirements. The State has a 1.6 billion dollar deficit instead of the 1.6 billion dollar revenue that was expected for 2016. This is typically a bad sign for local economies.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Aguilar announced that he attended last week’s Planning Commission meeting. Baseball registrations begin next Saturday. Moreover, Council Member Aguilar is currently working on a resolution to make Livingston a Sanctuary City.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Soria attended the recent Mosquito Abatement Meeting. Moreover, he thanked City staff for their hard work.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Soria opened Citizen Comments at 7:40 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, would like updates on the structural status of the City’s waste water treatment plant and the potential contamination from water levels rising during recent winter storms. She would like to know how high the water tables have risen and if there were any impacts on City wells.

Interim City Manager Ortiz noted that he recently visited local facilities with the Interim Public Works Director. During their visit, they did not find any significant structural damage to City facilities.

Warren Urnberg, 1331 8th Street, noted that the Hammatt Avenue overpass is in poor condition due to a high volume of truck usage.

Flor Martinez, Merced Organization Plan (MPO), is hosting an event this Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Livingston City Council Chambers. The meeting is in regards to immigration issues. The entire community is invited to attend.

Gene Owen, 12311 Bell Drive, noted that she is here to learn about Livingston becoming a Sanctuary City.

Mayor Soria closed Citizen Comments at 7:52 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

CONSENT AGENDA

1. Resolution 2017-15 Accepting Bid Proposal from Modesto Executive Electric, Inc. – Fire Station/City Hall and Public Works Yard Emergency Generators.

2. Resolution 2017-16 approving a Contract with Taylor Backhoe Service for Street Repairs on E Street near Main Street.

3. Resolution 2017-17 Approving an Interlocal Contract for Cooperative Purchasing with H-GAC for the Purchase of Goods and Services in Accordance with all Applicable Federal, State and Local Rules, Regulations and Ordinances.

4. Waive the Second Reading and Adopt Ordinance No. 629 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending Portions of Chapter 12 of Title 9 of the Livingston Municipal Code Pertaining to Urban Storm Water Quality Management and Amending Section 5-5-5 of the Livingston Municipal Code Pertaining to Specific Use Regulations.

5. Approval of Warrant Register Dated February 16, 2017.

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

AYES: Council Members: Aguilar, Samra, Soria

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos, McCabe

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

6. Resolution Making an Appointment to Fill the Vacancies on the Livingston Planning Commission.

This item was postponed to the next City Council meeting.

7. Resolution Authorizing a 5-Year Extension to the Dispatch Services Agreement with the City of Gustine.

Police Chief Chavez introduced this item. This contract has been mutually beneficial with Gustine. Gustine would like to extend their contract until 2022. Comparatively speaking, this is a fair contract for the City.

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

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra believes that this is a fair contract. The City qualifies for additional grants because of the dispatch calls added by Gustine.

Motion: M/S Samra/Aguilar to adopt Resolution 2017-18 authorizing a 5-Year Extension to the Dispatch Services Agreement with the City of Gustine. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Aguilar, Samra, Soria

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos, McCabe

8. Resolution Authorizing the Interim City Manager to File a Funding Application to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for Six New Alternative Fueled Vehicles.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item and noted that this is a year-round award without deadlines. He contacted Department representatives to determine if they have vehicle transportation needs. The grant would award partial funding for energy efficient vehicles.

Mayor Soria opened and closed Public Comments at 8:00 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked if the City needs motorcycles.

Police Chief Chavez replied that his department requested two motorcycles because they are very useful during parades and other community events.

Motion: M/S Aguilar/Samra to adopt Resolution 2017-19 Resolution Authorizing the Interim City Manager to File a Funding Application to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for Six New Alternative Fueled Vehicles. The motion carried 3-0-2 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Aguilar, Samra, Soria

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Sicairos, McCabe

9. City of Livingston Logo Update and Possible Direction to Staff.

This item was postponed to the next City Council Meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 8:03 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: May 16, 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.