This document is the City of Turlock Activity Update for the week of October 22 – 31, 2008. The activity update is meant to keep the Turlock City Council and all areas of the government organization on the same page. The community may also view the complete document here at TurlockCityNews.com as it was sent out by the City of Turlock.
TO: Mayor and Council
FROM: Executive Team
DATE: November 1, 2008
RE: ACTIVITY UPDATE – WEEK OF October 22-31, 2008
· Mayor Lazar, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Directors of Municipal Services and Development Services attended the quarterly City/Schools meeting with members of the Board of the Turlock Unified School District, Superintendent and District staff to discuss issues of common concern. This quarter’s meeting focused on the City’s proposed BMX park, the District’s plan to move to a year round calendar joint use of facilities and security at District sporting events.
· The City Manager attended the October meeting of the STANCOG Technical Advisory Committee. Two key items at this month’s meeting was the status of Stanislaus County Blueprint Preferred Conceptual Growth Scenario and the California Regional Blueprint Planning Process.
· The City Council’s ad hoc homeless voucher subcommittee met Thursday to hear a proposal from Community Housing and Shelter Services to provide a motel voucher program and counseling services to homeless families in Turlock. City staff will present the proposal from the non-profit organization at the November 18 special meeting of the City Council.
· Economic Development/Redevelopment Manager attended Alliance Land Use and Site Availability Committee meeting. The Alliance is putting together a booklet that highlights shovel ready sites over ten acres in Stanislaus County. The WISP area will be significantly represented in the document.
Housing Program Services:
· Staff will be attending a workshop in Sacramento on November 7, 2008. The purpose of the workshop is to review the rules and regulations of the CalHOME grant. The City of Turlock was awarded a $900,000 CalHOME grant.
· Staff will be attending a Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) workshop in Merced on November 7th. HUD representatives will be at the workshop to review program guidelines and requirements in order to apply for NSP funding.
· The internal kick-off meeting for the Housing Element Update was held this week. Staff will be providing information to the consultant on issues relating to homelessness, transitional housing, senior housing, affordable housing, multi-family housing needs for large families, and background studies conducted over the past few years studying a range of housing need issues for the City. Staff discussed the need to tie general plan land uses and zoning more directly to the housing needs of people living in the City of Turlock.
· Bill and Maris Sturtevant with the We Care Program and Barbara Bawanan with United Samaritans met with staff to discuss establishing an interim housing project in the existing building at 213/219 S. Broadway. In 1996 the United Samaritan Foundation was granted a Conditional Use Permit to use the existing two story building as a center for transitional and emergency housing. Staff explained that as long as the We Care Program operated within the parameters of the Conditional Use Permit, scheduled an occupancy inspection, and amended their current business license they would be able to operate from the Broadway site. Prior to leaving City Hall Mr. Sturtevant completed the paperwork for the Planning Division to issue a zoning certificate and scheduled an occupancy inspection for November 6, 2008.
· Steve Dirmeyer with Sierra Vista met with pre-development staff to discuss the addition of an 80 X 24′ modular building on a portion of the Sierra Vista site (owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church). The buildings will be used as an additional classroom and computer room but will not add any more students. The existing Conditional Use Permit that authorized the use must be amended to allow for this additional building area. Full frontage improvements along Minnesota will be required. The applicant is going to work with the church to potentially come in with a Planned Development application to create a master plan for the layout of the three properties owned by the church. The elevations of the building will have to be addressed as modular buildings do not typically meet the adopted design guidelines. Steve will be back in with elevations and a more finalized site plan.
Capital Improvement Projects:
Projects in Construction
· Golden State and Tuolumne Road Signal: The railroad construction crew will begin work on November 10th.
· Water Reservoirs and Pump Stations: The contractor is continuing to erect the steel shell at the Kilroy site. Two more sections still need to be added. When completed this tank will hold one million gallons of water.
· Canal Drive Bike Path: The “energize authorization” letter has been given to TID of which they will schedule the lights to be turned on in the next couple of weeks.
· CNG Slow Fill Station: In the contract stage.
· Fire Station #1 Parking Lot: The storm drain system has been installed and the contractor will begin to set forms for off-site curb and gutter.
· Fire Station #3 Gate: Waiting on punch list and the building permit for electrical.
· Fairgrounds Sidewalk: The contractor has started work. Broadway will be closed to through traffic from Front St to Canal Drive and Canal Drive will be closed at Broadway while the contractor bores a storm pipe under the TID canal. Work at the intersection will last until November 12th.
· Traffic Signal at Orange & South Avenue: In the contract stage.
· Demolition of Existing Structures: In the contract stage.
· Interim Police Evidence Facility: In the contract stage.
· Commercial Water Meters: Utility staff is reviewing the plans.
· Trench Repair 08/09: The apparent low bidder was V. Lopez & Sons out of Santa Maria.
· Antenna at Fire Station No. 1: Only one bidder submitted yesterday. The engineer’s estimate was $123,000 and the bid amount was $77,878 from FM Diaz out of Fresno.
· RFP’s – Landscape/Signage Beautification Project: Bids open November 26th.
Projects in Design
· West Main Street and Fransil Signal: Working on acquiring right of way.
· Colorado and Monte Vista Signal Interconnect: Waiting on FTIP amendment.
· Columbia Park Renovations: The architect should be getting plan check comments back from building department.
· Westside Industrial Specific Plan
· City Hall Projects: These projects include Fire Administration, repair of the sewer line in Engineering, repair of the balcony and City Hall HVAC.
· Well #40
Building and Safety:
· Among the 29 building permits applied for this week:
ü 120 N Broadway – Tenant improvement for retail space
· A total of 23 building permits were issued this week.
· The Land Development team has been working on updating forms and adding changes to improve the Land Development web page. These changes should be up and running on the web site soon.
Active Submittals in process
√ – 14 – Improvement Plans
√ – 7 – Parcel Maps
√ – 15 – Subdivision Maps
√ – 1 – Lot Line Adjustment
√ – 5 – Road Dedications / Public Utility Easements
√ – 3 – Abandonment
√ – 14- Approved Plans waiting for permits to be issued
· The survey crew continues to work on boundary research for City Project #0764 – Traffic Signal at Orange & South Avenue. They are currently plotting the topography for a base drawing to be utilized for the design for City Project #0847 – Sewer Line Replacement FY 08-09 and City Project #0848 Water Line Replacement 08-09. They also continue working on construction staking for City Project #0719, Fire Station #1 parking lot.
Public Works Inspectors
· The Inspectors now have another challenge with the change in weather. Construction during the winter months requires more critical timing to achieve certain tasks. The Inspectors also can re-visit completed projects after a rain to inspect the functionality of the infrastructure. They can share any issues with the Design Team for improvement in the future.
Utility Maintenance Division:
· Diagnosed and repaired vehicles/equipment for the following divisions and departments:
ü Police – 6 work requests
ü Transit bus -13 work requests
ü Public Facilities – 34 work requests
ü Utility Maintenance – 4 work requests (included Electrical, Collections, and Water)
ü Fire Department – 1 work request
ü PM’s Preventive Maintenance work requests – 24 which include, A’s, B’s, CHP’s, Mini’s, etc.
· Pulled RSP #1 motor to repair slip rings. Reinstalled and placed back in service.
· Tested new level controller at Storm 51. Removed boards and rope from pump #2.
· Replaced phase monitor for High Rate Floc. Sed. Sump pump panel.
· Placed antennae at Well 38 in nested position, ran conduit and circuit for power to CCU.
· Adjusted one set of rake arms on flotator 2.
· Completed quarterly industry calibrations.
· Completed weekly WQC instrumentation cleaning and calibrations.
· Completed weekly sewer lift checks. Pulled pumps at Sewer 54, and 9.
· Completed USA’s and street light work orders.
· Handed out 18 water conservation schedules.
· Checked reports of 3 water leaks
· Set-up 5 sprinklers/timers
· Gave two 1st time warnings
· Gave one 2nd time warning
· Recorded 190 street lights.
Water System Projects
· Closed a private well at 537 Fransil.
· Repaired a water leak in the meter box at 2125 Castleview and 421 Montana.
· Upgraded the water service and installed an AMR meter and Backflow at Columbia Park.
· Raised the meter box to grade at 130 E. Syracuse
· Upgraded the water service and install an AMR meter at 414 S. First.
· Collected 2 bacti samples at Tradeway and Spengler.
· Replaced a leaking 8” water valve at Donnelly Park near Well #19
· Made a 4” hot tap for contractor at 532 N. First St
· Replaced the fire hydrant pad at 1530 E. Linwood
Sewer and Storm System Projects
· Replaced 12 ft of 4” line and installed a clean out at 600 E. Minnesota.
· Cleaned and televised the sewer service at 600 N Broadway.
· Cleaned storm pump station #38 “Bunker”.
· Cutting roots & grease with Rodder – 1000 ft.
· Cleaned existing sewer mains 3767 ft. (completed 6 month runs) and grid D-6
· Cleaned 3 Storm pump stations and 40 ft. of storm line
· Televised 892 ft of existing sewer main Grid D-6
· Cleaned 10 catch basins and 3 sewer lift stations
Miscellaneous and Special Projects
· This is the summary for this week’s projects, along with the normal USA’S, well pump and sewer pump maintenance, city bacti samples, water complaints & employee training hours.
· Planning has begun for the 5th Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade. The parade will be held on Friday, December 5, beginning at 7:00pm. The sponsor of this year’s event is Turlock Firefighters Local 2434. Applications to enter a float are available at the Recreation Division or online through November 21.
· The Teen Advisory Council has teamed up with Toscana’s Ristorante again this year to offer the 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa. The event will be held on Saturday, December 20th. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 3. Participants will have an opportunity to spend the morning with Santa and his friends eating breakfast, writing letters and taking a picture with Santa. There are a limited number of tickets available.
· Turlock Youth Soccer hosted a 40 plus team tournament at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex. This was an extremely busy weekend at the complex in the local businesses as many of the teams stayed overnight and crowded the businesses at Monte Vista Crossings.
· National Softball Association and Baseball Players of America hosted a smaller tournament at Pedretti Park. This was an eight team tournament for the 16-year old division. This was a two day event, but much smaller than the normal 20 plus tournaments they normally host.
· Due to popular demand, a second class for pre-school children has been added to the Art Class schedule in November and December. 12 children were enrolled for the class that meets on Fridays and a waiting list had grown to the point that the teacher agreed to offer a class on Thursday morning as well. Six children have already enrolled for the new class that starts on October 30.
· A special meeting of the Arts Commission on October 16 generated a draft statement of purpose and goals for the Carnegie Arts Center. More discussion will be held at the regular meeting of the Arts Commission on November 13. The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation board of directors has established an advisory committee to assist with development of their Endowment Fund. The advisory committee recommended the creation of a specific mission or purpose statement for the new Arts Center. This statement will provide direction and focus so that the Foundation can move ahead with fundraising to build up the endowment for operations and programs at the new Arts Center.
Public Facilities Maintenance Division
· Cimarron Park – Crews have worked diligently all week to complete the installation of the new playground equipment. Two truck loads of Soffall cushioning material will arrive on Friday, Oct. 31st. The City will open the new play ground to the community on Friday afternoon.
· Sunnyview Park – Fixed valve and installed a new valve for parking lot planters. Crews are working on a new concrete block raised planter along the parking lot, planted trees, and completed the landscaping around the park identification sign.
· Columbia Pool – Crews continue to do daily security checks around the pool.
· Donnelly Park – Crews placed three truck loads of softfall in the wooden playpark area. Painted over graffiti on two tables (table #2, #3 and #9), cleaned graffiti off bench in front of the restrooms on the east side, cleaned major graffiti off the walkway of the wood playground also inside and outside of the slides and reported all graffiti to Police Dept.
· Ferreira Ranch – Two Drake Elm Trees were vandalized, one had to be removed and the other re-staked.
· Pedretti Sports Complex – Painted and prepared fields for games for an eight team, two day tournament and for adult softball league. Crews trimmed the trees in the warm up area of Field #2 and in the south parking lot.
· Turlock Regional Sports Complex – Prepped and painted fields for approximately 40 teams in a TYSA tournament.
· Management staff met with the Police Department supervisors to discuss problems we were having with vandalism, trespassing, and homeless issues in the parks. Keeping the lines of communication open between the two departments will greatly help in the operation of both departments.
· The patch truck ran for 1 day and used 1 ton of hot mix and ¼ ton of cold mix. Crews replaced and repaired 12 miscellaneous street signs, responded to two vehicle accidents, removed trash in the roadway, set out 4 ‘Traffic Change Ahead’ signs on Type III barricades on southbound and northbound Golden State at Atherstone for traffic signal new operation, and repaired and replaced the wooden roadway barricade at Pedras and Golden State.
· Staff responded to a complaint of person removing a street tree without a permit at 3191 McKinley, met with home owner at 140 Andrews to discuss tree options with the street trees, trimmed branches back from two ‘Stop’ signs, and cleaned graffiti off of five street signs.
· Working on button installation at Geer Rd., Fulkerth Rd., Donnelly Park Dr., and Joett Dr, staking trees in the North and South basins, baited for gophers, and equipment repairs.
· Worked on preventative roof patching, zip tied the bird netting on the roof, and repaired a leak in the sink at City Hall
· Theceiling in the women’s restroom at the Rube Boesch is cracked and chipping due to water damage that occurred before the roof was repaired.
· Patched the roof, repaired the copper tubing, and installed a drain pipe to improve the water flow on the roof at PD.
Water Quality Control Division:
· The Regional Water Quality Control Facility achieved Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Total Suspended Solids removal efficiencies of 99% as well as daily effluent Turbidities of 2 NTU or less.
· On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 staff collected the required weekly R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 samples.
· On Sunday, October 26, 2008 Primary Flotator # 2 was taken out of service by Operations staff due to a mechanical failure. The unit was dewatered and the maintenance staff inspected on Monday, October 27, 2008.
· The Operations staff continued with the Facility Building Clean-up Project and completion of weekly MP2 (preventive maintenance) work assignments.
· Staff continued working on the yearly Nutrilock production.
· Contractors continued working on the fuel cell and Acid Phase Digester pipeline projects.
· The WQC Facility has encountered 315 days without a lost time accident.
Regulatory Affairs Division:
· No Drugs Down the Drain: The City’s participation in the in the statewide “No Drugs Down the Drain” campaign received significant interest from Turlock residents. Currently, the only safe disposal option for residents is to crush old pills, combine them with coffee grounds or kitty litter, and place in the trash. We are working with Stanislaus County to include drug take-backs at household hazardous waste collection events and to look at other take-back programs.
· New Software: We reviewed the new software proposed for the City’s purchasing function. It is apparent that the new software will increase efficiency and allow for better tracking of expenditures.
· Surface Water Project: As a follow up to the October 14, 2008 presentation to the City Council on the TID Surface Water Project, we have been preparing a report that discusses alternatives to surface water. We have also been in discussions with consultants to conduct a review of the City’s water rates based on the latest cost figures for the surface water project as well as conduct CEQA review for the terminal facilities and integration of surface water into the city’s water system. The City Council will be asked to review all of this information and provide direction before proceeding.
· Harding Drain Bypass Project: The State Lands Commission is in the final throes of granting their approval for the Harding Drain Bypass project. The Commission has jurisdiction over the San Joaquin River as part of the Public Trust Doctrine, i.e. the river belongs to the people of California and its use must be protected for the benefit of all. Once the Commission has finished their review, the US Army Corps of Engineers can issue their permit which will allow the project to be put out to bid.
· Cilion Ethanol Facility (Keyes): The ethanol plant in Keyes is about to start to production. The plant is not connected to the Keyes Community Services District sewer system; therefore, the plant will have no impact on the Turlock Regional Water Quality Control Facility.
· Solar: Staff attended a presentation on solar energy in Modesto by Maryland-based Sun Edison. The concept is attractive as there are no upfront costs for the City. However, it may be challenging for Sun Edison to make a project pencil out in Turlock because of the low power rates offered by the Turlock Irrigation District. We have a follow up meeting with Sun Edison to learn more about their program.
· Fire Services responded to 92 calls for service for the week of 10/24 through 10/30.
ü 60 EMS calls
ü 10 MVA’S
ü 2 Public Service Calls
ü 2 Brush Fires
ü 2 Smoke Detectors
ü 2 Fire Other’s
ü 1 Assist Invalid
ü 1 Extrication
ü 1 Excessive Heat
ü 1 Person In distress
ü 1 Canceled
ü 1 Cooking Fire
ü 1 Lock Out
ü 1 Dumpster Fire
ü 1 wrong Location
ü 1 Check Out
ü 1 Car Fire
ü 1 False Alarm
· Our Technical Rescue Team held their specialized monthly training at the Liberty Market on Wednesday.
· Our firefighters completed Rescue Strut training this week. This is new equipment purchased by our department for auto extrication which is used to stabilize vehicles involved in auto accidents, along with other types of uses for stabilization.
· On Thursday we held our monthly “Triage Drill” that involves working with AMR and Emanuel Hospital for tracking patients.
· Tree trimming work was completed this week at fire stations 1 and 4.
Calls for Service 2148
Criminal Investigations 235
Sworn Personnel- 87
Deployed 77 (11 Officers: Field Training)
Non-Sworn Personnel- 47
Special Operations Division:
· Investigators spent the end of last week and all of this week working on identifying the suspect in the “Band-Aid Bandit” armed robbery cases. Investigators conducted follow-up work on one of the more recent cases and identified a suspect who was positively identified in six cases in our City and Modesto. An arrest and search warrant were ultimately obtained for the subject and a residence in Merced.
On Thursday investigators and the Merced County Sheriff’s SWAT team served the warrant. After several hours of deploying tear gas into the residence, the SWAT team made entry and found the house was empty. The SWAT team cleared and our investigators took over and began processing the scene for evidence. During the processing, a neighbor (two doors down from the suspect house) notified us that he had come home and discovered our suspect had broken into his residence and had just fled out the back window. Investigators eventually caught the suspect after a foot pursuit and took him into custody without incident.*
Investigators were able to obtain some incriminating statements from the suspect during their interview with him. They were also able to locate several pieces of evidence (including two handguns) during the search of the suspect’s residence and vehicle that linked the suspect to several of the robberies from our and other jurisdictions.
*While the suspect was initially quite belligerent with investigators while being arrested, he did make it a point to give credit to our investigators for being the one’s who figured out who he was and ultimately catching him.
· Neighborhood Services staff worked on several enforcement issues throughout the week. They also began making contacts with store managers and checking businesses for properly marked shopping carts. Stores without plans were given applications and referred to Planning.
Field Operations Division:
Significant Events and Trends
· Traffic Unit – During the past few weeks, Traffic Officers have participated in providing Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST) to patrol officers to assist in DUI investigations. Several Turlock firefighters volunteered as test subjects, consuming various quantities of alcohol and then being put through the SFST so that officers could have practical experience with the testing process. The firefighters were all safely driven home!
****Watch for the traffic change at Golden State and Atherstone. Light are now on full cycle.
· Mutual Aid – An off-duty Modesto Police Officer observed two subjects break into a vehicle in the parking lot of a gym located in the 2700 block of Geer Road. He kept watch on them until Turlock Police arrive. Burglary tools were located and it looked like the subjects had hit numerous gyms in the area based on their vehicle GPS. One subject was on parole. Both subjects were out of the bay area and in a rental vehicle. A letter commending the Modesto Police Department Officer was sent from the Chief’s Office.
· Firearms Arrests –Two subjects were arrested for theft of a firearm and conspiracy. The two subjects had just left a training seminar to be Kirby vacuum salesmen. They went into a sporting goods store in the 200 block of Lander Avenue and were looking at the guns. One subject lifted the glass display and reached in and grabbed a 38 caliber revolver. He and the second subject fled the store. The theft was viewed, via video camera, by a store employee. Both subjects were caught two blocks away, with the gun in their possession. An in-field line-up positively identified them as the persons involved. This is a good example of the impact increased staffing levels has had on response times to in-progress or just occurred crimes.
· Burglary Arrest – A 25 year-old man was arrested for burglary. Loss Prevention Officers called from a retail store in the 2400 block of Geer Road saying the same suspects from a previous night’s theft of jewelry were back in the store. Officers responded and were in the area looking for the vehicle that had been involved in the previous theft. While they were in the parking lot, the suspects ran out the door carrying a watch display. The suspects saw the officers and dropped the display, then attempted to run. Both of them were ordered to stop and one was subsequently engaged with a taser. He stopped and went to the ground. The second subject fled across Geer Road and was not located; however, his identity is known and his arrest imminent. This is another good example of the ability of officers to quickly respond to in-progress crimes based upon increased staffing levels.
Support Operations Division:
· On Wednesday, 10/29, staff met with WLC for our first series of architectural design of the new Public Safety Facility. Staff will begin meeting regularly with the Architects on a weekly basis from now until June of 2009.
· November 5th is Law Enforcement Records Day. Staff will be recognized at an informal Pizza dinner, hosted by the Records Supervisor and Support Operations Manager.
· Interim facility – all of the insurance documents have been reviewed and signed, staff will be attending a pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Site development will begin within the next week or two.