Modesto Council Watch

The Modesto City Council on Tuesday:

Overturned a Planning Commission decision that would have allowed a property owner to subdivide a 1-acre parcel on Scenic Drive into four lots. The proposal angered neighbors because it would have created two "flag lots" behind two homes. Council members cited "neighborhood incompatibility" as a reason to reject the subdivision.

Ayes: Bob Dunbar, Brad Hawn, Janice Keating, Garrad Marsh, Jim Ridenour

Nays: Kristin Olsen

Updated zoning codes to encourage affordable housing developments.

Vote: Unanimous

Allowed the Police Department to provide evidence opposing a mass release of state prisoners under consideration by a federal court.

Vote: Unanimous

Awarded a $75,767 bid to put a new roof on the King-Kennedy Memorial Center.

Vote: Unanimous

Signed off on a request from the Modesto Irrigation District to hire engineers to design a fix to water intrusion problems at a city water-treatment plant. Modesto could spend as much as $733,700 on the contract.

Vote: Unanimous

Hired Concord engineering firm Harris and Associates for on-call construction management services. The contract allows Modesto to spend as much as $199,160.

Vote: Unanimous

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