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March 3, 2010 > City of Union City

City of Union City

February 23, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations:
Heidi Finberg, Gloria Watson, Peter Fan and Barbara Aro-Valle sworn in as Union City Chamber of Commerce Board members by Mayor Mark Green.

Consent Calendar:
Amended municipal code to establish mandatory green building requirements for private development projects and to modify the current green building and landscaping requirements for publicly funded projects.

Approved list of street improvement projects to be financed with Proposition 1B funds.

Supported two grant applications to the State Energy Program for Funding Municipal Clean Energy Financing and Residential Retrofit Programs. State of California allocated $95M of its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds for the State Energy Program (SEP), which provides competitive grants for residential and commercial building energy efficiency (and water efficiency) retrofits. Designated Sacramento County (SEP1) and ABAG (SEP2) to act as lead applicants. No fiscal impact.

Approved an update to the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990 is a Federal legislation designed to ensure that persons with disabilities can participate in programs, services and activities available to the general population.

Authorized an extension of the agreement between the city and Randall Funding & Development, Inc. for grant writing services.

Accepted and appropriated the 2008 Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Housing Program Grant of $7,637,102 awarded by California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to the Station District Infrastructure Project. The Capital Projects Fund already includes the $7.6M in the FY 2009-10 budget. Redevelopment Agency (RDA) funds of $3M are also already included in the FY 2009-10 budget.

Appropriated $29,000 from the Comcast Council Meeting Broadcast Transition account to City Council operating budget. In early 2005, Comcast provided a grant of $75,000 to the City in return for agreement to discontinue providing staff to broadcast all Council and commission meetings; Council accepted in March 2005. Comcast's obligations to provide staffing ceased in March 2007 when the city hired its own contractor to broadcast meetings. $29,000 should be adequate to fund contractor payments for at least the next four fiscal years. Funds adequate to cover the proposed appropriation remain in the Comcast Capital Project account, which has a current balance of $229,000.

Accepted and appropriated the 2009 Infill Infrastructure Grant awarded by HCD to the BART Phase 2 project and appropriated RDA funds for design and engineering. BART Phase 2 consists of creating access to, and opening up the back of the BART station.

Authorized a contract with Digital Map Products for CityGIS services.

Public Hearings:
Accepted and appropriated the 2009-10 State of California Citizen's Option for Public Safety Grant Designated for "Front Line Municipal Police Services" for personnel costs. The State Legislature approved a minimum appropriation of $100,000 for every city and county in the state to provide for front line municipal police services. State budget issues mean the grant funds have been disbursed quarterly. The city has received $32,984.60 to date. These funds represent unanticipated revenue from the state.

Oral Communications:
Myrla Raymundo, founder of Union City Historical Museum, announced the publication and availability of her book, "Museum of Oral History."

John Haley encouraged Council to consider leasing property for plots for community gardens.

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

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