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June 19, 2007 > Residents speak at city council meeting

Residents speak at city council meeting

By Charlotte Weston

Several residents attended the June 12 council meeting to take advantage to speak out about their concerns.

After the traditional flag salute, led by council member, Olden Henson, the roll was called and the meeting began with a public comment session, a special time that is set aside to allow individuals to comment on items not on the regular calendar. Those who spoke included:

Linda Bristle a resident of Hayward who was there to represent the Hayward Animal Shelter. She brought a baby kitten named "Dos", who represented the abundance of other animals that need adoption. "I would urge you as city council to try to talk to your neighbors, relatives, friends, colleagues and anybody you can think of that might want to be able to take one animal into their home," said Bristle. If anyone is interested in adopting a pet they can contact (510) 293-7200.

Another resident Dan Enrique, of Hayward came forward to address an issue of the local grocery stores which he claims are allowing garbage in cans to build to such a level, in some cases overflowing, resulting in a violation of the clean public land and street ordinance. He suggested that the city impose a fine of one thousand dollars to each business for each violation.

Joe Oberman approached the podium to encourage city council to approve the request to hire more police officers. "We had a house broken into at 12 a m. One of the guys ran through my property. I got video surveillance installed about six months ago and I am amazed at the number of people coming on my property. You city council members are here to represent the citizens and taxpayers of this city and your number one concern should be the safety of people living here," said Oberman.

The public speaking part of the meeting ended and the first item on the agenda addressed the adoption establishing a daytime curfew for minors less than 18 years of age. Without much discussion the adoption was voted in with 6 approvals and 1 extention.

The next item addressed an extension of a 45-day moratorium on mobile home park conversions that is scheduled to expire on June 22, 2007. The focus of the discussion was to show council members the importance to maintain an affordable mobile park for the 2,300 residents that occupy them. After a brief presentation and a few questions and answers the council members voted to approve the extension of the moratorium until May 8, 2008.

The last item, a motion by council member Olden Henson was to approve and adopt the budget for the City of Hayward and the redevelopment agency for the fiscal year 2007 - 08 amending the Master Fee Schedule to include modifications reflected in the 2007 - 08 operating budget, and approving the 07 - 08 Capital Improvement Program and establishing the fiscal year 07 - 08 Gain Appropriation Limit. That item was approved by a unanimous vote.

The honorable Mayor Sweeney adjourned the meeting in memory of Sergeant Andrew Higgins, a resident of Hayward, recently killed while fighting in Iraq. Council member Henson suggested that a tree be planted someplace in the city in honor of the fallen soldier.

The next city council meeting will be held next Tuesday June 19th at 8 p.m. at City Hall.

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