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Council considers beautifying Golden State
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A long awaited Golden State Boulevard landscaping effort could be just around the corner.
On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council will consider allocating funding to plant trees, shrubbery, and native plants in the Golden State Boulevard median in northern Turlock.
The landscaping would make over Golden State Boulevard between Roberts Road and Monte Vista Avenue. The landscape design will be based on concepts in the Turlock Beautification Master Plan, a document which explains how Turlock's streets and interchanges should be landscaped with water-efficient plants.
The work, which would be performed by George Reed Inc. of Modesto, will cost $741,854.50. That expenditure would be entirely funded through a $796,000 federal grant, which may only be used for road landscaping or beautification projects.

On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council is also expected to:
• Approve the construction of an O'Reilly Auto Parts at the southeast corner of Geer Road and Wayside Drive. The development requires special rezoning approval, as the site was formerly home to two single family homes.
The development was unanimously recommended for approval by the Turlock Planning Commission at their July 19 meeting.
• Authorize expending $251,318.25 to purchase 45 mobile workstation computers for Turlock Police vehicles. Funds for the upgrade were budgeted for last year, but the purchase was delayed when staff learned Motorola intended to release an upgraded version of the computer in September.
Turlock would purchase the new computers from Delta Wireless, at the same cost as the older model computer.
• Issue a proclamation in honor of the 11th anniversary of the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks.
• Receive a staff update on the Turlock Police Department's radio system.
• Approve a memorandum of understanding between the Stanislaus County Office of Education, the City of Turlock, and the Turlock Unified School District to provide afterschool programs at local schools.
The move continues afterschool programs at Brown Elementary School, Crowell Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Osborn Elementary School, Turlock Jr. High School, and Wakefield Elementary School.
The program will be offered for the sixth year, thanks to Proposition 49-funded grants, tallying $84,150 for the elementary sites and $67,510.01 for the junior high.
• Formally oppose Assembly Bill 2451, which would alter how workers' compensation death benefits would pay out to firefighters and police officers. The change would make some death benefits collectible long after an employee stops working, regardless of how the former employee died.
• Conference with labor negotiators representing all city unions and unrepresented employees in closed session.
The Turlock City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.