The City Council approved a new contract with the Tracy Police Officers’ Association on Tuesday, but the vote was not unanimous.
The three-year accord calls for a 4 percent cost of living adjustment each year, an additional 1.25 percent deferred compensation raise for the first two years and 1 percent more the first year for officers with advanced Peace Officer Standards and Training certification.
Councilwoman Nancy Young was the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote.
“I am happy that we are no longer at impasse with our Tracy POA,” Young said. “For this I just want to make a note that I don’t believe we were completely as fair as we should have been with this particular group.”
Young would not elaborate on the fairness issue to which she referred.
The contract, which covers police officers, corporals and sergeants, went into immediate effect.
Cops get new evidence warehouse
The council unanimously approved a contract with Giant Properties Inc. LLC for a five-year lease on a Mac Arthur Drive warehouse to store evidence for the Tracy Police Department.
The evidence storage facilities at the police headquarters, 1000 Civic Center Drive, are used to hold evidence and property from crimes spanning decades of Tracy history. The police department stores larger items, such as cars, at the Boyd Service Center on Tracy Boulevard. Interim Chief Alex Neicu said both spaces are full.
On May 15, the department asked the City Council to approve the lease of an 8,100-square-foot space at Northgate Village for evidence storage. The council members expressed concern about security and the lack of a long-term solution to the problem of evidence storage and told the department to explore other solutions.
On Tuesday Neicu told council members what the department found.
“We ended up working with a local agent and we located a property that had just come on the market that is twice as big in terms of square footage as the other one we were considering before,” he said, adding that the 16,800-square-foot standalone warehouse at 1325 N. MacArthur Drive also had amenities that did not exist at the other site.
Neicu said the monthly rental cost was the same as the previously considered space that was half the size.
City to educate voters on cannabis initiative
City finance director Karin Schnaider gave the City Council a presentation on the draft ordinance governing cannabis sales in Tracy if voters approve Measure D, an initiative to tax marijuana sales in the city.
If approved, the city would levy a maximum tax of $12 per square foot of plant canopy for businesses engaged in the cultivation of cannabis; a maximum tax rate of 6 percent of gross receipts for businesses engaged in the retail sale of cannabis; and a maximum tax rate of 4 percent of gross receipts for all other cannabis businesses, such as manufacturers, testing laboratories, and distributors of cannabis, cannabis products, and any ancillary products.
The city ordinance to be considered if voters approve the tax would allow only two medical marijuana businesses within the city that could deliver cannabis products but not sell them from a storefront. The two businesses could be in industrial areas at the northern and southern edges of town.
Measure D is written to cover all businesses that may be considered in the future, even though city leaders are only contemplating the two medical facilities right now.
Schnaider said the city had posted information about the ordinance and Measure D on the Election Information page on the city’s website.