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Council to consider awarding contract to fix Monte Vista railroad crossing
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The bumpy ride drivers are experiencing when crossing the railroad tracks at Monte Vista Avenue could soon be smoother as the Turlock City Council will consider on Tuesday awarding a bid to fix the transition area from road to tracks.

The rough ride is the result of work that Union Pacific Railroad performed in August which raised the tracks over 1 inch. The City of Turlock was informed the work would raise the tracks half an inch to an inch and prepared the roadway accordingly. When the work was completed, it was apparent that the tracks were raised more than 1 inch and the concrete panels were not flush with each other.

A bid was put out to repave the road near the tracks, as the City does not have the capability to perform additional grinding and paving as needed to make the transition smooth, according to a staff report prepared by Principal Civil Engineer Nathan Bray.

George Reed Inc. of Modesto was the lowest responsible bidder, according to the staff report, with a bid in the amount of $71,530.

The Council will consider appropriating a total of $94,836 for the contractor and other projects costs including materials testing and inspection, preliminary engineering work and a 10 percent construction contingency.

Also on Tuesday, the Council is expected to accept post event reports for the Central Valley Senior Showcase, Central Valley Brewfest, Turlock Horsemen's Junior Rodeo, Tournament of Champions, 2016 Budweiser Monster Truck Spring Nationals and the 48th Assyrian State Convention, all funded in part by the City of Turlock through the Community Events and Activities Grant Program.

One event that was funded through the grant program — the Bring the Ruckus Car Show — did not provide the invoices required to account for a portion of the granted funds for event purposes. City staff is recommending the City of Turlock require the Bring the Ruckus Car Show return $1,076.64 to the City and suspend the organization's 2016-17 funding in the amount of $5,000 for failure to meet grant funding criteria. Staff is also recommending re-opening the 2016-17 funding cycle for reallocation of these funds.

The Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.