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March 10, 2010 > City of Milpitas

City of Milpitas

March 2, 2010

Sunday, March 13, 2010 proclaimed as Arbor Day. Celebrations will last from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Creighton Park. Paul Mullett, Senior Supervisor Parks/Landscape, accepted the proclamation.

Recognized Milpitas Rotary Club's 2010 Gene Schwab Memorial "Service Above Self" Award Winner Noel Jackson (Street Maintenance Program Coordinator) and nominees Levine Visico (Police Officer), Kimberly Hagen (Police Dispatcher), Mike Mariano (Building Inspector), Gary King (Plan Check Engineer), Cinda Dye (Assistant at Recreation Services), Mike Luu (Information Services Operations) and Janice Sumabat (Fiscal Assistant).

Vice Mayor McHugh requested adjournment of the meeting in honor and memory of Richard Combie, founder of the Campbell Highland Games and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Santa Clara.

Councilor Giordano announced the City has vacancies in the following Commissions: Arts Commission and Public Art Committee; Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission; Community Advisory Commission (alternate); Economic Development Commission (alternate); Mobile Home Park Rental Review Board; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission; Recycling and Source Reduction Advisory Commission (alternate); Senior Advisory Commission.

Consent Calendar:
Adopted a Redevelopment Agency (RDA) resolution amending the Rules Governing Participation by Property Owners and the Extension of Reasonable Preferences to Business Occupants in Milpitas Redevelopment Project Area No. 1.

Adjusted grant funding for Green Facility Study, transferring partial award of $113,248 out of an earmarked $662,400 from Project No. 8190, to Department of Energy Grant Program, Project No. 8198.

Appointed to the Milpitas Veterans Commission Liliana Ramos as Alternate No. 1 and Robert McGuire as Alternate No. 2 to terms that expire in February 2013.

Approved Mayor Livengood's recommendation to appoint Councilor Giordano as Council liaison to the new Veterans Commission.

Authorized the City Manager to execute annual agreements with the Santa Clara County for collection of AB 939 Implementation Fees and for administering the Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, maintaining the same fee structure as is currently in place, paid for by landfill operators.

Approved joint use agreements with Milpitas Unified School District regarding use of the Cesar Chavez Community Gardens and the Russell Middle School Bobby Sox Complex, and authorized the City Manager to execute those agreements.

Redevelopment Agency:
Received a progress report on the new Senior Center Project. It is on schedule and within budget.

Selected architectural firm of Group 4 for the proposed Milpitas Silicon Valley Conference Center and directed staff to return with the negotiated contract for final RDA/Council action. Presentations were provided by the firms Group 4 and Fentress as the culmination of a selection process that started with 20 firms. The proposed conference center is in response to meetings Mayor Livengood has had with local hoteliers who have indicated Milpitas is losing out on conference events to Santa Clara and San Jose. Two buildings at 540 and 570 Alder Drive have been identified as targeted properties for development. Group 4 was chosen in part because of its past work on the Milpitas Public Library. The next phase of the project is to establish its economic feasibility.

Approved the Transit Center Layout as proposed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the Milpitas BART station, located at the southeast corner of Montague Expressway and Capitol Avenue. Key provisions of the VTA plan include a parking structure on the east side of the facility, which encroaches on parcels originally identified for private development by city staff. VTA deems the larger footprint necessary as a result of the station's anticipated use as a key transfer point from BART to light rail and bus services. (3 "YES" votes; 2 "NO" votes (Gomez, Giordano).

Mayor Bob Livengood - Yes
Vice-Mayor Pete McHugh - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez - Yes
Althea Polanski - Yes

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