Water Rate Increase and Growth Plan on Turlock City Council Meeting Agenda 09-25-12

Tuesday night’s upcoming Turlock City Council meeting agenda includes City Staff’s request to adopt a Strategic Plan for the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department for a period of three (3) years, 2012-2014, and Council’s consideration of a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan and Citywide Rezone affecting multiple properties within the City of Turlock.

Over the past year, the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department has developed a Strategic Plan to assist in achieving effective planning for the future. The plan outlines five main components: Municipal Infrastructure, Budgetary Outlook, Regional Cooperation, Staffing, and Budget Picture.

Under the Municipal Infrastructure section of the strategic plan, Staff states that groundwater can currently meet all the City’s needs for the next few years, but that it likely will not be able to supply a sufficient quantity of water for long term growth. Water conservation programs have helped, along with changing over to a water meter system and billing rate schedule.

A 2009 Water Rate Study recommended that the City Council adopt a new water rate structure to ensure that revenues were maintained at current levels once meter-based billing went into effect in January 2011. The City Council, however, chose to delay any changes to the rate structure until the actual revenue impacts of the meter-based billing were known. A decline in revenues of up to $965,000 per year was projected once the meter-based billing was implemented.

Data from the preparation of the 2012-13 budget indicates that water sales revenues are down $1.5 million per year since the implantation of meter-based billing.

Expenses have been reduced in the Fund 420 (Water); however, in the 2012-13 budget, operational expenses are projected to exceed revenues by $780,000.

The strategic plan states that water rates may need to be adjusted so that meter-based revenue covers all expenses, meets debt service coverage requirements, and prevents the reliance on reserves to balance the budget.

Also included in the area of water is a surface water treatment plan, a $180 – $200 million joint project between the City of Turlock, City of Modesto, and City of Ceres that would treat Tuolumne River water from Turlock Irrigation District (TID). The City of Turlock’s expenses involved with the project could be about $85 million.

At this time water rates have not been adjusted to reflect the additional revenue needed for this project. While some of the $85 million may be funded by State and Federal funds, the current rates do not provide adequate revenue to cover existing operations and capital costs.

Turlock General Plan

Tuesday’s Council Meeting agenda will also include the finalization of the decision on how the city will grow over the next 20 years as Council votes to approves to modify a guiding policy that adds language stating that prior to proceeding with the planning, annexation, and development of Southeast Master Plan 2, 70 percent of the building permits shall be issued for the Northwest Master Plan, East Tuolumne Master Plan, and Southeast Master Plan 1, calculated on a cumulative basis.

On September 11, 2012, the Turlock City Council voted 4-1 (Mayor Lazar, Council Members Mary Jackson, Bill DeHart, and Forrest White in favor – Councilwoman Amy Bublak opposed) for a more limited growth plan than City Staff and planners had prepared for, including not growing west of Freeway 99. For more information on the decision, read: City Council Votes on Turlock Growth Plan; Opposes Northwest Expansion.

City Staff did not have the documents prepared for the smaller growth plan and was scheduled to bring the matter and supporting documents back before Council on September 25, 2012.

To view the Council Regular Meeting Agenda Packet, visit the City of Turlock website here:

People may also watch the Council video live from the City of Turlock website and on Charter channel 2.

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Turlock City Council
Regular Scheduled Meeting Agenda
September 25, 2012
7:00 p.m.
City of Turlock Yosemite Room
156 S. Broadway, Turlock, California


A. Proclamation: October 2012, Breast Cancer Awareness Month supported by Turlock
Fire Department
B. Presentation: American Planning Association Journalism Section Award

SPEAKER CARDS: To accommodate those wishing to address the Council and allow for staff follow-up, speaker cards are available for any agendized topic or any other topic delivered under Public Comment. Please fill out and provide the Comment Card to the City Clerk or Police Officer.

Tomara Hall, Associated Students, Inc. Governmental Affairs Administrator

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 three (3) 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.


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 8/30/12 in the amount of $1,641,804.22; Accepting
Demands of 9/6/12 in the amount of $344,007.55
B. Motion: Accepting Minutes of Special Meeting of September 11, 2012; Minutes of
Regular Meeting of September 11, 2012
C. Motion: Accepting notification of Contract Change Order No. 3 in the increased amount
of $600 (Fund 305) for City Project No. 0804B, "Turlock Public Safety Facility," Category
08 – Roofing and Waterproofing, bringing the contract total to $600,397
D. Motion: Accepting notification of Contract Change Order No. 3 in the amount of $18,906
(Fund 305) for City Project No. 0804B, "Turlock Public Safety Facility," Category 12 –
Mechanical and HVAC, bringing the contract total to $2,525,192
E. 1. Motion: Approving Contract Change Order No. 1 (Final) in the decreasing amount of
($1,798.68) (Fund 215) for City Project No. 0871/RPSTPLE-5165(053), "Christoffersen
Parkway Median Landscaping Geer Rd. to N. Olive Ave.," bringing the contract total to
2. Motion: Accepting improvements for City Project No. 0871/RPSTPLE-5165(053),
"Christoffersen Parkway Median Landscaping Geer Rd. to N. Olive Ave.," and
authorizing the City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion
F. Motion: Approving the Fiscal Year 2011-12 Consolidated Annual Performance and
Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant Program
(CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), authorizing submission of the
CAPER to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
and authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute related necessary documents
G. Motion: Approving the renewal agreement between the City of Turlock and Independent
Contractor/Kidz Love Soccer, Inc. for youth soccer classes
H. Motion: Approving an agreement between Verizon Wireless and Turlock Police for cell
phone service and products
I. Motion: Approving an agreement between Stericycle and the Turlock Police Department
for the removal and disposal of regulated medical waste and hazardous
J. Resolution: Accepting a donation from E & J Gallo Winery in the amount of $400 in 266-
20-255-356.35720 “Police Explorers Program Revenue” and appropriating the money to
account number 266-20-255-356.47118 “Police Explorer Program”
K. Resolution: Accepting a donation from L. Makin in the amount of $25 in account number
266-20-255-351.37200_000 “Police Donations”
L. Resolution: Accepting donations received for Turlock Police Department’s National
Night Out to be deposited into account number 266-20-255-351.37200 “Police
Donations”, as per the attached Exhibit A
M. Resolution: Accepting the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2011-12 monetary donations
valued at $523 from various donors in support of the City’s Animal Control Services Unit
and donations of assorted animal related products valued at $2,883.25 utilized in
support of the City’s Animal Control Services Unit
N. Resolution: Authorizing the City Manager, the City Manager’s designee, or the City
Attorney to execute agreements between the City of Turlock and local businesses or
residents for the purpose of conducting training on non-City owned property for Fiscal
Year 2012-13
O. Resolution: Approving Post-Issuance Tax Compliance Procedures for Tax-Exempt and
Direct Pay Subsidy Bonds
P. Motion: Rejecting Claim for Damages filed by Joe Peggrum


A. Continued from the September 11, 2012 City Council Meeting: GENERAL PLAN
The City Council will consider a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan and
Citywide Rezone affecting multiple properties within the City of Turlock. The proposed
General Plan is required by State Law to guide future development of the City. The City
of Turlock last comprehensively updated its General Plan in 1992, with a major
amendment completed in 2003. The Citywide Rezone is required to maintain
consistency between the General Plan and Zoning designations for specified properties.
This item was continued from the September 11, 2012, special meeting. The City
Council will consider the adoption of environmental findings and statement of overriding
considerations for General Plan Alternative 1 described in the Draft Environmental
Impact Report that would support growth of the City to approximately 104,300 residents
by the year 2030. (Whitmore)

Recommended Actions:
Resolution: Adopting Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations for
the new Turlock General Plan as required by the California Environmental Quality Act

Motion: Modifying Guiding Policy 3.1-g and Implementation Policy 3.1-p by adding the
following language: ““Prior to proceeding with the planning, annexation and development
of Southeast Master Plan 2, 70 percent of the building permits shall be issued for the
Northeast Master Plan, East Tuolumne Master Plan, and Southeast Master Plan 1,
calculated on a cumulative basis.”
Resolution: Adopting a New General Plan for the City of Turlock (GPA 2012-03) with the
Alternative 1 Land Use Diagram described in the Draft Environmental Impact Report,
amending Guiding Policy 3.1-g and Implementation Policy 3.1-p, and directing staff to
revise the Public Review Draft General Plan in accordance with the Alternative 1 Land
Use Diagram, as recommended by the Planning Commission

CITYWIDE REZONE (Introduce at this meeting)
Ordinance: Amending the Zoning Map of the City of Turlock, California, attached to Title
9 of the Turlock Municipal Code [Rezone 2012-03 (Turlock General Plan Update
Citywide Rezone)]

A. Request to adopt a Strategic Plan for the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department
for a period of three (3) years, 2012-2014. (Madden)

Recommended Action:
Motion: Adopting a Strategic Plan for the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department
for a period of three (3) years, 2012-2014


Councilmembers may provide a brief report on notable topics of interest. The Brown Act does not allow discussion oraction by the legislative body.

Conference with Labor Negotiators, Cal. Gov’t Code §54957.6
Agency Negotiators: Roy W. Wasden/Phil Lancaster
Employee Organization: Turlock Associated Police Officers
Employee Organization: Turlock City Employee Association
Employee Organization: Turlock Firefighters Association. Local 2434
Employee Organization: Turlock Management Association-Public Safety
Unrepresented Employees: Accountant, Sr., Assistant to the City Manager for Economic
Development/Redevelopment, Community Housing Services Manager, Deputy Development Services
Director/Planning, Development Services Director/City Engineer, Development Services Supervisor/City
Surveyor, Executive Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk, Finance Customer Service Supervisor, Fire
Chief, Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Technician, Legal Assistant, Municipal Services
Director, Payroll Coordinator, Principal Civil Engineer, Public Facilities Maintenance Manager, Regulatory
Affairs Manager, Secretary/Deputy City Clerk, Executive Administrative Assistant/Public Safety,
Technical Services Manager, Traffic/Transportation Engineering Supervisor, Utilities Manager, Water
Quality Control Division Manager


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