6 Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 5, 2014.

Meeting Date: OCTOBER 21, 2014

Agenda Item #6. Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 5, 2014.

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 5, 2014

A Closed Session/Regular meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on August 5, 2014, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CLOSED SESSION

Closed Session was postponed due to lack of a quorum.

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:12 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 (Excused Absence)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member David Mendoza

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Closed Session was postponed due to lack of a quorum. Closed Session will take place today, after the Open Session meeting.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Presentation by Mr. Ed Esmaili, Crimetek Security, IGuard Surveillance System (Real Time Monitoring).

Mr. Esmaili announced that Crimetek Security has been providing security devices for over 30 years. Today, Crimetek Security is here to display some of their latest technologies and to show how their devices can be utilized by the City of Livingston.

In particular, Mr. Esmaili presented one of their latest cameras, which can provide views from a 180 degree angle. These cameras contain motion detectors that can detect unwanted activities. These cameras are monitored off-site by personnel to help distinguish between serious threats and false alarms. Mr. Esmaili announced that these cameras have great visibility at night and have yielded high satisfactory rates by customers. Mr. Esmaili closed his presentation by showing examples of actual footage from existing cameras.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

Supervisor Pedrozo was not in attendance.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Contract Planner Holly Owen gave a presentation on recent planning related activities. In particular, she discussed a cost recovery plan for the Planning Department. She announced that because the Finance Department has been providing Budget Workshops, she felt that planning-related costs should be examined. The City has not adjusted its planning fees in over twenty-two years. The document that she distributed contains a Fee Study that compares the City’s fee schedule to that of comparable cities in the Central Valley.

Mayor Espinoza asked if City Council could adjust the proposed fees.

Contract Planner Owen announced that the fees are based on expected expenditures such as overhead, staff time, and cost of materials. Therefore, what is being presented will help balance expenditures at equilibrium. Nevertheless, the proposed fees can be adjusted.

City Engineer Mario Gouveia announced that the City recently received a Park Grant. The grant will be utilized to help improve Joseph Gallo Park by funding projects related to restrooms, trees, play structures, and other amenities.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

City Manager Ramirez announced that the state-wide drought has not come to an end. The City is working hard to be proactive and resolve water quantity issues before water quantity becomes an urgent problem. Staff has contacted Merced County and State about obtaining emergency funding that can help fund water related projects. Staff will update the community about this as needed.

In addition, the City received a notice from the Livingston Unified School District about implementing new development fees for residential and commercial projects.

In other news, the Livingston Medical Clinic will be hosting their annual banquet, Scholarship Night, on August 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Nothing to report.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Nothing to report.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:33 p.m.

Warren Urnberg, 1331 8th Street, asked if residents have provided comments about the increased water rates.

Mayor Espinoza announced that only a handful of residents have inquired about the adjusted water rates.

Mr. Urnberg shifted the conversation and announced that he received a phone call from the Sheriff’s Department about a prisoner who leaped out of a transportation van in Livingston. He suggested that the City provide another mode of informing residents about such news. In addition, Mr. Urnberg shared that he has observed several residents in town who are illegally parking in handicap parking stalls. He suggested that the Police Department focus on these types of violations. In closing, he also suggested that City Council consider implementing a time limit during watering days.

Julio Valadez, from the 4th of July Committee, announced that the Fourth of July Festival received positive reviews this year, as usual. However, in terms of financing, there were some unforeseen expenses that the committee is working hard to repay. The Committee is here today to see if there is any way that the City can help them repay some of their debts.

Maria Baptista, treasurer of the 4th of July Committee, announced that she hopes that City Council witnessed the positive impact that this festival has on the community.

Mayor Espinoza would like to thank the 4th of July Committee for organizing this event.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked if the 4th of July Committee has received bills. In addition, he thanked the Committee for their hard work leading up to the event and during the event. Mayor Pro-Tem Samra shared that he will contact some local businesses to see if they can provide donations.

Mr. Valadez replied that he is being called daily about the bills. He thanked City Council for their time and announced that they will gladly accept any financial support that his Committee may receive.

Council Member Sicairos thanked the 4th of July Committee for their hard work.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:47 p.m.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Resolution No. 2014-44 Authorizing the City Manager to File a Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) Estimate Exchange Fund Claim Form for Fiscal Year 2013/2014.

2. Resolution No. 2014-45 Approving a One (1) Year Memorandum of Understanding and a Side Letter Concessions Agreement between the City of Livingston and the City of Livingston Clerical Employees Association.

3. Council Designate Equipment/Property as Surplus and Authorize Staff to Dispose of Property Appropriately.

4. City Council to Accept Donation of Two (2) 26-Passenger Mini Buses from the Merced County Association of Governments.

5. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on June 17, 2014.

6. Approval of Warrant Register Dated July 31, 2014.

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

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

7. Adopt Resolution No. 2014-46 Submitting a Measure to the Voters Asking if the Term of the Mayor Should be Changed From Two (2) Years to Four (4) Years – Revising Previously Approved Measure Language.

This item was introduced by City Attorney Jose Sanchez.

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 7:52 p.m. due to a lack of comments.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2014-46 Submitting a Measure to the Voters Asking if the Term of the Mayor Should be Changed From Two (2) Years to Four (4) Years – Revising Previously Approved Measure Language. The motion carried 4-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria

ADJOURNMENT

Open Session meeting was adjourned by consensus at 7:54 p.m.

CLOSED SESSION

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:56 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria (Arrived at 8:25 p.m.)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member David Mendoza

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 7:58 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 8:00 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matter:

1. 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 back into Open Session at 8:55 p.m.

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action.

ADJOURNMENT

Closed Session was adjourned by consensus at 8:57 p.m.

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Deputy City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: October 21, 2014

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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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