The Turlock City Council will meet Tuesday to consider an agreement between the City of Turlock and an outside contractor to use $31,650 for traffic count data to gather information regarding roadway use for planning related purposes.
The goal of the plan is to address current and future growth-related issues including interchanges, bike paths, and routes around town and bus system, as well as the impact on current transportation.
Additionally, the City, through the plan, intends to explore value-added opportunities and ensure a balanced community between restaurants, entertainment, housing, business and special events. The City states that the information could be potentially useful in applying for future grant funding.
The City’s choice is based on the competitive bidding price, company reviews and working history with the City of Turlock. Omni-Means’ bid came back at $23,442. Additionally, City Staff recommends the approval of an additional 5 percent contingency fund of $1,376, and contract administration costs valued at 10 percent of the project, $2,752, for a total of $31,650.
Omni-Means, of Roseville, the selected contractor, as a company, offers remediation for high accident locations, traffic speed-calming programs, pedestrian safety programs offering safe routes to schools, and gives traffic operation and congestion studies. They give accident rate comparisons, traffic signal timing information, and traffic operations analysis.
Quality Traffic Counts and Quality Counts, submitted proposals for the program, bids came back at $24,050 and $31,655, respectively.
To fund the program, the City has decided to use unappropriated reserve monies from Fund 217, the Gas Tax fund instead of the General Fund.
Californians pay 55.7 cents per gallon of gasoline for state and federal excise and use taxes.
This figure includes a Federal Excise Tax of 18.3 cents per gallon, Federal Underground Storage Tank Fee of 0.1 cents per gallon, a State Fuel Tax of 35.3 cents per gallon and State Underground Storage Tank Fee of 2 cents per gallon. Additionally, state sales and use tax of 2.25 percent is added, along with any additional local tax rates, which can vary from 0.125 percent to 1.25.
Of the 2.25 percent state sales and use tax, 1 percent is devoted to local jurisdictions where 0.75 percent of that goes to city and county operations with the remaining .25 percent is devoted to county transportation funds.
Additionally, there is a request to appropriate $150,000 for the Monte Vista Avenue Rehabilitation Project from the City’s Gas Tax Fund. The Council will vote to approve a contract change order, adjusting the price of the project $210,255.15. The project, which was approved by Turlock City Council in 2013 for $887,037.25, continues to be changed and adjusted. The adjusted contract total now stands at $1,141,276.56.
The changes in price are due to the additional work that the City has deemed necessary like paving, grinding and leveling, additional median curb work, and a notification system to residents and California State University, Stanislaus students which was used previously.
On Tuesday, Council is also expected to:
- Hear a staff update on utility billing procedures
- Hear a staff update on commission, committee and board vacancies.
- Consider approving a $249k contract between with the and CVB and Turlock Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion
- Consider approving a contract with the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance to implement a Countywide Economic Development Plan and Marketing Strategy
- Hold another closed session labor negotiation conference between Turlock Associated Police Officers and City Manager Roy Wasden and City Negotiator Dave Young.
Turlock City Council will meet Tuesday at 6:00 p.m at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway, in the Yosemite Room.