More public art could soon be seen around town as the Turlock City Council and Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission will consider a new Public Art Policy and Guidelines during a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Westside Ministries launched its annual Coats 4 Kids donations drive with a downtown dance party Thursday night in front of Carr's Cleaners. For over 30 years, the local nonprofit has collected winter coats for youth of all ages, with Carr's Cleaners serving as a drop off location and providing a free cleaning for each used coat donated.
Turlock is known for having some of the most innovative and inspiring business, agricultural and philanthropic leaders in the region and each year the Chamber of Commerce takes time to recognize these noteworthy citizens through the Best of Turlock awards. This year will mark the 48th anniversary of the awards and Chamber President and CEO Karin Moss is hoping the entire community will join in with honoring these outstanding leaders.
A number of safety issues at the new Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park, located in Donnelly Park, has prompted the Turlock Police Department to host two community meetings in an effort to educate local skaters and their parents on the park's rules and regulations.
The Turlock City Council will consider on Tuesday creating a competitive bid process to provide tourism services previously rendered by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with economic development services and marketing and branding services.
Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa is used to working with his fellow supervisors to make sure the needs of District 2 - which includes Turlock, Keyes, Hughson and Denair - are being fairly represented. This week, however, Chiesa is in Washington, D.C. talking with federal officials and legislators about a number of issues important to the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Along with deciding who will represent two of Turlock's new city council districts, voters will also have a choice in the Office of City Treasurer. Alex Kiehl has announced his candidacy for City of Turlock Treasurer, challenging 16-year incumbent Diana Lewis.
While rain did finally fall last winter, the economic and agricultural impact of the previous four years of drought are still being felt, especially in the Central Valley, according to a recent report by UC Davis researchers. Those impacts include the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, over 1,800 jobs and millions of acre feet in water supply.
During an update to the Planning Commission on Thursday, Turlock Fire Marshal and Director of Neighborhood Services Mark Gomez relayed a conversation he had with the owner of the company contracted by the City of Turlock to provide abatement services. The company owner, who was coming from Fresno, said he drove through town on his way to City Hall to sign the contract and was worried he would have no work to perform as Turlock was a very clean city.
A new recreation center could be in the future for the westside of Turlock as the Turlock City Council voted to move forward with an initial study on the feasibility of repurposing the National Guard Armory building on Flower Street.