The Modesto City Council on Tuesday voted to:
Revise the process commercial builders undertake when they submit plans to the city. The changes mean fewer plans will have to go to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment, and more of them will be checked by city employees for their conformance to the city's design guidelines. Two council members voted against the change, saying the guidelines should remain advisory instead of compulsory.
Ayes: Brad Hawn, Janice Keating, Dave Lopez, Garrad Marsh
Nayes: Will O'Bryant, Kristin Olsen
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Accept a preliminary design report for improvements to a major sewer pipeline. The cost of the project could range from $22.2 million to $36.5 million. Its price tag originally was estimated to be $12.7 million, but there were changes in scope and materials.
Accept a preliminary design report for a $9.6 million sewer line repair project expected to be finished by July 2009
Adopt a policy that encourages the city to buy recycled materials when possible
Buy five vans for the Public Works Department at a cost of $106,950.
Buy a modular building and move a building at the city's compost facility. Pacific Mobile Structures of Modesto can earn $138,064 under the contract.
Extend a consulting agreement for retired city planner George Osner. The city hired him on a part-time basis in November 2005 after his retirement. It has extended the arrangement twice.
The council met in closed session to discuss:
Recruiting a city clerk
Handling a lawsuit filed against the Police Department
Negotiating with the Modesto City Employees Association, a 440-member union
-- Adam Ashton