Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on October 7, 2014.

Meeting Date: December 02, 2014

Agenda Item #10. Approval of Minutes of Meeting Held on October 7, 2014.

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MEETING MINUTES

CLOSED SESSION/REGULAR MEETING

LIVINGTON CITY COUNCIL

OCTOBER 7, 2014

A Closed Session/Regular Meeting of the Livingston City Council was held on October 7, 2014, in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Espinoza presiding.

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 (Excused Absence)

Council Member Jim Soria (Excused Absence)

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 Legal Counsel – Potential Litigation

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

Number of Cases: 2

2. Conference with Labor Negotiator

(Government Code Section 54957.6)

Labor Negotiator: City Manager Jose Antonio Ramirez

Employee Organizations: All Represented City Employees

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 (Excused Absence)

Council Member Jim Soria (Excused Absence)

Council Member Arturo Sicairos

Council Member David Mendoza

CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

No reportable action was taken.

CHANGES TO THE AGENDA

City Manager Ramirez announced that he would like to reverse the order of item number two and item number three and add item number four, a proclamation from the City of Livingston to La Socieda de Filarmonica Lira Acoriana for hosting the Eleventh Annual Statewide Festival of Portuguese Bands of California.

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

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Mendoza to add an item to the agenda, item number four, Proclamation for La Socieda de Filarmonica Lira Acoriana for hosting the Eleventh Annual Statewide Festival of Portuguese Bands of California. The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Samra

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Introduction of new Public Works Utility Worker I Kevin Kimbro by Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Odi Ortiz Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Odi Ortiz, introduced the new Public Works employee, Kevin Kimbro, who worked at Planada for over two years.

2. Introduction of new Police Chaplain Mike Outten by Police Chief Ruben Chavez (formerly item number three).

Police Chief Chavez introduced the new Police Chaplain, Mike Outten, who is originally from Chicago, received his education at Fresno State and South Dakota, and retired from the military and taught English and Business at Livingston High School.

3. Introduction of new Police Dispatcher Norma Lopez by Police Chief Ruben Chavez. (formerly item number two).

Police Department staff introduced the new Police Dispatcher, Norma Lopez, who graduated from Livingston High School in 2006 and has been working for the City of Dos Palos for over two years

4. Adopt a Proclamation for La Socieda de Filarmonica Lira Acoriana for hosting the Eleventh

Annual Statewide Festival of Portuguese Bands of California.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Mendoza to adopt a Proclamation for La Socieda de Filarmonica Lira Acoriana for hosting the Eleventh Annual Statewide Festival of Portuguese Bands of California. The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Samra

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS

Supervisor John Pedrozo Announcements and Reports.

Supervisor Pedrozo was not in attendance.

City Staff Announcements and Reports.

Police Chief Chavez discussed recent Police Department related activities such as gang enforcements, animal control statistics, and burglary statistics. In addition, he introduced the MAPS program, which entails working with middle school students to help nurture their development. Police Chief Chavez also introduced the CADET program, which is very similar to the Police Explorers program, however, the program targets pre-teen youth. In closing, Police Chief Chavez shared that, with the collaboration of the Finance Department, he has identified different measures that could help lower operation costs by approximately ten thousand dollars.

City Manager Announcements and Reports.

City Manager Ramirez announced that the Sweet Potato Festival was a major success. Statistics showed that approximately twenty-three thousand people were in attendance over the three day festival. He thanked the sponsors who helped support the event. He expects this festival to continue growing from every aspect imaginable. Moreover, City Manager Ramirez announced that Well #8 and Well #11 have provided vast improvements. He shared that Joseph Gallo Park is coming along well and that the City’s Downtown Revitalization Projects are being conceptualized. In closing, City Manager Ramirez shared that Winton Parkway has produced a lot of construction activity. He is pleased with the progress that is being made with Rancho San Miguel, AutoZone, and CVS.

City Council Members’ Announcements and Reports.

None.

Mayor’s Announcements and Reports.

None.

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Mayor Espinoza opened Citizen Comments at 7:39 p.m.

Warren Urnberg, 1331 8th Street, announced that he recently witnessed Police Chief Chavez going around town picking up “yard sale” signs. He thanked Chief Chavez for being a humble and conscientious leader.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, Livingston commended the Police Explorers who were organized, professional, and competent, in their efforts during the Sweet Potato Festival. In addition, she announced that the City was recently in a moratorium, in terms of development, and that one of the requirements (for clearing the moratorium) was to update the wastewater discharge requirements. She asked what agency is responsible for this.

City Manager Ramirez replied that there is dual responsibility for said requirement. The City and the State Regional Water Quality Control Board collaborate in such efforts. In the past, the contracted employees who represented the City were extremely disorganized and lost many documents. Nevertheless, the new employees are back up to speed and are correcting previous violations.

Greg Thompson, P.O. Box 775, Atwater, thanked everyone who was in attendance at the Livingston Community Health Scholarship Night.

Mayor Espinoza Closed Citizen Comments at 8:02 p.m. as there were no more comments from the public.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Waive the Second Reading and Adopt Ordinance No. 620 of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending the City of Livingston Zoning Map

2. Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting of July 1, 2014.

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

4. Approval of Warrant Register Dated October 2, 2014.

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

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Samra

DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS

5. Discussion/City Council Direction – Gallo 10 Lot Subdivision – Project Conditions.

City Engineer Mario Gouveia provided a quick overview of the Conditions of Approval for this item.

Greg Thompson introduced this item. He shared that this site is located behind the Travel Centers of America. He also announced that the property owners are interested in implementing a CC&R and Design Guidelines for said lots.

City Attorney Sanchez clarified that this is not an action item, it’s an introductory item. A Development Agreement Amendment and a CEQA review will need to be conducted before approving this project.

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for Public Comments at 8:13 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, Livingston, asked if Well #15 has been considered or discussed.

City Attorney Sanchez replied that Well #15 will be addressed further along in the development process.

City Engineer Mario Gouveia continued discussing the Conditions of Approval, which entail public improvements such as providing right-of-way, curb, gutter, sewer, etc.

Greg Thompson agrees with the comments that have been provided and announced that this site will require annexation.

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

Motion: M/S Espinoza/Sicairos to continue making progress with the Gallo 10 Lot Subdivision Project. The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Samra

6. Resolution No. 2014-55 Approving a One (1) Year Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of Livingston and the County of Merced to Implement, Carry-Out, and Manage Economic Development Actions and Initiatives as Outlined in the Goals and Objectives of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

City Manager Ramirez introduced this item. Approving this item will allow the City to obtain economic development leads from the County.

Mayor Espinoza opened the meeting for Public Comments at 8:26 p.m.

Katherine Schell-Rodriguez, P.O. Box 163, Livingston announced that she read the document and that she is wondering how/why cities within the County would collaborate when they are competing for leads.

City Manager Ramirez replied that the goal is to find jobs for Merced County, in which all of the cities in the County will benefit. Together, cities will create a unified and comprehensive economic plan that shows that Merced County is a great place to invest. After the leads are provided, each jurisdiction is responsible for accentuating its strengths, which may include infrastructure, public safety, strong economic plan, political stability, or something else.

Mayor Espinoza closed Public Comments at 8:34 p.m. as there were no more comments from the public.

Motion: M/S Sicairos/Mendoza to adopt Resolution No. 2014-55 Approving a One (1) Year Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of Livingston and the County of Merced to Implement, Carry-Out, and Manage Economic Development Actions and Initiatives as Outlined in the Goals and Objectives of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The motion carried 3-0 by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Council Members: Sicairos, Mendoza, Espinoza

NOES: Council Members: None

ABSENT: Council Members: Soria, Samra

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 8:36 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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