Modesto City Council Watch

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

Appoint members of the runoff election ad-hoc committee, a resident panel that will evaluate whether Modesto should keep runoff elections, do away with them or delay them.

Award a $141,675 contract to Cummins West Inc. of West Sacramento to purchase 10 diesel particulate filter units for the Public Works Department.

Accept a $191,317 grant for the Police Department’s Project Wake-Up, a gang prevention program that guides at-risk youth.

Apply for a $493,032 state grant for a security wall, video surveillance, gates and lighting for the new bus maintenance facility.

Approve a $100,000 agreement with consultants RMC Water and Environment of Sacramento to provide on-call support to the city’s Utility Planning and Projects Department in applying for grants and loans to fund utility projects

Authorize $28,541 in change orders for the Merle Avenue improvements to the Village I central basin by Teichert Construction.

Sign a $617,136 contract with Clyde Wheeler Pipeline Inc. to lay about 6,750 linear feet of water mains in the East Coolidge Avenue area.

Move forward with a $918,882 contract with Teichert Construction to repave Claus Road.

Give a $2,220,701 contract to Valley Slurry Seal Co. of Stockton for slurry seal projects on streets, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Councilmen Brad Hawn and Joe Muratore sat out this vote, because they own property near the project area.

The council met in closed session to discuss negotiations with employee unions.

— Leslie Albrecht