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Sunday, 25 October 2015 11:49

Water Rate Increase, Replacing City Manager Roy Wasden on Council Agenda

Written by  Taylor Fernandez
Water Rate Increase, Replacing City Manager Roy Wasden on Council Agenda Devon Martinez/TurlockCityNews.com
At Tuesday’s Turlock City Council meeting, City staff looks to affirm the water rate increase of seven percent for January 2016. In March 2014, the City Council approved six water rate increases to take place in the City of Turlock over the course of five years.

The final 4-1 vote came as part of the second reading of the ordinance in April 2014, which is traditionally largely ceremonial. Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak cast the lone vote in opposition; she believed the rate would disproportionately affect seniors, veterans, and the disabled.

With the rate increase, single and multiple residents will be looking at paying $0.63 per 1,000 gallons. Commercial and industrial properties will be paying $0.46 per 1,000 gallons and landscapes will be paying $0.65 per 1,000 gallons. In July of 2015, a single household used 16,131 gallons, multiple used 1,117, commercial used 1,128, industrial used 21, institutional used 98, and landscapes used 269 gallons.

As rates increase, the City looks to have residents use less water, as it will cost more not doing so. This will help the City to continue meeting its 32 percent State mandated water conservation mark, which it just recently met.
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Related to the City’s water usage, Turlock’s first ever Water Saving Hero will be recognized at Tuesday night’s meeting. The award will be given to Covenant Village for their efforts in meeting the City’s required conservation mark.

The Council meeting agenda also calls for Council to authorize a request for proposal to conduct an executive recruitment for the position of City Manager.

Current City Manager Roy Wasden announced an early retirement on Oct. 14, the following day after a performance evaluation and midway through a 3 year controversial contract that pays approximately $212,000 per year, plus benefits.

This is common when filling positions of importance in the City, so it is crucial that a recruiter be hired. This recruiter will assist the City Council in developing a profile for an ideal candidate to meet the needs of Turlock’s next City Manager.
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Notable items on the consent calendar include the City Council looking to approve the final contract change for the Hawkeye Avenue project. The original contract stated the amount of $1,260,034.50 would be used to improve the road conditions on Hawkeye. City staff looks to receive an increase of $70,748.70 on the contract, for a total of $1,330,783.20.

According to City Staff documents, no general fund monies will be used for this project. With this project, City Engineer Michael Pitcock must file a notice of completion.

If the motion passes, the improvements will be accepted and the filing of a notice of completion will be authorized.

Also being discussed is the approval of the agreement between the City of Turlock and the 38th District Agricultural Association for purposes of parking and turnaround for participants of the Annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.
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The Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities Department uses the north parking lot of the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds to allow participants of the parade to park, as well as the turnaround area.

If the motion not be authorized, the parade will be forced to find an alternative ending point for 75 or more floats in this year’s parade.

The Turlock City Council will meet Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway.
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  • Guest - Recommendations

    Regarding the CM replacement, perhaps we should do as last time:
    1. Conduct a "nationwide" search
    2. Go to a nearby town and hire a department head with no city management experience
    3. Offer a totally irresponsible pay package
    4. Extend the contract against all common sense

  • Guest - LOL

    Or just hire the former mayors campaign manager........

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