The Modesto City Council is expected today to:
• Consider approving a contract between the city and SuperKart USA to hold the 2014 Pro Tour Summer Nationals on Aug. 1-3 in downtown Modesto. City officials say the races will draw about 300 superkart racers, as well as 10,000 spectators, who will spend nearly $1million on food, lodging and other items. The city estimates its expenses at $286,000 for security, promotions and other costs but expects to raise $338,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships.
• Consider creating the position of utilities director as part of a reorganization of public works functions. The salary range for this position would be $146,390 to $182,992. Public Works Director Dennis Turner retired recently after more than 30 years with the city. And Richard Ulm, director of utility planning and projects, is retiring at the end of this year.
• Consider a request from the Ashby Park Neighborhood Watch Committee to close Oxford Way at Sunrise Avenue to pedestrians to curb property crime and vandalism. The city closed the intersection to cars in 1975 at the request of residents. Those requesting this closure would pay for the cost of extending a wall at Oxford and Sunrise to prevent pedestrians from entering the neighborhood. The city would pay about $800 to remove the sidewalk.
• Meet in closed session on several topics, including a discussion on whether to pick someone from the City Attorneys Office or an attorney from a law firm to serve as interim city attorney. City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood is resigning effective Nov.15 after more than seven years with the city. Council members also will discuss the citys impending purchase of land for a proposed downtown courthouse and a lawsuit filed against the city by the Modesto Irrigation District over a botched expansion of the MIDs water treatment plant. The MID and the city are partners on the project.
The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.