Modesto City Council Watch

The Modesto City Council on Tuesday voted 7-0 to:

Expand the Stanislaus County Enterprise Zone by 101 acres to include Duarte Trees and Vines, a nursery near Hughson. Businesses in the enterprise zone can get tax credits for hiring employees and buying new equipment.

Accept the city's annual financial report and audit for budget year 2008-09

Declare lost, stolen, unclaimed or seized property from the Police Department as surplus property so the city can sell it at public auction

Apply for a state grant of up to $1 million to replace aging, sick or lost trees. Modesto, an official Tree City USA, has lost about 4,000 trees over the past several years. The city used to replace trees from its own nursery, but it no longer does that.

Extend a contract with Nolte Associates Inc. of Manteca for construction management services on a pump station project. The extension would allow the company to earn up to $129,641. The total estimated project cost is $8.5 million.

Approve a $42,240 contract with Mid Cal Pipeline & Utilities, Inc. for sewer rehabilitation at Ninth and L streets

Sign a $709,380 contract with Ross F. Carroll Inc. of Oakdale to build a pump station at Mildred Perkins Park

Accept a proposal to issue $3 million in bonds by the California Municipal Finance Authority to finance an industrial freezer project at Paleteria La Michoacana, an ice cream product manufacturer in Modesto. The city has no fiscal responsibility for the debt being issued.

Submit a $100,000 grant application to the state to pay for a feasibility study for a passenger rail station in downtown Modesto that could accommodate high-speed and regional rail

— Leslie Albrecht