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August 31, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

August 24, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations
Authorized an official sister city relationship with Liyang, China, and welcomed Liyang delegates.

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

Accepted the 2009-10 Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Improvement Project and warded contract to Linear Options, Inc. in the amount of $89,564.40. Project is funded by Measure B and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Final cost will be $91,616.91, of which the city will pay $68,066.91 from the Measure B fund.

Awarded contract for the Slurry Seal Program to Bond Blacktop, Inc. in the sum of $348,909.85. This will be funded by the city's gas tax and Measure B funds in the Capital Improvement Program-Pavement Rehabilitation budget.

Appropriated $144,050 to the Leisure Services Department to establish a pre-school program at Kennedy Community Center. No fiscal impact. All expenses will be paid through the Leisure Enterprise Fund.

Public Hearings
A public hearing concerning an energy service contract for energy-related improvements to city facilities was held. This was continued from the July 27 meeting. The city could save more than $750,000 over 15 years by using the energy conservation measures suggested. On September 14, staff will present funding options.

Added provisions to the Municipal Code for the maintenance of distressed, vacant properties. The modification will allow the city to charge up to $1,000 a day for code violations associated with these properties.

City Manager Reports
Endorsed Proposition 22, which would prohibit the state of California from taking redevelopment, city and transportation funds, and document the economic benefits to the community created by redevelopment funded projects. If the state legislature imposed a $9.3M Supplemental Education Revenue Augmentation Fund take as they did last fiscal year and the year before, the Redevelopment Agency may be forced to stop issuing bonds or awarding new contracts. Redevelopment will help stimulate economic development and will provide additional funding sources.

Authorized an agreement for professional services not to exceed $25,000 for a public education program for Measure AA, the local services protection sales tax measure. This is the maximum cost for public polling services, and the General Fund Reserve can cover this expense. Three firms were interviewed, and all fees were well under the budgeted amount. Vice Mayor Richard Valle volunteered to become a member of the ad hoc committee. The resolution was approved 4-1, with Carol Dutra-Vernaci against.

City Commission/Committee Reports
Vice Mayor Richard Valle and members of the Decoto Youth and Family Services Center Task Force presented a report and recommendations.

Vice Mayor Richard Valle also noted that the Associated Community Action Program (ACAP) board would meet in late August and provide a report in September.

Good of the Order
Councilman Manny Fernandez - trees provide shade, which would help preserve energy in the long-run. As a Climate Action Plan committee member, he suggested an increased emphasis on preserving the trees in the city, as well as planting additional ones.

Councilwoman Carol Dutra-Vernaci - the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Oakland is presenting a series of classes on Emergency Management for Earthquakes. She will share the information and materials on completion of the classes. She has also received an email concerning the number of panhandlers on street corners and medians.

Vice Mayor Richard Valle - on September 18, a small celebration will be held at 10 a.m. in honor of POW/MIA Day at the Veteran's Memorial Park. A special guest will speak.

Mayor Mark Green - on September 11, there will be a Flight 93 Memorial event at the Flight 93 Memorial, Union City. There will be a motorcycle caravan. Michael Emerson will communicate live from Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Vice Mayor Richard Valle - Fremont Bank donated $1,200-worth of hardy local plants, as well as volunteer time and energy at Tri-CED.

Mayor Mark Green - Art Dao takes up his appointment as Executive Director of Alameda County Transportation Commission on September 1.

Oral Communications
Todd Benson requested a report on Measure UU evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. City Manager Larry Cheeves noted it was scheduled for the second meeting in September.

Mattie Rousseau asked Council to provide information regarding their salaries. Larry Cheeves stated that the information was available on the city website.

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

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