Modesto City Council Watch

The Modesto City Council on Monday is scheduled to vote on:

Forming a special tax district for Kiernan Business Park East, a 160-acre development planned between Dale Road and American Avenue and Pelandale Avenue and Kiernan Avenue. Taxes collected in the district will cover the costs of transportation, landscaping and lighting, water and waste-water system improvements. A single-family home in the tax district would pay $1,312 per year. Kiernan Business Park East is one part of the Kiernan Business Park development, which is slated to include commercial, office, medical, mixed use, residential and business park land uses.

Accepting a $40,000 grant from the E.&J. Gallo Winery to buy nozzles for the Modesto Fire Department's hoses. The nozzles are supposed to be safer and more efficient.

Releasing the owner of 1704 Oregon Drive from the obligation of paying $101,351 in city-issued housing rehabilitation loans. The owner now lives in a convalescent hospital and does not plan to return to the home. With the economic downturn, the house is worth less than the amount owed to the city. If approved, ownership of the house will transfer back to the city.

Signing a contract of up to $50,589 with Harris & Associates of Tracy to provide consulting work related to updating the city's water rates and capacity charges.

Approving a $246,880 contract with the Brown and Caldwell engineering firm and a $3,857,000 contract with Ebert McGuire and Hester for design and construction work related to replacing a waste-water pipeline.

The council is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss the city's lawsuit against its insurance carriers. The city sued the carriers because they've refused to pay the cost of a $3.25 million settlement the city paid in 2007.

— Leslie Albrecht