Regional planners have been discussing the possibility of an east to west roadway that could improve the movement of goods connecting Interstate-5 and Highway 99 even before the city’s most recent building boom and bust, and have brought the idea back to the table now that the economy seems to be showing an uptick.
According to the council agenda report and Director of Public Works Mike Willett, the study will determine the potential alignments and funding necessary to make the transportation system improvements.
It’s been estimated that the total cost of the feasibility study will be $350,000 to be shared amongst the county’s agencies that stand to benefit from the corridor should it come to fruition.
The StanCOG, or Stanislaus Council of Governments will be asked to shoulder much of that cost at $200,000; Stanislaus County will provide $100,000, while the city of Patterson and city of Turlock will both be asked to provide $22,000. The city of Newman will pay only $6,000.
Council member Dominic Farinha expressed his desire to make sure that alternatives to the corridor will be explored as well before the resolution was unanimously passed on a 5-0 vote.
Patterson Fire Chief Steve Hall presented the council with the Patterson Fire Department’s first detailed strategic plan outlining the mission, vision, core values, Fire Chief’s vision, and strategic plan for future operations amongst the department.
A strategic planning team was formed in September of 2013, and utilized members of the city’s emergency service personnel as well as members of city staff and consultants from Emergency Service Consulting International to help facilitate meetings.
Aside from input by the strategic planning team members, an “environmental scan” of the department and service it provides was conducted through stakeholder interviews, community and internal surveys and dialogue, as well as a citizen’s forum meeting.
During the citizen’s forum, participants were asked to rank their planning priorities of the Patterson Fire Department. Among those, the highest priority were to expand emergency medical services to Advanced Life Support on staffed engines, as well as to maintain the technical competence of firefighters, and to retain the existing response times of first engine responders.
After data was collected, strategic initiatives, goals and timelines to meet objectives were lined out in the plan.
Initiatives such as staffing, administration and finance, consolidation and regionalization, performance management, communication, fire prevention/code enforcement, and capital equipment and fleet services, were outlined in the strategic plan along with the goals and timelines needed to meet those goals.
Following the normal course of city council business, Mayor Luis Molina publicly denounced the public finger pointing that is going on during the ‘other matters’ portion of Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The mayor’s comments came after a contentious couple of weeks regarding alleged incidents involving former and current council members that have surfaced in public forums, including columns and letters to editor through the Patterson Irrigator.
“I’m embarrassed to say that this finger pointing and bickering is still going on,” Mayor Molina said, adding that all interested factions that are willing to work together need to move forward and put any past differences behind them.
“People are watching us, whether it’s live, online, in the newspaper, or just visiting,” Molina said.
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