NOVEMBER 28, 2007

MEETING MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 28, 2007

A Special Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on November 28, 2007, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Samra presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Samra called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

    Mayor Gurpal Samra

    Mayor Pro-Tem William Ingram

    Council Member Frank Vierra (Excused Absence)

    Council Member Rodrigo Espinoza (Excused Absence)

    Council Member Roy Soria

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Gerri Martin, 16181 W. Vinewood Avenue, distributed a copy of questions regarding the expansion of the City’s Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant and requested her questions be answered by the City.

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

1.      Amended and Restated Joint Powers Agreement of the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG).

Jesse Brown, Executive Director of the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG), addressed the benefits of collaborative efforts between the entities.

Council Member Soria asked what the cost to the City is to be part of the collaboration.

 Mr. Brown noted that MCAG dues are approximately $5000, One-Voice money cannot come from State or Federal dollars.  In addition, there are costs from the Local Transportation money.  It was noted the total is approximately $20,000 – $25000 per capita. Some of the components are voluntary.

Mr. Soria voiced concern about the City committing for an additional ten years.  In addition, he was concerned about there being only one representative from each city on the MCAG Governing Board and five members from the County Board of Supervisors potentially an inequitable voting.

Mayor Pro Tem Ingram commented that he spoke with Mr. Brown and felt that most of his concerns and questions were addressed. He noted the projects that the City has benefited from in the past by being part of the MCAG Board.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ingram stated that if the City is to continue to grow it is necessary for the City to belong to the MCAG.  He noted the leveraging power is greater with collaboration. In addition, he did note his concern about the ten year commitment, but still feels the City should approve the agreement

Mayor Samra also noted his concern over the ten year commitment, but also felt the Council should approve the agreement.  He pointed out that if all the other cities are on board with the agreement then it is necessary for the City to sign the agreement and become part of the collaborative effort.

Council Member Soria stated he realizes the agreement is due, however expressed concern about the City committing to a ten year agreement with only three Council Members present. 

Mr. Brown noted that the last agreement was for ten years and that at any time the City felt it no longer wanted to be a part of the MCAG, the Council could vote themselves out. He noted the current agreement expires today.

After further discussion, it was moved by Mayor Pro-Tem Ingram, seconded by Mayor Samra to approve the Amended and Restated Joint Powers Agreement with the Merced County Association of Governments.  The motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 5:24  p.m                                                                 __________________________________

City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED:  December 4, 2007

_____________________________

 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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