6 Approval of Minutes of Special/Regular Meeting of July 15, 2014.

Meeting Date: OCTOBER 07, 2014

Agenda Item #6. Approval of Minutes of Special/Regular Meeting of July 15, 2014.

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MEETING MINUTES

SPECIAL/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGSTON CITY COUNCIL

JULY 15, 2014

A Special/Regular meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on July 15, 2014, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

SPECIAL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 6:09 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza

Mayor Pro-Tem Gurpal Samra

Council Member Jim Soria (Excused Absence)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos (Excused Absence)

Council Member David Mendoza (Excused Absence)

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 matter:

1. Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Labor Negotiator: City Manager Jose Antonio Ramirez

Employee Organizations: All Represented City Employees

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS

2. Presentation by Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza: Plaque to Foster Farms Representative Acknowledging the 75th Anniversary of Foster Farms.

City Council awarded the CEO of Foster Farms, Ron Foster, with the Key to the City for providing employment to the residents of Livingston for the past 75 years.

Ron Foster thanked the City of Livingston for providing Foster Farms with an award and for creating/maintaining a healthy relationship with his business.

REGULAR MEETING

Mayor Espinoza called the meeting to order at 7:22 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 (Excused Absence)

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

None.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

City Manager Ramirez announced that he would like to add an Out of Boundary Service Agreement to today’s agenda. Staff recently received a notice from the Merced County Health Department about an elderly family needing to connect to the City’s water system because their well has gone dry.

City Attorney Sanchez explained that City Council must take action to add this item to the agenda. Given Council’s current attendance number, the motion would have to pass unanimously. If approved, this item would be item number five on today’s agenda.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to modify the agenda to include discussion/action on a proposed Out of Boundary Service Agreement. The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Mendoza, Soria

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

Supervisor Pedrozo was not in attendance.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez announced that this year’s 4th of July weekend was Very successful. There was, however, one minor issue. Two events were held within the same area during the same time, the Pentecost Club’s Annual Celebration and the 4th of July Festival. To accommodate extra parking, the City provided diagonal parking on nearby streets. Doing this allowed the City to maximize parking.

In addition, Chief Chavez announced that National Night Out will take place on August 5, 2014, in Downtown Livingston. National Night Out is open to the community and will include free food, activities, and informational booths.

Mayor Espinoza agreed with Chief Chavez’ comments. In addition, Mayor Espinoza suggested that maybe next year the Police Department can utilize the Police Explorers during festivities.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

City Manager Ramirez gave City Council an update on recent complications with Well #11. With help from Foster Farms, Well #11 is operating again.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

Council Member Sicairos announced that he was happy with the 4th of July festival. He believes the Police Explorers did a commendable job throughout the event. In addition, Council Member Sicairos thanked Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jacquie Benoit for organizing Movie Night in the Park.

Council Member Samra thanked City staff for helping during 4th of July festivities at Memorial Park.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

Mayor Espinoza announced that earlier today the City recognized Foster Farms for operating for 75 years.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed Citizen Comments at 7:39 p.m. due to a lack of comments.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Resolution Acknowledging the 75th Anniversary of Foster Farms (Resolution No. 2014-40).

2. Resolution No. 2014-41 Accepting the Proposal Submitted by Adams Ashby Group to Provide Grant Services Related to the Housing Components of the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), The State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and CalHOME Housing Rehabilitation Program, Awarding a Professional Services Contract to Adams Ashby Group and Authorizing the City Manager to Execute an Agreement for Professional Services in a Form as Approved by the City Attorney.

3. Resolution No. 2014-42 Approving a One (1) Year Memorandum of Understanding and a Side Letter Concessions Agreement between the City of Livingston and the City of Livingston Management and Confidential Employees Association.

4. Approval of Warrant Register Dated July 10, 2014.

Motion: M/S Samra/Sicairos to approve the Consent Calendar. The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Mendoza, Soria

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

5. Request by Rabir & Babir Claire and Sant Parkash & Kulwant Claire to engage in an Out of Boundary Service Agreement with the City of Livingston.

City Manager Ramirez announced that the City recently received a letter from the Merced County Health Department, on behalf of a resident living in Merced County, who would like to connect to City’s water line. This request involves an elderly family who has been depending on a well for water production. However, due to the drought this family has not had enough well production to satisfy their water needs. The water connection will involve, among many things, an agreement, encroachment fees, and a condition requiring that the existing well be abandoned. The agreement has been reviewed by the City Engineer and can be modified by the City Attorney if needed.

Mayor Espinoza opened the item for public comments at 7: 47 p.m.

Rex Harding, 1249 Davis Street, announced that he wants to discuss the water situation in town. He believes that there is currently eighty-five pounds of air in the City’s water system.

City Manager Ramirez replied that he will send staff to visit his property and check for any problems. He thanked Mr. Harding for providing comments.

Mayor Espinoza closed public comments at 7:50 p.m. as there were no further public comments.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra asked if all Out of Boundary Service Agreements require City Council approval.

City Manager Ramirez replied that the current policy requires authorization from City Council. However, there are some residents that will not qualify because extending the water line to their property would be cost prohibited.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra replied that this seems like an urgent situation that requires immediate action. He has heard of residents drilling for water for over a year. He does not wish that inconvenience on this elderly family.

Motion: M/S Espinoza/Sicairos to adopt Resolution No. 2014-43 Authorizing the City Manager to Execute an Out of Boundary Service Agreement for APN: 047-260-070. The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Samra, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Mendoza, Soria

6. FY 2014-2015 Budget Workshop #2: Presentation/Discussion.

Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Odi Ortiz gave a power point presentation regarding the City’s budget. A question and answer session followed immediately thereafter.

Mayor Espinoza opened and subsequently closed public comments at 8:16 p.m. due to a lack of comments.

Mayor Pro-Tem Samra announced that he is very pleased with today’s budget workshop. However, he would like staff to focus on the General Fund.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 8:20 p.m.

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Deputy City Clerk of the City of Livingston

APPROVED: October 7, 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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