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June 1, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

May 25, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations
Sister City Trip to Liyang, China - the Sister City Committee, Vice Mayor Richard Valle and city staff updated Council with details of their recent visit to Liyang.

Consent Calendar
Appointed Hearing Officers to serve as a Board of Appeals to resolve fees being charged to Abe Gupta re. a permit for an Environmental Vapor Recovery (EVR) system.

Approved the FY 2010-11 management district plan for the Union Landing Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) and ordered the levy and collection of assessments for the PBID for FY 2010-11. The PBID funds three full-time sworn Union City police officers at Union Landing. Council must approve the management district plan and order the levy and collection of assessments, each year.

Redevelopment Agency Board authorized Memorandum of Understanding with BART to fund review of construction drawings for BART Phase 2 at the Intermodal Station in a maximum amount of $400,000. There is an $8.4M funding gap for the BART Phase 2 project. The gap is attributed to the $6.5M in fees levied by BART and the pedestrian bridge, which will cost $5.2M to build. BART will commit to secure $4.5M in new funds for BART construction management fees and new fare gates for BART Phase 2 and the RDA Board and BART will continue to negotiate costs.

Public Hearings
Approved site development review for construction of a 3,321 sq. ft. single-story building addition and installation of various site improvements at 32550 Central Ave., with a few modifications. The area for construction is zoned ML, or light industrial. The applicant, Jon Takata, wishes to add to the front of the building, which would be used as office space, and other improvements including new sidewalks along Central Avenue, new landscaping and storm water treatment facilities (i.e. bioswales), new trash enclosures and an upgrade of existing truck and automobile parking areas.

City Manager Reports
City Attorney presented an analysis of the Union City Business License Tax. The annual business license tax is $111 for up to four units, and then another $10 per additional unit, or $111 per unit for each unit in a different location. This also includes residential rental properties. Changing the city code to allow landlords who rent multiple properties to pay the same tax as someone renting multiple units on the same property is feasible. Should the Council take this action, it was recommended they suspend the Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment. Additional information will be available by June 29.

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

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