The City of Turlock is next on the list for representatives from the Stanislaus Council of Governments - the regional transportation planning agency - who are making their way through the county garnering support for a half-cent countywide transportation sales tax.
When the City of Turlock decided to hold a public workshop on the proposed increases to water rates, city staff were preparing for Turlock residents attending the meeting to be in opposition or protest. But as Wednesday's workshop came to an end, many of the residents were calling for the City to include harsher penalties for ratepayers, as they believe it would create an incentive to conserve water.
As the drought continues to devastate agriculture dependent communities, Gov. Jerry Brown has announced emergency legislation to immediately help communities deal with the extremely dry conditions, while providing funding to increase local water supplies.
Although Councilmember Steven Nascimento's ordinance related to campaign finances did not gain approval at Tuesday's meeting, his other resolution aiming to refine the council's Code of Conduct was approved in a 3-2 vote.
Although many have heard that the City of Turlock has been considering a proposed increase in water rates, not everyone may know what those rates will fully entail. Fortunately, the City will be hosting a public workshop on the matter, giving an opportunity to the community to have their questions answered.
Pending on agreement negotiations, the Stanislaus County Environmental Services Department may terminate the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program services agreement with the City of Turlock come August, bringing an end to several key programs and services relating to solid waste.
Although Turlock City Council member Steven Nascimento had good intentions when introducing a new city ordinance that would put limits on campaign finances, not everyone at Tuesday's Council meeting was supportive of the proposed changes.
With 2014 being an election year with three city council seats up for grabs, Tuesday's council meeting will highlight two areas of interest for City officials, including campaign contribution limits and an updated code of conduct.
Although a handful of changes to the City of Turlock Zoning Regulations will be recommended to the City Council, one in particular has left many divided – a ban on mobile food facilities in Turlock's downtown.
Virginia Madueno, former Mayor of Riverbank and local small business owner, will be vying alongside five other candidates to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).
Like communities across the state, Turlock is struggling with limited water resources, evident by the loss of two shallow irrigation wells in the North East part of town where the water tables dropped to 96 feet.
The feasibility of placing a countywide road tax on the 2016 ballot is being investigated as the Stanislaus County of Governments approved spending $50,000 to conduct a survey to gauge the public's response to the idea.
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.