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Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:00 am

The Galt Planning Commission could add two new members if the city council approves an ordinance to increase the number of seats Tuesday.

There are currently five planning commissioners. However, some council members wanted to increase the number to seven to ensure the commission could still meet if up to three members were absent.

The two commissioners would each be appointed by the city council at large to a two-year term.

Council members Curt Campion and Barbara Payne voted against the proposal last month. Mayor Marylou Powers, however, felt the more people involved in shaping the city's future, the better.

The number of planning commissioners vary by city and is typically set by the city council. In Lodi, for example, there are seven members on the Planning Commission.

If Galt moves forward in increasing the number of its commissioners, it could cost an additional $3,800 per year since appointees are paid $25 per meeting. Office and incidental supplies are about $100 per commissioner per year, plus an additional $1,500 for each to attend a state conference.

In other action Tuesday, council members are scheduled to:

  • Discuss options and funding for a memorial dog park in honor of fallen Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn.
  • Authorize Police Chief William Bowen to trade in a number of law enforcement handguns and rifles for new ones to replace aging weapons.
  • Vote on a side letter union contract agreement with the Galt Police Officers Association regarding overtime compensation.
  • Approve on a new Youth Committee member to be appointed by Powers.

The Galt City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:17 pm on Sat, Mar 2, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    So we once again get the comprehensive report on the issues and agenda of the Galt city council, yet the Lodi city council has two meetings this coming week, on of them another 7AM Tuesday "shirtsleeve" meeting covering the disbursement of CDBG grant funds that could easily have been added to the following evening Wednesday 7PM regular meeting with agenda items that are trivial compared to who and why the same old groups seem to garner the CDBG funds year after year. My main concern is a grant for the animal shelter of $25,000 when that grant money could be used for those small non profits that clothe, feed and mentor the real homeless, not the sheltered ones. And the $45,000 or so for graffiti removal when it is already a job position with the city of Lodi. Lodi news Sentinel, how about an article on the real purpose of these "shirtsleeve" meetings and the terrible time they are scheduled and research on any other city or town, like Lodi has these 7AM meetings? I don't think Ms. Mounce would be considered a "shirtsleever", would she? We Lodi readers seem to need to move to Galt to be informed on our city council, management and school board decisions since it is more important to the owner/publisher/editor to seemingly completely disregard the same events and issues in Lodi in their Lodi paper. Why?



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