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July 20, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

July 12, 2010

Council opened with a flag ceremony by Union City Cub Scouts.

Oral Communications

Steve Soderstrom suggested Council consider developing the Masonic Homes Flatlands and Alameda Creek stables; Tony Acosta noted there is no interest in working on a joint public use development option. Soderstrom asked for clarification on how Union City police officers manage drunk and disorderly conduct. Police Chief Greg Stewart noted that through case law, such conduct in gated and private communities is no longer considered public activity.

Vince Fernelius congratulated the police department for regulating traffic on Royal Ann Court but noted there were still speeders. Chief Stewart explained the two motorcycle officers were often required for other duties, making it difficult to constantly enforce the speed limit.

Consent Calendar

August 10, 2010 meeting canceled.

Reappointed Irene Wolfe and Naomi Aylesworth to the Senior Commission. They have served since 1994 and 2006, respectively, and requested the reappointment. This will maintain a full roster on the Senior Commission.

Contract for the 2010 Rehabilitation Project awarded to G. Bortolotto & Company, Inc., San Carlos, at $714,099.15 (10 percent below the Engineer's Estimate). Two bid alternates were also included for the adjustment of Union City Sanitary District facilities and to upgrade non-ADA compliant ramps. The total for this was $118,606.00. The grand total for the base bid and alternate bids is $832,705.15. Adequate funding is available within Proposition 1B, ARRA and State Gas Tax Fund for this project.

Approved final Engineer's Levy Report for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No. 3, FY 2010-11.

City Manager Reports
Adopted ordinance amending Municipal Code governing Business Licenses and Regulations Licenses, to exclude residential properties. Previously, landlords who owned up to four units had to purchase a business license for each unit at $111 per unit. The amended ordinance allows landlords to purchase only one license for up to four units. The amended ordinance will result in a reduction of business license taxes in the amount of approximately $50,000 - $75,000 annually.

Reviewed Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) energy audit report. The report identifies potential sustainability measures that could be implemented at city facilities. Some suggestions are to retrofit the central plant, which cools City Hall and the Police Station, and to replace the roof-top air handler units at City Hall and the Holly Center. Savings could be as high as $231,144 a year. Replacement costs could be around $5M. A financing plan and an Energy Service Contract will be introduced at the July 27, 2010 Council meeting. Currently, there is no fiscal impact.

Designated Carol Dutra-Vernaci as voting delegate and Manny Fernandez as alternate for the League of California Cities Annual Conference on September 15-17, 2010 in San Diego.

Items Referred by Council

Mayor Green mentioned that the candidates for the Executive Director position at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) were very promising. 8,500 homes will be eligible for retrofitting by 2013 with funding from the grants that has been awarded.

Richard Valle discussed installing speed bumps on Royal Ann Drive, suggested by the area's residents. A full discussion will take place on October 12.

Manny Fernandez noted that residents near Bart Lane and the Median School were complaining about the removal of trees in the area. Staff stated that new trees were to be planted there.

Jim Navarro and Carol Dutra-Vernaci discussed noise pollution from Fourth of July.

Mayor Green noted that there were a number of illegal fireworks set off during that time, and agreed with the issue of noise pollution. He also stated that the American Lung Association had given the city a D in terms of air pollution.

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

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