Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on August 19, 2014.

Meeting Date: December 02, 2014

Agenda Item #7 Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on August 19, 2014.

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

AUGUST 19, 2014

A Closed Session/Regular meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on August 19, 2014, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member David Mendoza

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 6:11 p.m. as there were no comments from the public.

CLOSED SESSION

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for public comments at 6:13 p.m. There were no comments and the Council went into Closed Session immediately thereafter to discuss the following matters:

1. Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Labor Negotiator: City Manager Jose Antonio Ramirez

Employee Organizations: All Represented City Employees

2. Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation

(Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1))

California River Watch v. City of Livingston

United States District Court – Eastern District of California

Case No. 1:14CV-00437-AWI-MJS

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:06 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 David Mendoza

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

Supervisor John Pedrozo announced that he is here to make himself available for any questions that City Council may have. He also announced that the County is currently structuring a Water Ordinance in light of the State-wide drought.

Mayor Espinoza asked if the County has selected a new librarian for the Livingston public library.

Supervisor Pedrozo replied that a new librarian will be managing the Livingston public library and she will start working soon. She was an Assistant Librarian at Stanislaus County and she has plenty of work experience.

Mayor Espinoza asked if the County has considered remodeling the library.

Supervisor Pedrozo replied that currently the goal is to allow the new librarian to get acclimated to her new position. Staff hopes to start conversations about remodeling the library, in the near future.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Ruben Chavez announced that the Police Department recently caught a prolific burglar. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison. In addition, Police Chief Chavez provided updates regarding gang enforcement, probation sweeps, arrests, and animal control statistics. He shared that the Police Department recently received two, twenty six passenger vans from the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG). He thanked MCAG and announced that he will put these vehicles to good use.

In closing, Chief Chavez thanked several corporations such as Foster Farms and WestAmerica Bank for sponsoring National Night Out. The event received a great turnout and gave the Police Department an opportunity to conduct a community-wide survey. Survey results revealed that the community is mainly concerned about drug related activities, gang conducts, and drunk drivers.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

City Manager Ramirez announced that he was recently contacted by a technology firm who wants the City to test a scribing device. This device will help police officers process citations in a timely fashion.

In addition, City Manager Ramirez announced that City Council recently received a packet from the Livingston Union School District whom wants to increase their Development Fees. In closing, City Manager Ramirez announced that the City will transfer grant funding from the Court Theater Renovation Project to Parks and Recreation related projects, such as remodeling Gallo Park. Originally, the City was required to match a selected grant amount. However, staff was recently notified that this is no longer the case.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Soria announced that schools will be back in session. He is aware of an accident that recently took place on Main Street, close to Livingston High School. He thinks that staff should search for State or Federal grants that could help pay for a traffic device on Main Street.

Mayor Espinoza asked Police Chief Chavez if accident data needs to be reported to the State before a traffic device can be installed.

Chief Chavez replied that it depends on the situation and grant type.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Nothing to report.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:24 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked for an update regarding Well operations. Specifically, she would like to know information about their production levels. She also asked if the City plans to provide a system that can show live water consumption.

City Manager Ramirez replied that staff has been very busy over the last few months working on Well # 9 and Well #11. The City recently installed a sand separator on a Well. In addition, Well #11 was cleaned out, internally and externally. Staff is also occupied monitoring ground levels. Studies revealed that the Wells took a thirty foot drop earlier this year. In addition, Wells #12, #13, #16, and #17 have yielded good results and are on pace to being productive. In regards to providing live consumption readings, staff is searching for grants that can help fund such project.

Luis Flores, 707 Almondwood Drive, asked if the City will support the 4th of July Committee, from a financial standpoint.

City Manager Ramirez replied that the City will help pay for the light generators used during the event. This is a safety related matter that the City would be more than happy to support.

Mayor Espinoza closed Citizen Comments at 7:24 p.m. due to a lack of additional comments.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Approval of Warrant Register Dated August 14, 2014.

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

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

2. City Council Authorize Acceptance of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant and Purchase of Two New Police Vehicles.

Police Chief Chavez introduced this item. He announced that this USDA grant was awarded to the City several years ago, but was postponed due to funding limitations. However, USDA recently notified the City that they would like to proceed with this grant that can help pay for two police vehicles. Police Chief Chavez introduced some of the vehicles that the Police Department is considering. Police Chief Chavez disclosed some of the vehicle’s features that are important to his department, such as, rearview cameras, spacious back seats, and durability.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked if fuel efficiency is being considered.

Police Chief Chavez replied that fuel efficiency is being taken into consideration. However, staff is also concerned about other features such as durability, drivability, and comfort.

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed public comments at 7:44 p.m. due to a lack of comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos that City Council Authorize Acceptance of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant and Purchase of Two New Police Vehicles. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

3. Resolution Setting the City of Livingston’s Gann Appropriations Limit for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Odi Ortiz announced that he revised the Staff Report, updating population growth projections.

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed public comments at 7:48 p.m. due to a lack of comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Samra/Espinoza to adopt Resolution 2014-47 Setting the City of Livingston’s Gann Appropriations Limit for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

4. Resolution of the City Council of the City of Livingston Approving the City of Livingston

Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Odi Ortiz introduced this item. He discussed the current budget deficit, sales tax projections, and current development projects.

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for Public Comments at 8:18 p.m.

Katherine Schell Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, asked why the Staff Report is missing some pages.

Finance Director Ortiz replied that this was a copying issue. He apologized for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:22 p.m. as there were no more comments from the public.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra announced that staff has done a great job by providing five budget workshops over the last few months. He would like to focus more on the General Fund, however, he is very happy with the results and projections that have been presented to City Council.

Motion: M/S Samra/Soria to adopt Resolution 2014-48 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Approving the City of Livingston Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The motion carried 5-0 by the following roll call vote:

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

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: None

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 8:27 p.m.

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City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: December 2, 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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