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Modesto News: Councilman Cogdill won’t seek re-election

08/21/2014 11:41 AM

08/21/2014 4:34 PM

Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr. says he will not run for a second term in the November 2015 election.

He said he wants to direct more of his time to his family and business. Cogdill and his wife are the parents of two teenagers, and he and his uncle Jim Cogdill own Cogdill & Associates, a real estate appraisal firm specializing in commercial, industrial and agricultural properties.

Cogdill, 43, said he is announcing his decision to give potential candidates enough time to prepare if they decide to run for his 6th Council District seat, which encompasses northeast Modesto. He said he will continue to find ways to serve the community when he no longer is on the council.

Cogdill has served the city well. He asks smart questions and focuses on the city making fiscally prudent decisions. But in recent months, he and other council members have come under fire for their land-use decisions, especially the decision to include Wood Colony – the farming community west of Highway 99 – in the city’s growth plans.

The city is moving forward with its plans to put College Avenue from Needham Street to Briggsmore Avenue on what is called a “road diet,” which is a traffic-calming technique used nationwide to slow and improve the flow of traffic, reduce crashes, and make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Last week, city officials held their second forum on the proposal at a College Area Neighborhood Alliance meeting, which drew more than 70 people. Though about a half-dozen audience members were skeptical, Modesto senior planner Josh Bridegroom said CANA leaders told the city that they and the majority of their members support the proposal.

Bridegroom said Modesto Junior College officials also are supportive.

College is four lanes from Needham to Briggsmore and has street parking on both sides nearly all the way. The diet consists of changing the lane markings so there would be one lane in each direction for cars and a center lane for left turns.

The city would use the space from reducing four traffic lanes to three to create more room for cars parked along the street, a 6-foot-wide bike lane on each side of the street and a 21/2- or 3-foot buffer between the bike lanes and traffic.

Bridegroom said the next step is for city officials to present the proposal before the City Council’s Safety & Communities Committee. He added that it’s possible officials may bring the proposal before the full council.

He said Modesto is considering converting College Avenue in late spring or early summer after classes are out at MJC. This would be done in conjunction with a project to resurface College Avenue. More about road diets and the city’s proposal can be found at www.modestogov.com/ced.

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