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July 22, 2009 > Union City Council

Union City Council

July 14, 2009

Proclamations and Presentations
Honored Lt. Thomas Haselton, Patricia Suk and Sgt. Christopher Guckert upon their retirement from Union City Police Department after 21, 31 and 10 years' service, respectively.

Honored the athletes from the 2009 Union City Special Olympics Basketball Team for their gold and silver medal wins at the Special Olympics Northern California Basketball Championships, March 28-29.

Consent Calendar
Renewed agreement with the Alameda County Library for additional service hours at the Union City branch library in FY 2009-10 in the amount of $264,168. Of the total 47 opening hours each week, the City funds 22 hours, including four hours on Sundays. The County Library uses the City's funding for on-call, part-time staff to reduce operating costs.

Accepted the 2009 Department of Justice, non-ARRA Formula Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Funds for overtime and equipment. Accepted JAG funds in the sum of $48,955

Police Department accepted asset seizure monies of $2,738.60 for its part in an illicit narcotics investigation in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Amended operating budget and authorized positions list for FY 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Mayor to send a letter of support of the Housing Authority to HUD to convert 58 public housing units to Section 8 project-based units for the Housing Authority to receive more operation and maintenance funds from HUD for the 58 scattered site units.

Stewart Wakeling to provide strategic planning and program implementation services for the Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Program in an amount not to exceed $65,000 for the period from Aug 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

Approved the new Fire Prevention Specialist classification in the Fire Department with a 4-1 vote (Councilor Valle voted "No"). Council's approval of the FY 2009-10 budget eliminates the Fire Marshal position, budgeted at $237,000 annually, a part-time Fire Inspector and part-time Fire Plan Checker. Although Fire Department staff will assume the three positions' major responsibilities, the newly-created Fire Prevention Specialist's duties will include technical inspections for fire prevention, fire plan checks, enforcing all fire and safety laws, ordinances and regulations and assisting in the coordination of public fire education programs.

ROMA Design to continue to provide construction support services for Intermodal Station BART Phase1b. Construction of BART Phase 1a is complete. BART Phase 1b is under construction and is expected to be completed in the fall 2010.

Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar and ROMA Design Group to study alternatives for a pedestrian connection, either over or under the Niles Subdivision, between the Station District and the Shelton property.

City Manager Reports
On June 9, Council accepted the East-West Connector Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved the project subject to inclusion of Final EIR mitigation measures and how they will be deemed complete in a Mitigation Monitoring Plan (MMP), compilation of a list of additional studies required as the EWC Project approaches the design stage and Council's review and adoption of the MMP and Statement of Overriding Consideration detailing significant, unavoidable effects.

Mayor Green Yes
Vice Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci Yes
Richard Valle Yes
Manny Fernandez Yes
Jim Navarro Yes

Oral Communications

Barry Ferrier informed everyone of Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority's (ACTIA) South County Transportation Forum at 6:30 p.m. on July 23 at the Ruggieri Senior Center, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City.

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