The Modesto City Council rescheduled its Tuesday night meeting to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. because of Tuesday's election. On Wednesday, the council is scheduled to vote on:
Sending to voters in February a binding measure that would implement a system of electing council members by district instead of at-large. This council discussion depends on the outcome of Tuesday's advisory votes on district elections. Voters will see two advisory measures. The first asks whether Modesto should replace its at-large council elections with district races; the second asks voters to choose which of two district elections formats they favor.
Directing the Planning Division to create a neighborhood compatibility and heritage tree ordinance. Calls for a neighborhood compatibility ordinance have increased in the past year, with some residents complaining about remodeling projects in the city's college and
La Loma areas, as well as in east Modesto.
Hiring Jim Niskanen, director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, to work as acting city manager after George Britton's January retirement. Niskanen will earn $14,650 a month in the interim position.
Extending a consulting agreement for Jerry Haag to work in the Planning Division. The agreement caps his contract at $149,999 instead of $99,999.
Amending a consulting agreement for general planning services by Pacific Municipal Consultants to allow the company to perform an additional $100,000 worth of work. The company could earn as much as $280,000 if the agreement is accepted.
Creating a joint powers agreement with Stanislaus County for a project that would improve Pelandale Avenue, Sisk Road and Highway 99.
Buying video surveillance equipment for city buses at a cost of $138,524.
Accepting a $5,000 donation from Modesto Senior Citizens Inc. to help pay for kitchen improvements at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center.
Awarding a $157,500 contract to Pacific Design Associates to prepare construction documents and architectural designs for work at John Thurman Field.
Appointing Leilani San Nicholas-Garcia to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Recycling; Carol Nolan and Chris Ricci to the Community Qualities Forum; Antony Little to the Culture Commission; Samantha Juarez to the Equal Opportunity Disability Commission; Alexandra Hoffman to the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Committee; and Brian Hill to the Tuolumne River Regional Park Advisory Committee.
In addition, the council is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss:
Appointing an acting city clerk after Jean Morris' December retirement.
The city's negotiations with the Modesto City Employees Association.
The Modesto City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
-- Adam Ashton