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City Council: No more abstentions allowed

Members of the Turlock City Council will no longer have the option of abstaining from a vote, following a split council decision Tuesday night.A vote of "abstain" allows elected officials to participate in votes without stating their support or opposition to the item discussedVice Mayor Kurt Spycher, who brought forward the idea of eliminating abstentions, and Council members Ted Howze and Amy Bublak supported the measure. Mayor John Lazar and Councilwoman Mary Jackson dissented.With the vote, the Turlock City Council follows in the footsteps of the Modesto City Council and a growing number of cities to disallow ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Revisiting big box ban comes with its own hurdles

The issue of big box stores is returning to Turlock like a zombie climbing out of the grave – it's slow, kind of clumsy and has the potential to eat your brain. Well, the brain eating part might not be accurate, but it is a convoluted issue that at least has the potential to cause a few headaches around City Hall.The discussion isn't whether Turlock should rescind the big box ban …yet. That will come later. At issue now is how the city can revisit the issue and get the discussion going again, which is where it gets ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Council to talk big box store ordinance

Hello, Walmart Supercenter?

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council stalls completion of beautification project

A project to beautify the medians of Golden State Boulevard and the Monte Vista Avenue/Highway 99 interchange and install wayfinding signs throughout Turlock stalled out Tuesday night, as the Turlock City Council held off on appropriating $3,797 to complete the design plans over maintenance cost concerns.

July 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City fears new county fees will discourage development

The Turlock City Council took issue with a proposed revision to County Public Facility Impact Fees Tuesday night, voicing a laundry list of complaints with higher fees that could discourage new businesses while providing limited utility to Turlock. But optimism remains that a solution will be reached.

July 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson city budget behind schedule

A slow-starting audit, low staffing in Hughson City Hall and the recent mayhem that took over the City of Hughson is to blame for the late city budget, said Debbie Paul, director of finance for the City of Hughson.

July 13, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


The search continues for a new Hughson city manager

The search for a new Hughson city manager is in its final weeks as the City Council prepares for preliminary interviews at their Monday meeting.

July 09, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Spycher to sit out council race

The candidate pool for November's Turlock City Council election grew smaller Friday, as Turlock Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher announced he would not seek reelection in the Nov. 2 race.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Turlock to partner with other cities in water plan

The City of Turlock will join forces with nearby Hughson, Ceres, and Modesto to develop an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan in hopes of securing state and federal funds for regional water projects.

June 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson City Council refuses to increase trash rates

A request to increase monthly trash collection fees by $0.75 in Hughson failed to pass on Monday night, after council members questioned the need for the rate hike.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Council approves city budget

The Turlock City Council on Tuesday approved the 2010-2011 budget, which includes no layoffs and keeps the city's recreational swim program while saving millions from the city's bottom line.

June 22, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Budget cuts hit council

During a fireworks-laden special meeting Thursday night the Turlock City Council agreed, in principle, to cut health insurance for elected officials but retain some other council expenditures, saving the city $90,000 annually.

June 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


A new look at the big box store ban

Back in 2004, when the Turlock City Council decided to take on Wal-Mart, it was seen as a David vs. Goliath fight.

June 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Hughson recognizes deputies shifted by county budget cuts

The Hughson City Council opened their Monday meeting with a set of proclamations recognizing the service of the city's four sheriff's deputies.

June 15, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council seeks pool funding

Turlock Recreation Division is looking for ways to cut expenses in an effort to be self sufficient in their funding without relying on the city's General Fund. The first area where they recommended cuts was to the open swim program at the Pitman and Turlock high school pools.

June 08, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


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Council to discuss road tax, housing, and election

The Turlock City Council faces a full agenda on Tuesday, taking up three major issues concerning a possible tax increase for Turlock road repairs, the development of new housing near Monte Vista Crossings, and the imminent change to district elections.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG opens comment period for long term draft transportation plan

Recently releasing the draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Environmental Impact Report, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board is currently accepting public reviews and comments during a 60 day period.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Noise concerns put Larsa permit in peril

Due to multiple noise complaints from neighboring properties, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Visa Avenue may have its Conditional Use Permit revoked pending a decision by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Crowd pours in for water talk

Hundreds of concerned community members, farmers, and local officials filled the packed conference room at California State University, Stanislaus on Tuesday evening, eager to hear more about regional groundwater issues from a panel of experts.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Pedestrians help City develop bike lane improvements

Recently partnering with a planning and design firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Turlock has been making strides in various efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the City.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


TID to consider experimental rate for electric vehicle owners

On Tuesday, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on revisions to certain electric service rates, including the addition of a new rate schedule specifically for electric and plug-in vehicle owners.

April 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City provides record-breaking level of internships

Over the past year, the City of Turlock has made strides in increasing the amount of provided internships, giving more than 50 college students professional experience that will benefit not only their résumés, but future career opportunities.

April 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG seeks funds for Turlock Patterson corridor

With the proposed countywide transportation tax failing to be pushed to the November ballot recently, the Stanislaus Council of Governments has begun looking to other funding options to begin developing the South County Corridor, connecting the cities of Turlock and Patterson.

April 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Turlock Parks, Arts and Recreation commission makes debut

The inaugural meeting of the newly formed Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission held on Wednesday brought forth excitement from the combined group of nine commissioners, as they begin seeking new ways to expand and improve the City's art community and parks.

April 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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