As President Barack Obama has recently called for a recommitment to improving the nation's transportation infrastructure, so has the Stanislaus Council of Governments, who informally agreed on Wednesday to commit to bringing forth a countywide transportation tax to Stanislaus County in November 2016.
Despite recently passing a major milestone required for receiving state and federal funding, the Highway 165 realignment project currently faces an uncertain future due to the threatened impending bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund – a possibility that some are calling the "transportation cliff" that has already stalled critical road repairs throughout the nation.
Seeking public input on the proposed projects that will receive federal funding for major transportation and roadway improvements, the Stanislaus Council of Governments – the regional transportation planning agency – will hold a public hearing on Wednesday at a meeting in Ceres.
Although not considered a "full-time" job, the weekly duties fulfilled by Turlock's elected officials often require many hours not only for public meetings and events, but also representing the City on other various local commissions and governmental agencies.
An improving economy is projected within the City of Turlock's proposed 2014-15 General Fund budget, which – despite reflecting $1 million in deficit spending – is a step towards a balanced budget in the near future.
Following years of neglect, the poor conditions marking Turlock's roadways – such as cracked pavement, dangerous potholes and deteriorated sidewalks – could soon be a problem of the past should the City Council decide to place a long-awaited citywide transportation tax on the November ballot.
Opening government meetings with prayer was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, even if those prayers are overwhelmingly Christian - a practice previously argued by many to be in violation of the Establishment Clause.
After releasing three possible plans mapping Turlock's potential voting districts as the City prepares to vote on switching to a district-based system to elect future City Councilmembers, the City of Turlock is seeking input from its residents on how the districts should be formed.
A culmination of several months of hard work from the Mayor's Economic Development Taskforce, the Draft 2014 Economic Development Strategic Plan recently released by the City of Turlock was at the center of the 25-member group's meeting on Tuesday as they continue to build upon previous goals and develop new strategies that will keep Turlock's economy strong for years to come.
"A new day is dawning in Turlock. Our city has awakened with the hope that surrounds a new morning and the opportunities it brings. There is a new attitude at City Hall. Bold new ideas are emerging. Old divisions are being bridged. The city's growth and development are being reinvigorated. Turlock is a city on the move."
The 2016 election may be over a year out, but five candidates have already tossed their hat in the ring to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).
The Turlock City Council convened for a special meeting Friday afternoon and unanimously approved to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Modesto, Del Puerto Water District, and the Department of the Interior in order to have more input during the environmental review process for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program.
Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman will continue to serve as a member of the Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, at least for the next 60 days as the county's mayors decided they needed more time to determine if he is fit to represent their collective interests.
July 1, which marks the beginning of the fiscal year, is fast approaching meaning there is one significant item before the City of Turlock: the budget adoption process. While traditionally the City has adopted a budget annually, this year it will work within a two year time frame for the 2015-2015 and 2016-2017 budgets.