Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on January 15, 2013

Meeting Date: February 19, 2013

Agenda Item #4. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on January 15, 2013.

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MEETING MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

JANUARY 15, 2013

A Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on January 15, 2013, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Pro-Tem Samra presiding.

CLOSED SESSION

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza (Excused Absence)

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member David Mendoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra opened the meeting for public comments. There were no comments from the public. The Council subsequently adjourned to Closed Session at 6:05 p.m. to discuss the following matters:

1. Successor Agency

Conference with Legal Counsel – Potential Litigation

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

2. Conference with Legal Counsel – Potential Litigation

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

Number of Cases: 3

3. Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Labor Negotiator: City Manager Jose Antonio Ramirez

Employee Organizations: All Represented City Employees

OPEN SESSION

The Council came out of Closed Session to begin the Regular Meeting.

REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was recited.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza (Excused Absence)

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member David Mendoza

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No announcements were made.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

There were no changes to the agenda..

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Presentation by Council Member Jim Soria – Introduction and Recognition of Junior Football All-Star Team Members.

Council Member Soria gave recognition to the members of the Junior Football All-Star Team along with the cheerleaders.

Sylvia Gonzalez, 1440 Main Street stated that she has been active in the program for 13 years and has seen many changes over the years. They are seeking out more community members and parental support.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

None.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Public Works Director Molina gave a monthly report on Public Works operations.

Council Member Soria noted that he would like to see the Christmas lights extended down to the car wash on Main Street.

Police Chief Chavez shared details of a tragedy that happened today in the City of Galt when Officer Kevin Todd was killed in the line of duty. He also gave an update on Kops for Kids, Burglary Action Plan and an explanation of Proposition 36. Chief Chavez announced that there will be a gang prevention summit on February 16 in the City Council Chambers from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

City Manager Ramirez commented that the Merced Rescue Mission is taking over the Senior Center on Main Street and he will be bringing forward a contract for Council approval.

Also the Finance Department has identified some additional revenue from business licenses. There was a miscalculation fee printed on the form and the City will be sending out letters regarding this error.

For the last two weeks the City has been having issues with the water as it pertains to Foster Farms; slugs have been making their way through to the sewer plant. He feels the issues are from a line that had a valve that was closed for years and was just recently opened up.

City Manager Ramirez said he participated in the MCAG Executive Director interviews and he hoped MCAG will be getting the best person possible. He also reported that the sweet potato festival will take place this year the week of September 20th.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Sicairos noted that the Council is extending the application deadlines for the Planning and Parks and Recreation Commission. He also thanked the Police Chief and his department for all that they do.

Council Member Soria also thanked the Chief and his officers for all that they do. He added that Public Works and City Staff have been doing a great job as well and also thanked them.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra thanked staff for all their work through the holidays.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

None.

CITY COUNCIL FUTURE AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS

None.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

None.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Dewey Bandy, 717 K Street, Sacramento presented an item on the California Coalition for Rural Housing.

Mike Torres, 1616 Eighth Street commented that a section of town to the north is not conforming.

At a past Planning Commission meeting that he attended there were residents coming in seeking to obtain a Conditional Use Permit for remodeling their homes.

Twenty years ago when the last General Plan came into effect they changed the zoning from residential to highway service commercial which tied up the homeowners that wanted to remodel their homes because it was a nonconforming use. He asked the Council to look at that issue and change the zoning back to residential. He pointed out that nothing has ever happened in that area so the Council should either amend the Municipal Code or change the zoning.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra noted that this was a good point.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Resolution No. 2013-1 Authorizing Submittal of an Application to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s “Green Trees for the Golden State” Grant Program.

2. Minutes of Meeting Held on October 16, 2012.

3. Minutes of Meeting Held on November 8, 2012.

4. Minutes of Meeting Held on November 20, 2012.

5. Minutes of Meeting Held on December 11, 2012.

6. Approval of Warrant Register Dated January 9, 2013.

Motion: M/S Mendoza/Sicairos to approve the Consent Calendar items. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Samra, Soria, Mendoza, and Sicairos

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Espinoza

SUCCESSOR AGENCY

No announcements made from Closed Session.

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

7. Resolution of the City Council of the City of Livingston Adopting Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests Pursuant to Article XIIID of the California Constitution (Proposition 218).

City Attorney Sanchez presented the item.

Mike Torres, 1616 Eighth Street asked what would happen if the 50 plus one is a protest vote for the resolution and what the timeline is if the City moves forward and approves this.

City Attorney Sanchez responded that at this point staff would look at all the documents again. He said usually this doesn’t happen, but if it did they would start working on it right away to see if we could put something before the property owners. The biggest issue is the rate increases because they just elect the cost. If increased rates are not approved then there would be a reduction in service and that is our biggest concern.

Mr. Torres asked if this was the same with the garbage.

City Attorney Sanchez stated that we could go back and forth whether it applies the same or not with the garbage, but the City has decided to treat the garbage the same.

Mr. Torres asked if the connection to the house was staying the same.

City Attorney Sanchez stated that this was getting more on the water side. This tonight is related to water and again it is just to state the guidelines.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Soria to adopt Resolution No. 2013-2 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Adopting Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests Pursuant to Article XIIID of the California Constitution (Proposition 218). The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Samra, Soria, Mendoza, and Sicairos

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Espinoza

8. Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of a Security Surveillance Camera System that Implements High-End Video Analytics and a License Plate Recognition System.

Police Chief Chavez presented the item.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra stated that he is a strong advocate of the camera system and asked if these cameras will be able to read license plates for unregistered vehicles.

Police Chief Chavez responded that certain systems will do this. He explained further.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked who will have custody of the data.

Police Chief Chavez responded the Police Department will.

David Blevins, 1019 Fourth Street asked where the money is coming from.

City Manager Ramirez responded that there are two parts for funding; Community Facilities Fees and Police Department Impact Fees.

Mario Campos from QuickPCSupport explained the privacy issues; where certain things and people can be blurred.

Rick Soria, 1526 Main Street asked if the cameras were going to be used for traffic violations as well.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra stated that he would not allow that in Livingston.

Police Chief Chavez added that there will be no traffic enforcement, only crime prevention.

Council Member Soria asked if the City would go after reimbursement once a conviction has been made.

Police Chief Chavez responded that we do seek restitution.

City Manager Ramirez added that there are some areas that we are trying to make adjustments in collecting monies.

City Attorney Sanchez added that for graffiti there are special rules and he would check to see if the Municipal Code needed to be updated on graffiti and recovering the costs.

Brief discussion followed.

Motion: M/S Mendoza/Soria to adopt Resolution No. 2013-3 Authorizing the Purchase of a Security Surveillance Camera System that Implements High-End Video Analytics and a License Plate Recognition System. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Samra, Soria, Mendoza, and Sicairos

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Espinoza

9. Extend Deadline for Parks and Recreation Commission Applications.

City Manager Ramirez stated that we need seven individuals to apply and so far we have only received three applications, therefore, he was asking to extend the deadline to do more recruiting.

Motion: M/S Mendoza/Sicairos to approve extending the deadline for Parks and Recreation Commission applications. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Samra, Soria, Mendoza, and Sicairos

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Espinoza

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 8:48 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: February 19, 2013

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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.

One thought on “Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on January 15, 2013

  1. Did The City Manager SEE the Slugs???…Just wondering because the Men that RUN the Sewer Plant and are there on a DAILY BASIS have NOT SEEN ANY SLUGS…What kind of “Slugs” is he referring to???

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