Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on March 7, 2017.

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Meeting Date: May 16, 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

MARCH 7, 2017

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on March 7, 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

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 matters:

1. Public Employee Appointment

(Government Code Section 54957)

Title: City Manager

City Manager Recruitment

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Soria called the meeting to order at 7:10 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

Council Member Alex McCabe

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS

1. Presentation: Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. – Grant Writing and Lobbying Services.

The presenter gave an overview of their company history. This company has offices in Sacramento, Washington D.C., Oakland, Fresno, and Newport Beach. They have 13 registered Federal and State grant writers. This firm is generally ranked in the top 10. They discussed their staffing levels, experience, and services.

Mayor Soria opened Public Comments at 8:25 p.m.

Planning Chairperson Ranjeet Jhutti asked if they’ve worked with cities in the Central Valley.

Townsend Public Affair’s manager mentioned that he has worked with the City of Turlock on wastewater projects, MCAG, and Mariposa County. They’ve also worked with Mendota, Firebaugh, and Orange Cove.

Kisha McGuire, Livingston, asked if they have good intercommunication and transparency.

Townsend Public Affair’s manager noted that they utilize e-mail and staff meetings to communicate with each other. In regards to transparency, they are in constant contact with their clients updating them with results as they occur.

Mayor Soria closed Public Comments at 8:33 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza Announcements and Reports.

County Supervisor Espinoza noted that he recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. They worked with Congressmen Costa and Denham. Supervisor Espinoza noted that he would like to join Mayor Soria at his Coffee with the Mayor Sessions. He is working on the revenue sharing agreement between the County and the City.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Fire Chief Carter went over the Fire Department’s monthly service report. There were 41 medical aids, 7 vehicle accidents, and 2 code blues (among other incidents) within the City limits. They have a total of 260 incidents (both City and County) for 2017. The Fire Department is giving free smoke detectors to residents in the community. He recommends that residents call 811 before digging in their yard to ensure that they don’t damage underground public utilities when digging through soil.

City Engineer Gouveia noted that he will soon give a presentation regarding aquifers and the condition of the wastewater treatment plant.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Benoit noted that basketball registrations exceeded over 450 participants. Staff is looking for baseball coaches.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz noted that the City is working on organizing a VFW march for Cesar Chavez in a few weeks. The City is looking at hiring a Code Enforcement officer. Staff is getting together to discuss budget needs.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member McCabe attended a regional water meeting. He also went to Tijuana and met with elected officials.

Council Member Aguilar noted that he is working with the community and City staff to draft a resolution making Livingston a Sanctuary City

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Soria announced that his father passed away in early March. He thanked everyone who expressed their condolences.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Soria opened Citizen Comments at 8:06 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, thanked the City Engineer in advance for providing a PowerPoint presentation on the condition of damns and the wastewater treatment plants. She asked why there are issues with imbedding the website site.

I.T. staff noted that they are working on these technical issues.

Flor Lopez, Livingston, thanked the City Council for their support with trying to make Livingston a Sanctuary City.

Rosa Gomez, 786 Celia Drive, coaches baseball and noted that the Little Guys Field is in need of repairs. She has taken days off from work to maintain the field. The metal screen behind the mound is rusted and brittle.

Interim City Manager Ortiz noted that staff is reviewing the contract for the Little Guys Field to determine maintenances responsibilities. In addition, staff will review the condition of the field and potentially include repairs in future budgets.

County Supervisor Espinoza noted that the contract should show who is responsible for maintaining the field.

Griselda Ramirez, Merced Organizing Project, thanked the City for allowing her organization to use the Council Chambers this year.

Mayor Soria closed Citizen Comments at 8:21 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

CONSENT AGENDA

2. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on December 20, 2017.

3. Approval of Warrant Register Dated March 2, 2017.

Motion: M/S Samra/McCabe to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion carried 5-0-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

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

Council Member McCabe recused himself from this item due to close relationships with the candidates.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Candidate Robert Wallis, 1697 Spruce Court, worked in the military and with an oil company. He joined the Commission to organize AB 1234; he has attended various City and County training sessions. No questions were asked of him.

Candidate Jason Roth, 1629 Spruce Court, announced that he has been an active member of the community. He is involved with the band boosters and has coached youth football.

Candidate Ranjeet Jhutti has served the Commission during the last 2.5 years. He has been the Chairperson and prides himself in fostering an inclusive environment. He grew-up in Livingston and received his education at UC Berkeley.

Candidate Satnam Singh was raised in Livingston. He graduated from UC Davis, studied biology and obtained his master’s degree. He is currently a real estate professional.

Candidate Kulbir S. Bajwa is a Civil Engineer and has over 35 years of experience. He has worked on several projects with Caltrans throughout the Central Valley. He has also worked on international projects.

Mayor Soria opened Public Comments at 8:40 p.m.

Warren Urnberg 1331 8th Street, noted that he was unable to submit an application, but is interested in the position. He has extensive experience with various City commissions and has filled-in as a Council Member in the past.

Mayor Soria closed Public Comments at 8:43 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Aguilar to adopt Resolution 2017-20 appointing Ranjeet Jhutti and Robert Wallis to the Planning Commission, and to re-advertise for the remaining vacant positions. The motion carried 4-0-0-1 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

ABSTAIN: Council Members: McCabe

5. Resolution Approving a Support Service Agreement for Fiber Optic Internet Services with

Frontier Communications and Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Execute the Agreement.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item.

Mayor Soria opened and closed Public Comments at 9:10 p.m., as there were no comments from the public.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked if this contract would bring connectivity to Public Works. If it does, this is a great deal.

Mayor Soria replied that Frontier mentioned that it would cover City Hall and Public Works.

Council Member Sicairos asked if having a back-up service is expensive.

Interim City Manager Ortiz mentioned that their back-up rate is 1,000 dollars.

Mayor Soria re-opened Public Comments at 9:17 p.m.

Planning Chairperson Jhutti mentioned that having a back-up server is critical during power outages.

Mayor Soria closed Public Comments at 9:20 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/McCabe to adopt Resolution 2017-21 Approving a Support Service Agreement for Fiber Optic Internet Services with Frontier Communications and Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Execute the Agreement. Back-up service may be provided that does not exceed $2,000 per year. The motion carried 5-0-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

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

Interim City Manager Ortiz and Parks & Recreation Superintendent Benoit introduced this item.

Mayor Soria opened Public Comments 9:39 p.m.

Keisha McGuire thanked the City Council for making this a community event.

Mayor Soria closed Public Comments 9:42 p.m.

The Council discussed the various options and submissions. The Council directed staff to continue this item to the next City Council Meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 9:55 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

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