Council Agenda: New budget vote and Southside improvements
by TP staff
Jun 15, 2014 | 5740 views | 7 7 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This is the preliminary agenda for the regular meeting of the Tracy City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Drive. The full agenda can be found at City Hall or online on the city website.

Discussion items

• Public hearing of the City Council to consider adoption of the city of Tracy’s proposed fiscal year 2014-15 annual city budget and authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014-15

• Discuss and provide direction to city staff regarding options for a city infrastructure funding program and an update on neighborhood discussions with residents of the Mount Oso, Mount Diablo and C Street area regarding infrastructure needs

• Review and accept changes to the Tracer fixed route bus system effective August 1, 2014

• Discuss whether to cancel the regular City Council meetings scheduled for July 1 and July 15 and schedule a special meeting on July 1

Consent calendar

• Award a construction contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder for El Pescadero Park and McDonald Park renovation projects

• Approve resolutions: (1) initiating proceedings for the annual levy for Tracy Consolidated Landscape Maintenance District, (2) preliminarily approving the engineer’s report for the Tracy Consolidated Landscape Maintenance District, (3) declaring the intention to levy annual assessments, and (4) setting the date for a public hearing

• Approve a professional services agreement for the printing of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts season brochure and arts education catalog

• Give authorization to award chemical bids for water and sewage treatment for fiscal year 2014-15

• Accept travel report from city attorney regarding attendance at League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Conference

• Approve Amendment 1 to the memorandum of understanding between the city of Tracy and the Tracy Chamber of Commerce to allow free use of the transit station for the Taste of the Valley Art and Food Festival

• Consider a request from Mizuno Farms for the city of Tracy to approve a one-time waiver of the 2014 rent payment of $22,575 for city-owned property at the corner of 11th Street and Chrisman Road

• Adopt a resolution authorizing the public works director to terminate the professional services agreement with Sycamore Landscaping Corp. for landscape, parks, and channelways maintenance

• Accept a monetary donation from Tracy resident Arleen Robbins for the new animal shelter and authorize a budget adjustment and approve an appropriation for the purchase of equipment in the amount of $10,000

• Adopt a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute contracts necessary for the purpose of obtaining Proposition 63 funds in the amount of $200,000 for the Mayor’s Community Youth Support Network grant program and appropriating $200,000 from the San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services community service agreement

• Authorize a roadway reconstruction agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the asphalt concrete pavement reconstruction of the northern half of Grant Line Road from Holly Drive to about 600 feet east of MacArthur Drive

 
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me-here
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June 16, 2014
Agency items:

" Discuss and provide direction to city staff regarding options for a city infrastructure funding program and an update on neighborhood discussions with residents of the Mount Oso, Mount Diablo and C Street area regarding infrastructure needs

My comment:

These properties are NOT in the City of Tracy but are COUNTY residents. Why the City paying for improvements when we aren't getting any taxes or utility sharing from them?

skepticalofu
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June 15, 2014
Have either of you read the contract in the agenda attachments with regard to the availability of water or the letter from the irrigation district?
behonestguys
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June 15, 2014
Yup scepticalufo, I have. Why not just can the lease and walk away, which is Mizuno's right to do so under the contract? If a business doesn't pay it's utility bill to the City or it's business license, you think the Council would give that person, especially if it's a little guy or gal, a free pass? That's the point I'm trying to make. There is obvious value for th not to walk away. Maybe a partial rent reduction would've been more appropriate on the City's part.
rayderfan
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June 15, 2014
" Consider a request from Mizuno Farms for the city of Tracy to approve a one-time waiver of the 2014 rent payment of $22,575 for city-owned property at the corner of 11th Street and Chrisman Road"

If things in Tracy are going to change here's where the change should begin. Items like this should never even been considered.

With all due respect to Mizuno Farms, if they are under a lease agreement for the use of property owned by the City then they should pay the rent and the City should never consider waiving the lease payment; regardless of the situation.If you or I failed to pay our lease we would be evicted.

I realize this is a very small amount of money, in terms of the City budget, but it's the principle of the matter that counts. Everyone should pay their own way, regardless of the situation.

No exceptions!

behonestguys
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June 15, 2014
Point well taken Rayderfan. I wonder of Ives & Co. would waive a person's business license fee if that person's business wasn't doing that well? Or if you were late in paying your utility bill, whether they would waive the automatic late fee that is imposed if the payment isn't received by the 1st of the month? Probably not. Instead of being governed by the Rule of Law, which stands for the principle that everyone is equal before the law, no exceptions, our City Council is governed by the Golden Rule - he who has the Gold, Rules. Just look at how the Council tried to throw the airport under the bus so Surland could build more homes, and make more $$$, by shortening the runway, in violation of FAA rules and regulations. This City is a joke - we should be called Little Chicago instead of Tracy.
LeonsFired
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June 16, 2014
I agree with you rayder fan, no exceptions. Once the city sets precedence giving a pass to one business it opens the door for all others to ask for a one time hall pass. Imagine the city says no to them - they open themselves up for discrimination lawsuits. It's all bad business, we have enough of that going on in other parts of our city leadership's decisions.
rayderfan
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June 17, 2014
The question I keep asking myself is;

"How can the city staff continue to claim that there's a budget shortage in one sentence, then turn right around and recommend that the council waive the lease payment on a piece of leased property in the next sentence?"

That makes absolutely no sense to me. Is anyone at city hall looking out for the public's interests?


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