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City To Renew Animal Control Contract
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Riverbank City Council plans to renew its animal control contract with Oakdale at its Monday, June 14 meeting, citing the past year's program as a great success and increasing the number of service hours per week in the contract as well.

Staff will ask to increase the water rates slightly in accordance with this year's slight climb in the Consumer Price Index. There was no raise last year.

Council will be asked to set up a loan program for businesses and residences required to install a backflow device. The device to protect the city water's purity can cost several hundred dollars. The city plans to loan money at a very low interest rate, official said, probably of around .5 percent.

The city will announce elections to fill the seats of council members Sandra Benitez and Dave White, whose four-year terms will expire in November.

Other items on a varied agenda include setting a 9 percent transient occupancy tax for clients of hotels or motels in Riverbank to take effect whenever the city acquires such a business; holding a session on a code of conduct for council members; appointing a downtown revitalization committee; and renewing the loan program for home rehabilitation and first-time home buyers.

The session will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers.