Modesto City Council Watch

The Modesto City Council took the following action Tuesday evening:

Adopted a five-year series of sewer rate increases. The monthly rate of $24.11 would rise to $24.83 on July 1, with annual increases to $34.41 in July 2014. Officials say the rate hikes are needed to maintain debt coverage and operating reserves for Modesto's waste-water system. Vote: 6-1, with Kristin Olsen voting "no"

Approved speed bumps and other traffic controls for Columbine Drive north of Standiford Avenue. For years, residents have complained about motorists speeding on Columbine Drive. Vote: 7-0

Gave approval to abandon a portion of Jefferson Street, south of Eighth Street, and two alleys west of Jefferson, for the new bus maintenance facility. Vote: 7-0

Approved rezoning for a Prime Shine Car Wash on the east side of McHenry Avenue, south of Morris Avenue. Vote: 7-0