This document is the City of Turlock Activity Update for the week of December 13 – 19, 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: December 20, 2008
RE: ACTIVITY UPDATE – WEEK OF December 13-19, 2008
· Council member Spycher, the City Manager and Administrative Services Director Sheila Cumberland attended the swearing-in ceremonies for the promotions of Miquel Pacheco and Victor Barcelos to the rank of Sergeant on Monday, December 15. Congratulations to Sergeants Pacheco and Barcelos as they embark on this exciting phase in the careers in law enforcement.
· Economic Development/Redevelopment Manager attended Alliance Executive Board meeting.
Housing Program Services:
· Nothing new to report this week.
· The CEQA documents for the proposed Public Safety Building are now available online for public review and comment at:
· The CEQA comment period runs from December 22 to 5:00 p.m. on January 15. The public hearing before the Planning Commission is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on January 15, 2009.
· The Planning Division hosted the Leadership Turlock class for Land Use and Environment Day on Friday, December 12. Thirteen of the fourteen class members attended. Speakers included Mike Brem the Vice Chair of the Planning Commission, Bill Bassitt from the Stanislaus County Workforce Alliance, Axel Gomez representing the Development Collaborative Advisory Committee, and Trina Walley representing the Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association. Presentations covered a range of topics including what it is like to be a Planning Commissioner, economic development issues and opportunities, how to develop a project in the City of Turlock, a mock planning commission meeting, and a downtown walking tour.
· The predevelopment team met with Mr. Leo Nañez and his associate to discuss the development of a roughly 3,200 square foot building at 129 E. Linwood. The building would be split into two separate tenant spaces with neighborhood stores as likely tenants. Staff communicated various requirements including, frontage improvements, landscape setbacks, design review, a masonry wall along any abutting residential properties, and parking ratios. The applicants decided to take the comments received and pass them along to their architect to work into more detailed designs. The applicants stated that they should be ready to submit by mid January.
Active Submittals in process
· 12 – Improvement Plans
· 7 – Parcel Maps
· 15 – Subdivision Maps
· 2 – Lot Line Adjustment
· 6 – Road Dedications / Public Utility Easements
· 3 – Abandonment
· 16 – Approved Plans waiting for permits to be issued
1 – Notice of Completion
3 – Road Dedications
1 – Deed
· The survey crew continues to work on construction staking for City Project #0803, The Interim Evidence-Investigations Facility. They are continuing with the topography on City Project #0869, Canal Drive Reconstruction and Resurface and with construction staking on CP #0719, Fire Station #1 parking lot.
Public Works Inspectors
· The Public Works Inspectors completed the last of 4 part training for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning.
· On behalf of all employees of Municipal Services, I would like to thank our City Council, City Manager, and all of the other City departments for their support and cooperation during 2008. Municipal Services, in turn for 2009, will strive to provide superior service and cooperation to all of our internal and external customers. Thank you all again, and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Dan Madden, Municipal Services Director.
Water Quality Control Division
· The Regional Water Quality Control Facility is operating well. Preventative maintenance activities during this period were conducted by staff.
· On Wednesday, December 10, 2008 staff collected the required weekly R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 samples.
· The Electrical Maintenance staff finished repairing Primary Flotator # 1. The unit was put back in service on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 1530 hours.
· Contractors continued working on the Fuel Cell Project.
· The WQC Facility has encountered 364 days without a lost time accident.
· The WQC Division Manager along with staff reviewed the Tentative State Discharge Permit for the Regional Water Quality Control Facility.
· The WQC Division Manager, along with the Municipal Services Director and Regulatory Affairs Manager met with Regional Water Quality Control Board staff at their offices in Rancho Cordova to discuss the draft of the new discharge permit.
Public Facilities Maintenance Division
· Installation of 6 Dog Pot Stations in the following areas: Crane Park (2), Bristol Park (1), Markley Park (2), Christoffersen Park (1). They appear to be quite popular.
· Cimarron Park – Planted 7 Crape Myrtles near the playground area.
· West Wingette Park – Began construction of ½ court basketball court.
· Columbia Pool – Made daily security checks around the pool. Brushed, cleaned, vacuumed pool and added chemicals to the pool as required.
· Graffiti continues to be a problem at Broadway Park, Columbia Park, Crane Park, and Sunnyview Park.
· Sunnyview Park – Someone drove in and made spins around the bottom of the park. Crews took pictures and made a police report.
· Crews continue to do general maintenance, mowing, blowing, edging, weeding, irrigation repairs, cleaning, rake soft fall and playground safety inspections daily at all City Parks and ponds.
Leaf Pick Up
· Crews picked up 7-1/2 loads leaves in Zones 9, 1 and 2
· Crews replaced 120 raised pavement markers on both northbound and southbound Golden State between Crane and W. Olive.
· Streets crew replaced 5 miscellaneous street signs throughout Turlock.
· Report of railroad ties in roadway on W. Main and S. Tegner.
· Report of debris in roadway in the 900 block of Angelus.
Graffiti Abatement and Yard Sign Removals
· Cleaned graffiti off of 3 miscellaneous street signs
· Removed graffiti from the north and south basins
· Recreation staff continued to work with the County Office of Education doing 2nd quarter program evaluations. County staff toured facilities and reviewed program content.
· 14 Part-time after school recreation staff participated in a free Project Citizen training provided by Stanislaus County Office of Education.
· Supervisors and staff interviewed part-time after school staff for an open Site Manager position.
· Staff continues to work with Community Charities identifying and notifying children for the shopping trip.
· Supervisors and front office staff met with Tournament Directors from last year to discuss the upcoming 2009 tournament season. The discussion included dates and fees as well as deposit needed to reserve and block the tournament dates. Ten directors attended the meeting, who host most of the tournaments at Pedretti Park.
· Staff met with Jerry Hernandez about the potential of offering a mariachi festival at the Sports Complex. This was the initial meeting and details are still vague as to extent of the event.
· Turlock Regional Sports Complex played host to the California Youth Soccer Association tournament on December 13 and 14. More than 60 teams flooded the fields for the two day tournament. This is the last tournament of the 2008 calendar year.
· The quarterly Walking Gallery rental program will be conducted during the week of December 15th. Six local businesses continue to participate in this program, which has been operating with the help of dedicated artists and volunteers for more than fifteen years. Artists submit works once each quarter and businesses choose from among them any number of pieces to hang in their offices. Some businesses hang only four pieces, others select as many as 12-14. The business pays a small advertising fee to the Arts Commission which produces a quarterly map/brochure to distribute to all the venues. The business also pays a $10 rental fee for each piece of art they choose, 75% of which gets paid back to the artists. This program benefits all involved — artists get to have their works displayed around town and receive rental fees, while businesses have the enjoyment of pictures to hang in their offices and are advertised on the program map/brochure each quarter.
Upcoming Special Event
· Breakfast with Santa, is scheduled for Saturday, December 20th at Toscanos Restaurant. The 2nd seating has sold out and tickets are selling fast for the first seating of the morning. Teen Advisory Council volunteers and staff will assist children with Pictures with Santa.
Utility Maintenance Division:
· Completed repairs to flotator #1. Placed back in service.
· Repaired grating at RAS structure.
· Repaired handrail at flotator #1 sampler cabinet.
· Bi-annual regeneration of Xebec gas dryer, replaced compressor discharge filter at CNG station.
· Replaced scrapper drive motor at south Densadag.
· Conducted well inspection for seal leaks and shaft wobbles. Noted 5 wells to be worked on.
· Disconnected emergency generator at Well 35 for removal to allow T.I.D. to dig behind well site.
· Completed quarterly industry calibrations.
· Completed weekly sewer lift checks.
· Completed USA’s and street light work orders. Fixed 30 lights on Paseo Entrada.
· Completed weekly WQC calibrations and cleaning of instruments.
Water System Projects
· Relocated the 1 ½” Rp device at Well Site #38 for the PFM Division.
· Repaired a leaking fire hydrant in front of 2392 Mt Springs
· Raised the meter box and replaced the concrete at 255 W. Main.
· Abandoned a private well at 1880 Arbor.
· Replaced the damaged curb valve at 4649 Callisto.
· Installed a 3” water meter at 185 N. Tully Rd.
· Installed a 2’ water meter at 850 Trade Way.
· Installed a 4” Inserta-Tee for new water storage tank facility on S. Tegner.
· Tested the new backflow devices at Brown School and Osborn School.
· Located and raised a main line water valve in front of 4122 Enclave.
· Replaced a leaking fire hydrant in front of 1101 Whispering Pines.
Sewer and Storm System Projects
· Repaired the manhole at Tuolumne and Seattle.
· Installed a sewer clean-out at 1084 Mitchell, 1112 Mitchell, 708 E. Main Street, and 658 S. Minaret.
· Made a confined space entry at the Keyes Flume and removed more debris and then cleaned the line with the Vac-Con.
· Cleaned existing sewer mains 5616 feet in Grids F-8 & F-9. This includes the Monthly runs in various locations.
· Televised the sewer lateral at 1311 Cahill, 45 feet.
· Cleaned roots and grease with Power Rodder, 900 feet in Grid G-9.
· Televised 517 feet of existing sewer main in Grid F-9.
Miscellaneous and Special Projects
· This is the summary for this week’s projects, along with the normal USA’S, well pump and sewer pump maint, city bacti samples, water complaints & employee training hours.
Diagnosed and repaired vehicles/equipment for the following divisions and departments:
· Police – 9 work requests
· Transit bus – 16 work requests
· Public Facilities – 33 work requests
· Utility Maintenance – 14 work requests – (included, Electrical, Collections and Water)
· Building – 2 work requests
· Engineering – 1 work request
· PM’s Preventive Maintenance work requests – 24 which include, A’s, B’s, CHP’s, Mini’s, etc.
Regulatory Affairs Division:
Funding from State Water Resources Board
· The City received word on Thursday that at their January 2009 meeting, the State Water Resources Board will be hearing the City of Turlock’s request for $650,000 in state funds to assist with the monitoring and clean up of the PCE plume in the downtown area. We have been working on this request for more than a year. The award reimburses the City for previous work and provides funding for a “pump and treat” system that will speed up the removal of the chemical from the shallow groundwater aquifer. PCE is a chemical used in the dry cleaning process; the plume was discovered in the early 1990s.
City of Modesto / Del Este Water System
· The City of Modesto operates three small water systems in Turlock that were previously owned by the Del Este Water Company. Staff met with Modesto representatives to determine whether it would make sense for Turlock to operate (and potentially own) those systems to provide better and more logical service to Turlock residents. We asked for an analysis of the condition of their water systems and we will present our findings to the Council.
Irrigation Year Outlook
· Staff attended a workshop held by TID on the outlook for the next irrigation season. Through conservation and proactive management efforts, the TID is in a good position to provide adequate irrigation water to farmers next year. However, if the season’s rainfall is below average, the allotment may have to be reduced as it was this year. TID recognized that it could not pump its way out of the situation as the aquifer cannot sustain the levels of groundwater pumping that occurred during the 1988-1989 drought.
· Staff attended the quarterly Stanislaus Water Summit. The group heard a presentation about wellhead treatment for nitrate and information about the use of recycled water for irrigating row crops (lettuce, etc.) in Monterey County.
Greening California Schools Conference
· Staff attended the Green California Schools Summit & Exposition to learn techniques for assisting local schools with implementing “green” curriculum and programs at their individual sites. The conference also offered the opportunity to develop contacts and program managers and solicit their participation and/or assistance with enhancing the City of Turlock’s youth and school activities.
· As part of the new air quality regulations related to diesel engines and the required component implementations, staff is in the process of developing an anti-idling policy. Work on the diesel compliance regulation and portable engine registration continues as well.
“100 Things to Go Green”
· Next week will feature the conclusion of the “100 Things to Go Green” (E-tips) program. The 100 things have been compiled into a booklet and will be published and distributed at the beginning of 2009.
· Fire Services responded to a total of 106 emergency calls for service between 12/11/08 and 12/18/08. The break-down of calls were as follows:
ü 69 EMS calls
ü Alarm systems
ü Assist Invalids
ü 3 Structure fires *
ü 2 No Patient Contacts
ü 2 Canceled Enroute
ü 2 Chemical Spills
ü 2 Public Service calls
ü 2 Check outs
ü 1 Outside Rubbish Fire
ü 1 Cooking Fire
ü 1 Dumpster Fire
ü 1 Mutual Aid Call to Denair
ü 1 Smoke Detector
ü 1 Unauthorized burning
- We had a structure fire call 1785 Ogden Way in a single family residence. A bed up against an electrical outlet was the cause of the fire. There was about $500.00 dollars in damage to the structure, and about $800.00 dollars in damage to the contents of the structure.
- We had another structure fire at 317 S. Broadway. It was a fire started on an old sofa that was located in the alley. The fire spread to a storage building outside the main building. The building was storage for business records from P&F Metals. To completely extinguish the fire, Firefighters needed to remove many of the records to another location on site. There was about $8500.00 dollars in damage to the building. This fire was suspicious, and under investigation.
- The third structure fire was at 293 Almond Ave. It was an electrical fire in the wall of a single family dwelling. It was caused by a tree limb falling on the TID electric lines causing the neutral line to be energized. There was good work by Firefighters to recognize the potential danger in extinguishing an electrical fire, and calling TID to shutdown the power to the residence before applying water to the fire. There was estimated $10,000 dollars damage to the structure. We also sent our T71 to assist Denair Fire on a mutual aid to a silo fire in their district. We were there to assist them for about 5 hours applying water from the top of the silo (75 feet) to help extinguish the fire.
· Engine Companies performed simulate fire manipulative drills at the vacant commercial structure formerly “Liberty Market”. The purpose of these drills were to maintain skills in Ladder Truck Operations, Fire Engine water supply, hose line deployment and use, chainsaw operations, proper ventilation techniques and equipment use and maintenance.
· Monday, our eight new Firefighters began their six week Turlock City Fire Academy.
· Ongoing skills maintenance for probationary and newly promoted Firefighters, Engineers, Captains and Relief Battalion Chiefs includes task book and course book assignments, as well as, manipulative skills and exercises.
· During the previous week the Training Division Chief and Fire Marshal Division Chief attended a county wide 40 hour training for ICS 300 / 400 (Intermediate and Advanced ICS / Emergency Operations Center) in Oakdale California. This training meets NIMS mandates and improves ICS skills and abilities. Two Turlock City Fire Battalion Chiefs will attend the same course in January.
Calls for Service 2104
Criminal Investigations 259
Sworn Personnel- 89
Deployed 77 (11 Officers: Field Training)
Non-Sworn Personnel- 47
Special Operations Division:
· Investigators received information through the Stanislaus County Crime Stoppers of the possible identity of a subject responsible for bank robberies in our city and throughout Stanislaus County. Through their investigation, they were able to develop enough information to obtain an arrest warrant for the subject, along with search warrants for two associated residences in the Modesto area.
· The Stanislaus County Probation Department assisted investigators with facilitating the arrest of the subject this week. Investigators subsequently served both search warrants and were able to locate several items associated with the robberies. They will continue to work with allied agencies to determine if the subject is responsible for their robberies.
· The Animal Shelter will be undergoing some urgent repairs to the flooring in the main office area. For the safety of the public and the safety of city staff this facility will be closed December 26 & 27 2008 and January 2 & 3 2009. This information will be posted on the city website and has also been provided to the Turlock Journal. Emergency services will still be provided to the public on these dates.
Field Operations Division
Significant Events and Trends
· Officers worked a DUI Drivers License Checkpoint held at westbound W. Main and N. Tully. 518 drivers were screened with 3 arrests for DUI. One of the drivers tried to flee the checkpoint and after a short pursuit was apprehended. 11 drivers were arrested and cited for license violations and 12 vehicles were impounded. 4 drivers received citations for other violations.
· This week, we held an “Avoid the 12” Warrant and Probation Sweep in conjunction with members of the Stanislaus County Probation Department. We attempted warrant services in Modesto, Oakdale, Salida, and Turlock. 19 service attempts with 1 felony and 3 misdemeanor arrests made; 1 vehicle was cited for running a red light.
· Citizen’s Assist – An employee arrived at work in the 1200 block of North Golden State when he observed a subject walk up the driveway of the business. The employee parked across the street and observed the subject walk up to a parked car, look inside, and lift the door handle. The employee called a friend and told him what occurred and to call the police. The witness then confronted the subject and kept him occupied with promises of coffee and cigarettes until officers arrived on scene. The subject was on parole for Auto Theft and also had a cordless drill hidden on him. He was arrested for Auto Theft and possession of stolen property.
· Weapon’s Offense – A subject started a disturbance at a bar on North First Street. At the end of it, he pulled a gun out of his car and brandished it before driving away. He was stopped, searched, and arrested. In a hidden compartment in his Escalade was the handgun, which was stolen from a residential burglary in Turlock. He was on felony probation as well.
· Crime in Progress – An officer was cruising on Lander Avenue passing a business when he saw a white pick-up pulling out. At the same time, Sonitrol called and reported a burglary alarm at the business. The officer tried to stop the pick-up, but the vehicle fled. The suspect vehicle maneuvered at high speeds, causing much of the stolen welding equipment in the bed to fly out. The officer successfully avoided crashing into it as he continued the chase. The suspect vehicle eventually crashed at 6th and D. The primary officer ran after and chased down the driver. Another officer followed in his vehicle behind one of the passengers who was giving chase as well. The officer then strategically drove along for awhile until the fleeing felon tired out. The officer then stopped his car, ran a few steps, and arrested the suspect. Both suspects are out of Modesto. The third suspect was not apprehended.
Street Crimes Unit “C” Team
During the week, the Street Crime team located and arrested two outstanding parole violators in addition to assisting investigators on several high risk search warrants.