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Council to vote on In God We Trust mural
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The Turlock City Council has a packed agenda for Tuesday evening, highlighted by a revisiting of plans to reconstruct the burned Carnegie Arts Center and an initiative to paint the words “In God We Trust” in Turlock City Hall.
The council will be asked to accept painting “In God We Trust” on the east wall of the Turlock City Hall Yosemite Room, behind the councilmembers’ seats. Councilman Kurt Spycher would donate funding for the signage.
The agenda item also includes the painting of “We The People,” to be funded by Vice Mayor Ted Howze, on another wall of the Yosemite Room. The council will decide whether the phrase should be painted on the south wall, on the speakers’ podium, or in another location.
The council appointed Spycher and Mayor John Lazar to work with Arts commissioners to develop recommendations to paint both phrases on Sept. 22.
The council will also be asked to authorize City Engineer Mike Pitcock to advertise bids for the construction of the Carnegie Arts Center.
Fifteen bids were previously received for the project on June 18, with Applegate Johnston of Modesto as the apparent low bidder at $5.3 million. City staff received four complaints regarding that proposal, suggesting it was not completed in accordance with certain aspects of the labor code, and council subsequently rejected all bids on Aug. 25.
The motion calls for bids to be advertised only once design documents are 100 percent complete and the building permit has been issued. Staff anticipates the building permit will be issued this month. Once bids are received, the project would come back before the council for acceptance.
A separate agenda item would require all future bid advertisements to occur only for completely designed projects.
The council will also consider an amendment to the Consolidated Plan regarding the city’s shelter strategy and accept a $1.6 million Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing grant. Also up for discussion is a new agreement between the City and the Turlock Poker Room allowing more gaming tables, the 2009 Convention and Visitors Bureau Report, revisions to Turlock’s fire sprinkler and change order policies, and the hiring of a full-time Public Safety Emergency Services Dispatcher II.
The Turlock City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway. The full agenda is available online at
To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.