SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 Draft Minutes (Special Meeting)

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MEETING MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

A Special Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on September 20, 2011, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Margarita Aguilar

Council Member Frank Vierra (Excused Absence)

Council Member Theresa Land

Council Member Gurpal Samra

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

There were no changes to the agenda.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

There were no citizens comments.

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

  1. Resolution Authorizing the Application and Acceptance of San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Public Benefit Grant Program Funds.

City Attorney Jose Sanchez presented the agenda item.

Mayor Espinoza commented that City Attorney Sanchez had talked to him about this grant earlier in the day and that they wanted to bring this item forward as an urgency item because he wanted to make sure they were at the beginning of the grant process.

Council Member Land stated that her paperwork mentioned $22,000.

City Manager Jose Ramirez responded that he actually received the dollar amount today from Brenda Geary, therefore, the reason for the change.

Council Member Land noted the fiscal amount would then be $25,000.

Council Member Samra asked if this was based on a particular vehicle or can the City buy what it wants.

City Manager Ramirez stated that yes this does meet the criteria; however, Chris Soria, Interim Police Chief and Brenda Geary, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police had looked at the vehicles and received background information and therefore chose the Nissan Hybrid.

Council Member Samra commented that in this country we have a problem with our economy and here we go spending this money out of the country. He asked if American made vehicles were viewed.

Interim Chief Soria stated that the Nissan is being used by the Merced Police Department and also in Antioch and the Sacramento area. He commented that the Nissan is one of the lowest priced vehicles and fits the needs of the Department. Interim Chief Soria added that the American made vehicles are more expensive.

City Manager Ramirez added that we can move forward with submitting the grant and then look at different vehicle alternatives.

Council Member Samra stated that he was not saying that the Department needs an inferior product or was opposed to the idea of purchasing the Nissan, but noted that we need to start putting our American workers back to work and provide jobs.

Luis Flores, 707 Almondwood Drive added as a Hybrid owner he felt the purchase is a good idea. He asked if this grant was only going toward capital and are there grant funds to do campaigns to promote car pooling, or the implementation of bike paths.

City Manager Ramirez commented that the actual grant money has to be used to purchase vehicles only, but there are grant monies out there for trail development. He said the City would have to come up with its own trail master plan and then it has to interact with the County’s trail master plan.

Motion: M/S Aguilar/Espinoza to adopt Resolution No. 2011-60 authorizing the application and acceptance of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Public Benefit Grant Program Funds. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Espinoza, Aguilar, Land, Samra

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Vierra

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 6:45 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: October 4, 2011

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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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