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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:08 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

The city of Galt will provide staff and help operate a new after-school program in conjunction with Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, if administrators at the school district successfully obtain a grant.

If successful, the 21st Century Program will replace the current After School Education and Safety Program currently operated under a similar joint partnership.

"I'm proud the cities and the schools are working together," Mayor Barbara Payne said at Tuesday's city council meeting, in which the memorandum of understanding was unanimously approved.

The contract will also provide summer school for all elementary district students in 2013.

The district is in the process for reapplying for the 21st Century grant after an unsuccessful attempt last year. There will be no direct cost to the city, as expenses will be paid using grant funding.

Earlier in the meeting, the city council unanimously approved changing an ordinance to allow the city to provide its own administrative hearing officers instead of contracting with the state, where it can take months for an appeal to be heard and ultimately decided, due to a backlog of cases.

A person who receives an administrative citation for something such as not cleaning up property, and who has been deemed a public nuisance, will be required to pay $500 to file an appeal under the new rules.

"There is no incentive now for people not to file an appeal," City Attorney Steven Randolph said.

By changing the city ordinance, the city can hire its own private administrative hearing officer or appoint a city employee as one. The state charges cities $185 per hour, which can be costly, as most hearings last longer than an hour.

The cost for an appeal can range from a couple hundred dollars to $2,500, according to Randolph.

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