The Modesto City Council took the following action Wednesday:
Registered support for the State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010, a state ballot initiative to collect vehicle license fees for parks. Modesto resident Doug Estes said the council should remain neutral on the initiative. Mayor Jim Ridenour and council members Brad Hawn, Dave Lopez and Garrad Marsh voted to support the initiative, while Dave Geer, Kristin Olsen and Joe Muratore didn't want to take a stand.
Revised a city purchasing policy giving preference to local businesses. A local vendor whose bid is up to 5 percent higher than an out-of-town competitor's will be given a chance to match the low bid.
Gave approval to charge a one-time parking fee of $10 at the Ninth Street and 10th Street garages during X-Fest on Saturday.
Approved a $42,690 inspection services contract with Nor-Cal Pipeline Services to assess the condition of the city's cannery waste-water line.
Designated a proposed 4,690-acre annexation with a planned development zoning allowing a variety of land uses. The city plans a noncontiguous annexation of the waste-water treatment area along Jennings Road, seven miles southwest of Modesto. The council also approved deals with the Mountain View and Westport fire protection districts to provide emergency services.
— Ken Carlson