Modesto Council Watch
The City Council on Tuesday night:
• Authorized City Manager Greg Nyhoff to negotiate and execute an agreement with the law firm Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson to provide interim city attorney services for Modesto, and appoint Meyers Nave attorney Adam Lindgren as interim city attorney, effective Nov. 9. City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood is resigning, and her last day on the job will be Nov. 8. . A city report states it will cost Modesto as much as $20,000 per month for interim city attorney services, and the city expects to use Meyers Nave in that role for four to six months.
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• Authorized a 90-day extension of the Bank of America letter of credit issued in support of the city’s 2008 refinancing of the debt issued to build such facilities as the Police Department, the city’s half interest in the 911 dispatch center and Tenth Street Place, the city-county administration building. The letter of credit expires Nov. 30. The extension will allow the city to close its books on its 2012-13 fiscal year and also allow for the results of Measure X, the city’s 1-cent sales tax on the Nov. 5 ballot. The debt has a balance of $60.87 million. The bonds were refinanced in 2008 because of the financial collapse and to secure a better interest rate.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance that requires car dealers and other businesses that sell cars to install anti-theft devices on the 10 most commonly stolen vehicles, as determined by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The list typically is dominated by older-model Hondas. A city report states the anti-theft devices typically cost $50 to $70. The measure is part of Police Chief Galen Carroll’s effort to reduce auto thefts in Modesto.