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Backflow Issue Resurfaces In City
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Riverbank City Council members are slated to concentrate on finishing some items postponed from previous meetings rather than undertaking any new subjects at Monday's meeting, July 26, that will start at 7 p.m. in City Hall North chambers.

Council members, for example, will look again at the program requiring backflow preventer valves on water pipes for commercial buildings. Staff is recommending the city make one-year loans to businesses for this purpose and charge an administrative fee ($60 for a one-inch pipe and $75 for a two-inch pipe) rather than interest.

The council, however, will have to tackle the tricky subject of whether the 18 businesses, for whom the city installed backflow preventers free of charge while pressing ahead with redevelopment work, must now pay for them as future businesses will be doing.

The council also expects to finalize its policy about how both council members and citizens can get items placed on the agenda and the length of time citizens may speak from the floor at council meetings.

Among other items on the agenda, council is due to approve contracts negotiated with the miscellaneous and mid-management bargaining units that accepted furlough days, no cost of living adjustments and no extra pay for taking classes in advanced skills.

The city attorney's performance is due, again, for evaluation.

Four citizens have announced their interest in sitting on a new budget advisory committee and council will make appointments to that body. There is also one vacancy on the housing authority board to be filled.

The Council is expected to adopt a resolution supporting a local transportation and public safety measure on the Nov. 2 election ballot that will stop state authorities from appropriating funds from local government for these purposes. Adoption of an ordinance to license tobacco sales retailers is also on the agenda.

The Council will be asked to cancel the Aug. 9 meeting for lack of a quorum. Mayor Virginia Madueno, Councilmember Danny Fielder and City Manager Rich Holmer will be out of town attending an annual Defense Community Conference in San Francisco that affects conversion of the former Riverbank ammunition plant to an industrial park. Councilmember Dave White is recovering from a serious illness and is not expected to attend, so that would mean only two council members available for the session.