In recent years, California's milk production has seen a steady decline causing dairy farm closures as well as dropping milk prices. The continual decrease in one of the state's most productive agricultural commodities has raised concern at the national level.
Christmas tree vendors may soon have more time to provide Turlock residents with holiday cheer, as a three-day extension on Christmas tree sales will be considered by the Planning Commission at their next meeting. The extension is part of an omnibus amendment to the Turlock Municipal Code, which includes amendments to the Zoning Regulations, such as those addressing signs, noise, underground utilities and landscaping.
The Turlock City Council will review the taxes levied on the city's assessment districts and the costs of maintaining those districts' streetlights, landscaping, slurry seals and street sweeping at their next meeting, set for Tuesday.
As we all have cut back on watering our yards, and some have stopped all together, we must remember the impact the drought has on our trees. Trees become dependent on being watered regularly. When watering of trees is completely halted, trees may stress or die.
Swimming pools can account for significant water loss if not maintained regularly. Often times, pool owners may not be aware of the problem, nor how to detect or adjust equipment in order to prevent further water loss.
Despite the City of Turlock's failure to meet its state-mandated water conservation standard in May, newly-implemented regulations show that the city may in fact be going above and beyond when it comes to saving water.
It's no secret that for the past several years, California has been hit with one of the worst droughts on record. However; during these troubling times there are some who feel the effects of the crippling conditions harder than others.
This month marks City Manager Gary Hampton's 100-day milestone as head of the City, and even though it's a position he's held before - for four months in 2009 - both Turlock and Hampton are at much different places today than they were seven years ago.
Turlock City Manager Gary Hampton and City Engineer Mike Pitcock have their work cut out for them over the next three weeks. They have been tasked with finding $100,000 in the City's operational budget that could possibly be reallocated to road repair and present a list of potential road projects the money could be spent on to the Council at their Aug. 9 meeting.
Californians are continuing to heed the call to conserve water, reducing their residential water usage by 28 percent in May, compared to usage in 2013, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.
Vice Mayor Amy Bublak wants to double the amount of money the City of Turlock allocates to be spent on fixing the city's roadways. The City Council will consider Bublak's request on Tuesday for an annual appropriation of a minimum of $100,000 dedicated to local roadway improvements.
The Turlock Planning Commission will continue looking at downtown parking on Thursday and consider approving a number of modifications to the Downtown Parking Plan before it goes before the City Council for action.