City Council members on Tuesday:
• Decided to revisit some of the votes they took Jan. 28 on amending the citys general plan, which serves as a blueprint for how Modesto will grow and develop in the coming decades. Councilwoman Jenny Kenoyer wants to take another look at the decision to designate about 1,200 acres in Wood Colony as farmland. Colony residents dont want to be in the general plan. Based on council members discussion, it does not appear the council will look at their votes that designated about 1,100 acres in the colony for commercial development and business parks. Mayor Garrad Marsh rebuffed Councilman Dave Cogdills request to revisit putting aside the general plan amendment and consider a comprehensive general plan update. Such an update would be the citys first in nearly 20 years and would take more time and money. The council will revisit the general plan at its March 25 meeting.
• Authorized staff to negotiate a five-year, $16.17 million contract with Modesto-based Storer Transit for dial-a-ride service. The contract is $600,000 a year more than a proposal from Dallas-based MV Transportation, which operates other public transportation systems in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Modestos deal is contingent upon Ceres and Stanislaus County also using Storer. Panels for the three governments ranked Storer above MV and recommended it receive the contracts. Storer is the current contractor for dial-a-ride, Ceres and the county. Storers proposed annual cost is $3.2 million versus MVs proposed annual cost of $2.6 million. Modesto and Storer officials say Storers proposal is more expensive because it provides better service than MV because it keeps good employees by offering them better benefits and has more dial-a-ride employees.