Council Watch

The Modesto City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on:

  • Adopting a long-term plan to annex businesses north of the city on McHenry Avenue. The businesses are subject to a hodgepodge of city taxes depending on agreements they struck for public services from Modesto. Annexing the area would create a level playing field for all of the companies in the neighborhood. That process could take several years. In the meantime, the city intends to set up tax-collecting agreements for 12 companies that were not charged the mill tax.

  • Hiring Bryce Consulting of West Sacramento to conduct a compensation study on city employees. Modesto last conducted a comprehensive wage study in 1988. Bryce can earn as much as $53,000 for its work.
  • Accepting a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department for a gang education program the Police Department conducts in city schools.
  • Awarding a $19,970 construction management contract to Concord- based Harris & Associates for work on a sewer collection project.

  • The council also has three closed-session items that do not require votes:

  • Buying property for a project in the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department.
  • Receiving an update on efforts to recruit a successor to retiring City Manager George Britton.
  • Discussing the council's options with regard to appointing an interim city manager.
  • -- Adam Ashton

    The Modesto City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.