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Turlock City Council briefs
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On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council:

·         Awarded a $2.6 million bid for Westside Industrial Specific Plan Infrastructure Improvements to George Reed, Inc. of Modesto. George Reed, Inc. was the lowest of seven qualified bidders, with J&M, Inc. placing the highest bid at $3.9 million.

The project will install sanitary sewer and domestic water infrastructure in the area of West Main Street, Washington and Fulkerth roads. The project is expected to help spur development in the WISP business park, and will also reconstruct the roads to facilitate anticipated heavier truck traffic. A federal government grant will install signals on the reconstructed, widened roads.
The project will be funded by a combination of Redevelopment Agency bond proceeds and water bond proceeds.

·         Heard a staff update on the Fire Services Open House, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will take place at Turlock’s Fire Station 1, and will feature free hot dogs, demonstrations, and booths. The theme, set to coincide with National Fire Protection Week, is “A smoke detector: A noise you can live with.”

·         Heard an update on sign code enforcement from Police Chief Gary Hampton.
According to Hampton, the Turlock Police have contacted about 50 businesses whose signs were not in compliance with the city code. Two businesses have yet to comply, and could face citations or criminal proceedings.
The City of Turlock will continue a campaign to raise awareness of the long-standing ordinance, intended to promote fair competition and protect public safety, hosting public meetings and contacting violators.

·         Accepted the fiscal year 2009-2010 Housing Program Services Division Annual Report.

·         Held a moment of silence in honor of Shawn Barlow, the former Turlock City Council candidate and Stanislaus County deputy district attorney who died unexpectedly at age 40 on Sept. 19.

·         Issued a proclamation in recognition of Emanuel Medical Center’s Women’s Cancer Awareness Week, from Oct. 11 to Oct. 17.