Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on February 2, 2016.

Meeting Date: March 15, 2016

 

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MEETING MINUTES

 

CONCURRENT MEETING OF THE CITY

COUNCIL AND SUCCESSORY AGENCY TO

THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON

FEBRUARY 2, 2016

 

A Concurrent Meeting of the Livingston City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Livingston was held on February 2, 2016, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.

ROLL CALL

 

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Late Attendance)

Council Member Alex McCabe

 

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:09 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

 

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:10 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 Recruitment

2. Conference with Legal Counsel—Potential Litigation

((Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2))

Number of Cases: 1

REGULAR MEETING

 

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:00 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

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member Alex McCabe

 

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

No reportable action was taken.

 

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

 

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS

 

1. Rebecca True – MCAG CivicSpark presentation regarding funding possibilities and resources for sustainable planning activities.

Rebecca True, a representative from MCAG, gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding various grant opportunities for the City. She talked about different grants such as the CMAQ Grant, Active Transportation Grant, PACE, and the Urban Forestry Grant.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

 

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding burglary statistics, gang arrests, and animal control.

Alternate City Engineer, Alfonso Manrique, gave an update on engineering-related activities. Well #13 is operating and the Division of Drinking Water recently approved water samples from that well.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked if Well #13 is currently online.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique replied that Well #13 is online. In addition, he mentioned that Well #17 is currently under construction and is well ahead of schedule.

Mayor Espinoza asked if Well #13 will address arsenic contaminations.

Alternate City Engineer Manrique replied yes. It will also purify manganese and clear-up brown discolorations.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

Interim City Manager Ortiz announced that the City is currently providing loans for first time home buyers and for housing rehabilitation projects. Moreover, a mid-year budget review will be given during a City Council Meeting sometime in the next few months. A budgetary surplus, between $400,000 and $500,000, is expected. The City would like to use some funds to update its equipment/software and to address staffing needs for the State’s MS4 program (an unfunded State mandate).

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

None.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

 

Mayor Espinoza reported that the owner of the business at the northwest corner at 8th Street and F Street is concerned about pedestrian safety at that intersection.

Police Chief Chavez replied that he will search for grant opportunities to install traffic calming measures and to improve lighting in that area.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:29 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked if the City plans to replace inadequate street lights.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that MID lights will soon be replaced.

Julio Valadez, P.O. Box 611, invited the community to attend the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry (February 5th), the Kite Festival (April 2nd), the 4th of July fundraiser at the Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 8th). This year, the 4th of July Festival Committee is partnering with the Carlos Vieira Foundation to donate a portion of their proceeds to organizations supporting children with autism.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:38 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

2. Resolution No. 2016-04 Rescinding Resolution No. 2015-10 and Authorizing the City Manager to Execute Documents, Approve Claims for Reimbursement and Represent the City as Required by the State Water Resources Control Board as Part of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Application.

 

3. Approval of Warrant Register Dated January 27, 2016.

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

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

SUCCESSOR AGENCY CONSENT AGENDA

 

3. Resolution No. 2016-01 of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Livingston Approving the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS 16-17 A & B) Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 34177 for the Period of July 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to approve the Successor Agency Consent Calendar. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

4. Resolution No. 2016-05 Approving a First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Gabriel A. Gonzalez and Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Execute Amendment.

Interim City Manager Ortiz introduced this item. He talked about Mr. Gonzalez’s education and work experience. Mr. Gonzalez has approximately 20 years of work experience with local government. He has been a City Manager and a Finance Director.

Gabriel A. Gonzalez introduced himself and talked about his work experience and qualifications.

Mayor Espinoza opened Public Comments at 7:46 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked if this position includes the supervision of employees from Public Works.

Interim City Manager Ortiz replied that Mr. Gonzalez will primarily provide functional analysis and review staffing needs for the Public Works Department.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 7:49 p.m., as there were no further comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2016-05 Approving a First Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Gabriel A. Gonzalez and Authorizing the Interim City Manager to Execute Amendment. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at approximately 7:50 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: March 15, 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.

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