The Modesto City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on:
Revising standards for Modesto's tow truck companies. The plan requires towing companies to respond to calls from the Modesto Police Department within 30 minutes, to submit to truck inspections and to adhere to a code of conduct. Failing to meet any of those standards could lead the city to revoke a company's franchise. The proposal raises the fees towing companies can charge to $160, an increase of $70. Some of the money raised by the increase will go to the city to pay for monitoring the towing program.
Accepting a plan on how Modesto would spend money on road repairs if voters approve a countywide sales tax increase in November
Increasing the maximum rate taxis can charge passengers to $3 per mile, a $1 hike
Adjusting a city code that prohibits people from driving electric carts on sidewalks. It would exempt disabled people, people older than 50, mail carriers and utility workers.
Awarding a $619,004 contract to Davis-based West Yost Associates for work on designing water system improvements
Approving a $52,183 agreement with the Stanislaus County Housing Authority to assign a police officer for the Westview Gardens Housing Complex on Robertson Road
Spending $73,131 to buy a walk-in freezer for the Modesto Police Department. It would be used to store biological evidence.
Adopting a contract for newly hired City Manager Greg Nyhoff. Nyhoff will earn $195,000 a year, receive health benefits with premiums paid by the city, receive a $6,000 annual car allowance, be reimbursed for moving expenses, become enrolled in the California Public Employees Retirement System, receive three weeks of vacation time each year and 80 hours of management leave. If Nyhoff is fired, the council must pay him six months of his salary, including benefits.
In addition, the council is scheduled to meet in closed session to consider:
The results of a lawsuit filed by former Mayor Carmen Sabatino. The city won the lawsuit. Sabatino claimed the city had misused public money for a voter education campaign about an advisory ballot measure calling for district elections in City Council races.
Negotiations with the Modesto City Employee Association, a 440-member union working without a contract
The status of the city's recruitment for a city clerk and a city auditor. The council conducted interviews with candidates for the clerk position Friday.
The City Council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the basement chambers of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
-- Adam Ashton