Budget Adoption, Job Cuts, and Alleged Council Confidentiality Breach on Council Meeting Agenda

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The upcoming Tuesday night Turlock City Council Meeting is expected to have great discussions and be quite lengthy.

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In the June 9th meeting agenda, the Council will discuss and taken action on approving the 2009-10 budget. The budget proposal has been split up into 7 areas due to a May 19, 2009 Council Budget Workshop where the Council could not agree on some proposed budget recommendations and where new ideas were brought up. The Council will discuss each area of the budget and approve each area of the budget one at a time. The Council is expected to approve using $2.6 million of reserves to help cover the $5.1 million deficit Turlock needed to close the gap on. It is noted that the City of Turlock may be short another $1,049,000 due to the possible withholding of city tax revenue by the State of California.

 

 

 

 

 

Over 20 city employees may be unemployed after the June 9th Council Meeting budget cuts. One position that many discussions have been held over is the Arts Facilitator position. The Arts Facilitator (salary and benefits total $97,107/yr.) has been proposed to be eliminated. This budget proposal has alternatives to retain the position by decreasing the salary and a third party funding. The position may still be eliminated at Tuesday’s meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor John Lazar has requested a discussion on “Closed Session” meetings convened by City Council. Subsequent to Resolution 2008-019, the Mayor may direct placement of a matter on the agenda for council consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Council Agenda Packet, the “Closed Session” discussion will be that the City Council has recently discussed the confidentiality of matters addressed within “Closed Session” meetings. These discussions emanated from concerns that confidentiality was not being adhered to, thereby potentially limiting the City’s ability to successfully engage in business that is privileged to council members.

 

 

 

 

 

This issue of “Closed Session” meetings may be in regards to concerns over a Council Members leaking information. The most recent concern over alleged leaked information was when new City Manager hire, Roy Wasden, became exposed as a top candidate during the job recruitment process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view the complete Council Agenda Packet. The rough text version of the agenda is below:

 

 

 

 

 

Turlock City Council Agenda

 

 

JUNE 9, 2009

 

 

7:00 p.m.

 

 

City of Turlock Yosemite Room

 

 

156 S. Broadway, Turlock, California

 

 

 

 

 

1. A. CALL TO ORDER

 

 

B. SALUTE TO THE FLAG AND INVOCATION: Pastor Ron Youngdale, Good Shepherd

 

 

Lutheran Church

 

 

 

 

 

2. PROCLAMATIONS, RECOGNITIONS, APPOINTMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS &

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

 

A. Presentation: “Teens in Action 2008-09 Program Year”

 

 

 

 

 

3. A. TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL BRIEFING

 

 

B. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY STANISLAUS BRIEFING

 

 

C. COMMISSION BRIEFINGS

 

 

D. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BRIEFING

 

 

 

 

 

4. A. MOTION WAIVING READING OF ALL ORDINANCES ON THE AGENDA, EXCEPT BY

 

 

TITLE

 

 

B. DECLARATION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISQUALIFICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

5. CONSENT CALENDAR:

 

 

Information concerning the consent items listed hereinbelow has been forwarded to each Councilmember prior to this

 

 

meeting for study. Unless the Mayor, a Councilmember or member of the audience has questions concerning the

 

 

Consent Calendar, the items are approved at one time by the Council. The action taken by the Council in approving

 

 

the consent items is set forth in the explanation of the individual items.

 

 

A. Resolution: Accepting Demands of 05/14/09 in the amount of $960,984.43; Demands of

 

 

05/21/09 in the amount of $1,188,224.00

 

 

B. Motion: Accepting Minutes of Special Meeting of May 19, 2009; Special Meeting of May

 

 

27, 2009

 

 

C. 1. Motion: Accepting notification of Contract Change Order No. 2 (Final) for a credit of

 

 

$250 (Fund 133) with Rolfe Construction of Atwater, California, for City Project No. 0604,

 

 

“Fairgrounds Sidewalk on Broadway”

 

 

2. Motion: Accepting improvements for City Project No. 0604, “Fairgrounds Sidewalk on

 

 

Broadway,” and authorizing the City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion

 

 

3. Resolution: Approving the transfer of $13,170 of LTF Non-Motorized monies and

 

 

$102,500 of Prop 42 monies from Fund 134 to Fund 133 to complete the local

 

 

contribution funding for City Project No. 0604, “Fairgrounds Sidewalk on Broadway”

 

 

D. 1. Motion: Approving Contract Change Order No. 4 (Final) with Elite Landscaping in the

 

 

amount of $18,265 (Fund 165) for City Project No. 0629, “Countryside Park (Centennial

 

 

Park)”

 

 

2. Motion: Accepting improvements for City Project No. 0629, “Countryside Park

 

 

(Centennial Park),” and authorizing the City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion

 

 

E. Motion: Approving Amendment No. 2 with WLC Architects, Inc., broadening the scope

 

 

of work to include an additional $4,500 (Fund 175) for contract design services, for City

 

 

Project No. 0804, “Public Safety Facility”

 

 

F. Motion: Approving a Temporary License Agreement with the Turlock Irrigation District

 

 

for use of the canal bank on Lateral No. 3 in connection with City Project No. 0918,

 

 

“Taylor Road French Drain”

 

 

G. Motion: Approving Contract Change Order No. 3 in the amount of $176,248 (Fund 141)

 

 

for City Project No. 6974, “Water Reservoirs and Pump Stations”

 

 

H. Resolution: Considering intention to levy and collect assessments for FY 2009/2010

 

 

Assessment Districts in the City of Turlock

 

 

I. Resolution: Appropriating $20,000 from the Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

 

 

(EECBG) Program to 133/721-7-101 “Traffic Signal Tegner/W Main (Dept of Energy)” for

 

 

National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) studies required under the EECBG

 

 

Program Fund approved by Council on May 12, 2009

 

 

J. Motion: Approving the Annual Maintenance/Service Agreement with Mo-Cal Office

 

 

Solutions of Modesto in the amount of $195.30 (Fund 110) for one (1) Kyocera KM-2530

 

 

multifunctional digital copier used for the City Attorney’s Office, for a period of twelve

 

 

(12) months

 

 

K. Motion: Approving the Damage Waiver Contract between the City of Turlock and A & A

 

 

Portables, Inc. and authorizing the City Manager or Designee to sign the Waiver

 

 

Agreement Contract

 

 

L. Resolution: Appropriating $700 to account number 308/497-7-24 “Arbor Day Trees

 

 

Expense” to be funded by donations received in 308/308-113-00 “Arbor Day Trees

 

 

Revenue

 

 

M. Resolution: Approving a Grant Agreement between Stanislaus County Office of

 

 

Education (SCOE) and the City of Turlock authorizing the City of Turlock to accept an

 

 

additional $20,305.08 in ASES funds to provide direct services to the City’s school sites

 

 

currently operating after school programs funded with ASES monies for the 2008-09

 

 

school year; and appropriating $9,660 to revenue account 309/305-80-08 “ASES –

 

 

Crane” and expenditure account 308/498-01-16 “ASES – Crane staffing,” and $10,645 to

 

 

revenue account number 309/305-80-06 “ASES Osborn” and expenditure account

 

 

309/498-01-14 “ASES – Osborn Staffing,” to allow for the expenditure of the additional

 

 

funds

 

 

N. Motion: Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Agreement with Work Wellness to

 

 

provide annual and pre-employment physicals for fire personnel

 

 

O. Resolution: Amending the City-Wide Records Retention Schedule to allow the

 

 

destruction of fire inspection related documents including fire occupancy inspections,

 

 

annual business inspections, and related permits and documentation upon the

 

 

completion of the scanning and archiving process

 

 

P. Resolution: Approving the use of a portion of the sidewalks in the downtown for

 

 

sidewalk sales on Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., during the months of June

 

 

2009 through September 2009

 

 

Q. Resolution: Extending the City of Turlock’s Military Leave Police Per Resolution No.

 

 

2008-139 for employees involuntarily called to active duty as a result of the nation’s war

 

 

on terrorism

 

 

 

 

 

6. FINAL READINGS: None

 

 

 

 

 

7. PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

 

A. Request for approval establishing a lien for payment for the abatement of certain weeds,

 

 

obnoxious growth and other debris on property and abandoned vehicles that are a

 

 

nuisance to the public. (Boyd)

 

 

Recommended Action:

 

 

Resolution: Assessing properties for abatement costs and establishing a lien for

 

 

payment

 

 

 

 

 

B. Request to amend Turlock Municipal Code Title 4, Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 to remove

 

 

parking violation fines from the Turlock Municipal Code and adopt a resolution setting

 

 

the updated civil parking penalties for violations of regulations governing the standing or

 

 

parking of a vehicle, under the authority of the City of Turlock’s Municipal Code. (Reid)

 

 

Recommended Action

 

 

Ordinance: Amending Turlock Municipal Code Title 4, Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 regarding

 

 

fines for parking violations

 

 

Resolution: Increasing current civil parking penalties for violations of any regulation

 

 

governing the standing or parking of a vehicle, under the authority of the City of Turlock’s

 

 

Municipal Code, as set forth on the attached “Proposed Schedule of Parking Penalties;”

 

 

and to use the additional fees to offset State and County surcharges and processing

 

 

fees

 

 

 

 

 

C. Request to amend Title 8, Chapter 4, and Title 11, Chapters 5 and 6, of the Turlock

 

 

Municipal Code to Clearly Define the Criteria, Standards, and Timeline for Designating

 

 

Street Names of New Subdivisions and Assigning House and Building Numbers.

 

 

(Whitmore)

 

 

Recommended Action:

 

 

Ordinance: Amending Title 8, Chapter 4, and Title 11, Chapters 5 and 6, of the Turlock

 

 

Municipal Code to Clearly Define the Criteria, Standards, and Timeline for Designating

 

 

Street Names of New Subdivisions and Assigning House and Building Numbers

 

 

 

 

 

D. Request to authorize the submittal of an application to the California State Department of

 

 

Housing and Community Development for funding under the Neighborhood Stabilization

 

 

program (NSP), execute a standard agreement if selected for funding, and amend the

 

 

2008-2009 Annual Action Plan. (Pitt)

 

 

Recommended Action:

 

 

Resolution: Authorizing the submittal of an application to the California State

 

 

Department of Housing and Community Development for funding under the

 

 

Neighborhood Stabilization program (NSP); the execution of a standard agreement if

 

 

selected for such funding; amendment of the 2008-2009 Annual Action Plan and any

 

 

amendments thereto; and any related documents necessary to participate in the NSP

 

 

program

 

 

 

 

 

8. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:

 

 

This is the time set aside for members of the public to directly address the City Council on any item of interest to the

 

 

public, before or during the City Council’s consideration of the item, that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the

 

 

City Council. You will be allowed five (5) minutes for your comments. If you wish to speak regarding an item on the

 

 

agenda, you may be asked to defer your remarks until the Council addresses the matter.

 

 

No action or discussion may be undertaken on any item not appearing on the posted agenda, except that Council

 

 

may refer the matter to staff or request it be placed on a future agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

9. SCHEDULED MATTERS:

 

 

A. Request to adopt City of Turlock Budget covering Fiscal Year 2009-10. (Cumberland)

 

 

Recommended Action:

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock General Fund Budget covering Fiscal Year

 

 

2009-10

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock Non-General Fund Budget covering Fiscal Year

 

 

2009-10

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock Fund 113 “Arts Commission” Budget covering

 

 

Fiscal Year 2009-10

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock Fund 115 “Fleet Services” Budget covering

 

 

Fiscal Year 2009-10

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock Fund 134 “Streets: Local Transportation Funds”

 

and Fund 142 “Engineering” Budgets covering Fiscal Year 2009-10

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock Fund 128 “Building and Safety Division” and

 

Fund 174 “Small Equipment Replacement” Budget covering Fiscal Year 2009-10

 

 

 

Resolution: Adopting the City of Turlock Fund 153 “Housing Set Aside,” Fund 190

 

“Housing Program Services,” Fund 191 “Home Program (State),” Fund 192 “Rental

 

Rehab Program,” and Fund 193 “City of Turlock/Stan.Co. Home Consortium” Budgets

 

covering Fiscal Year 2009-10

 

 

 

B. Request to discuss “Closed Session” meetings convened by Council. (Lazar)

 

Recommended Action:

 

Discussion on “Closed Session” meetings convened by City Council

 

 

 

Adjourn to Turlock Redevelopment Agency

 

Reconvene Turlock City Council Meeting

 

 

 

10. STAFF UPDATES

 

 

 

11. COUNCIL ITEMS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION

 

 

 

12. COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Councilmembers may provide a brief report on notable topics of interest. The Brown Act does not allow discussion or

 

action by the legislative body.

 

 

 

13. CLOSED SESSION

 

Conference with Labor Negotiators, Cal. Gov’t Code §54957.6

 

Agency Negotiators: Gary Hampton

 

Employee Organization: Turlock City Employee Association

 

 

 

Unrepresented Employees: Account Clerk II, Accountant, Sr., Administrative Services Director,

 

Assistant to the City Manager for Economic Development/Redevelopment, Chief Building Official, City

 

Attorney, Deputy Development Services Director/Planning, Development Services Director/City Engineer,

 

Development Services Supervisor/City Surveyor, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Finance

 

Customer Service Supervisor, Fire Administrative Analyst, Fire Chief, Fire Division Chief, Fire Marshall,

 

Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Technician, Legal Assistant, Municipal Services Director,

 

Office Assistant II, Payroll Coordinator, Police Captain, Police Chief, Police Lieutenant, Police Support

 

Operations Division Manager, Principal Civil Engineer, Public Facilities Maintenance Manager, Recreation

 

Manager, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Secretary, Sr. Secretary, Supervising Secretary, Support Services

 

Supervisor, Technical Services Manager, Traffic/Transportation Engineering Supervisor, Utilities Manager,

 

Water Quality Control Division Manager

 

 

 

Public Employee Performance Evaluation, Cal. Gov’t Code §54957

 

Title: Interim City Manager

 

 

 

Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation, Cal. Gov’t Code §54956.9(b)

 

Potential Cases: (1case)

 

 

 

14. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

 

 

Redevelopment Agency Meeting Agenda

 

JUNE 9, 2009

 

7:00 p.m.

 

City of Turlock Yosemite Room

 

156 S. Broadway, Turlock, California

 

 

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

 

 

 

2. DECLARATION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISQUALIFICATIONS:

 

 

 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR:

 

Information concerning the consent items listed hereinbelow has been forwarded to each Agency Member prior to

 

this meeting for study. Unless the Chairman, an Agency Member or member of the audience has questions

 

concerning the Consent Calendar, the items are approved at one time by the Agency. The action taken by the

 

Agency in approving the consent items is set forth in the explanation of the individual items.

 

A. Motion: Accepting Minutes of the May 27, 2009, Special Meeting of the Turlock

 

Redevelopment Agency

 

 

 

4. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION:

 

This is the time set aside for citizens to address the Agency on current issues. If requested by letter, any subject of

 

interest or concern to you may be placed on a future agenda (the letter must be received a minimum of three weeks

 

prior to the meeting). If you speak regarding an Agency item, you may be asked to defer your remarks until the

 

Agency addresses the matter.

 

 

 

5. ADJOURNMENT

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