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

Buying a $1.2 million geographic information system for the city's sewer utilities inventory. The technology is required in an order from the state Water Resources Control Board.

Increasing penalties in Modesto's municipal code for dog attacks. The proposal would make an offense linked to canine viciousness a misdemeanor punishable by time in jail. Those offenses are infractions now, punished with $100 tickets.

Annexing 1.87 acres on the corner of Temperate and Mercy avenues for a proposed development.

Plans to adopt the government reform package called for in Measure M, which voters approved last week. Changes include hiring a city auditor and requiring the mayor to take an early lead in city budget negotiations.

Adjusting a consultant's contract to design waste water system improvements. If approved, Carollo Engineers could earn up to $1.9 million, an increase of $72,000.

Hiring a Colorado firm to study whether Modesto can apply more treated waste water to fields it owns near its West Side treatment facility. CH2MHill can earn up to $41,100 for its work.

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

-- Adam Ashton

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