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Council to consider road closures for upcoming downtown events
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Events could be returning to the downtown Turlock area with a bridal showcase this spring and a monthly food fair this summer pending the Turlock City Council's approval of road closures for the events at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
The Kiwanis Club of Turlock Foundation is requesting to close a portion of East Main Street between Thor Street and Palm Street for a Main StrEAT Food Rally which would take place on May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, and Sept. 4.
"We wanted to do something to be able to connect with our different community groups and create both a community venue and a fundraising opportunity for them and our foundation," said Club President Trina Walley.
There will be craft vendors and a range of food items for purchase from local restaurants, food trucks, and nonprofit food vendors like churches or youth groups selling hamburgers. Each "first Friday" event will be themed as well.
"We want to make sure there are a variety of food options," said Walley.
Turlock Certified Farmers Market Manager Derek Griffin has requested a portion of East Main Street between Center Street and Palm Street be closed each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 2 through Oct. 31 for the farmers market.
It was announced in January that the market would move from Fridays to Saturdays for the 2015 season.
"The Turlock community reached out to us last year and the board of directors and I felt it was time to have a Saturday market," said Griffin in January.
Since its return to Turlock in 2010, the farmers market has been held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays in downtown Turlock. The hours will remain the same for the upcoming season.
Blown Away Salon also applied for a closure of a portion of Center Street between East Main Street and Crane Avenue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 for a Turlock Bridal Showcase.
The Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association has not vocalized any concerns regarding these events.
Also on Tuesday's agenda:
• A vacancy on the Parks, Recreation, and Community Programs Commission as of March 11 will be announced. Interested applicants can request a form to apply for the position and those with questions can contact the City Clerk Kellie Weaver at 668-5540 ext. 1110.
• Two presentations will be given, one of which is on the California Water Environment Association P3s-Norhtern California Large Facility of the Year Award by Environmental Compliance Inspector Dan Frisch. The other presentation will be on Pit Crew CPR by Dr. Kevin Mackey and three Turlock firefighters will be recognized.
• A request to authorize the creation of an Administrative Analyst/Admin Services job due to the staffing shortages experience sin the City Clerk's office precipitated by a retirement of the Technical Services Manager. Several resolutions will be considered Tuesday to reclassify the Account Tech position and to hire an assistant for the City Manager and City Clerk which will be a trainee position.
The Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.