This document is the City of Turlock Activity Update for the week of March 21 - 27, 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: April 3, 2009
RE: ACTIVITY UPDATE – WEEK OF MARCH 21-27, 2009
· Economic Development/Redevelopment Manager attended Alliance Executive Board meeting
· Economic Development/Redevelopment Manager assisted as facilitator at the community General Plan workshop.
· General Plan Update, Community Workshop #1 “Vision, Goals, and Principles”: The first community workshop for the General Plan Update was held on Thursday night. Approximately 60-70 members of the public attended and participated in the meeting. Participants provided input about what they liked and their concerns about the City of Turlock, and what achievements they would like to see by the year 2030. The feedback provided by the attendees will be summarized in a report and presented to the City Council and Planning Commission on April 23. We will send out notices to e-mail subscribers when the report is available for download from the General Plan Update website and will make copies available at the Planning Counter at City Hall.
· Turlock General Plan “Existing Conditions and Key Issues” Report: The first major document for the General Plan Update is now posted on the General Plan website and is also available for on-demand copying at the Fedex Kinko’s located at 1451 Geer Rd., Turlock. When ordering a copy of the report from Kinko’s, use the title listed above and mention that the report is listed under the “City of Turlock”. The Existing Conditions report is also now available at the front counter for public review. Copies are being made for City Council and Planning Commission. This document sets the back drop for the actions that will be requested at the joint meeting on April 23. The report analyses the current state of the City of Turlock and identifies the key planning issues that face the City over the next 30 years.
· Highway 99/165 Project Study Report, Project Development Team Meeting: The Project Development Team met again this week to review the materials for the tentatively scheduled first public meeting for the project. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 22. More information will be provided in the next Council Update.
· StanCOG SB 375 Planning Directors’ Workshop: On Friday, the Deputy Director attended a meeting held by StanCOG for all of the planning directors in Stanislaus County. The Planning Directors met with StanCOG staff to review the preliminary strategy for moving forward with the development of the Sustainable Communities Strategy to address the new regional planning requirements established by SB 375. StanCOG will be holding regular, monthly meetings to begin drafting the Request for Proposals for a consultant to assist in the preparation of the plan. The Directors stressed the importance of taking a bottoms-up approach to building the plan. Significant concern was expressed over relying to heavily on the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint, as it relies on only one of many strategies that can be employed by cities and counties to address greenhouse gas emissions. The StanCOG Policy Board is expected to hear an initial proposal at their May 13 meeting.
· John Jaureguy and Pam Toomes met with staff to discuss using an approximately 4,000 square foot tenant space in the building at the northeast corner of Main Street and Center for storage of paint products and and as a showroom for home furnishings. Depending on how Mr. Jaureguy decides to operate the showroom component, (he may or may not have regular hours – open to the public), he may need approval of a Conditional Use Permit. The Building Division informed him that he would need to add an ADA compliant restroom to the tenant space. Fire will have to evaluate the type and quantity of paint supplies being stored.
Public Works Inspectors:
· The Railroad has been busy making repairs on the railroad crossing at South Tully. Traffic control is in effect. When they complete South Tully they will move over and work at South Walnut.
Building & Safety Division:
Among the 30 building permits applied for this week, we are submitting the following for your report to council:
- 2669 Geer Rd – Tenant improvement to add a service bar at “Mariachi’s” restaurant.
- 3200 Countryside Dr – Vanilla shell improvements.
Among the 30 building permits issued this week, we are submitting the following for your report to council:
- 3045 N Tegner Rd – Tenant improvement for “Dollar Tree”
Certificates of Occupancy were issued for the following projects:
- 3004 Humphrey Ct – New warehouse building with office space
· Staff participated in an audit of the Youth scholarship program by H.U.D. monitor. Preliminary reports indicate that all required paperwork is in order.
· Management staff is working with Housing personnel to develop a youth employment program through CDBGR. If approved, the program will assist in placing a selected number of qualified individuals in an employment training program throughout Turlock. Individuals will receive on the job training to enhance their employability skills. Recreation will be responsible for direct administration and oversight of the program which would include recruitment of employers, recruitment of trainees, curriculum development, program monitoring and evaluation.
· Staff coordinated the “Art-Rageous” event hosted by Walnut Elementary School Visual and Performing Arts “Renaissance” magnet program. The event was held at Turlock Covenant Village as a way to foster inter-generational activities and promote community outreach. On Friday, March 20 the teachers from the Walnut program installed an exhibition of visual art created by students in grades 1-6 inside Berg Hall on the Covenant Village campus. Students then presented an evening of music and poetry for the residents. Over 150 individuals were in attendance. The event was simulcast via a closed circuit broadcast system through out various residence areas in Covenant Village. On Saturday, March 21, Arts Commission staff and student volunteers set up an activity area for youth at Covenant Village. Activities included: art projects, folk dance demonstrations, and musical and theater performances.
· All Engine Companies are receiving didactic and manipulative Air Ambulance training from Medi-Flight of Modesto. The training includes: Identifying and the proper establishment of a safe helicopter landing zone, air to ground communications, proper hand signals, patient loading and demobilizing a landing zone.
· Additionally, Turlock City Fire and Emergency Services hosted a class on Large Area Search Techniques for firefighters from various agencies.
Calls for Service 2221
Criminal Investigations 264
Sworn Personnel- 86
Deployed 82 (6 Officers: Field Training)
Non-Sworn Personnel 46
Field Operations Division:
Significant Events and Trends
Street Crimes Team (Cage)
· The CAGE team was deployed out to the area surrounding the Covenant Church while the investigation into the motives and suspect(s) behind the recent shooting there continued.
· Staff coordinated a meeting of parishioners, church staff and local residents to answer questions and concerns about the recent shooting event. The meeting was well attended with positive communications between all.
· A Priest reported that money was stolen from the donation box at a church in the 600 block of Rose. Surveillance video captures the theft committed by a known subject by the name of “Robert.”
· A female juvenile stated that while walking down the street near Canal/Johnson, a dark, two-door car approached her. A subject exited the vehicle and showed her a gun in his waistband, ordering her into the car. The victim refused and the suspect grabbed her arm. She was able to break free and run away. The victim’s parents believe the event was made up by the juvenile who has had behavioral problems. An investigation was conducted nonetheless, despite the very limited suspect description.