Council Watch

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

  • Placing a measure on the February ballot that would mandate the mayor's involvement in city budget planning, create a salary-setting commission for elected representatives and require the city to hire a full-time auditor answerable to the City Council. Modesto's volunteer Charter Review Committee recommended the measure, saying the changes would increase accountability in City Hall.
  • Adjusting Modesto's general plan to reflect a new environmental impact report that describes the city's vision for its Redevelopment Agency. The project area's new master plan and environmental study call for an expanded Centre Plaza and another downtown hotel, as well as affordable housing on Ninth Street and improved downtown streets. It's mostly up to private investors to carry out those objectives.
  • Rejecting the one bid the city received to build Pamela Monterosso Park at Scenic Drive and Coffee Road.
  • Seeking proposals for a company to run the Modesto Area Dial-a-Ride service.
  • Approving a cooperative agreement with the California Department of Transportation calling for improvements to Dale and Kiernan roads.
  • Buying $70,000 worth of furniture and equipment for the Neighborhood Center at Marshall Park.
  • In addition, the council is expected to address several issues in closed session that do not require votes:

  • Discussing a lawsuit filed against the city by Harry Daniel Tessien, a deaf man who claims he was mistreated by police.
  • Negotiating a contract with the Modesto City Employees Association.
  • Purchasing land on the northeast corner of Tully Road and Bangs Avenue for a right of way.
  • -- Adam Ashton

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