The Modesto City Council on Tuesday:
Heard from several residents regarding the city's trees. The comments included how the roots of city trees are tearing up sidewalks and sewer lines.
Approved implementing a 30-day spacing policy for similar events for example, two wedding fairs at Modesto Centre Plaza, the city's downtown convention center. Staff asked for the change after questions were raised about the current policy, which did not establish a fixed number of days between similar events. The council will revisit the policy in six months after a manager is hired to run the center. Councilwoman Stephanie Burnside cast the only "no" vote.
Changed the composition of the nine-member city Entertainment Commission, which issues and renews permits for downtown nightclubs and other businesses. The proposal changes the commission's composition to one business permit holder, one nonprofit-special event permit holder, two representatives from the board of directors of the Downtown Improvement District or other entity that promotes Modesto, two at-large members, one Cultural Commission member and two alternates. There had been no guidelines on the composition of the Entertainment Commission.
Approved an application to rezone a 3.7-acre parcel at 3724 Dale Road from low-density residential to professional office. That section of Dale is evolving from residences to professional offices, according to a city report. No development is proposed with the rezoning request. However, the property could be marketed for professional offices.