By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
Appointing a new city treasurer and a new clerk are tasks the City Council will undertake at its meeting tomorrow.
As of Friday, the city had received four applications for the vacancies: three seeking both the clerk and treasurer positions and one seeking only the city clerk position.
Council members will interview all four candidates in closed session before the 6 p.m. council meeting. Appointments will be made at the end of the meeting.
City Engineer Gary Ghio will bring the council up to date on the status of the new wastewater treatment plant construction project, and will discuss with council members the possibility of extending a contract with Lee & Ro, Inc. of Rancho Cordova for engineering services on the plant.
In a memo to City Administrator Tim Shearer, Ghio said the engineering company has done a good job and kept construction engineering expenses down, but the contractor, Alan A. Bradford Inc., of Fairfield, is moving at "a snail's pace," and several more months of construction look likely.
Ghio is encouraging an additional $60,000 for Lee & Ro so the engineering firm can continue the project.
Council members will also discuss leasing the Sam Choy Building on Birds Way to Rick Shackley, owner of Leather Rose on Main Street, who plans to move the business to the building.
This historic building dates to the Gold Rush days and is the last building connected to that era's Chinese population.
Council members will also consider waiving a connection fee for the Cemetery District and passing a resolution urging the state legislature to reject Gov. Gray Davis' proposed reduction of local vehicle license fee revenues.
Encouraged by the League of California Cities to keep the governor from shifting more than $4 billion in Vehicle License Fee funding away from cities and counties, the council will discuss a resolution and letter aimed at that goal.
Council members will also discuss establishing a voluntary payroll deduction program for city employees, which could fund lobbying efforts on behalf of cities.
Another project of the League of California Cities, the Save Our Services Fund is one place such payroll deductions could go. SOS funds help pay for campaigning for and against measures that affect city services and revenues, according to information supplied by the league.
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