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August 3, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

City of Union City
July 27, 2010

Flag ceremony by Mission Peak District Boy Scout Troop 273.

Proclamations and Presentations
Benjamin Reyes sworn in as City Manager.

Consent Calendar
Contract awarded for Civic Center Public Parking Lot rehabilitation to Joseph J Albanese in the amount of $253,016. The project is financed through the Capital Facility Improvement Fund whose balance is more than $350,000.

Contract awarded for the Meyers Drive sidewalk improvements and city-wide wheel chair ramps to AJW Construction, Oakland, for $168,629. Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds of $172,894 will cover the project. The state gas tax and Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority's half-cent sales tax Measure B funds will provide contingency for the Annual Wheelchair Ramps project.

Appropriated funds for the Transit Bus Parking Pad Improvement Project which will provide both additional parking for transit vehicles and the foundation for the new structure. A $94,030 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant and $125,000 in TDA funds would provide funding.

Public Hearings
Introduced an ordinance to extend active site development review approvals for an additional two years beyond their current expiration date. Projects that would benefit from this extension include the proposed Southern Wine and Spirits Warehouse project and the proposed Candlewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel project.

Approved an energy service contract for energy related improvements to city facilities.

City Manager Reports
Established annual rates for municipal solid waste, organic waste, recycling and a storm water runoff surcharge for 2010-11. Single-family household monthly rate for refuse and recycling collection will be $36.58. Commercial rates will increase by 2.52 percent.

Received an update regarding the Climate Action Plan (CAP) process and a request for feedback regarding the preferred CAP scenario was provided. The city's existing goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The two scenarios presented would result in additional economic impacts to the city; but Scenario 1 would result in mandatory programs that could increase the cost of conducting business in Union City.

The American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control 2009 Report gives the city a "D" grade based on its 2009 policies. However, Council restricted the sale of tobacco within 1,000 feet of "sensitive use" areas such as schools and churches in January 2010.

A general resolution for a half-cent sales tax increase for four years, to be put before voters, was approved 4-1 (Carol Dutra-Vernaci cast a NO vote). Mayor Green and Vice Mayor Richard Valle will write and sign the ballot language. The Utility User Tax is no longer being considered as a revenue-enhancement option.

Redevelopment Agency
Accepted the Parking Program report, terminated the AMPCO parking contract, authorized the City Attorney and Executive Director to create a parking operations contract with Mark Miller and Public Parking Associates, Inc, and authorized staff to install area S parking permits and free two-hour limited parking. This will save approximately $60,000 annually. The 2010-11 city budget projects $185,000 in net revenue.

Items Referred by Council
Carol Dutra-Vernaci issued a reminder of a quarterly CERT training class scheduled for 7-9 p.m., Monday, August 2 and encouraged Council to attend National Night Out from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 3.

Mayor Green stated that shortlisted candidates for the Executive Director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission position will be interviewed on August 6.

Richard Valle informed Council that Decoto Youth and Family Services representatives will make a presentation in August.

Oral Communications
Dave Bahatia thanked Union City Police Department and Public Works Department for 4th of July cleanup and Carol Dutra-Vernaci for a good Healthy Aging Fair on July 21.

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

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