This document is the City of Turlock Activity Update for the week of February 28 - March 06, 2009. 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: March 8, 2009
RE: ACTIVITY UPDATE – WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 6, 2009
· HUD notified the City this week of an additional allocation of $200,000 in CDBG funds this year in the newly signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These funds are designated for economic development. We will be bringing this appropriation to the Council as soon as the program details are known.
· No new items to report.
Housing Program Services:
· The Housing Division will be recertifying families for the Mobile Home Park subsidy the week of 3/9/09.
· Staff attended a seminar to review the HOME program rules and regulations.
· On February 27, the Deputy Director attended a workshop on agricultural mitigation programs sponsored by the Great Valley Center and the American Planning Association in preparation for a meeting between the planning directors and city managers of the County of Stanislaus on March 5. The workshop provided an overview of the programs currently operated in Yolo and San Joaquin counties. At the March 5 city managers meeting, the city managers decided to postpone further action on this item pending the outcome of the County’s lawsuit on agricultural element.
· On March 4, the SR 165 Citizens’ Advisory Committee met to discuss the purpose and need statement for the SR 165 Project Study Report. The purpose and need statement is important because it defines the goals and objectives of the project and will ultimately provide the framework for selecting a preferred alternative for improving the corridor and a future interchange location. The SR 165 Policy Advisory Committee will meet on March 17 to review and approve the purpose and need statement, and then the items will go to each of the governing board of the cities, counties, and councils of governments that are partners in the study.
· On March 12, the County will hold a briefing on the proposed update to the County’s Public Facility Fee Program. This is the development impact fee program for the County and is designed to mitigate the impacts of growth on county public facilities and transportation facilities. The meeting will start at 10 AM at the Alliance Free Enterprise Center in Modesto. Staff will provide an update in next week’s Council update report.
· Staff is developing a zoning ordinance amendment to codify the development standards for large family day care facilities. The ordinance amendment was prompted by a review of the City’s current process of issuing a large family day care permit. Under the California Child Day Care Act, cities may require operators to obtain a nondiscretionary permit to operate a large family day care home; however, the development standards must be specified in a city’s municipal code in order to satisfy State requirements. As part of its investigation, staff also learned that most jurisdictions require a business license for large family day care facilities. The City of Turlock does not currently levy this fee. At their workshop on this topic, the Planning Commission requested that the Planning Division investigate this issue further. While State law prohibits cities from levying a business license fee for small family day care facilities (typically eight children or under), no such prohibition exists for large family day care facilities and the City Attorney has determined that it is possible for such a fee to be levied under State Law. As there is no specific exemption in the Turlock Municipal Code for large family day care facilities and State law does not preclude the City of Turlock from requiring a business license, staff will be bringing this issue forward for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council as part of the more comprehensive zoning code amendment. The potential financial impact of requiring the business license would likely be around $30 every 6 months for a typical large family day care operator, but could range up to $40 every 6 months depending on the number of children cared for and the fee charged by the day care operator.
· Predevelopment staff met with a local business owner to discuss the expiration of their Temporary Use of Land Permit to allow for the one year placement of an office building on their property. The Temporary Use of Land Permit was issued to give the local business owner enough time to satisfy the City’s requirements for a permanent office at this location as the business was moving from another location. Staff agreed to issue the temporary permit on the expressed understanding that a building/grading and encroachment permit would be obtained, parking lot striping and wheel stops would be installed, and applying for a Minor Discretionary Permit within six months of the issuance of the temporary permit. None of these conditions have been satisfied. The office building was installed without a building permit and was placed on the site so that a property line runs through the middle of the building which is not permitted under the California Building Code. Options were discussed with the property owner to move the property line to eliminate the conflict with the Building Code.
· At the March 5 city managers meeting, StanCOG discussed the status of the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint. The recommended preferred growth alternative of approximately 10 units to the acre will be presented to the Blueprint Policy Advisory Council on March 27 at 10 AM at Fresno Council of Governments. If approved, the focus of the Blueprint effort will switch to implementation and trying to resolve the question of how the Blueprint relates to the new SB 375 planning requirements and local general plans.
Capital Improvement Projects
Projects in Construction
· Golden State and Tuolumne Road Signal, Contract Amount $1,786,903.95: The railroad has now scheduled to be here on March 10th.
· Interim Police Evidence Facility, Contract Amount $1,004,810.00: Received occupancy and police personnel are relocating.
· Columbia Park Play Area, Contract Amount $31,000: There were 16 bids opened today and the apparent low bidder is Machado Backhoe. Their price of $31,000 was $20,000 lower than the engineer’s estimate.
Traffic & Transit
· The Federal Transit Administration review will be held at the end of April. Staff is gathering pertinent paperwork that is required for the audit.
· The latest figure for funds from the Stimulus package is $1.7 million for a transit facility. All jurisdictions are coping with the daily changes of rules related to expenditure of the funds.
Building & Safety
· Among the 16 building permits applied for this week:
ü 50 W Syracuse Ave – Storage structure for “Turlock Dialysis Center”
ü 711 E Canal Dr – Tenant improvement for Berger building
· Among the 21 building permits issued this week:
ü 1050 W Monte Vista Ave – Tenant improvement (demising wall)
ü 134 Regis St – Tenant improvement (restroom renovations)
· Certificates of Occupancy were issued for the following projects:
ü 191 N Tully Rd – New hotel “Comfort Inn & Suites”
ü 950 Columbia St – Multi-Purpose building for “Westside Ministries”
· The Senior Civil Engineer has been preparing for the second in a series of informative meetings regarding Development Impact Fees. The second presentation will be discussing information about how to calculate the Street Light Development Fees, Park Improvement Fees and the Master Storm Drainage Fees. He also continues to work on the Capital Projects Flow Chart and Standard Operating Procedure, the Montana Master Plan and various Capital projects.
· Latest project that the survey crew is working on is the topography and boundary research for right of way dedications for Cunningham and Osborn Schools.
Public Works Inspectors
· There has been increased activity in the amount of recently pulled encroachment and grading permits. A total of 16 encroachment and 3 grading permits have been pulled during the last two weeks. Recently pulled permits include the Lander Crossing Subdivision and Emanuel Medical Center parking lot improvements.
Regulatory Affairs Division
· DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED. As Council is aware, Friday, February 27th the laboratory analysis determined the presence of coli form bacteria in the City’s water supply. In consultation with California Department of Health, chlorination of the City’s water system began that day. In addition, notification of the public was done through news press, radio, the internet (City website); likewise, our major industrial, educational, and medical customers were informed. Late Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, we received authorization from the California Department of Public Health to stop chlorinating our water system effective Thursday, March 5th, 2009. The water supply no longer shows the presence of coli form bacteria.
Residents will receive a notice in their monthly water, sewer and garbage bill formally notifying them of the coli form bacteria problem we had last week in some parts of the water system. This notice is required by law, even though the event will be over by the time they receive it.
On Monday, we received 95 phone calls asking about the chlorine in the water supply. The call volume tapered off over the course of the week.
· Management staff met with Housing personnel to discuss upcoming CDBG audit of the Recreation for All Scholarship Program. Out of the $20,000 received for fiscal year 08/09 Recreation has processed applications from 234 families of which 321 youth were served to participate in recreation programs. Currently we have expended $18,778 of these funds leaving a balance of $1,222 with four months remaining in this fiscal year.
· Staff is in the process of coordinating and displaying an exhibition at City Hall. The show is the 27th Annual Spring Juried Art Show. The show exhibits the very best of local arts. The show features works selected by judges to showcase new work by artists from around the region.
Water Quality Control Division:
· The response letter regarding the California Department of Public Health, Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) “Findings” from the site visit conducted in December of 2008, was completed and forwarded to the State.
· The annual Pretreatment report was completed and forwarded to the State.
· Special samples were taken in the San Joaquin River and sent to BSK Laboratories of Fresno for analysis. Staff is hoping that the sample results will help the City build a case for dilution credits in the River for THMs (disinfection by products) in the new permit. THM’s are compounds that are formed in the water when Chlorine is added, if certain “precursor” compounds exist in the background constituent chemistry of the water.
Public Facilities Maintenance Division:
· Staff received ‘Thank You’ letters from the Crane State Preschool after a recent visit to Crane Park. Each of the pre-school students included an individual letter (with a little help from their teachers) telling the City what a great park Crane Park is and thanking our Maintenance Workers for keeping the parks clean and safe. It’s nice to know that in this economically distressed time the City can provide this recreational opportunity to these children and their school free of charge. Shown below is a copy of the thank you note from the school.
Dear Turlock Parks Department,
Turlock State Preschool took a walk on Wednesday to Crane Park to eat lunch and play. We had a great time. The children have been learning about Community Workers and we want you to know that we appreciate all you do to keep our city parks clean and safe for us.
Crane State Preschool
· Fire Engineers are performing their 8 month Engineers written and manipulative testing. Engine Companies are training on the following subjects: Driver training, Ladder Truck Operations, night time rescue evolutions, HIPPA regulations, SIDS, elder abuse, hose evolutions, EMT skills, SCBA and turnout timed drills, extrication tools and extrication methods.
· Additionally, 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.
Calls for Service 2355
Criminal Investigations 264
Sworn Personnel- 87
Deployed 75 (11 Officers: Field Training)
Non-Sworn Personnel 47
Special Operations Division:
· The new Interim Building passed inspections and Investigators spent several days moving in to the facility.
· Investigators responded to assist patrol with a bank robbery that had occurred in the 2100 block of Fulkerth. The suspect fled the area and units were unable to locate him. The following day, a Patrol Officer contacted a subject matching the description of the robber and called Investigators to assist with an interview. As a result of that interview and evidence found on the subject, they placed him under arrest for the bank robbery and conducted a follow-up search warrant at the subject’s residence.