Galt City Council approved tax-sharing agreements with Sacramento County for two planned annexations at its June 1 regular meeting, but Mayor Shawn Farmer voted against one of the resolutions. Council also signed off on a list of road improvement projects and a contract for new road-marking equipment.

Summerfield, Simmerhorn tax agreements

The tax-sharing agreements, required by the county to proceed on annexations, concern the Summerfield development on Twin Cities Road and the East Galt Infill Annexation/Simmerhorn Ranch Project on Marengo and Simmerhorn roads.

Community Development Director Craig Hoffman explained that the agreements do not raise taxes. Rather, they determine how the county and the city will split property and sales tax revenue from these areas.

Farmer pulled the two items from Council’s consent calendar for individual consideration, and as he brought up the Summerfield agreement, he recalled his opposition to the development. Last September, the mayor voted against the annexation and rezoning of the land for the project, which would bring 204 single-family houses.

“I was opposed to this particular project,” Farmer said, “and I wanted it pulled so that I could have it voted upon separately.”

The resolution passed 4-1, with Farmer voting against.

The Simmerhorn agreement passed 4-0. Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu recused himself due to owning property near the project. Planned for the “Notch” area of county land on Galt’s eastern boundary, the project comprises 249 single-family units.

Council Member Kevin Papineau disclosed his work as a criminal investigator for the Sacramento County district attorney’s office. Because the DA “is not directly involved with these agreements,” Papineau said, his employment is “noninterest,” and he participated in both votes.

Road improvement project list

In accordance with a 2017 California law that provides transportation funding for local jurisdictions, the city drew up a list of planned street maintenance projects. Galt is slated to receive about $472,000 this year from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account program created by Senate Bill 1.

“However, each city and county must approve and submit a list of potential road maintenance projects to receive the funds for that given year,” Public Works Director Mike Selling told Council.

The list singles out 20 sections of road for maintenance over the next five to 25 years, including Emerald Oak Drive from West Elm Avenue to A Street, and the full length of Sixth Street.

Selling said that the list is nonbinding and that the funds can be used for other road projects, providing “flexibility” in the event that city priorities change or projects encounter obstacles.

Sandhu requested city staff consider repairs to the stretch of B Street from Fourth Street to Lincoln Way.

“I just like to drive through that, and that street very much should be on that list,” Sandhu said.

While Selling agreed with regard to pavement condition, he noted that the city wants to install utilities there as it tries to attract developers, “so we’re hopeful to maybe get some money to do those utility extensions, and then we would definitely want to pave it.”

Citing a “back-and-forth” between the city and one of the lot owners on the street, Farmer said he didn’t want “some person that’s just sitting on their hands on a lot … making us wait another five years before we do something.”

“We obviously don’t want B Street to get to the point of no return,” at which the pavement could become prohibitively expensive to repair, Selling replied.

Council approved the list 5-0.

Road-marking equipment

Council also unanimously approved a contract for thermoplastic road-marking equipment, which uses a specialized plastic to create road markings. Besides thermoplastic, conventional paint is also used for some road markings.

The new equipment would allow the city to maintain existing thermoplastic on Galt’s roads instead of hiring contractors to do the job. The city already has the means to maintain paint markings.

Selling told Council that thermoplastic markings are more durable than painted ones, lasting three to six years, compared to paint’s one to two years.

The contract, with Oxnard-based Dispensing Technology Corp., amounts to roughly $97,800 and includes delivery of the equipment and training on its use.

Other business

Kimberly Hood, one of the city’s interim attorneys, announced she would be resigning to pursue a new job opportunity. Frank Splendorio of law firm Best Best and Krieger will replace her.

She received well wishes from multiple city staff and Council members.

“We (Galt) may be small, but we are complex, and I appreciate your advice and just being there and making sure we stay on the straight and narrow,” City Manager Lorenzo Hines said.

“Thank you so much to everyone again. Really, it has been my pleasure and it’s been a real privilege to be able to serve the city,” Hood said. She added that she looked forward to returning to the city “as a visitor” for baseball games and for tacos at the Galt Market.

Additionally, Sandhu appointed Galt resident Phyllis Johnson to the Commission on Aging, filling the commission’s single vacancy.

“I’m very honored to serve on this great committee,” Johnson told Council. She cited her New York roots and her union background as assets in working on the commission.

“Thank you very much for my opportunity to help,” Johnson concluded.