The Modesto City Council rescheduled its Tuesday night meeting to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. because of Tuesday's election. On Wednesday, the council is scheduled to vote on:
Sending to voters in February a binding measure that would implement a system of electing council members by district instead of at-large. This council discussion depends on the outcome of Tuesday's advisory votes on district elections. Voters will see two advisory measures. The first asks whether Modesto should replace its at-large council elections with district races; the second asks voters to choose which of two district elections formats they favor.
Directing the Planning Division to create a neighborhood compatibility and heritage tree ordinance. Calls for a neighborhood compatibility ordinance have increased in the past year, with some residents complaining about remodeling projects in the city's college and
La Loma areas, as well as in east Modesto.
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Hiring Jim Niskanen, director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, to work as acting city manager after George Britton's January retirement. Niskanen will earn $14,650 a month in the interim position.
Extending a consulting agreement for Jerry Haag to work in the Planning Division. The agreement caps his contract at $149,999 instead of $99,999.
Amending a consulting agreement for general planning services by Pacific Municipal Consultants to allow the company to perform an additional $100,000 worth of work. The company could earn as much as $280,000 if the agreement is accepted.
Creating a joint powers agreement with Stanislaus County for a project that would improve Pelandale Avenue, Sisk Road and Highway 99.
Buying video surveillance equipment for city buses at a cost of $138,524.
Accepting a $5,000 donation from Modesto Senior Citizens Inc. to help pay for kitchen improvements at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center.
Awarding a $157,500 contract to Pacific Design Associates to prepare construction documents and architectural designs for work at John Thurman Field.
Appointing Leilani San Nicholas-Garcia to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Recycling; Carol Nolan and Chris Ricci to the Community Qualities Forum; Antony Little to the Culture Commission; Samantha Juarez to the Equal Opportunity Disability Commission; Alexandra Hoffman to the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Committee; and Brian Hill to the Tuolumne River Regional Park Advisory Committee.
In addition, the council is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss:
Appointing an acting city clerk after Jean Morris' December retirement.
The city's negotiations with the Modesto City Employees Association.
The Modesto City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
-- Adam Ashton