Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on April 10, 2014
City Manager Greg Nyhoff said Modesto has been taking steps to address the findings in an auditor’s report that concluded the Public Works Department’s water and wastewater divisions are plagued by problems, including poor leadership, low morale and high turnover.
Officials with Moss-Adams LLP – the certified public accounting and business consulting firm the city has retained as its auditor – presented the report Tuesday at the City Council’s Audit Committee meeting. Moss-Adams spent September through February conducting the study.
One of the report’s major recommendations is that the city merge the water and wastewater divisions of its Utilities Planning and Projects Department and its Public Works Department into a new Utilities Department and hire a manager to run it. Moss-Adams recommends the manager be a strong leader with the ability to improve management practices, morale and culture.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 28, 2014
Construction should start in May on Modesto’s $54.76 million project to replace the outmoded, three-lane Pelandale Avenue-Highway 99 interchange with a new one that will reduce congestion and double the interchange’s capacity.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 20, 2014
Mayor Garrad Marsh faced more criticism Saturday as he tried to explain the city’s growth plans, but he raised some valid points, though he did it awkwardly and offended his audience.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 13, 2014
The City Council on Tuesday learned the basics about Modesto’s water system and how the city is coping with the third straight year of dry weather.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 6, 2014
It looks as though the community is not interested in nonstop flights to and from the Modesto and Los Angeles International airports, with the pledge campaign far short of its goal. Also, Mayor Garrad Marsh’s annual State of the City address is Feb. 26.
Posted by Kevin Valine on January 30, 2014
Modesto officials took their first public steps toward downsizing after a 1 percent sales tax on the Nov. 5 ballot failed. The City Council’s Finance Committee recommended about $1 million in budget cuts Tuesday. Those recommendations go before the full council in February.
Posted by Kevin Valine on January 23, 2014
A McHenry Avenue methadone clinic that has drawn complaints over the years from nearby homeowners about its clients’ behavior is moving. Aegis Medical Systems plans to relocate this summer to a medical office building about a quarter mile north of its current clinic at McHenry and Modesto avenues.